Norah Patten – Keynote Speaker

Aeronautical engineer and award winning STEM advocate

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Specialist Subjects

  • International space station
  • STEM
  • Aeronautical Engineering


  • English


Dr. Norah Patten is an experienced communicator and has shared her inspiring lifelong journey on national television and radio, and through numerous interviews and keynote speeches. She is a faculty member at the International Space University and, in 2017, became Ireland’s first scientist-astronaut candidate with Project PoSSUM (Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere).

Norah Patten is a passionate STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) advocate and created ‘Planet Zebunar’ to inspire the next generation of engineers, astronauts, scientists and innovators. Through a partnership with NanoRacks, Norah initiated and managed ‘The Only Way is Up’ project which launched Ireland’s first student experiment to the International Space Station in 2014.
Dr. Norah Patten is determined to become Ireland’s first person in space and is on a mission to encourage others to shoot for the stars because the sky is no longer the limit.

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