She joins a panel of five judges, chaired by world-leading immunologist, presenter and writer Professor Luke O’Neill FRS, along with representatives from across the worlds of science and culture. They are television presenter Ortis Deley; author and creative writing lecturer Christy Lefteri; and journalist, writer and filmmaker Clive Myrie.
The prize celebrates the best popular science writing from around the world. A shortlist of six titles, published between 1 July 2020 and 30 September 2021, will be announced in September, with the winner – who will receive a £25,000 prize – revealed in November.
Chair of the judges Professor O’Neill said: “Science communication has always been very important, to entertain, inform and inspire. This has never been more relevant than this year, with scientists engaging with the public across all media on a daily basis because of COVID-19.
“A tremendously interesting number of books have been nominated this year, across a huge range of topics, making our job very enjoyable but also challenging. Science communication is clearly in very good hands.”
Find out more about the prestigious Royal Society Science Book Prize – whose notable previous winners include Bill Bryson and Stephen Hawking.