Layal Liverpool

Science journalist

About Layal

Layal Liverpool

Layal Liverpool is a science journalist and author based in Berlin, Germany. Her upcoming book Systemic, about the health harms of racism, will be published in June 2024.

Layal's journalism has spanned diverse science topics, including technology, physics, the environment and health, with a particular focus on inequalities in science, health and medicine. Her writing has appeared in Nature, New Scientist, WIRED, the Guardian, and elsewhere, and she has worked on staff as a reporter for both Nature and New Scientist.

Before moving into journalism, Layal worked as a biomedical researcher at University College London and the University of Oxford in the UK. She has a PhD in virology and immunology from the University of Oxford.


Layal’s upcoming book Systemic is an investigation of the shocking and insidious ways in which racism harms health – and an exploration of how we can tackle the problem to create a fairer and healthier world. It is out 6 June 2024 in the UK and 18 June 2024 in the US.

Systemic: How Racism is Making Us Ill
Bloomsbury Publishing, UK Systemic UK
Systemic: How Racism is Making Us Sick
Astra House Publishing, US Systemic US

Selected articles

Based on her writing, Layal was shortlisted for a 2021 British Journalism Award, three Medical Journalists' Association Awards in 2021 and 2022, and a 2021 Association of British Science Writers Award.

Fund research on racism's health impacts, says European group
How medical tests have built-in discrimination against Black people
New Scientist
Genomic medicine is deeply biased towards white people
New Scientist
Why coronavirus hit people from BAME communities so hard
‘Abortion tests’ developed in Poland spark concern
These veteran female activists are fighting a pivotal climate case with science
Climate change made extreme floods in Germany and Belgium more likely
New Scientist
Russia’s war in Ukraine is disrupting Antarctic science
Researchers from global south under-represented in development research
‘The disease will be neglected’: scientists react to the WHO ending mpox emergency
Ebola may persist in the body for years before sparking new outbreaks
New Scientist

Could cold water swimming help treat depression?

Media appearances

Layal has spoken about science and her journalism on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Kent and talkRADIO, as well as on VICE and New Scientist podcasts. She has also frequently appeared on discussion panels and given talks about her work, including at schools and universities, as well as at scientific and other professional conferences.

Berlin Metropolitan School
Talk about racism and biases in science and medicine - 9 February 2023
Mill Hill County High School, London
Black History Month talk about careers in science and journalism - 14 October 2022
NeuWrite Science Journalism Panel
ScienceWrite Journalism Panel - 16 November 2021
BBC Radio Kent
Breakfast on BBC Radio Kent (broadcast live) - 29 July 2020
BBC Radio Scotland
Good Morning Scotland (broadcast live) - 9 May 2020


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Layal is currently on parental leave. For publicity enquiries related to her book Systemic, please contact Hayley Camis (UK) or Emily Lavelle (US). For other book-related enquiries, please contact Layal via her literary agent Will Francis


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