The Faculty of Humanities and Kauser Abdullah Malik School of Life Science, Forman Christian College University (FCCU) in collaboration with the Pakistan Academy of Science (PAS) has organized a two-day workshop on Science Journalism. The inaugural session of the workshop was held at FCCU on Wednesday.

Prof Dr Shahid Munir, Chairperson of Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Rector FCCU, Dr Jonathan S Addleton, Dean of Humanities, Dr Altaf Ullah Khan, Director ORIC and Dean Postgraduate Studies, Dr Kauser A Malik, and Secretary General of Pakistan Academy of Sciences Dr Tawasar Hayat gave welcome remarks.

The workshop is aimed at bridging the gap between science and journalism through capacity building of scientists, educators and journalists. International experts Dr Mahaletchumy Arujanan and Mr Ehsan Masood conducted interactive sessions on the first day. Dr Mahaletchumy Arujanan is a Global Coordinator of International Service for the Acquisition of Agribiotech Applications and Executive Director Malaysian Biotechnology Information Centre (MABIC) Malaysia. Mr Ehsan Masood is the Bureau Chief: Editorial, Africa and the Middle East at Nature magazine, London, UK.

Eminent national speakers and academicians also conducted sessions on different aspects of Science Journalism. Dr Manzoor Soomro, Advisor & Immediate Past President Economic Cooperation Organization Science, Dr Zabta Khan Shinwari, Professor Emeritus-QAU and UNESCO Laureate, Dr Savera Mujib Shami, Chairperson, Department of Digital Media, SCS PU, Dr Ayesha Ashfaq, Chairperson, Department of Development Communication, SCS PU, and Mr Syed Muhammad Abu Bakar, Communication Specialist at International Water Management Institute, Pakistan (IWMI) presented on different topics. Dr Savera Shami talked about the fundamentals of creating good science stories while Dr Ayesha Ashfaq shared details about her ongoing research that is aimed at bridging the gap between scientists and journalists.

Chairperson Department of Mass Communication Dr Firasat Jabeen and other faculty members were also present on the occasion.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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