The North Africa and Middle East Science centers network (NAMES) was launched on January 30, 2006 during a meeting initiated and organized by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Planetarium Science Center.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.The goal of NAMES is the popularization of science throughout the region by enhancing the public understanding and involvement in science and scientific culture among an increasingly diverse audience. The purpose of creating NAMES is to foster cooperation between existing science centers and museums in North Africa and the Middle East with the aim of benefiting from all available resources and experiences within the region to further enhance the role of all member establishments. The network also aims to help establish new science centers and museums in all countries of the region.
International conference (3rd General Assembly Meeting)

The Tunis Science City will be the proud host of the NAMES 3rd General Assembly Meeting (GAM), on December 5 and 6, 2012. The conference will be under the theme of Sustainable Development in Science Centers Strategic Planning and Management. Nationally and internationally renowned experts in environment and science communication will be invited to take part in this conference. NAMES members in partnership with local and international associations will also display, during the two-day conference, a hands-on science exhibition. It is worthy of note that the Tunis Science City jointly with science centers from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Kuwait was a founding member of NAMES. The purpose of NAMES network is to foster cooperation between North Africa and Middle Eastern science centers and to offer a wide range of opportunities to exchange expertise and areas of cooperation.