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

Leisure Opportunities issue 730, 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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Education is the only antidote to disease of fear and hatred

01 Sep 2016
by Michel Buchel, President of Ecsite and CEO of NEMO, Amsetrdan, NEMO
Responsible science to me goes beyond politics and economics. I’m convinced that we have a role to play in fostering democratic thinking.

People feel uncertain and scared amid current events in Europe and beyond, including the Brexit, the coup in Turkey, racial tensions in the US and terrorist attacks around the globe. These events impact on our daily lives as global trends increasingly influence local situations.

Science centres and organisations that engage people with science advocate the strongest medicine against purely emotional responses and ineffective fears: education.

Education, decisions based on evidence and critical thinking, lively debates and respect for different opinions are the best remedies against fear and hate. Science, like sports and the arts, grows best in an open and culturally rich environment.

Science engagement practitioners stand for democratic values and believe in the power of true cooperation. The real threats to our planet do not care about borders, race or religion. They need smart solutions, brilliant technologies and an understanding we’re in it together.

Ecsite and the science engagement community will keep doing what it’s really good at: engaging people with science and technology topics, connecting formal and informal learning, inspiring thousands of people each day with our lectures, programmes, workshops and debates. We nurture creative and innovative thinking every day and in many ways and places. That is what we do. Opening doors, finding new entrances and the starting points of new solutions for the next generations.

Responsible science to me goes beyond politics and economics. I’m convinced that we have a role to play in fostering democratic thinking.



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