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Hashem Al-Ghaili

MSc Molecular Life Sciences | 2015

Nationality: Yemen

Current Position: I am a Science Communicator, and the Director of Content at Futurism Media, which is a news media company that bridges the gap between the general public and researchers. To become a Science Communicator, you have to understand science. By joining Jacobs University, and joining the Master’s program, I got a chance to learn to understand science in-depth, do it myself, working in the lab, and getting direct access to experts in the field, which helped me present science to the general public in a very simplified and engaging way.


“This place is diversity”


After quitting his job in Yemen, he came to Germany in 2013 with a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service, however he didn’t have an admission to secure his scholarship. He sent over 100 applications to different universities and research institutions across Germany, but only received one invitation to an interview. That invitation came from Professor Sebastian Springer at Jacobs University.

After arriving at Jacobs University to do a Master’s degree in Molecular Biotechnology, Al-Ghaili was faced with yet another hurdle. Because his previous studies were mainly theoretical, he wasn’t well-trained to handle lab work independently. However, he was determined to change the situation and sought guidance from Professor Springer, who offered it without hesitation.

“I had to work harder and tripled the amount of time to catch up to the level of my fellow students. Throughout my journey, Professor Springer was there to help with everything he could. I have a lot to thank him for.“

Hashem Al-Ghaili

He passed his exams with distinction and gave one of the final speeches at the graduation in 2015.

Since then he has been involved in communicating knowledge and science to the general public. With his "Science Nature Page" on Facebook he became a star with his vivid explanatory videos. Every week he reaches around 400 million users onlie


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I like it! The unusual career of Hashem Al-Ghaili
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is followed by 2.3 million people; Hashem Al-Ghaili by more than 8 million. On Facebook the graduate of Jacobs University, who was born in Yemen and now lives in Bremen, Germany, is a star. In his videos, he explains the world of science in a vivid and entertaining manner and tells about the latest scientific breakthroughs and technological achievements. His page, which has garnered over three billion views from around the world, is known to his fans as the “Science Nature Page”. more...

Science Communicator Hashem Al-Ghaili hands over the donation to Prof. Dr. Sebastian Springer from Jacobs University Bremen.

Jacobs University Graduate And Social Media Star, Hashem Al-Ghaili, Donates 50,000 € To His University
Just a few years after completing his studies, the Yemeni social media star and science communicator Hashem Al-Ghaili donated 50,000 euros to Jacobs University. This is the largest single person donation from a Jacobs Alumnus in the history of Jacobs University. After the huge success of his Facebook page, which has nearly 27 million followers, Hashem decided to give back to those who believed in him. The funds will go to the research group of his patron, Prof. Dr. Sebastian Springer, who plans to use it for the purchase of research equipment that will help advance cancer research. more...


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