COMSTECH Webinar On “How To Build A Successful Academic Career?”

Prof. Dr. Mohamed Ali Farag

Alexander von Humboldt Fellow/TWAS Fellow
Professor and Program Director
American University in Cairo, Egypt

Date and Time: October 28, 2021 at 15:00 PKT (Pakistan Standard Time)
Deadline for Registration: October 25, 2021


One of the unspoken rules in research is that a successful career in science is only possible with one or more papers with an impact factor above 10 or higher. This belief creates a lot of peer pressure among young scientists and may be even one of the causes of increasing numbers of scientific fraud cases. But is it true?

To answer this question, it is crucial to get a very clear idea what “a successful career in science” means for you. It is very simple: If you want to work and succeed in an academic environment you must be prepared. Here, Prof. Farag will provide unvarnished advice for young scientists on the difficulties that lie ahead and on how to escape the bottle necks most researchers go through in their career to succeed. Opinion presented in this talk is based on Prof. Farag’s 27 years of experience in academia and to cover issues related to how to think scientifically, present & publish in an upmost level.

Target Audience:
The webinar is open to students, researchers, young scientists, and academicians  from the OIC member states.

For Registration please visit:

Procedure to Join:  Zoom link will be shared with selected participants via email.

Profile of Speaker:
Prof. Farag completed his PhD at Texas Tech University, USA, in 2003. In 2005, after spending time as a postdoctoral fellow at The Samuel Noble Foundation, USA, and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, USA, he became assistant professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University, Egypt.

Currently, Prof. Farag works as a Professor at the Chemistry Department, American University in Cairo (AUC) where his research work focuses primarily around applying innovative biochemical technologies (metabolomics) to help answer complex biological questions in medicine, herbal drugs analysis and agriculture.   

Furthermore, Prof. Farag works as a Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, to participate in teaching plant metabolomics and chemomterics modelling for master students, and in 2009–2010 he held the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship in Germany.

Prof. Farag has been recognized with several awards, including Abd el Hameed Shoman award (2016), Egypt Higher State Incentive Award (2012), Cairo University Incentive Award (2009), TWAS award in Science Diplomacy (2014), and the Mass Spectroscopy Performance Award, TTU, USA (2004).  For his highly cited publications with close to 8000 citations and an H index of 40, Prof. Farag was selected as a top researcher in the field of plant biology in Africa by the American society of plant biology, USA.  Prof. Farag is also a TWAS Fellow in Agriculture from Egypt.

Webinar Coordinator:
Muhammad Haseeb Ahmad
Program Officer
COMSTECH, Islamabad.
Phone: +92 51 9220681

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