Here's Some Information About Me And What I Do

My Professional Biog: An Overview Of My Work As A Science Communicator 

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Dr Emily Grossman is an internationally acclaimed science author, public speaker and TV personality. She is an expert in molecular biology and genetics, with a Double First in Natural Sciences from Queens' College Cambridge and a PhD in cancer research. Emily also trained and worked as an actress and singer, and as a maths and science teacher, and now combines her skills as a science broadcaster, writer, educator, trainer and activist. She explains science for a wide range of TV and radio programmes, writes books and articles about science and gives motivational and inspirational talks in schools, universities and at live events. She also uses her voice and her platform to raise awareness about important issues such as climate change and biodiversity loss, women in science, confidence, resilience and imposter syndrome, neurodiversity, gender and sexuality and egg freezing and women's fertility.

Emily is best known as a resident science expert on ITV’s The Alan Titchmarsh Show, Discovery Channel’s How Do They Do It? and Sky1's fact-based celebrity panel-show Duck Quacks Don't Echo, hosted by Lee Mack. You might also have seen her on Sky News, BBC News, BBC Breakfast or ITV's This Morning, heard her on BBC Radio 4's Last Word or Women's Hour or on podcasts such as Story Collider, The Guardian Science Weekly or The Guilty Feminist, or watched her fun YouTube videos for BBC Britlab or The Royal Institution.

​Emily is the author of DK findout Science! for 7-9 year olds and best-selling children's book Brain-Fizzing Facts: Awesome Science Questions Answered, which was recently shortlisted for the Teach Primary Book Awards 2020. She is also the lead author of Emergency on Planet Eartha free online guide to the climate and ecological crisis - and has written science articles for The Guardian, The Sun, The Mirror, The Scotsman, The BBC Academy, The British Council and The Week Junior.

 

As a public speaker, Emily has given more than 200 talks on a variety of cutting edge science topics at over 80 schools, 20 universities, and at a variety of live events such as The Hay Festival, The Science Museum, Cheltenham Science Festival and The British Science Festival. She has also hosted events for The Royal Society, The Royal Institution, The Institute of Engineering and Technology, The Academy of Medical Sciences and The Manchester Science Festival and has been a celebrity judge for the Teen Tech Awards, the Institute of Ideas Debating Matters Competition, the National Science and Engineering Competition and the Information Is Beautiful awards. 

Emily is a passionate advocate for equality and diversity in science, and has come under considerable attack on social media for speaking out against sexism. In 2015 she gave a TEDx talk at University College London, Why Science Needs People Who Cryon the value of emotion in science, and she has spoken at the Feminism in London Conference and the Women of the World Festival and shared her story in a Story Collider podcast. She has been interviewed about the value of emotion in the workplace in The Sunday Times, The Times, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Jewish Chronicle and The Sun’s Fabulous Magazine, has spoken on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour about the politics of crying in the workplace, and has been a special guest on an episode of The Guilty Feminist podcast on crying. In 2019, Emily was invited to be member of the Bank of England Expert Advisory Panel, who were responsible for selecting a scientist to be the face of the new polymer £50 note. She was interviewed about her experiences on BBC Radio 4's Inside Science and wrote an opinion piece for The Guardian about why they eventually chose Alan Turing.

Emily has dedicated the past eighteen months of her life to raising awareness about the climate and ecological crisis and gives regular talks and interviews about what's going on on our planet and why. She is a co-founder of Scientists for Extinction Rebellion - whose Declaration Statement has now been signed by more than 1,700 scientists across the globe - and lead author of their free, easy-to-read online guide to the crisis, Emergency on Planet Earth. She was chosen as spokesperson for The Mirror’s Climate Issue (the first ever paper to produce an entire issue on the subject), spoke on a climate crisis panel at The Royal Society and at The Guardian Live’s first ever event on climate change, interviewed Sadiq Khan for Time Out Magazine, challenging him on London’s emissions, and co-wrote and presented a BBC Radio 4 Green Originals documentary on James Hansen (the father of climate change awareness). She was also interviewed on BBC News and BBC World News about the Extinction Rebellion protests, wrote an article for The Scotsman on the urgency of climate action, was interviewed for the Flight Free UK and Cambridge Zero Climate Talks podcasts and was featured in Women’s Health Magazine in an article on eco-anxiety. She is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Scientists' Warning Foundation. Emily is currently making a series of educational videos for the Youth Climate Summit 2020 and is writing a new book for children, World-whizzing Facts: Awesome Earth Questions Answered (to be published May 2021), to help young people understand what's going on on our planet and what they can do to help. She will also be giving the opening talk at the Cambridge Zero Climate Change Festival 2020 - and running a workshop for families there.

