NAMES 2018 Conference

SAVE the DATE! NAMES 6th Biennial Conference and General Assembly Meeting (GAM), NAMES 2018, will take place 24-26 October 2018, back at the Library of Alexandria, Egypt, where it will be hosted by Founding Member, the Planetarium Science Center (PSC), in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of NAMES 1st conference and GAM, NAMES 2008, which was also organized at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, home of NAMES Secretariat Office.

360°: See It All! (الصورة كاملة) is the theme of NAMES 2018. It is a call to look at work in science centers and museums from all angles, functions, and contexts, to be contemporary to where the world is now while we create, connect, and commit.

NAMES 2018 subthemes are:
  • Content – Creating Shared Experiences
  • Connections – Creating links
  • Commitment   Creating your sustainability

NAMES 2018 Website is published at; stay tuned for updates.

Online Registration is scheduled to open beginning of January 2018, shortly followed by Online Exhibition Fair Booth Rental.

The Call for Session Proposals will be open as soon as Online Registration is opened.

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The 3rd edition of the Euro-Mediterranean and Middle East Summer School for Science Communication, EMME 2017, was hosted by Citta della Scienza in Naples, Italy, 10-15 September. It was a HUGE SUCCESS!

EMME 2017 attracted 30 participants from 11 countries; Cyprus (1), Egypt (2), Italy (5), Iran (4), Jordan (4),KSA (1), Kuwait (4), Libya (4), Palestine (2), Portugal (2), and Tunisia (1). As usual, the rich program, aiming to foster future leaders of science centers and museums, featured theoretical talks, followed by practical case studies and workshops, tackling the diverse aspects of managing science centers and museums. Daily topics covered Planning for Growth—Philosophy, Strategy, and Budgets; the People in Your Ecosystem—HR and Public Programs; Channeling Science Centers through Marketing, Communication, and Fundraising; Your Building and Exhibits—Management and Maintenance; Explainers, Volunteers, and Educational Programs.

Special Thanks

NAMES would like to thank Universciences Partenaires, one of the EMME Summer School Active Partners, for their continuous support of NAMES in the form of 5 grants to 5 aspiring science center professionals from the NAMES region to benefit from EMME; this edition’s grantees came from Egypt, KSA, Palestine, and Tunisia.

The Mijbil Almutawa Award 2017


During the Opening of EMME 2017, the first winner of the Mijbil Award, Mohamed Elsonbaty Ramadan—Science Communication Development Officer, the American University in Cairo, Egypt—whose award was a full grant to participate in the Summer School, was presented to the attendees and awarded a certificate and a trophy commemorating his win.

The Mijbil Almutawa Award 2017 was founded by Al Nayzak Organization for Supportive Education and Scientific InnovationThe Children’s Museum JordanMishkat Interactive Center for Atomic & Renewable Energy, and the Planetarium Science Center. The Winner’s participation fees were covered by a Universciences Partenaires grant.
Learn more about the Winner of Mijbil Almutawa Award 2017, Mohamed Elsonbaty Ramadan.
Mark Your Calendar
6-9 Nov. 2017
Science Communication Masterclass
10 Nov. 2017
15-17 Nov. 2017
SCWS 2017
Letter from
NAMES Executive Director

What exciting times these are for NAMES and the international science center community at large! Just a couple of weeks separate us from the Science Center World Summit (SCWS 2017), which takes place 15-17 November, in Tokyo, Japan, where it will be hosted by the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan).

For a decade now, NAMES has been part of the International Program Committee; over the years, we have partaken in the development and implementation of the Cape Town Protocol (2011), Mechelen Protocol (2014), and now the Tokyo Protocol (2017).

The purposes of the Tokyo Protocol are to:

-Recognize and utilize science centers and science museums as platforms to help various relevant stakeholders build a better understanding of the challenges of realizing the SDGs in increasingly diverse communities; and

-Bring to the attention of the decision makers worldwide the accomplishments of the science center and science museum field with regard to the SDGs consistent with the relevant action points of the Mechelen Declaration.

