Register now and join our spectacular conference celebrating 10 years of NAMES!

Under the Patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, the Children’s Museum Jordan is hosting the upcoming NAMES 2016 Conference in Amman on October 26-28, 2016 at the Intercontinental Hotel Jordan.

Experts in science communication, science centers and museums, cultural centers and many others working directly in interactive learning will all be under one roof during this Conference. Our rich program includes 45 regional and international speakers delivering 14 sessions and workshops and we already have registered participants from over 35 different countries! Moreover, the Conference’s hosts have prepared a beautiful and exciting cultural program to make sure everyone enjoys their time.

Register now to take advantage of this unique opportunity to gain exposure and network with experts in science communication, interactive and informal learning methodologies all in one place.

RIP Mijbil Almutawa

With a heavy heart, NAMES Family mourns the loss of Mr. Mijbil Almutawa, Vice-Chairman and CEO of The Scientific Center of Kuwait (TSCK). Mr. Almutawa is one of NAMES Founding Member, NAMES Board Member since 2006, and NAMES Past-President (2010–2014). He was a true source of inspiration and a tremendous support to both his TSCK Team since before the Center opened to the public in the year 2000 and to NAMES Family throughout its 10 years of existence.

In addition to the unequivocal role he played in founding NAMES, his presidency between 2010 and 2014 cemented NAMES position on the international arena, laying the foundation for its significant growth in the ensuing years. His presence in NAMES Executive Team will be profoundly missed and we will be working hard to maintain his legacy.


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Letter from NAMES Executive Team

Ten years ago, the idea of a North Africa and Middle East Science Centers Network was incepted at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, home of the Planetarium Science Center, the first Egyptian and one of the very first entities of its kind in the region. Before the year 2006 had lapsed, NAMES was officially launched thanks to the conviction and commitment of five founding members from Egypt, Kuwait, Tunisia, Turkey, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

It has been a long and challenging path; yet, ten years later, NAMES is an internationally recognized and acclaimed Network with a solid member base that is growing proportionately to the growth of the field in the region. NAMES had four successful biennial conferences in four different countries; twice in North Africa, once in the Arabian Gulf, and once in Turkey. Moreover, marking its fifth anniversary, NAMES was the co-host of the 6th Science Centers World Congress in Cape Town, South Arica, in 2011. Since 2012, NAMES is the Promoting Partner of the Euro-Mediterranean and Middle East Summer School for Science Communication (EMME).

NAMES fifth biennial conference, marking the Network’s Ten Years Anniversary, takes place next month in Amman, Jordan. It is on that occasion that we launch our new brand, website, and e-newsletter, which are just the first steps on the road to better visibility, more benefits and services to our members and partners.

NAMES Executive Team is excited about the next phase; sadly though, our tenth year has witnessed the shocking and devastating loss of one of NAMES pillars, Mr. Mijbil Almutawa. The late Vice Chairman and CEO of The Scientific Center of Kuwait, Mr. Almutawa was one of NAMES five founding members, NAMES 2nd President (2010-14), and a constant source of support and power to the budding network. Much of NAMES success throughout its ten years of life is thanks to Mr. Almutawa’s investment in and dedication to the network and its mission.

In honor of Mr. Almutawa’s legacy, NAMES Executive Team dedicates this first issue of the Network’s new official e-newsletter, marking the Network’s new phase, to the commemoration of this great man’s unequivocal presence.


NAMES Re-branding

Ten years have passed since the establishment of NAMES, during which great strides have been taken towards reinforcing the Network’s position internationally, expanding its reach across the region, and establishing valuable collaborations.

As we turn a new leaf on the occasion of NAMES 10th anniversary, NAMES Executive Team introduces a new corporate identity. The new logo symbolizes NAMES growth and its expanding reach.

*Before using NAMES Logo, please make sure you communicate with NAMES Secretariat Office and acquire their confirmation to use the logo. Moreover, you need to abide by NAMES Logo Guidelines.




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