Bolton School Sixth Form Girls

Too Sensitive For Science

Wednesday 20th March 2018, 7.00pm 
Bolton School Girls’ Division Great Hall

Bolton School will host a talk from Dr Emily Grossman. Members of the public are invited to join Bolton School pupils and staff for this free event.

At various points along her wide and varied career path as a research scientist, actress, and science teacher, Emily felt that she didn’t fit in. She was often confronted with the idea that perhaps she was “too creative, too emotional, or too sensitive for science” - a concern she has also heard expressed by many of the female students she has taught. Emily has now found a home for herself as a successful science broadcaster and writer, and in 2015 she was invited to take part in a debate on Sky News, during which she supported women in science and commented that it's OK for scientists to cry. Following the interview she received a barrage of sexist and misogynistic abuse on social media. Six months later she delivered a critically acclaimed TEDx talk at UCL called Why Science Needs People Who Cry.

In this talk, Emily shares the challenges she has faced as a woman in science - touching on confidence issues, imposter syndrome, fear of failure, unconscious bias and online misogyny - and discusses the need to dispel the out-dated stereotype that all scientists are cold, hard, unemotional... and male; a stereotype that prevents many young people, especially girls, from seeing a place for themselves in science. She explores the value of emotions in science, in both men and women, and discusses how emotional openness can lead to three Cs; Compassion, Collaboration and Creativity - qualities that are as essential in science, and indeed any workplace, as they are in life

This free event is open to everyone and will take place in the Girls’ Division Great Hall on Wednesday 20th March 2019, beginning at 7.00pm. Refreshments will be available beforehand from 6.30pm. Parking will be available in the Girls’ Division Quad, which will be clearly signposted on the night.


Event Contact: Mr B Ickringill, Academic Enrichment Coordinator for the Sciences (


This event is part of an ongoing series Arts and Sciences Enrichment Lectures hosted by the Girls' Division. Click here to view the full programme of events for 2018/19.

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