Author: Mohamed Daoud – The American University in Cairo, Egypt

Science Festivals are one of the most recent initiatives in the landscape of the current public communication of science. Although, Science Festival is a good way of Science communication and public engagement, yet little research has conducted to date to investigate this increasingly global phenomenon as a survey conducted by European Science Events Association (EUSCEA) in 2004 described Science Festivals as a ‘relatively new’ phenomenon.

The author aims to provide a generalised model of how to host a successful science festival in developing countries like Egypt, highlighting the challenges that might face the founders and organisers of the event and providing practical guidelines in terms of the scope and its development, financial and operational models, and scale and size of the science festival.

Accordingly, the Author conducted semi-structured interviews to collect data concerning Science Festivals in Egypt and the United Kingdom. The interviewees were representatives from Cairo Science Festival, Egyptian Science Week, Zewail Science Festival, and Manchester Science Festival.

The results of this work prove that Science Festivals are good example of applying the “dialogue” and “conversation” approaches that depend on two-way of communications to engage the general public with cutting-age science and technology. This work has confirmed that there are broad approaches and diversity of the term “Science Festivals.” This work offers further improvements for the relationship between science and society. Finally, this work gives a clear evidence that the public communication of science is growing in Egypt.

The author will present his results highlighting a generalised model with practical guidelines of how to host a successful science festival in developing countries in a form of infographic presentation.

The author has not yet submitted a copy of the full paper.

Presentation type: Visual presentation
Theme: Transformation

Author: Mohamed Daoud – The American University in Cairo, Egypt


  • Mohamed Elsonbaty Ramadan – Freelance Science Journalist and Science Communication Consultant, Egypt

The research field of science communication in Egypt is fairly neglected. The university system, with few exceptions, pays scant attention to the teaching of science communication, leading to limited academic knowledge of this research field and the absence of any compendiums covering the evolution of this discipline with its rich history and philosophical relations. Accordingly, this insight talk will be the first attempt to provide a deep reflection on science communication in Egypt.

Firstly, the talk will propose a timeline of the milestones that contributed to the science communication development in Egypt. Interestingly, in spite of its early and promising start around almost the same epoch as in the UK, it has witnessed numerous setbacks. The authors will draw the attention to these setbacks as a result of the economic and political upheaval suffered by the Egyptian society since the French colonisation in the 18th century.

Surprisingly, Egypt has witnessed a true boom in the public communication of science in the last 9 years specially after the January revolution in 2010. The talk will focus on identifying the drivers that led to that sudden proliferation in the field during the last decade, highlighting the landscape of various science communication activities, in addition to the fundamental challenges to its sustainable growth due to the spread of pseudoscience and censorship in the media in one hand and the lack of vision, professional trainings, academic research, and funding on the other hand.

Finally, the authors will mention all the prospected opportunities to improve communication of science under the umbrella of the recently established Science Communication National Network, funded by the government through its Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, and supported by The American University in Cairo.

The author has not yet submitted a copy of the full paper.

Presentation type: Insight talk
Theme: Time