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NAMES 2020 Conference - Postponed

Design: What's Next? (مستقبل التصميم في توصيل العلوم) is a call for finding ways to deal with future challenges in science engagement, especially within science centers and museums to maintain relevancy.

Time is changing; consequently, people’s expectations from this kind of institution inevitably change. People’s perspectives and attitudes have converted because of new media tools, like social media; the potentials of these new media tools have contributed to the rise of new educational techniques across the world. Moreover, new media tools give an extensive opportunity for collecting big data analysis, including science center/museum visitors’ behaviors, attitudes, and perspectives. To benefit from data analyses in a significant way, said institutions might need to reorient their missions, goals, and especially their contents.

NAMES 7th Biennial Conference, to be rescheduled for a new date in 2021, 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? What changes have occurred in visitors’ expectations and experiences? What will be the impact of big data and artificial intelligence in science engagement institutions?