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The editor

Nadia El-Awady is the acting chief editor of Nature Middle East, following in the footsteps of its inaugural editors, Mohammed Yahia and Pakinam Amer.

El-Awady has worked as a science journalist and editor for almost 20 years, covering science topics related to the Middle East and Asia.

In addition to her work in science journalism, she has managed training projects for science and investigative journalists in the Arab region. She also taught science and online journalism at undergraduate university level.

El-Awady has an MB BCh in medicine and surgery from Cairo University and an MA in journalism and mass communication from the American University in Cairo.

When she’s not working obsessively on her laptop, El-Awady is an avid sport and adventure enthusiast. She climbs mountains and treks throughout the year; has cycled on her own across Europe; and managed to complete Ironman Barcelona in 2017 in a pretty respectable time. She has recently started dabbling in Muay Thai boxing.

El-Awady was based in Egypt for most of her adulthood but is currently based in the much colder north of England.

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The Arab world has a rich history of scientific enquiry. During the Golden Age of Science, the region built on texts from the neighbouring regions of Greece, Persia and India, to achieve great discoveries and inventions in areas such as algebra, optics, medicine and astronomy. Arabic was the language of science for more than 500 years. Arabic scholarship was translated into Latin, feeding back into neighbouring regions to lay the foundations for the European enlightenment and modern Western science.

Nature Middle East was launched 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 recognizes the contribution of different peoples working together, united by a common language.

Nature Middle East is a comprehensive portal for information on scientific and medical research in the Arabic-speaking Middle East, the research community and its activities. It has a broad scope that caters for scientific and medical researchers at all levels, from students to post-doctoral fellows to principal investigators.

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