NAMES News


NAMES 8th Board of Directors Meeting

07 Jun 2013

On 7 June 2013, NAMES Board of Directors (BoD) convened during the Ecsite Annual Conference in Gothenburg, Sweden. The BoD initiated discussing the organization of the 4th General Assembly Meeting upon the confirmation of Bursa Science Center, Turkey, as host. The BoD also discussed the upcoming 1st edition of the Euro-Mediterranean and Middle East Summer School for Science Communication (EMME 2013).

A successful 3rd General Assembly Meeting for NAMES Network

09 Dec 2012

The North Africa and Middle East Science Centers Network (NAMES) held its Third General Assembly Meeting, NAMES 2012, on 5-6 December 2012. The hugely successful event was hosted by Tunis Science City. The success of the conference solidified the status of the Network on the international arena with 100 delegates representing their countries.

Collaboration between Ecsite & NAMES

18 Jun 2012

Ecsite and NAMES, the two networks of science centers and museums, launched the Euro-Mediterranean and Middle East (EMME) Summer School for Science Communication during Ecsite Annual Conference 2012 in Toulouse.

NAMES 6th Board of Directors Meeting

05 Sep 2011

On 5 September 2011, NAMES Board of Directors (BoD) convened during the 6th Science Centers World Congress (SCWC 2011) in Cape Town, South Africa, where NAMES was recognized as co-host of the South African Association of Science and Technology Centers (SAASTEC), one of NAMES’ sister networks. The BoD discussed the 3rd General Assembly Meeting to be hosted by Tunis Science City; they brainstormed potential themes and a diversity of potential subthemes.

NAMES 4th Board of Directors Meeting

29 May 2009

On 29 May 2009, Turkey Science Centers Foundation hosted NAMES Board of Directors (BoD) at the Şişly Municipality Science Center in Istanbul. The BoD reviewed the outcomes of the 1st General Assembly Meeting, NAMES 2008, and started planning the 2nd General Assembly Meeting, NAMES 2010. The BoD decided on “Science for Knowledge and Prosperity” as a theme; they also discussed potential subthemes: “New Technology”, “Life Sciences”, and “Sustainable Development”. The BoD also discussed potential joint projects and exchanged information regarding best practices among the members. NAMES Secretary also presented the new network website.

NAMES 2nd Board of Directors Meeting

31 Jan 2008

On 31 January 2008, NAMES Board of Directors (BoD) met mainly to discuss the organization of the 1st General Assembly Meeting; theme, subthemes, program structure, potential speakers, target participants, etc. The BoD also worked on the development of the Mission Statement, Mission, Vision, and Objectives of the Network. Among the other topics on the agenda was the revamping of the network’s website.

News Highlight

07 Jul 2007

The Euro-Mediterraneam and Middle East (EMME) Summer School for Science Communication (EMME) is the first major collaboration between NAMES—the North Africa and Middle East Science centers network- and Ecsite—The European Network of Science Centres and Museums.

NAMES 1st Board of Directors Meeting

07 Mar 2007

On 7-8 March 2007, The Scientific Center of Kuwait (TSCK), one of NAMES’ founding members hosted the third meeting of the network, marking the first official Board of Directors (BoD) Meeting. The BoD discussed membership applications, as well as eligible science centers within the region to be approached.

NAMES Official Launch

09 Nov 2006

On 9-10 November 2006, Tunis Science City hosted the second NAMES meeting where the five founding members signed the Memoranda of Understanding marking the official launch of NAMES network. The five members formed NAMES first Board of Directors, electing Ms. Hoda Elmikaty—then Director of the Planetarium Science Center, Egypt; currently Deputy Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina—President of NAMES.

NAMES Initiation Meeting

30 Jan 2006

On 30 January 2006, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA), through the Planetarium Science Center (PSC), organized the first meeting to discuss with similar regional institutions the establishment of a network of science centers and museums in the North Africa and Middle East. Seven regional institutions representing six countries, in addition to two European institutions, participated in the meeting, which aimed to explore the status—experiences and challenges—of science communication endeavors within the region, and investigate means of collaboration with the purpose of maximizing our collective knowledge, expertise, and progress.