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EMME 2017

17 Sep 2017

The 3rd edition of the Euro-Mediterranean and Middle East Summer School for Science Communication, EMME 2017, was hosted by Citta della Scienza in Naples, Italy, 10 -15 September 2017. It was a HUGE SUCCESS!

EMME 2017 attracted 30 participants from 11 countries; Cyprus (1), Egypt (2), Italy (5), Iran (4), Jordan (4),KSA (1), Kuwait (4), Libya (4), Palestine (2), Portugal (2), and Tunisia (1). As usual, the rich program, aiming to foster future leaders of science centers and museums, featured theoretical talks, followed by practical case studies and workshops, tackling the diverse aspects of managing science centers and museums. Daily topics covered Planning for Growth—Philosophy, Strategy, and Budgets; the People in Your Ecosystem—HR and Public Programs; Channeling Science Centers through Marketing, Communication, and Fundraising; Your Building and Exhibits—Management and Maintenance; Explainers, Volunteers, and Educational Programs.

According to evaluation results, participants found the quality of the training process (content, methods, materials, balance, and delivery on goals), as well as organization, usefulness, and benefits all very satisfactory. They appreciated the different topics discussed and presented; interaction between them and with speakers was highly appreciated. Here are some of the participants’ quotes:

“I got the opportunity to grow my network with key persons in science communication on the regional and international level. I was able to establish new partnerships for possible future projects.”

“It gave me a lot of contacts and channels for exchanging information, experiences and ideas.”

“It is very fruitful for those who work in a science center, regardless if they are new staff or managers.”

“It is a good opportunity to evaluate the way we do things and get insight on new ways.”

“I am planning to encourage other colleagues from my institution to participate in EMME 2019.”

Click here for photos from EMME 2017 and stay tuned for more about the EMME Summer School.

Special Thanks

NAMES would like to thank Universciences Partenaires, one of the EMME Summer School Active Partners, for their continuous support of NAMES in the form of 5 grants to 5 aspiring science center professionals from the NAMES region to benefit from EMME; this edition’s grantees came from Egypt, KSA, Palestine, and Tunisia.