Emily was recently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD and complex PTSD and she is passionate about breaking taboos and speaking out about neurodifferences and mental health challenges. Her partner Kimwei McCarthy is non-binary transgender (assigned female at birth), and together they give talks and run workshops on gender fluidity, sexuality and alternative relationship models. Emily has also shared her experience of freezing her eggs in several TV and radio interviews and a BBC2 documentary and has written about it for several national newspapers.

An experienced communication and media skills trainer, Emily helps others to communicate clearly, engagingly and with confidence about what they do. She has run over 40 workshops and training courses for universities, companies and institutions such as The Crick Institute, The Royal Society, The Royal Society of Biology, Cambridge University, The National Science Museum Bangkok and Famelab International.

In 2017 Emily was named as the second Honorary STEM Ambassador, alongside astronaut Tim Peake, for her pioneering work in STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and as a role model to young people. Through her ongoing work as a science communicator, and by sharing her personal experiences as a woman in science, Emily hopes to continue to engage more people with the fascinating world of science, to change the perception of what it is to be a scientist, to raise awareness about important issues, to help encourage people achieve their potential and to inspire more young people, especially girls, to study STEM subjects - by demonstrating that people just like them can be happy and successful in science careers.

In 2013, Emily was selected as one of 30 women from more than 2000 applicants to take part in the first BBC Expert Women scheme, which launched her broadcasting career.

To find out what Emily is up to right now, take a look at her current and upcoming projects on the HOME page.

A Bit Of Background - Why I Do What I Do:

As a kid growing up in North West London, my favourite word was "Why?" - I used to drive my parents and my teachers mad! I always wanted to understand stuff and figure things out. I loved solving problems and it made me really happy when things made sense.

 

My dad was my role-model. He was (and still is) a doctor and scientist and when I was really young he used to take me on long car journeys and we would have "theory afternoons". He'd tell me how we all evolved from monkeys, or how, if we travelled really fast, time would slow down. I thought it was so cool! My favourite was when he explained that he was colour-blind, and even though I'm not, my children might be. I think that first sparked my interest in inheritance and genetics.

​My parents divorced when I was 4 and I had a pretty tough time at home after that. I loved going to school though - it was where I felt safe - and I loved learning stuff. So I threw myself into my school work. It was around that time that I also discovered my joy of theatre. I loved singing, ballet and performing on stage. I decided that when I grew up I wanted to be an actress, or a scientist, or both. But I had no idea how to combine these two different parts of myself. My teachers were really supportive and I was encouraged to pursue a science career, and do theatre for fun. So I joined every theatre club I could find and worked really hard at my studies. Which is what I continued to do throughout my university degree and my PhD.

 

I was delighted to get a place at Queens' College Cambridge, and I started a Natural Sciences degree intending to be a physicist. But for the first time I was surrounded by predominantly boys, who all seemed so confident that I was convinced they understood the material far better than I did. Within a few months I had really lost my confidence and I decided to switch to biology. It was only later that I discovered, to my surprise, that I had done as well as the boys in the physics exams. I often wonder what would have happened if I'd had some female role-models or been supported and encouraged to stay in physics.

 

Anyway, I loved my biology degree, ended up specialising in molecular biology and genetics, and then went on to do a PhD in cancer research at Manchester University - whilst doing as many plays and musicals as I could fit in around my research. By the time I'd come to the end of my Ph.D. I had decided that working in research wasn't for me. I didn't really enjoy the practical side of science and I didn't feel happy in the lab in which I'd been working. I'd mistakenly begun to believe that perhaps I just wasn't cut out to be a scientist, that maybe I was just "too sensitive for science" - even though I still really loved science.

