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PABIC Holds Scicom Workshop for Journalists in Pakistan

March 13, 2019

Science writers and journalists play an important role in creating awareness among the general public about science. They are also instrumental in bringing the work of scientists from the lab to the public spotlight. Their work is important in bridging the gap between the language of the common person and scientists resulting in public opinion which ensures the formulation of appropriate government policies conducive to the advancementof science in the country. Science communication has the potential to kickstart a stronger science culture which is most essential for a liberal and progressive Pakistan.

In this context, Pakistan Biotechnology Information Center (Lahore Chapter) in collaboration with the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) and CropLife Pakistan organized a one-day Workshop on Science Communication for Journalists at Forman Christian College University Lahore on March 3, 2019. Dr. Mahaletchumy Arujanan fr om Mal  aysia was the resource person for the workshop. She is the Executive Director of Malaysian Biotechnology Information Center (MABIC) and holds a PhD in Science Communication. The workshop focus was on areas such as Understanding Anti-Science Lobby; Sources for Science Stories; Interviewing scientists; From Journal to Media; Controversies; Research papers vs Media articles and Humanizing Science.

Dr. Kauser A. Malik, Dean of Postgraduate studies FCCU and Director of PABIC Lahore Chapter started the workshop by welcoming all journalists and giving an introduction of the themes. He explained the importance of science communication and for journalists to understand the science of science communication for effective translation of scientific work. Industry perspective was also shared at the workshop by Mr. Muhammad Asim from CropLife Pakistan.

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