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 2018

NAMES 6th General Assembly Meeting (NAMES 2018) was hosted by the BA Planetarium Science Center, Wednesday to Friday, 24-26 October 2018. The main theme was "360°: See It All!"; keynote speakers included Dr. Islam Hussein, Egyptian-American Virologist and Science Communicator; and Dr. Graham Walker, Academic Program Coordinator at the Australian National University, and Science Show Performer and Consultant. NAMES 2018 welcomed various participants from 25 countries. More

Success Stories

Within NAMES objective of supporting effective communication, promoting best practices, and encouraging excellence and innovation in informal science learning, NAMES is developing a platform for shared online resources. As a starting point, we launch the Call for Success Stories, to be published through ALMANARA e-newsletter and on NAMES official website. NAMES members and non-members are invited to share stories of successful initiatives, projects, activities, etc. in the field of the science communication. More


'NAMES Members are celebrating the ISCSMD 2018'

On 10 November 2018, NAMES Members celebrate the third annual International Science Center and Science Museum Day (ISCSMD). Under the theme of “Science, a Human Right”, the Science Centers and Science Museums are developing several activities, events, and workshops supporting the right for all citizens to participate in and benefit from science, it will serve to spark a global discussion on ways to improve access to science and to the benefits of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • 'Science is fun. Science is curiosity. We all have natural curiosity. Science is a process of investigating. It's posing questions and coming up with a method. It's delving in.'

    - 'Sally Ride' -

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

    - 'Carl Sagan' -

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

    - 'Albert Einstein' -