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Our Vision, Approach and Activities.


Symbio(s)cene is a non-profit initiative with the vision to shape a new mindset that promotes thinking beyond the Anthropocene. We see this new mindset as an important key to bringing about transformative change. The distinctive proposition of our initiative…


The pressing environmental-ecological problems of our time are highly complex, interconnected, and nonlinear phenomena. The sciences are under pressure to provide precise, rational and conclusive answers, yet unambiguous evidence of causes and…


Our activities are transdisciplinary and interconnected. The Symbio(s)cene initiative contains three core activity elements: research & development projects and education; knowledge transfer; and engagement of the general public through exhibitions…

Our Repository:A Source of Information & Inspiration

Here, we post short contributions pointing to related work in arts and sciences, summaries of our own activities and essays written by ourselves and guests. Each post is tagged, and clicking on a tag will guide you to related posts

Eyes as Big as Plates

People – Nature – Future

Exhibition & Talk Event: 23 Oct 2021 – 23 Jan 2022 An exhibition and talk event, initiated and organised by Symbio(s)cene. Curated in…

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Design with the Living 2021, the Design Museum, London

Design with the Living 2021

Symposium at The Design Musuem, London. This symposium aims to participate in shaping an ecological blueprint for future biodesign practice. It is…

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MA Regenerative Design, CSM, Carole Collet, Ingrid Ruegemer

MA Regenerative Design

A new postgraduate course starts at Central Saint Martins College, London. Why this course? Course founder Carol Collet and her team believe that…

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Waste Age - The Design Museum

Waste Age – Exhibition

Waste Age – What can design do? An exhibtion at The Design Museum, London until 20 February 2022. We are living in the age of waste. Is design…

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Cohabitation, Arch+, Discourse

Project Cohabitation

Symbio(s)cene co-founder Tina Heger will be speaking at the discourse and exhibition event Cohabitation at Spreepark Berlin – a cooperation…

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Glenn Alrecht, Symbiocene, symbioscene, symbio(s)cene

Glenn Albrecht’s Future Vision

An Invitation to the Symbiocene – By Glenn Albrecht. The impacts of the Anthropocene, the age of human dominance over the planet, are now headline…

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Ecological Restoration – Taking & Giving

June 21-24 2021 is the week of the 9 th World Conference on Ecological Restoration. Organized by the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER), the…

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Phoebe Cummings - Triumph of the Immaterial,Woman's Hour Craft Prize, Victoria & Albert Museum, Symbioscene

Interview: Phoebe Cummings

The beauty of the present moment and the briefness of existence. Ceramic sculptor Phoebe Cummings works mainly with unfired clay. Her intricate and…

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Cosmo Sheldrake, Wake-up calls

Cosmo Sheldrake: Wake-up Calls

Music with and for nature. Multi-instrumentalist musician, composer and producer Cosmo Sheldrake dedicates his latest album Wake-Up Calls to…

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silence, tides

Silence of the Tides

A visually stunning and meaningful documentary by director Pieter-Rim de Kroon – a film that inhales and exhales along with the tides of the Wadden…

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A different conservation policy is needed

By Bram Büscher and Robert Fletcher. In the face of the sixth extinction, rising wildlife crime and biodiversity under dire threat around the globe,…

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Ecolopes, TUM Munich, Vienna University, University of Genoa


A game-changing design approach for regenerating urban ecosystems. The Technical University of Munich, the Vienna University of Technology, the…

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Bruce Gardner, Dorodango

Connect with Nature: Mud & Mindfulness

Dorodango (Japanese: “mud dumpling”) Hikaru Dorodango are shiny balls of mud, molded by hand, dried, and polished to an artifact of utter…

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Symposium: Is Beauty Enough?

This provocative question is posed by a highly interesting symposium, initiated and organized by Central Saint Martins College London and Cockpit…

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Student project Symbioceno Chiquitos

A new Symbio(s)cene student project started! This time, M.A. Design Management students from Macromedia University Munich have the task to support…

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Economy for Common Good, Prof. Oliver Szasz, Macromedia University

Economy for the Common Good

Mini Symposium on Economy for the Common Good at Macromedia University – Live on ZOOM. Prof. Oliver Szasz, head of the M.A. Design Management…

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Transdisciplinary Project Outcome

Arts & Sciences Collaboration between Macromedia University Munich and Technical University Munich. During winter term 2020/21, the first…

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Climate Care

Vienna Biennale for Change

Planet Love. This is the motto of the Vienna Biennale for Change 2021, which will be the first event of its kind to combine art, design, and…

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Patrick M. Lydon, Forest is the Artist, Symbioscene, Symbiocene

Forest is the Artist

What does it mean when we say that “nature” is the artist? To explore this question, American ecological artist, filmmaker and author…

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Envisioning Cities

Step into the future! The development of visions and scenarios are key drivers for shaping our future. What will our cities look like? How can we…

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National Park Cities?

London became the first National Park City in July 2019. A community-grassroots movement celebrating and supporting action by millions of people in…

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Nature, Music & Change

The sounds of nature can be soothing and moving (see the post Nature Appreciation). Quite logically, many artists included recordings made in nature…

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Forest Man

Forest Man

One man and his forest. Since 1979, Majuli Islander Jadav Payeng has been planting trees to save his island. To date, he has single-handedly planted…

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Cities, Nature, Poetry

Sprout – The eco-urban poetry journal presents its first issue dedicated to the theme SPACE. “In inviting new work to reflect expansively…

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Ove Arup Foundation

Collaboration, