The Inside Story of Science's Biggest Media Controversies
Do you remember the ‘Climategate’ email leak? Or the ‘Frankenfood’-style headlines about the perils of GM foods? What about the time the government sacked its own science advisor for challenging drug laws?
Beyond the Hype takes us behind the scenes of some of the most contentious stories in science over the past two decades. From animal research and genetically modified foods to hybrid embryos and a global pandemic, it demonstrates the vital importance of scientists talking to the media – and warns of the damage to public understanding when scientists are silenced on the defining issues of our times.
Fiona Fox became the founding director of the Science Media Centre in 2001. She has won several awards for her achievements, including an OBE for her services to science in 2014. In 2023 she was elected an honorary Fellow of the Royal Society for her work in science media relations and holds honorary fellowships at the Royal Society of Biology, the British Pharmacological Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences.
She also holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Bristol. She writes regularly for science publications and national newspapers.