Mijbil Almutawa Award Program

MAAP 2024 Call for Applications is OPEN!

The deadline to apply for a chance to win coverage to attend NAMES 2024 conference in Konya, Türkiye, is:
15 February 2024.

Late Mijbil Almutawa, former Vice-Chairman and CEO of The Scientific Center of Kuwait (TSCK), founding member of the North Africa and Middle East Science centers network (NAMES), and its second President (2010-14), contributed significantly to the establishment and development of NAMES, as well as to the Science Center field as a whole during his decades-long tenure with TSCK.

Mr. Almutawa was an unequivocal source of inspiration and a tremendous support to both his TSCK Team, even before the Center opened to the public in 2000, as well as to NAMES Executive Team throughout its first ten years of existence. His presence in NAMES will be forever profoundly missed; yet, his legacy will persevere.

One significant aspect of Mr. Almutawa’s legacy was the support of youth; NAMES honors his achievements and contributions to the Science Center field through an Award Program that supports young science engagement professionals.

Award Information

The Mijbil Almutawa Award is granted on an annual basis. It covers the expenses of one individual to attend either NAMES Biennial Conference or the EMME Summer School, depending on the year.

The winner of the Annual Award 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.


Individuals who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • Non-managerial staff members of science centers/museums and other entities working in the science communication field in the NAMES region, with at least one year of documented experience at a science communication institution;
  • Younger than 35 years old;
  • Not a previous winner of the award.

How to Apply

Science Centers/Museums and other science communication entities within the NAMES region may submit a nomination for one of its employees. Each nominating institution is limited to one application per year. Applicants are required to:

a) Complete the Application Form posted on NAMES website and send it to namesnetwork@bibalex.org;
b) Include CV and a 300-500 word Nomination Letter signed by the institution’s Chief Executive Officer, Board Chairperson, or equivalent.

For details regarding terms and conditions, as well as the selection process, please click here.