For over six years, Mohammed Yahia has worked on raising the profile of science and science journalism in the Middle East. He graduated from Cairo University with a bachelor degree in Pharmacy and Pharmacology. After a year working in community pharmacies and for major pharmaceutical organizations, Mohammed started reporting and editing for the Health & Science section at IslamOnline.net. Since then he has written for many different outlets, including The Daily Star Egypt and IDRC.
He worked as a media consultant with Kamal Adham Center in the American University in Cairo (AUC). He was involved in the inauguration of the AUC Virtual Newsroom inside the virtual world of Second Life and taught a course there on media convergence using virtual worlds. He is interested in exploring ways to apply journalism to evolving areas such as social networks, virtual worlds, and media integration.
Prior to joining Nature Middle East, Mohammed was the MENA region coordinator for the website SciDev.Net.
The Arab world has a rich history of scientific enquiry. During the Golden Age of Science, the Arab world was influenced by texts from neighbouring regions of Greece, Persia and India, and built on them with great discoveries and inventions such as algebra, optics, medicine and many others. For more than 500 years Arabic was the language of science. Following translation into Latin, Arabic scholarship fed back to these neighbouring regions and helped lay the foundation for the European enlightenment and current Western science.
Nature Middle East has been created with an understanding of the potential of the Arab world to once again be an important centre of science. It covers a diverse group of 18 nations: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, the Palestinian territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Nature Middle East is about recognizing the contribution of many different peoples working together, united by a common language.
Nature Middle East is a comprehensive portal site for information on scientific and medical research in the Arabic-speaking Middle East, the research community and its activities. It is a site with a broad scope that caters for scientific and medical researchers at all levels, from students to post-doctoral fellows to principal investigators. Most importantly, Nature Middle East will be a unique online platform for the scientific and medical research community to connect, network and exchange information or ideas, to promote good science and stimulate research and debate.
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