Biotech Updates

PABIC Organizes Science Writing Seminar

July 4, 2018

The Pakistan Biotechnology Information Center (PABIC) in collaboration with print media and International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) University of Karachi held a half-day seminar for science communicators on June 20, 2018.

The seminar, titled, "Significance of Popular Science Writing" was attended by more than 100 participants from print and electronic media, as well as scientists and science writers. Speakers included, Mr. Aleem Ahmed (Senior Journalist and Blog Editor at Express News), Mr. Suhail Yousuf, (Feature Editor at Express News), Professor Dr. Jamil Hasan Kazmi, Chairman – Department of Geography, University of Karachi, and ICCBS Director Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary.

The speakers mentioned that science provides rationality and value in society. They pointed out that science can help feed the hungry as it contributes to poverty alleviation, and heals the sick. Unfortunately, less than 0.1 percent time of electronic media is dedicated to science and technology, and the internet has contributed a lot towards misinformation about science. The speakers concluded that the promotion of science at the grassroots level is needed urgently. They said that Pakistan is confronting extremism, which can be remedied by science.

For details about biotechnology in Pakistan, visit the PABIC website.