EMME 2017 Summer School


The EMME Summer School 2013 was a great opportunity for our center’s employees. It gave us insight into different work systems in science centers, provided room for sharing experiences and knowledge among science centers’ staff, and allowed for investigating the relevant keywords and terminology in details. Also, we had the opportunity to meet great names in their specialties. Last but not least, the chosen topics were of great importance and relevance to every science center employee.” This is how Ms. Didem Aydinmakina—Science Experiment Center and Planetarium, Turkey—described her and her staff’s experience at the 1st edition of the Summer School.

After the 2nd edition, Ms. Mariana Musallam—Al Nayzak Organization, Palestine—said: “I really enjoyed the EMME Summer School 2015 and learnt many things from it. It is a great place to learn new science approaches and do different amazing hands-on activities. This experience helped me broaden my intellectual horizons as a coordinator of scientific activities at the Science and Technology House. I encourage everyone to participate in the Summer School and benefit from this amazing experience”.

Our upcoming five-day 3rd edition features a rich program packed with prominent speakers in the science communication field from both sides of the Mediterranean. From “Planning for Growth—Philosophy, Strategy, and Budgets”, “The People in Your Ecosystem—HR and Public Programs”, to “Channeling Your Science Center—Marketing, Communication, and Fundraising”, “Your Building and Exhibits—Management and Maintenance”, and “Explainers, Volunteers, and Educational Programs”, the EMME 2017 program is guaranteed to inspire and unleash the participants’ creativity.

Check out the attached file to get a sneak peek at the EMME 2017 Program and make sure you do not miss this valuable opportunity of development and networking, noting that the Reduced Rate Deadline is 15 August!

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Mijbil Almutawa Award

NAMES is honored and pleased to announce the launch of the Mijbil Almutawa Award Program (MAAP). The Award is granted on annual basis and covers the expenses of one individual to attend either NAMES Biennial Conference or the EMME Summer School, depending on the year. The winner of the Annual Award receives the following:

  • USD 1000 (in the form of participation fees, roundtrip air ticket, and accommodation expenses);
  • Certificate and Souvenir.

The winner of the Mijbil Almutawa Award 2017 will get to participate at the EMME 2017 Summer School; the winner has been selected by the Award’s Reviewing Panel and will be officially announced during the Opening Ceremony of the Summer School.

Late Mijbil Almutawa, former Vice-Chairman and CEO of The Scientific Center of Kuwait (TSCK), founding member of the North Africa and Middle East Science centers network (NAMES), and its second President (2010-14), contributed significantly to the establishment and development of NAMES, as well as to the Science Center field as a whole during his decades-long tenure with TSCK.

Mr. Almutawa was an unequivocal source of inspiration and a tremendous support to both his TSCK Team, even before the Center opened to the public in 2000, as well as to NAMES Executive Team throughout its first ten years of existence. His presence in NAMES will be forever profoundly missed; yet, his legacy will persevere.

One significant aspect of Mr. Almutawa’s legacy was the support of youth; as such, it would be fitting to honor his achievements and contributions to the Science Center field, through an Award Program that supports Young Science Center Professionals.

Mark Your Calendar
15 August 2017
Training the trainer
12 September 2017
Public engagement: Getting started
25-26 September 2017
International Conference on Responsible Research and Innovation in Science, Innovation and Society2017
2–7 October 2017
Science Museum and School: A Cooperation to Improve Teaching, Learning and Discovery
11-14 October 2017
Hands On! Conference 2017
Letter from
NAMES Executive Director

Dear Colleagues,

Between science centers and museums peaking summer activities and vacation time, I hope you are all enjoying your summer to the maximum. Indeed, summer is such an invigorating time; it is definitely the best season to get active and be inspired. This is exactly why anyone of you who has the time and ability should not miss the chance of joining the 3rd edition of the Euro-Mediterranean and Middle East Summer School for Science Communication (EMME 2017), which will be hosted by Citta della Scienza, Naples, Italy, 10-15 September. Make sure not to miss the Reduced Rate Deadline, which is 15 August!

As with every EMME edition, the Steering Committee—comprising both Promoting and Active Partners—works on advancing the Program, further enriching it with contemporary and cutting-edge content, with the aim of broadening the participants’ experience and expanding their horizons. In the EMME 2017 edition, the use of technologies, the involvement of all social actors, sustainable development goals, and gender issues, will be considered as cross-cutting dimensions that will be tackled throughout the five training days.

The training program incorporates different teaching formats, from lectures and theoretical content, to practical workshops and case studies. Speakers and facilitators are selected based on their consolidated experience in the science center/museum field. Last but not least, the time schedule allows sufficient free time to appreciate all the positive features of the location.

Cooperation between all contributors and participants is expected to continue after the Summer School through follow-up activities. These activities, as well as the use of social networks, will be the pillars for creating of a collaborative community of professionals in the region.

On another bittersweet note, NAMES network has been honored and pleased to launch the Mijbil Almutawa Award Program (MAAP) in memory of the late NAMES Founding Member and Past-President who passed away last year. NAMES Secretariat Office and the MAAP Reviewing Panel have been delighted to receive several exciting applications from young science communication professionals in the NAMES region. The winner of Mijbil Almutawa Award 2017 will be officially announced and presented with the award during the EMME 2017 Opening Ceremony.

It is worth mentioning that, thanks to Universcience Partenaires—one of the EMME Active Partners—another four science center/museum professionals from the NAMES region will have an opportunity to participate in the EMME 2017 free of charge. This is the third time our valued partners offer NAMES this highly appreciated opportunity and we would like to thank them for their continuous support and prized cooperation.

From our Partners

Science Centers World Summit (SCWS) 2017

“Connecting the World for a Sustainable Future” is the theme of the SCWS 2017 scheduled to take place 15-17 November in Tokyo, Japan. It is a realistic response to global challenges all life faces on this planet, and thus, is more important than ever before.

This year’s summit brings together representatives of science center/museums, scientists, instructors, and stakeholders from all over the world to discuss different related topics, such as “Global Sustainability”, “Co-design for Transformation”, “Personal Engagement with Science”, creating innovative working relationships instrumental to SCWS’s continued evolution.

For more information, please visit the summit’s website: https://scws2017.org/


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