The North Africa and Middle East Science centers network (NAMES) was launched on 30 January 2006. The purpose and goal of NAMES are to be achieved through excellence and innovation in informal education and by offering hands-on activities where the audience can indulge in participatory learning. NAMES aims to democratize science throughout the region by enhancing public understanding and involvement in science among an increasingly diverse public by means of informal education. More

NAMES 2020

NAMES 7th Biennial Conference, to be hosted by Konya Science Center, Turkey, is postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A new date will be scheduled for 2021 and announced in due time, so stay tuned.
Design: What's Next? is the theme of NAMES next conference. We will aim to seek answers to how to design for science engagement for the future together. We wonder how currently trending topics will affect science engagement and its institutions in the future; what awaits the field in the coming years?


To fulfill our objectives and deliver the benefits promised to our members, NAMES has launched this online platform to provide a diversity of original and adapted resources for NAMES members and the regional science engagement field. Resources include translated content that tackles significant issues and cover best practices; check out Ecsite بالعربي and ASTC بالعربي, as well as the COVID-19 Exploratorium Science Snacks. Original contents shared by NAMES members and partners are under Success Stories and Museum Memories; in-depth, tailored original content is accessible to Members Only.


'Mijbil Almutawa Award 2019'

During the Opening Ceremony of the EMME 2019 Summer School, the third winner of the Mijbil Almutawa Award, Mr. AbdulAziz Afifi—In Charge of Administrative Services and Events Management, Mishkat Interactive Center, KSA—whose award was a full grant to participate in the Summer School, was presented to the attendees and awarded a certificate and a commemorative trophy.

'EMME Summer School 2019'

Hosted by The Scientific Center of Kuwait (TSCK), 27-31 October, the 4th EMME edition featured 12 Speakers and 37 Participants from 8 countries. Experts from leading European and Middle-Eastern science engagement organizations with a long-standing practice offered future science center leadersnew, more cohesive Project-Based format where all sessions fed into a “take away plan of action” that combined all relevant  disciplines. Attendees will be able to apply the skills and tools learned to create and set up projects to help build and develop their home centers into a productive future.

  • 'Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think!'

    - 'Albert Einstein' -

  • 'Nothing in Science has any value to society if it is not communicated.'

    - 'Anne Roe' -

  • 'Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.'

    - 'Carl Sagan' -