Mayo 2040

Mayo 2040

This year the Mayo Science and Technology Festival will be hosting their seventh Mayo 2040 event.   This years theme is;

Mayo 2040:

 Design Your Future


Date:               Thursday 12th November 2015

Venue:             GMIT Castlebar

Time:               2:00pm

Admission:       FREE

This event is  open to the public.

GMIT Castlebar, Thursday 12th November 2015 at 2pm

Mayo 2040:
Design Your Future


14.00      Registration, Tea & Coffee.

14.30      Welcome & Chairperson’s Opening Remarks
               Mr. Brian Mulhern, GMIT & Mayo Science & Technology Festival

14.40    "Climate Change and Human Rights"

Ms. Natasha Price

15.10    “Profile of Louis Brennan – Castlebar Born Inventor Extraordinaire”
Mr. Brian Hoban 

15.40   “Ready for Space - Keys to Becoming an Astronaut”Dr.
Geoff Steeves

16.10   “From Earth to Space - How to and What's Next”
Dr. Norah Patten

16.40  Discussion / Question & Answer Session

17.00   Close


Speaker Profiles

Ms. Natasha Price

Natasha is the new Academic Coordinator for The Mary Robinson Centre in Ballina, Co. Mayo. She is developing an exciting programme of academic activities for the Centre including academic workshops, an online course on human rights, gender equality and climate justice and an international Climate Justice Summit in July 2016. Natasha has long standing academic and activist interest in understanding (and eliminating) inequalities. Before joining The Mary Robinson Centre, Natasha was a Teaching Fellow in the Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research at the University of Bristol. She has undertaken fieldwork in Rwanda and Tanzania on gender based violence and worked as a lobbyist in Washington, DC, campaigning for global health funding and to end violence against women.

Mr. Brian Hoban

Brian works as a heritage guide throughout Mayo and Galway. Having spent his earlier years as owner of a newsagents at Newtown Street, Castlebar, he embarked on training as a tour guide at G.M.I.T. obtaining certification as a Marine & Countryside Guide.   He currently works as Tourism Administrator with Clogher Environmental Group, organising events at Clogher Centre Heritage Cottage and the Blacksmith’s Forge, where he provides information on history, folklore etc. He also leads groups on environmental tours along   Clogher Bog Loop Walk, and conducts local history tours in Castlebar and Murrisk during the tourist season. He is an Approved Heritage Specialist on the "Heritage in Schools Scheme", and carries out school visits and field trips at primary Schools throughout Mayo & Galway.

 Dr. Geoff Steeves

Geoff is a physics professor at the University of Victoria in Canada and a faculty member at the International Space University. He is the co-founder of the science education program, a TEDx speaker and was a top 16 finalist in Canada's most recent astronaut recruitment campaign. Geoff completed his Ph.D. in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics at the University of Alberta studying ultrafast microscopy. He continued his studies through an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California Santa Barbara at the Center for Spintronics and Quantum Computing. He is now a professor at the University of Victoria where he conducts research on Mars analogue environments and tele-robotic exploration. At the International Space University he has chaired the Space Studies Program Space - Science Department from 2012-2014 and now co-chairs the Space Humanities Department 2015-present. Geoff is an experienced SCUBA diver and pilot with a commercial pilot’s license and multi-engine instrument rating.

Dr Norah Patten

Norah is adjunct faculty at the International Space University and Co-Chair of the Space Humanities Department for the Space Studies Program (SSP). Norah recently initiated and coordinated ‘The Only Way is Up’ project at The Irish Centre for Composites Research in which, through a partnership with Nanoracks, the first experiment designed by Irish secondary school students was sent to the International Space Station in July 2014. She graduated with a 1st class honours degree in Aeronautical Engineering and in 2011 received her PhD from the University of Limerick in Ireland. She was Chair of the Space Management and Business Department at the SSP13 in Strasbourg. Norah has interned at the Boeing Company in Seattle Washington USA and Bell Labs Alcatel Lucent in Dublin; she has featured on national television, radio and in newspapers; and is a regular contributor at public events.