23 May 2018 | Digital editions, magazines, websites, e-zines, handbooks and contract publishing for the leisure industry

Leisure Opportunities issue 736, 2018 is now out!

Blogs:

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Liz Terry
CEO,
Leisure Media

Kate Cracknell
editor-at-large,
Health Club Management

Tom Walker
Journalist,
Leisure Media

Our guest writers:

Aleatha Ezra
Director of park member development,
World Waterpark Association

Jennifer Fields
Communications Coordinator,
Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Brad Irwin
Partnerships development manager,
Natural History Museum

Michel Buchel
President of Ecsite and CEO of NEMO, Amsetrdan,
NEMO

Julie Becker
Communications and Events Manager,
Ecsite

Eva McDiarmid
Chief Executive,
ASVA

Kurt Janson
Policy Director,
Tourism Alliance

Peter Ducker
Chief executive,
Institute of Hospitality

Maria Zolotonosa
Project Manager,
Ecsite

Ian Taylor
CEO,
SkillsActive

Ufi Ibrahim
Chief Executive,
British Hospitality Association

John Goodbody
Sports Journalist

Sam Coulstock
Customer Relationship Director,
Springboard

Lucy Schweingruber
Fundraising and Events Manager,
Ecsite

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How is your science centre responding to the refugee crisis?

04 Mar 2016
by Julie Becker, Communications and Events Manager, Ecsite
Some organisations want to act as platforms for dialogue and offer citizens a scientific perspective on the issue

No one can ignore the headlines. Migrants have been arriving in Europe in unusually large numbers, causing reactions from unconditional solidarity to pure xenophobia – and all the complex shades in between.

What about science engagement organisations? Does this issue have anything to do with us? This can be a difficult question to answer at the organisational level: it brings us back to our values and missions.

Ecsite invited members who had responded to the refugee crisis to share their initiatives. Some organisations are engaging with refugees as a part of their mission to serve audiences: the Deutsches Museum in Munich, for instance, is introducing young migrants to German technical culture. Other organisations want to act as platforms for dialogue and offer citizens a scientific perspective on the issue, sometimes facilitating encounters between migrants and communities.

Last spring, the Neanderthal Museum in Mettmann, Germany, started Wir Migranten, a series of monthly guided tours in which refugees tell their stories.

“German society is currently reinventing itself, as the welcoming of thousands of refugees questions who we are – or think we are,” said exhibitions manager Bärbel Auffermann. “[But] migrations are a constant feature of human history. No society is ever stable.”

What about you? What initiatives have you been taking? Find case studies at http://bit.ly/1MDeJqq, and join us to discuss the subject at the 2016 Ecsite Annual Conference (9-11 June, Graz, Austria), where two sessions will be dedicated to it.

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