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Al-Fanar Media Editor Discusses Communication Issues at Science Media Forum

Mohammad El-Hawary, Al-Fanar Media’s editor-in-chief, took part in the fourth edition of the Arab Forum of Science Media and Communication, held on February 5 and 6 under the motto: “From Research to Engagement: Advancing Communication.”

In an online session on February 6, El-Hawary talked about Al-Fanar Media’s experience in covering news of  higher education and research in the Arab world. The theme of his talk was “Communication in Higher Education: Problems and Solutions.”

El-Hawary said the forum presented a distinguished opportunity to exchange visions and experiences in the field of science media and communication, which is gaining importance for academic and media institutions alike. He said the forum also offered Al-Fanar Media an opportunity to monitor communication problems in the sector, and present visions and solutions based on the organisation’s  experience in media, consulting and training.

In the webinar, El-Hawary presented observations on the problems that confront communication officers in higher education ministries, universities, and research institutions in the Arab world. He discussed how insufficient knowledge of the work and policies of news and media institutions could hinder institutions’ efforts to find the best ways of communicating their achievements to general and specialised audiences. He also touched on the importance of building a close and positive relationship with various media outlets, and gave an overview of the experience of Al-Fanar Media.

The Arab Forum of Science Media and Communication, which is held annually, is organised by SciComm X, a science and sustainability communication consultancy based in the United Arab Emirates. Al-Fanar Media is the forum’s media partner.

The forum brings together science journalists, science media and communication professionals, researchers, governmental and private institutions, and media, journalism and science university students, to exchange ideas and experiences for a better future for science media and communication in the Middle East and North Africa.

The fourth edition of the forum was held in cooperation with the University of Sharjah and featured a variety of in-person and online activities. It featured an elite group of speakers concerned with various fields of science media and communication in the Arab world.

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