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The Arab Science Journalism Forum was conceived to develop, implement, & evaluate strategic initiatives.

The Arab Science Journalism Forum was conceived as an extension of an institution-wide initiative at the American University in Cairo (AUC) with the aim of maintaining AUC's position as Egypt’s global university. Since 2019, the Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism in the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the American University in Cairo has placed a focus on advancing science journalism across scholarship, education, and collaboration in an effort to build this underrepresented field.

Science Journalism: The Professional Approach

A small panel conference at the Kamal Adham Centre which paved the way to a two-day event the following year.

Science Journalism: Towards Fostering an Environment for Growth

A two-day event which included lectures by panelists from around the world and key figures in the field of Science Communication & Journalism.

Advancing Science Communication in Challenging Times

Held online due to the pandemic, the event was accompanied by a special issue of our journal Arab Media & Society on “Media & Health” as the Kamal Adham Center’s latest project.

Arab Women in Science Journalism

The theme of the fourth iteration of the forum was Arab Women in Science Journalism, which focused on the evolving role, as well as impact, of Arab women in science and science journalism.

Science Journalism Forum '23

Arab Women in Science Journalism

In 2023, the fourth Arab Science Journalism Forum was hosted virtually and titled “Arab Women in Science Journalism”. The event was produced in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the International Programme for the Development of Communication and comprised three panel discussions that covered Women in Science Journalism, Gender and Climate, and Women in STEM: Perspectives on How Science Should be Communicated. Moreover, the forum published a monograph that focused on the themes of women and science journalism in the Arab region, which was accompanied by a special issue of Arab Media & Society, which was titled, “Media & Women”. The panel discussions, which were simultaneously available in English and Arabic, included esteemed panelists selected from a cadre of international experts. Participants included Bothina Osama (MENA coordinator at Scidev.net), Rahma Diaa (Founder of Climate School Initiative), Dr. Mubaraka Saad Alghariani (academic researcher at Libyan Authority for Scientific Research), Raghida Haddad (Environmental Consultant and Senior Lecturer at The Lebanese University), Nadia El Awady (Editor at Medscape UK and Europe), Ashraf Amin (Head of the Science Desk at Al-Ahram Newspaper), Hadeer Elhadary (Lead Environmental Journalist at ESG Mena Arabic), as well as many others. The keynote speech was delivered by Dr. Nouha Belaid, who is a Media and Communications Senior Consultant and the Founder of Science Journalists in MENA. The event was highly successful and well attended, which further expanded a growing network of collaboration among scientists and science journalists throughout the MENA region.

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Science Journalism Forum '21
Advancing Science Communication in Challenging Times

In 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the third iteration of the forum was held online. The event focused on “Advancing Science Communication in Challenging Times”, and was accompanied by a special issue of our journal Arab Media & Society on “Media & Health” as the Kamal Adham Center’s latest project to further the development of this important field in the Arab region. It included panel discussions on a variety of themes, such as: the Future of Media & Public Health; Science Journalism Enabling Informed Decisions; Media & Health: a Global Approach; and Collaborative Approaches to Advocating Science. The panel discussions, hosted in Arabic and in English, consisted of a strong lineup of regional and international perspectives from journalists, scientists, governmental and institutional officials, as well as scholars directly involved in reporting, studying, and implementing communication strategies, such as: Jon Cohen, Science Writer, Science Magazine; Jonathan Weiner, Maxwell M. Geffen Professor of Medical and Scientific Journalism, Columbia University; Andre Picard, Health Reporter, The Globe and Mail; and Carolyn Unck, Manager, Research Communication, KAUST.


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Science Journalism Forum '20

Towards Fostering An Environment For Growth

The successful initiative soon became a two-day event in 2020 and included panelists from around the world. Titled “Science Journalism: Towards Fostering an Environment for Growth”, it included plenary lectures by key figures in the field of science communication and journalism, including Mariette Di Christina, Dean of Boston University College of Communication and former Editor-in-Chief of Scientific American; Ehsan Masood, Editorials Editor and Bureau Chief for Africa and the Middle East at Nature magazine; Carolyn Unck, Managing Editor of KAUST Discovery magazine, who also delivered an e-lecture; and award-winning journalist, virtual reality researcher, and MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellow, Pakinam Amer. The forum’s activities also included a strong lineup of speakers and research paper presenters participating in a variety of sessions including panel discussions, workshops and paper presentations.


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Science Journalism Forum '19

The Professional Approach.