So I decided to pursue my other passion for a while, and was surprised and delighted to get a place at a great drama school to do a postgraduate diploma in musical theatre. Once I graduated, I spent the next eight years working as a professional actress, touring all over the UK in plays and musicals. I got to play many diverse and exciting roles, from Snow White to Lady Macbeth! In between my acting jobs I worked as a part-time teacher, teaching maths and science at GCSE and A-level at two London schools, and tutoring over 180 private students aged from 7 to 18 - so I got to share my joy of science and maths too. It really was the best of both worlds!

Although I loved my years as an actress, eventually the challenges, instability and uncertainty of the theatre world started to outweigh the joy of the work. So I left the performance industry to concentrate on teaching for a few years. Teaching reminded me how much I love science - especially talking about it, talking about it and explaining it to others. But I could feel that there was a part of me missing...

Then, in late 2012, I heard that the BBC were launching a scheme called BBC Expert Women. They were looking for female science experts who were also good at communicating, and were offering them a media training day, in an effort to increase the representation of female experts in the media. I was excited and utterly terrified at such a perfect opportunity to bring my two passions together. My "imposter syndrome" (as the BBC later taught us about) kicked in and I was convinced that I wouldn't be good enough, but thankfully my mum persuaded me to apply.I made two short videos of myself - explaining my PhD research and how I use a horse-racing analogy to teach physics students about electrical circuits - and I was over the moon to be selected as one of 30 women from over 3000 applicants to attend the training.

That day launched my new career as a science communicator. I learnt about how the TV world works, met lots of cool people in the media industry, and came home armed with the confidence and enthusiasm to go out and talk about science in the media. I contacted everyone I could think of to let them know what I was passionate about, and gradually I started to be offered exciting opportunities.

 

Seven years on, I now make my living as a full-time science communicator. I divide my time between media work, public talks, writing and running training courses. It's taken me four careers and a lot of set-backs and challenges, but I'm finally doing what I love... and what's more, I'm bringing my whole self to work every day. But most importantly I've finally realised that there is no such thing as being "too sensitive for science". In fact being sensitive and emotional can be an asset, not just to science but to any career. There is an outdated stereotype that all scientists are cold, hard, unemotional - and of course male. Not only is this wrong, but it's immensely damaging. Busting apart this stereotype is one of the things that is now most important to me in my work.

When I'm not enthusing people about science, or raising awareness about issues that are important to me, I love traveling the world, seeing new places and having new experiences. I've jumped out of a plane, scuba-dived on the great barrier reef, slept in an ice hotel, skied down mountains, trekked with gorillas in the wild, and caged-dived with great white sharks. I'm also really into music, dance, yoga, mindfulness and meditation.

 

On a warm summer day I'd most like to be in a field, preferably barefoot, with flowers in my hair... and dancing.

You can read more about my life, my story and my views in these articles and interviews:

Me when I was six

My Work As A Science Communicator:

In January 2013 I was selected as one of 30 women from over 3000 applicants to attend the first BBC Expert Women media training day, which launched my broadcasting career. Below are some of my subsequent work engagements as a broadcaster, speaker, writer and trainer. Please click on the green buttons or follow the tabs at the top of this web page to find out more.

 

Broadcasting

TV / video:

  • Presenter of the live video streaming at New Scientist Live London

  • Reporter on BBC2's health show Second Opinion

  • Resident science expert for one series of  ITV's The Alan Titchmarsh Show

  • Member of the panel of experts for six series of Sky1's celebrity panel-show Duck Quacks Don't Echo, hosted by Lee Mack

  • Contributor to Discovery Channel's How Do They Do It?

  • Biology expert on Channel 4's Food Unwrapped

  • Interviewer for a series of panel discussion videos on fear for the AXA PPP Own Your Fears campaign

  • Interview about egg freezing on BBC2's Holding Back the Years

  • Presenter of a video about the science of how to have a happy holiday for Visit Guernsey

  • Script development and narration for documentary short film For The Record.

