about

Hello. I'm Hayley Birch, a freelance science writer and editor with a sideline in quirky science communication projects. I've written about everything from the origin of life to feeding tea to cows and have worked on magazines, books, podcasts, festivals and websites.

I've been working as a freelance writer and editor for seven years. My articles have appeared in BBC Focus, Chemistry World, The Guardian, Mosaic, Nature, New Scientist, The ObserverScience for Environment Policy, Science Uncovered and the Telegraph. I have contributed to and edited several popular science books and co-authored The Big Questions in Science, published in September 2013. My most recent book is 50 Chemistry Ideas You Really Need to Know (2015).

Although I spend most of my time writing these days, I've been involved in a wide range of creative science communication and public engagement projects, including Bright Club, Geek Pop and Einstein's Garden at Green Man Festival. I've curated an album of science-themed songs and helped engineers to communicate their research through street art.

I completed my first degree, in biology, at the University of Warwick. In 2006, I was awarded an Association of British Science Writers bursary to study science communication at master's level. I received the Richard Gregory Prize for Science Communication in 2009.

For the last couple of years, I've shared a studio with a bunch of artists in Bristol, close to Banksy's 'Mild Mild West'.

Outside of working hours, I run, admire monkey puzzle trees and attempt to grow vegetables.

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