Sina Ribak

Researcher for Ecologies & the Arts

Main focus: co-embracing natures


Languages: German, English, French, Spanish

City: Berlin

Country: Germany

Topics: science, arts, ecologies, research, cultures, transdisciplinary, sdgs, natures, ecofeminism


Our world is complex.
 With the urge to understand it, I am exploring connections between humans and natures.
 Bringing artistic and scientific research together, we create spaces for new thinking on this, our only earth.
 We cannot alter the planetary boundaries.
 We can challenge the limits of our knowledge.

My research is focused on human and non-human relationships, on natures and cultures.

Inspired, nourished and supported by Arts Collaboratory, an ecosystem of twenty-five like-minded organizations situated predominantly in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, I engage in ecologic and artistic research practices for societal change.

Locally this translates into my work with KIOSKO galeria, an contemporary art space in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.

In Berlin I am experimenting with different formats exploring modes of co-researching with a number collaborations:

Between Us and Nature – A Reading Club, with Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky, artist.

oddkin°labs | Unexpected relations for more-than-human world, with Chiara Garbellotto, social anthropology & critical museum studies.

Complexity Game | Evolving Connective Complexity, with Anna B. Hartung, Coaching & Research in Arts. Culture. Innovation.

Sina Ribak, researcher for ecologies & the arts.

Examples of previous talks / appearances:

How to Regain Empathy Towards The Non-Human?

Botanisches Museum Berlin
Talk Thursday 30th of August 2018, at 6 pm

Prof. Dr. Matthias Rillig
group leader – plant, fungal and soil ecology lab
Freie Universität Berlin, Dahlem Center of Plant Sciences

Sina Ribak
cultural & environmental manager
co-founder of the reading club “Between Us & Nature”

Karine Bonneval

hosted by Kathrin Grotz
senior curator - Botanical Museum Berlin

as part of the finissage 'Sometimes I hear the plants whisper'
by Karine Bonneval

Botanical Museum Berlin
Königin-Luise-Str. 6-8, 14195 Berlin

This talk is in: English
The scope of political ecology and of artistic research ­ - The public smog project

University Alliance for Sustainability, Freie Universität Berlin
Spring Campus, April 1-5, 2019

Workshop: “Transitions to a Low-Carbon Economy in Comparative Perspective”, April 02-03, 2019
Organized by Dr. habil. Berthold Kuhn, Freie Universität Berlin, Prof. Kurt Hübner, University of British Columbia and Anna-Lena Guske, Freie Universität Berlin

With the aim to show the diversity of strategies and challenges in different countries aiming at accelerating emissions reduction and promoting the transition to low-carbon economies, I introduced Amy Balkin's work 'Public Smog':
Amy Balkin's artistic research focuses on complex nature - finance systems by setting up a “clean air park” over Los Angeles through the purchase of emission credits. Her works showcases how 'innovative financial mechanisms’ fail to address the drivers of environmental and social damage.
Through the example of art & science & activism, the workshop participants grasped critical social aspects of transition policies and programs.

This talk is in: English
Planetary Health in Research and Education

Planetary Health: Scoping the German Research Landscape | Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)
August 29, 2019

The IASS planetary health workshop invites selected research pioneers and policy makers with a broad range of expertise: on health, climate change, air quality, nutrition and food security, governance, education, and more. The majority of participants are associated with German research or policy institutes; this focus is complemented by perspectives from key international participants.

My talk included human and human aspects of planetary health, focusing on land use and sustainable agricultural practices as priority areas for planetary health research. As a research gap, I pointed out collaborative, transdisciplinary programs and their funding.

Organized by
Dr. Maka Maglakelidze Fellow, IASS
Dr. Kathleen Mar Group Leader, IASS
Dr. Kathryn Bowen, Affiliate Scholar, IASS
Hon. Assoc. Prof, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University

Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)
Berliner Straße 130 Potsdam, Germany

This talk is in: English