NAMES 2018: Pre-Conference Workshops Registration is now OPEN!

Consider creating a professional development goal within your staff members by joining one of NAMES 2018 Specialized Pre-Conference Workshops. They are especially tailored for science communication specialists within the NAMES region by international experts with extensive expertise in Content and Exhibit Development.

1-Day Masterclass: Activating Museums and Science Centers; by TalentS|KCA

How to ensure our destinations are relevant and competitive in a crowded market?
How to produce a creative and engaging offer, whatever the core content?
How can you ensure this matches visitor expectations, and that visitors will return?
How can we promote genuine audience participation at every stage of a project?

This masterclass will look at the background to the trend of creating an effective live interpretation program, its place in museums and culture, and the place of visitor research. Participants will be encouraged to think creatively through investigating different formats and developing a toolkit of best practice for NAMES members.

2-Day Workshop: Designing the Interaction; by Hüttinger Interactive Exhibitions

What are the goals of the exhibition you are about to design? One goal must be common to all successful exhibitions; they must be attractive and meaningful to the intended audience. As such, the focus shifts to the audience. The only way that you can know if an exhibit interaction works properly is by testing it. It is much more effective to test the exhibit idea and hardware as you are developing it, than after the exhibition opens to the public.

Teamed up, workshop participants develop single exhibits or whole exhibitions; the prototypes could be discussed with the other visitors throughout the conference.

*Seats are limited! Only NAMES 2018 Registered and Paid Participants are eligible to book a seat in one of the two offered Pre-Conference Workshops, so hurry up and register now.


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NAMES 2018: Early Bird Rates Deadline is 31 May

Are you not registered yet in NAMES 2018?! Hurry up and register before 31 May to benefit from Early Bird Rates. NAMES Members, as well as Groups, are eligible for special rates also.

NAMES 2018 Tentative Program is almost ready. What distinguishes NAMES conferences is the focused attention on delivering a unique selection of sessions that offer fresh content especially tailored to meet the regional needs in the field of science communication and science centers and museums.

The subtheme “Content—Creating Shared Experiences” is covered by a diversity of panel and reverse sessions, as well as workshops. These include the panel session entitled The Benefits of Collaboration in a Project, where attendees will get an appreciation of the value and importance of building relationships with other organizations, sharing knowledge and experience in order to continually improve and develop. Whilst the focus of the session is on the development of knew galleries, the same principles are applicable to all aspects of science centers/museums’ management and operation.

In the reverse session entitled Young Children are Capable and Competent, a case study of a potential new children’s museum will be presented by the Moderator as a challenge to the rest of the panelists. Three remarkable institutions—the Children’s Museum Jordan, FRida & freD, and Techmania—will share their experience with early childhood, give advice based on the best exhibits and programs they have designed, and their pedagogical approach to engage this young audience. The session will then be reversed, so that participants have the opportunity to contribute with ideas.

Other sessions under the same subtheme include the workshop A Wider Angle:  Connecting Art & Science, as well as a workshop tackling Teachers’ Programs and sessions tackling Visitors’ Experience.

Mark Your Calendar
31 May 2018
NAMES 2018 Early Bird Registration Deadline
1 June 2018
Science Communication Student Conference 2018
7-9 June 2018
Ecsite Annual Conference 2018
18-20 June 2018
IEEE International Conference on Smart Computing (SMARTCOMP)
Letter from
NAMES Executive Director

Time is flying; only 5 months to NAMES 2018!

Since our last issue, the Conference’s Program Committee has received a great number of exciting rich session proposals; the Conference Program is quickly taking shape and is to be announced very soon. To give you an idea, let us offer you just a sneak peek here; more information to be shared with you over the next weeks.

Under “Connections—Creating Links”, Community Building in the Science Center is a workshop delivered by Portuguese experts Carlos Catalão Alves and Sofia Lucas. The workshop tackles mapping and connecting with stakeholders, employing effective methods to engage them, as well as identifying opportunities to work with peers to put forward new projects for community building and argue for organizational changes that favor participatory methods of working and relating to the audiences.

Other sessions under the same subtheme include Transferring Expertise to Broaden Horizons, New Trends in Student Programs, as well as Science Communication and the Media.

Within “Commitment—Creating Your Sustainability”, and under the title of Sustaining Science Centers Past, Present, and Future, a panel of regional and international experts draw parallels in common challenges faced by science centers regardless of their size, location, and longevity. These will include the need to attract and maintain audiences, differentiating our offer from other media and competitors, creating strong sustainable partnerships, and creating robust, resilient financial models. By highlighting the problems and priorities faced by all our institutions, this session will spark conversation and debate about strategies to tackle these issues, identify successful approaches, and share lessons learned.

Other sessions under the same subtheme include: Strategic Alliances, Education and Outreach, Resilience and Adaptation.

In addition to the Conference Program, which is promising to be quite invigorating and inspiring, for the first time, NAMES Conference will be preceded with two specialized Pre-Conference Workshops. It is a unique opportunity, especially for science communicators and science center specialists in the NAMES region, to learn secrets of the trade from international experts with extensive knowledge and experience in both Exhibit and Content Development.

Seats are very limited, so hurry up and register in the conference, to be able to register in one of the Pre-Conference Workshops. You can benefit from the Early Bird Rates if you register by 31 May; only a few days are left, so do not miss the chance!

Stay Tuned for new Program details, including Keynote Speakers and the exciting Social Program; participants are guaranteed a thrilling experience of Alexandria and the Bibliotheca Alexandria with all its multi-disciplinayr treasure troves.


NAMES 2018: Book Your Booth NOW!

NAMES 2018 Exhibition Fair is now open for online booth rental. Exhibiting at NAMES 2018 in Alexandria, Egypt, would be a worthy opportunity for your organization to gain further exposure within this part of the world.

It is worth mentioning that NAMES Members have the benefit of 25% discount on booth rental fees.

Click here to Book Your Booth!

*Make sure to read the Booth Rental Guidelines carefully.


Mijbil Almutawa Award 2018: Call for Applications; Deadline 30 June!

NAMES is pleased to announce the Call for Applications for the Mijbil Almutawa Award 2018; this year's winner will have the chance to participate in the NAMES 2018 conference and benefit from one of the specialized pre-conference workshops.

The winner of the MAAP 2018 receives the following:

  • USD 1000 (in the form of participation fees, roundtrip air ticket, and accommodation expenses); stipend is disbursed upon timely submission of all original receipts and required forms.
  • Certificate and Souvenir.

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

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