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

SAVE THE DATE: NAMES 7th Biennial Conference will be hosted by Konya Science Center, Turkey, Tuesday to Thursday,
8-10 September.
The theme of NAMES 2020 is Design: What's Next? We will aim to seek answers to how to design for science engagement, especially science centers and museums, 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?

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


'Science Center World Summit (SCWS 2020)'

2-4 December, Mexico City, Mexico

Join colleagues from all over the world to examine the challenges and opportunities facing humankind in a planet that is shaped increasingly by rapid developments in science and technology. The pace of change is accelerating, leaving many people isolated and without a voice to express their opinions or to shape the society in which they live. This creates a world where inequality prevails.

'Design Squad Global Club'

Under the umbrella of NAMES network, and the leadership of Al Nayzak Organization for Supportive Education and Scientific Innovation, the Design Squad Global Club (DSGC) launched, where NAMES Members -from Palestine, Lebanon, Tunisia, Turkey, and Saudi Arabic- work together on the most engaging, interactive, and entertaining program, offering a new methodology of thinking, in addition to connecting participants to peers from accross the globe, giving them international exposure and a diverse experience.

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  • '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' -