Soneva Set to Open Maldives’ First SCIE:NCE Center
Luxury hospitality brand, Soneva has revealed its plans to launch a “SCIE:NCE” Center at Soneva Fushi, Maldives. SCIE:NCE, which stands short for Soneva Center for Island Ecosystems, will be designed in a similar manner to the Soneva Art and Glass Studio.
According to Soneva, the objective of the new center is to create great guest experiences and learning opportunities around the subjects of marine and terrestrial biology and astronomy, as well as Soneva’s conservation efforts.
“These topics are usually of great interest to Soneva’s younger guests, and the Center will provide even more opportunities for learning while at Soneva or through an online learning platform,” explained in Soneva statement.
“SCIE:NCE is set to develop and record short educational videos, which will be shared online. Children and teenagers will also be able to sign up for online courses which will be distributed through existing educational platforms, such as FutureLearn.”
SCIE:NCE will include the following facilities:
• A research laboratory for in-house scientists as well as scholars visiting from around the world.
• An outdoor semi-field structure for behavioral and ecological studies on mosquitoes.
• A coral propagation center, which will have the capacity to produce 50,000 pieces of coral a year, which when planted, will cover at least one hectare. Soneva intends to set up coral propagation centers at both Soneva Jani and Soneva Fushi. These propagation centers will be unique and the largest scale coral propagation in the world. SCIE:NCE is currently in discussion with some of the world’s leading Marine Biologists and coral experts, to help advise the way forward. In the near future, Soneva will invite these scientists and experts to the Maldives to plan these activities.
• A meeting/lecture room for seminars, training courses and teaching purposes, augmented with a library and office space.
“COVID-19 has brought into question the value of what we learn at school and traditional methods of learning. The world has been exposed to, and gotten used to, remote learning. We see a lot of interest from children to either learn remotely or on-site, about astronomy, marine biology and conservation,”Sonu Shivdasani, Soneva’s CEO and Founder
“It is our hope that we will develop week-long classes that children can subscribe to when they are at our resorts, and subscribe to digitally if they are unable to physically visit Soneva. I am sure that as we go on, new ideas will come up, and we will look back in a couple of years’ time at the SCIE:NCE Center as one of those great initiatives that clearly differentiate Soneva from any other resort.”
Soneva appointed Dr. Bart Knols as a director for SCIE:NCE. Mr.Knols, who previously played a key role in the implementation of Soneva’s recent Mosquito Management System, will be overseeing the set up of the SCIE:NCE center which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021.
“I feel privileged and proud to join Soneva and its SCIE:NCE center to lead its scientific research and conservation efforts. Scientific endeavor is most meaningful if it is put to good use in society and addresses key issues reflected in the sustainable development goals,”Dr. Knols
“This we hope to accomplish, besides enthusing guests with what we do and developing capacity in the Maldives to address pressing environmental and conservation issues in line with the government’s Strategic Action Plan 2019-2023.”
Soneva is a pioneering family of hospitality properties, offering holistic encounters in luxurious and inspiring environments – from world class resorts to outstanding natural locations. Soneva Fushi, Soneva Jani and Soneva in Aqua in the Maldives and Soneva Kiri in Thailand rebuke the traditional concept of luxury and instead promise the luxury of time, purity and solitude.
Soneva Fushi Resort, a Robinson Crusoe style hideaway in the Maldives is among the exclusive tropical heaven islands of Kunfunadhoo Island. Soneva Fushi Resort is located in the Baa Atoll within Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and can be reached by a 40 Minute Seaplane flight from Male International Airport.