This event was held in the conference room of the Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism at the American University in Cairo. Panelists included Mahmoud Alam Eldin, Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication and Member of the Higher Press Council of Egypt; Dalia Abdel Salam, Editor-in-Chief of Lelelm (Scientific American Arabic Edition); Ahmed Youssef, electronic journalism expert and program presenter; and Mohamed Yehia, Executive Editor of Nature Middle East. The event was moderated by Adham Center Director, Hussein Amin. The speakers drew on their technical and scholarly experience to examine the status, professional challenges, and growth of science journalism in the Middle East and North Africa.

ASJF Speakers

Past Speakers

Marriette DiChristina

Dean, College of Communication,
Boston University

Ashraf Amin

Head of Science Desk,
Al Ahram

Farag ElKamel

Professor of Communication,
Cairo University

Jonathan Weiner

Professor of Medical and Scientific Journalism
Columbia University

Essam Youssef

Author and TV Anchor

Bothina Osama

MENA Regional Coordinator,

Nadine El Sayed

Associate Professor of Communication,

Jon Cohen

Science Writer,
Science Magazine

Ehsan Masood

Bureau Chief Middle East and Africa,

Carolyn Unck

Manager Research Communication,

Sherif Amer

Lead Anchor MBC Masr

Ayman Rashwan

Medical Doctor and TV Presenter

Rasha Allam

Assistant Professor of Communication,

Olfa Tantawy

Communication and Development Officer

Firas Al-Atraqchi

Chair JRMC Department,

André Picard

Health Reporter,
The Globe and Mail

Pakinam Amer

Award-winning Science Journalist

Ahmed Salman

Vaccinologist and Immunologist,
University of Oxford

Ahmed Balah

Senior Editor,
Scientific American Arabic

Mohamed Ali

Director Scientific Excellence,
National Research Center

Alaa Eldin Adris

Vice President Strategic Development and Innovation,
Nile University

Dalia Abdelsalam

Scientific American Arabic Edition

Ahmed Salman

Vaccinologist and Immunologist,
University of Oxford

Josh Korn

Manager for Global Innovation & Technology,
Netflix Journalism


Meet the Team

Hussein Amin

Forum Chairperson

Sarah El-Shaarawi

Conference Coordinator and Publication Manager

Frank Bartscheck

Conference Coordinator and Publication Manager

Salma ElGhetany

Conference Coordinator

Maged Mohammed Mounir

Conference Coordinator


Our Past Team Members

Heba ElShahed

Conference Coordinator

Hussein Battah

Technology Service Coordinator

Farah Rasmi

Research and Publication Coordinator

ASJF references


Carolyn Unck Manager Research and Communication, KAUST
Nashwa Elyamany
Ahmed Balah

It has been a great pleasure to participate in the Arab Science Journalism Forum over the past two years. The forum provides a platform for the Arab world to talk about science journalism in their native language. This is important because although English is the universally accepted language for science, non-native speakers still suffer from language fatigue. I am happy to say that by participating in the forum, I have become better connected with other science communicators in the Arab world and beyond.

“ Arab Science Journalism Forum, as a global event hosted by AUC, attracts international experts, professors of practice, and avid media practitioners and science communication scholars from Egypt and overseas. I was fortunate to take part in such a well-organized forum in 2019 on two days of education, collaboration and presentation. As a presenter, I enjoyed how much the forum caters for the fruitful dissemination of recent scholarly works in science communication by crossing borders and encouraging inter- and multi-disciplinary research endeavors and collaborations. All presenters, guest speakers and audiences engage in the critical discussions of vigorous research articles and the key contemporary challenges in science communication. Not only conference presenters but also attendees benefit from the several disciplinary terrains theoretically, methodologically, and empirically. ”

" على الرغم من ظروف الجائحة، حرصت الجامعة الأمريكية بالقاهرة على تنظيم مؤتمرها الثالث للصحافة العلمية للعام الثالث على التوالي، تقديرها منها للدور الهام الذى تلعبه الصحافة عموما والصحافة العلمية بوجه خاص، في تكوين الآراء واتخاذ المواقف والقرارات الصحيحة وتفادي المخاطر والتهديدات. ولقد شرفت بالمشاركة في المؤتمر في دورته الأخيرة، والتى أثارت نقاشا حاميا اتسم بالتفاعل والحيوية حول واقع الصحافة العلمية ومستقبلها في المنطقة العربية والعالم، وكونها مكون أساسي من مكونات التنمية والإرتقاء بأي مجتمع. "