  • Presenter for a series of fun science videos on The Senses for the Royal Institution's YouTube channel

  • Presenter of the Cinema Science series for the BBC Britlab YouTube channel

  • Co-presenter for Bett TV's live coverage of The Bett Show for educational technology

  • Presenter of an online video course about 3D printing for Makerversity

  • Guest on BBC Click's live show at The Hay Festival

  • Panelist on London Live's Not the One Show

  • Numerous TV interviews  about current science news topics, science education and women in STEM: ITV's This Morning, Sky News, Sky News Sunrise, BBC Breakfast, BBC World News, Channel 5 News, CNN

 

Radio / podcasts:

  • Story Collider podcast

  • Special guest on an episode of The Guilty Feminist podcast on crying

  • Interview on BBC Radio 4’s Woman's Hour about the politics of crying at work

  • Interviews about topical science news and education stories on BBC Radio 4's Last Word, Radio 5 live’s Daily Bacon, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Newshour and LBC Radio

  • Interview about egg freezing on BBC Radio Scotland.

  • Regular guest on the Guardian Science Weekly podcast

  • Voice of Oxford University Press' online resource MyMaths

 

Press interviews:

  • Interviews in The Sunday Times, The Times, The Guardian, The Sun's Fabulous Magazine, The Jewish Chronicle, The Jewish Telegraph and many online publications about women in STEM and my personal experiences.

  • Interview in The Daily Mail about women's fertility and my decision to freeze my eggs.

  • Interview for BBC News online about science communication.

  • Interview for The Daily Mail about the science of tickling.

Public Speaking

 

Dr Emily's Weird and Wonderful Science Facts / Dr Emily's Brain-Fizzing Facts

Interactive family-friendly quiz shows based on my new book. Venues include:

  • The Royal Society Young People's Book Prize Awards

  • The Hay Festival Family Day

  • The British Science Festival Family Weekend

  • Cambridge Science Festival

  • Discovery Day at the Crick Institute

  • The Emirates Festival of Literature

  • Barnes Children's Literature Festival

  • Durham Book Festival

  • Chipping Campden Festival

  • Peterborough STEM Festival

  • Middlesex University STEM Festival

  • Teentech London and Teentech North Wales
  • Techfest Aberdeen
  • Manchester Museum of Science and Industry
  • Bucharest University Science Festival

  • The Big Bang Fair London, Banbury, Silverstone, East Midlands, West Midlands, Buxton, Boston

  • Brighton Science Festival

  • Bury St Edmunds Science Festival

  • Academies Enterprise Trust Conference

  • Jewish Book Week

  • Manchester Science in the City Festival

  • Herts for Learning Head Teachers' Conference

  • Leeds Trinity University: Engaging learners in science

  • Burnley College Science Festival

  • Many schools across the UK and abroad

Pandas Love Porn

Interactive 'x-rated' quiz shows about the science of sex and attraction:

  • The Hay Festival Adult Programme

  • Aarhus University Hearts and Minds Festival, Denmark

  • Cheltenham Science Festival

  • Science Oxford

  • Science Showoff at Bloomsbury Theatre

  • The House of Togetherness, London

  • Nerd Nite

  • An Evening of Unnecessary Detail

Cutting edge science talks

Venues include:

  • The Science Museum Lates: Gut Feelings

  • The British Science Festival: The Fat Controller

  • The British Science Festival: Fertility and Egg Freezing

  • International Students House: Gut Feelings

  • Fisher Scientific - Science World Conference: How to Grow a Human

  • Aarhus Hearts and Minds Festival: Gut Feelings and The Fat Controller

  • Bishops Stortford Cafe Scientifique: Gut Feelings

  • Equazen Fish Oils Conference: The Science of Reading

  • Malvern Festival of Innovation: How to Build a Human

  • Science Oxford: The Fat Controller

  • A-Level Biology in Action : How to Grow a Human and The Fat Controller

  • Osho Leela Summer Sexuality Gathering: The Science of Sexual Arousal

  • The Summer House Weekend: The Science of Sexual Arousal

  • National Council for Hypnotherapy conference: Gut Feelings

  • A-Levels Live, London: How To Grow A Human

  • Reading STEM Hub Inaugural Lecture: How to Build a Human

  • Kazakhstan Schools Science Festival: Revolutions in Biology - regenerative medicine, epigenetics and cancer research

