Dr Beech was a Research Associate carrying out research on the role of spiritual values in contemporary European science policy. She is currently a Research Associate at the Von Hugel Institute, St. Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge. After reading Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Durham, she went on to obtain an M.Phil degree in Contemporary European Studies from the University of Cambridge. Dr Beech remained in Cambridge to complete a Ph.D. in the Department of German and Dutch, also taking part in a research exchange programme with the Free University of Berlin. Her doctoral thesis focused on the struggle of the German Protestant church against National Socialism, and specifically analysed the policies of the Bishops of Hanover, Bavaria, and Wuerttemberg in the Third Reich. Immediately after her Ph.D., Dr Beech became a ‘Commonwealth Post-Doctoral Research Fellow’ at the University of British Columbia, Canada. She subsequently became a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the Technical University of Berlin, before joining the Faraday Institute in February 2012.