Not only that, NAMES is also well represented at the SCWS 2017 through the contributions of its members in various sessions, as well as our sustaining members’ presence in the marketplace. Before that, on 10 November, NAMES members also partake in the 2nd International Science Centers and Science Museums Day (ISCSMD 2017).

2017 has been quite full of stimulating action for us thus far as well. Last month, 10-15 September, the 3rd EMME edition was successfully conducted in Naples, Italy, with great feedback from participants. At the Opening of EMME 2017, we also celebrated the first winner of the Mijbil Almutawa Award; our winner, Mr. Mohamed Elsonbaty Ramadan, is quite the role model for young science center professionals and has a brightly promising future ahead.

We are also thrilled to announce that our next biennial conference, NAMES 2018, will be hosted right here at the Library of Alexandria, Egypt, by the Planetarium Science Center. We have so much to look forward to in 2018, and you as well, as we promise new stimulating activities and features very soon, so STAY TUNED!


International Science Center and Science Museum Day 2017

For the second consecutive year, NAMES is taking part in the organizing committee of the International Science Centers and Science Museum Day (ISCSMD2017), celebrating science, technology and knowledge and supporting sustainable development goals SDGs.

The sub-theme of UNESCO’s 2017 World Science Day for Peace and Development on November 10 is “Global Understanding”, which is reflected in NAMES members activities in celebration of this day, marked by UNESCO as World Science Day for Peace and Development.

This year, NAMES took part in a series of interactive webinars as a predatory step for ISCSMD 2017, which are an open platform that brings together globally engaged institutions to discuss science education and its power to change the world. In support of SDG 5 (Gender Equality) and through the webinars, NAMES is shedding light on influential women and rising women scientists by sharing their inspiring stories across the globe. NAMES is bringing together women from Syria, Jordan, Kuwait and Palestine to share stories and to inspire young women and encourage them to create and innovate in science and technology.

NAMES member Al Nayzak have also joined the Design Squad Global Clubs (DSG) to introduce children to engineering and invention through fun hands-on activities. While enhancing participants’ skills, the clubs will also spark interest in careers related to science and engineering, as well as connecting participants from across the world. DSG is adopting the theme of protecting life on planet, bringing together participants and learning about global understanding. The ISCSMD 2017 marks the graduation of DSG participants as part of science celebration!

NAMES members are celebrating the ISCSMD 2017 by conducting different activities in their centers, to promote the sustainable development goals, and to make science available to everyone.

From our Partners

The Science Centre World Summit 2017

We are 2 weeks away from the Science Centre World Summit (SCWS) 2017, which will be held 15-17 November at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan), Tokyo, Japan. The Science Center World Summit, held every 3 years, is organized by science center networks to discuss global issues involving science center partners and experts from other fields. The SCWS 2017 theme is “Connecting the World for a Sustainable Future”. It embraces the global wisdom approach, and welcomes the rich diversity of all aspects of society. Participants to the Summit will also be discussing how our field can meet the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that address critical needs/actions for the human species to survive and thrive.

NAMES Members will be presenting in the following sessions:

Day 1: Wednesday, 15 November

  • Tom Rockwell from the Exploratorium: “Sustainable Energy Futures: Science Centres/Museums Glocally Approaching a Multifaceted Key Challenge”
  • Ayman Elsayed from the BA Planetarium Science Center: “Connecting and Empowering Youth”
  • Saeed Saeed from TalentS|KCA: “Gender Equality and Reduced Inequalities”
  • Sawsan Dalaq from the Children’s Museum Jordan: “The Tokyo Protocol: Our Global Plan for Local Action”

Day 3: Friday, 17 November

  • Linda Abraham-Silver from Perot Museum of Nature and Science: “Science Communication: Making Science Meaningful for University Students”

Moreover, you can vist the booths of our Sustaining Members, Exploratorium and Hüttinger Interactive Exhibitions, at the marketplace in the Viewing Lounge on the 7th floor, where you can enjoy the beautiful city landscape including Tokyo Tower.

­NAMES Secretariat Office
Bibliotheca Alexandrina, P.O. Box 138, Chatby, Alexandria 21526, EGYPT
Tel.: +(203) 4839999; Ext.: 2723

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