2-Days Workshop on Science Writing and Journalism in Urdu

Sponsors and Collaborators:

- The Centre of Excellence (COE) in Solid State Physics, University of the Punjab, Lahore

Registration: Registration is required.
Date: May 15, 2023 May 16, 2023
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Venue: COE in Solid State Physics


Khwarizmi Science Society (KSS) organized a 2-Day Workshop on “Science Journalism and Writing in Urdu”. This workshop educated and trained students, teachers and general public about how to accurately and effectively write about science in Urdu. 

This was an opportunity for everyone to enhance their science writing skills in Urdu with the two-day workshop led by Aleem Ahmad, the founder of Global Science and one of Pakistan’s senior-most science journalist.  Hosted by KSS in collaboration with COMSTECH and the Department of State Physics at the University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore, this practical training workshop equipped participants with the skills to write concise, lively and beautiful scientific texts in Urdu.

The workshop commenced with an engaging keynote speech by Dr. Shahid Atiq, (Professor at COE Solid
State Physics, University of the Punjab and the President of KSS), followed by a talk by Prof. Dr. Saira Riaz, the Institute’s Director. Mr. Aleem Ahmed then kick-started a discussion highlighting the significance of popular science writing, setting the workshop’s tone. The sessions delved into various aspects of science writing and journalism in Urdu, encompassing pre-writing measures, content selection, reliable sources, effective communication, critical analysis, usage of scientific terminology, transliteration, universal language laws, and the media’s role in shaping public perception of science. Participants engaged in hands-on exercises and group activities, allowing them to apply their newfound knowledge and receive personalized feedback..

سائنسی قلم کاری اور سائسی صحافت : دو روزہ تربیتی ورکشاپ

خوارزمی سائنس سوسائٹی نے15 اور 16 مئی کو `اردو یں سائنسی قلمکاری ورک شاپ` کا انعقاد کیا۔ اس ورکشاپ کا بنیادی مقصد بالخصوص سائنس کے طلباء، اساتذہ اور عوام کوسائنسی قلمکاری کے بارے میں آگاہ کرنااوراُن کی تربیت کرنا تھا۔ پاکستان کے معروف سائنسی صحافی اور لکھاری علیم احمد نے، منتخب طلبہ، طالبات کو اردو زبان میں نپی تلی، رواں اور خوبصورت سائنسی تحریریں لکھنے کے گر سکھائیے۔
تعاون اور مقام:  شعبہ سالہ اسٹیٹ فزکس، جامعہ پنجاب، قائداعظم کیمپس، لاہور۔
تاریخ: 15 اور 16 مئی 2023، (10 تا 4 بجے)

Details of the Online Workshop

Where?Department of State Physics at the University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore
PartnersCOMSTECH and Centre of Excellence in Solid State Physics, Punjab University Lahore
Instructor ProfileWith more than 35 years of experience, Aleem Ahmed is among the senior-most science writers and science journalists in Pakistan. Having served as the editor of monthly Science Magazine and Science Digest, he launched monthly Global Science in 1998 and published it till 2016. Earlier, from 1993 to 1995, he joined Radio Pakistan for Science Club -- a weekly science program. Besides a number of local newspapers and periodicals, Aleem has also worked with Science and Development Network (scidev.net) and Nature (nature.com) as a freelance science writer. He is the only Pakistani science journalist to participate in the World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ) as a speaker. He has written, co-authored, translated and edited 50+ books on S&T, and has contributed more than 6,000 popular science articles, features, news, blogs and op-ed articles for various print and digital media platforms. For Khan Academy (www.khanacademy.org), he translated and dubbed 1,100 educational videos into Urdu (during 2011 and 2014) spanning over 6,500 minutes. In digital media, from June 2016 to April 2022, he served as the S&T editor and Blog editor for Express Digital (express.pk) -- a leading media outlet from Pakistan.
Intended AudienceScience Students (Intermediate to Ph.D.), Teachers and General Public
Mode of DeliveryThe session will be conducted in-person from 10:00 am to 04:00 pm on 15th and 16th May 2023, at the Centre of Excellence in Solid State Physics (COE), University of the Punjab, Lahore.
Certificates Participants who complete the workshop were awarded a completion certificate.

List of Students who Successfully Completed 2-Days Workshop on Science Writing and Journalism in Urdu

Usman Muhammad Ali
Ikram Abbasi
Madiha Rahman
Afsheen Azhar
Jahanzaib Mughal
Adnan Ali
Erij Khawaja
Yasmeen Ahmad
Muhammad Ahmad
Syed Tayyab Iftikhar Sherazi
Izhar Sagheer
Ghulam Moin U Din
Fiaz Hashmi
Ayesha Safdar
Muhammad Abbas Nazir
Jawairia Atiq
Khadija Atiq


Media for Day 1 and Day 2

Resource Persons:
Resource Person
Aleem Ahmad

Supplementary Documents: الاخبار [Urdu Newspaper] | کیپیٹل ہلز [Urdu Newspaper] | نوۓ وقت [Urdu Newspaper] | The Financial Daily | The Patriot | The Spokesman | Today's Muslim