On 4 October 2017, renowned scientist and education advocate Dr Emily Grossman became one of our honorary STEM Ambassadors.
The presentation took place at the 2017 STEM Inspiration Awards, hosted by Lord Sainsbury of Turville at the House of Lords, and supported by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.
Honorary STEM Ambassadors are representatives of the 30,000 STEM Ambassadors across the UK, who work to inspire young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Our honorary STEM Ambassadors stand as champions for the importance of STEM education, promoting the idea of a world-leading STEM education for all young people and acting as aspirational role models, demonstrating how far STEM can take you.
Dr Emily Grossman is an internationally acclaimed science author, public speaker and TV personality. 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 now combines her skills as a science communicator, broadcaster, writer, educator and trainer.
She is best known as a Resident Science Expert on ITV's The Alan Titchmarsh Show and Sky1's Duck Quacks Don't Echo, and for her inspirational and motivational talks in schools, universities and at live events. Emily is a passionate advocate for gender equality and diversity in STEM and has delivered a TEDx talk at UCL on Why Science Needs People Who Cry.
Presented with the gold badge of an honorary STEM Ambassador by Baroness Brown of Cambridge, Dr Emily Grossman said:
“Role models are so important - in choosing to study science, and to later go on to become a science communicator and author, I was greatly inspired by the brilliant teachers and scientists who’ve gone before me. STEM Ambassadors work as role models for young people across the UK, and in becoming a representative of this fantastic endeavour I hope I can inspire more young people to choose to study and work in STEM. STEM subjects are so exciting, and you really never know where studying them could take you.”
Dr Grossman went on to present the Outstanding New STEM Ambassador award to Paula Cil from the RAF and the Outstanding STEM Ambassador award to Michael Jeschke from Siemens Subsea.
Yvonne Baker, Chief Executive of STEM Learning, said:
“We are delighted to welcome Dr Emily Grossman as our latest honorary STEM Ambassador, joining astronaut Tim Peake. The STEM Ambassadors are a national treasure, bringing their expertise and passion for STEM to young people across the UK. With her passion for STEM education, we couldn’t think of a better individual to champion the STEM Ambassadors than Dr Emily Grossman.”
Sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) the STEM Inspiration Awards is a free annual award scheme, designed to celebrate individuals and organisations working to inspire young people in STEM subjects across the UK.
The winners are invited to attend an exclusive visit to CERN with STFC, where they will have the opportunity to see cutting-edge science in action, as well as meet with top physicists and engineers from across the facility.
The full list of STEM Inspiration Award winners
Outstanding New STEM Ambassador
Paula Cil, RAF
Outstanding STEM Ambassador
Michael Jeschke, Siemens Subsea
Outstanding STEM Technician
Henry Rae, University of St Andrews
Inspirational STEM Engagement Project
STEM Employer - Large companies
STEM Employer - Small and medium enterprises
The Joan Sjøvoll Award for STEM Leadership
Lyndsay Reavley, High Tunstall College of Science