  • Many schools across the UK and abroad

 

Lies, Damned Lies and Newspapers

Maths and statistics talks. Venues include:

  • Body of Evidence:  The Royal College of Physicians

  • Maths Inspiration: Canterbury and Birmingham

  • GCSE Maths in Action: London, Salford and Warwick

  • The Further Maths Support Programme: Numerous regional Taking Maths Further and Women in STEM events for teenagers, and a Christmas Lecture

  • Advance Maths Support Programme: Numerous regional events

  • Mathematics Sans Frontiers: Prize for Scottish Winners

  • DataFest: Sheffield Methods Institute

  • QStep Symposium: Warwick University

  • Is Data Literacy the New Black: Manchester University

  • The Royal Statistical Society

  • Maths Hubs Annual Conference

  • Maths and Beyond - Schools Event: University of Warwick

  • Many schools across the UK and abroad

Too Sensitive for Science? / Secrets of Success / Emotion: The Secret Asset in Your Career

Inspirational and motivational talks on science careers / women in science / diversity / sexism in science / online abuse / the value of emotions in science. Venues include:

  • TEDx UCL

  • Women of the World Festival

  • Story Collider at the British Science Festival

  • Feminism in London Conference

  • London School of Economics: Power Conference

  • LSE Students' Union: Mental Health Awareness event

  • Siemens Warwick: event on diversity and inclusion

  • HSBC: Women on the Wharf event on Imposter Syndrome

  • The IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards

  • Chevron London Women's Employee Network

  • Being a Man Festival

  • Sunday Assembly

  • Emirates Festival of Literature

  • Innovate UK

  • CRUK Cambridge Centre: Annual Graduate Symposium

  • Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick

  • Rocking Ur Teens

  • Inside Government: Promoting Women in STEM forum and Promoting STEM in Schools forum

  • Women of the Future Conference: John Innes Centre

  • The Guilty Feminist Live

  • The Linnean Society: event showcasing the contributions of women in science

  • Oxford Festival of the Arts

  • Kings College London: Annual Symposium

  • Alternatives, St James' Church Piccadilly

  • Magical Festival

  • Techfest Aberdeen

  • STEM Women, Bristol and London

  • Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine: annual scientific meeting

  • The Crick Institute Postdoc Symposium

  • Manchester Metropolitan University: Science & Engineering Symposium

  • Herts For Learning: Head Teachers' Conference

  • Institute of Engineering and Technology: Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards

  • UK Radiation Oncology Congress: ACC Liverpool

  • Reading STEM Hub

  • Girls' Day School Trust Education Summit: Female Pioneers

  • Science Teachers and Technicians Conference

  • International Festival of Learning: West Suffolk College

  • Oxford University: Masterclass in endocrinology

  • Scottish University Science Schools Conference

  • Birmingham student WISE society: Women in Science mini-conference

  • Cardiff University School of Medicine and Dentistry Postgraduate Research Day

  • University of East Anglia

  • Southampton University: Athena Swan talk on Women in Science

  • Lancaster University: Athena Swan talk on Women in Science

  • Loughborough University

  • Korea University

  • Women in Artificial Intelligence event, Gold Coast Australia

  • Many schools across the UK and abroad

Talks and workshops about sex and relationships

Venues include:

  • The Apple Tree London: What Turns You On? The Science of Sexual Arousal

  • Summer House Festival: Relating Without a Map 

  • Summer House Festival: What Turns You On? The Science of Sexual Arousal

  • Osho Leela Summer Sexuality Gathering: Do You See Me? The Power of Being Seen for Who you Truly Are

  • Osho Leela Summer Sexuality Gathering: What Turns You On? The Science of Sexual Arousal

  • Sex Club London: Panel discussion on polyamory

  • Exeter University: Panel discusison on polyamory

 

