Euro-Mediterranean and Middle East (EMME) Summer School


In September 10th – 15th, 2017 the 3rd edition of Euro-Mediterranean and Middle East (EMME) Summer School will take place.

EMME is a science communication training program for experts of the Mediterranean region. The goal is to train new professionals profiles who can work in the field of scientific communication in the Euro-Mediterranean area.

EMME is a project created by the initiative of two important international networks: ECSITE, the European network of science centers and science museums, and NAMES the North Africa and the Middle East network, which in 2012 signed an agreement, together with some of their members, for the realization of the project.

In particular, the Summer School wants to create an euro-Mediterranean and Middle Eastern network of science centers, in order to build a community of actors professionally involved in the dissemination of scientific culture in the region identified as a necessary tool to establish an active citizenship in the whole area.

The first edition of the Summer School took place in 2013, hosted by the Parque de la Ciencias in Granada, while the second edition was held in 2015, at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt.

The choice of Naples as for  the third edition of the Summer School principally satisfies the need of displaying the event  between the north and south shores of the Mediterranean, and also because Naples, in addition to being a historical crossroads of civilizations and peoples (Greeks and Romans, Normans and Arabs, Spanish, French and Austrians) is now one of the most important cities of the Mediterranean and increasingly pointing to a development model based on innovation, thanks to the presence of seven universities and many research centers highly qualified – among them, CNR, Anton Dohrn Zoological Station, the Astronomical Observatory of Capodimonte and INAF section, the Vesuvius Observatory and INGV section. Among the cities that border the Mediterranean, Naples therefore stood as the highest intensity of scientific research with excellence in biotechnology and biomedical research, ICT and physics, new materials and aerospace. A “museum city”, for the richness of its artistic and cultural heritage, but also strongly oriented towards research and innovation.

In this framework Fondazione Idis-Città della Scienza ranks as a major player in the field of local development, international openness and innovation. Città della Scienza funded the first Italian science center, is currently experiencing a dynamic phase of renewal with the opening of Corporea, the first museum on the human body, and D.RE.A.M. activities (Design and Research in Advanced Manufacturing) Academy, an international advanced training program on issues related to new technologies and the manufacture 4.0. In this context, Città della Scienza aims at making an important support  to the edition 2017 of the EMME Summer School on essential specific issues, but also because of the experimentation and workshop center role, with numerous workshops and practical experience.


Project Promoters ECSITE, NAMES, Bibliotheca Alexandrina Planetarium Science Center, Egypt Ciencia Viva, Portugal Città della Scienza, Italia Children’s Museum, Giordania Museo delle Scienze, Italia Parque de la Ciencia, Spagna Scientific Center of Kuwait, Kuwait Universcience, Paris Universcience Partenaires, Paris