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Thursday, July 16, 2009 08:47:24 PM, Agencies

Dr. Nadia El-Awady

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London: Dr. Nadia El-Awady was acclaimed president following tradition that a science journalist representing the host country of the next World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) should lead the federation as it elected a new board during its General Assembly held during the World Conference of Science Journalists in London.

 

In her acceptance speech, El-Awady said she was looking forward to receiving comments from the members of the federation and work with her new board.

 

"I want to hear from you as to how we can serve you better. When we get back home we will set up a new listserv and keep in touch," she told the general assembly.

 

She promised to continue and expand on a successful twinning training program launched a few years ago, which twinned a professional science journalist from the West with one from Africa or Southern Asia.

 

Meanwhile, Dr. Awady's election to the post is being termed as a great achievement for the women in the Arab world.

 

"It is very exciting to think that one of us has become president of the federation," said Dalia Abd El-Salam, the environmental editor of Egypt's French-speaking weekly Al-Ahram Hebdo.

 

"This will give Arab science journalism a great and much-needed boost," she believes. "Iím so proud of her and all of the Egyptians here in the conference are."

 

Dr. Awady, past president and founding member of the Arab Science Journalists Association has been serving as board treasurer of the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) since 2007 and was the first Muslim elected as a member of the WFSJ board.

 

Earlier, the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) announced that the Arab Science Journalistsí Association won the bid jointly with the American National Association of Science Writers to host the next conference in Cairo, Egypt, in 2011.

 

The WFSJ is a non-profit organization acting as an umbrella network of national, regional, and international associations of science journalists and science communicators.

 

It was founded in 2002 with the aim of promoting science journalism and communication throughout the world, with a special focus on the developing world. Currently, there are 40 networks registered under it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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