Hosting Events, Chairing Discussions and Panelist

Event host:

  • The Institute of Engineering and Technology: Achievement Awards Ceremony

  • The National Theatre: Science on Stage

  • The Royal Society: Young People's Book Prize Awards

  • ESRC: Celebrating Impact Prize Awards Ceremony

  • The Academy of Medical Sciences: Music and Medicine event

  • LAUNCH Great West: Awards Ceremony, Grand Mercure Hotel Bristol

  • HowTheLightGetsIn Festival, London: Into the Unknown

  • The Weizmann Institute UK: From Research to Reality, IET

  • Manchester City of Science Festival: Science at Number 70

  • Manchester Museum of Science and Industry: Electricycle Avenue

  • British Council and Erasmus University Rotterdam: Shakespeare Lives in Science

  • Pint of Science

  • University of Western Australia: Famelab Schools Presentation
     

Panel chair / interviewer:

  • The Royal Society: The Next Big Thing

  • The Royal Society: Summer Science Exhibition

  • The Royal Institution: The Science of De-extinction

  • The Hay Festival: The Aliens Are Coming! Interview with Ben Miller

  • HowTheLightGetsIn Festival, London: The Arc of Life; interview with Martin Rees

  • The British Science Festival Swansea: Let Toys Be Toys - panel discussion on gender stereotypes

  • The Jewish Museum: The Jenetics of Jewishness

  • Ovarian Cancer Action at JW3: Preventing Hereditary Cancer in Jewish Communities

  • Ovarian Cancer Action at Finchley United Synagogue: Preventing Hereditary Cancer in Jewish Communities

Panelist:

  • Coram Children's Charity: Inspiring Women in STEM event

  • Plan International UK: Day of the Girl discussion panel

  • Girls' Day School Trust Summit: Inspiring Girls

  • Innovate UK

  • Sex Club: Event on polyamory

  • Exeter Feminism Society: Event on polyamory

I have also been a celebrity judge for the Institute of Ideas Debating Matters competition, the National Science and Engineering Competition, and the Teen Tech Awards at The Royal Society.

Writing

  • Author of Brain-Fizzing Facts - Awesome Science Questions Answered. Published by Bloomsbury Children's Books in August 2019

  • Author and consultant for DKFindout! Science, published by DK books July 2016.

  • Feature for Science + Nature (from the creators of The Week Junior) on The Brain. Published Feb 2018

  • Articles for Brighton Girl Mag and The Sun about women's fertility and my decision to freeze my eggs.

  • Article in The Mirror on obesity and weight-loss - co-written with my dad.

  • Article for the BBC Academy about the BBC Expert Women Training Day and my experiences as a woman in science

  • Article for The British Council on how to present complex ideas clearly

Communication and Media Skills Training
I have run workshops on communication skills and working with the media for:

  • The Royal Society
  • The Royal Society of Biology

  • Siemens Warwick

  • The Francis Crick Institute

  • The Crick Institute Postdoc Symposium

  • ENCODS 2019 Neuroscience Conference at The Crick Institute

  • Evidera Pharamaceutical Company

  • University of Cambridge

  • Cantab Capital Institute for the Mathematics of Information

  • Shell's Bright Ideas Challenge schools' competition
    schools' competition

  • STEM Women Conference: London and Bristol

  • Energy Research Accelerato: Coventry University and Loughborough University

  • Warwick Manufacturing Group, Warwick University

  • Loughborough University School of Science:

  • Newcastle Medical School

  • Cardiff University Doctoral Academy

  • Glasgow University

  • Sheffield University

  • University of East Anglia

  • University of Nottingham

  • Southampton University

  • Plymouth University

  • Aberdeen James Hutton Institute

  • The New Israel Fund

  • The National Science Museum Bangkok

  • KMUTT Thailand

  • Famelab International science communication competition (in conjunction with Cheltenham Science Festival and The British Council) in Hong Kong, Spain, Ireland, South Africa, Malaysia, Qatar, Greece, Vietnam, Thailand, Romania, Estonia, Czech Republic, Brazil and Cyprus.

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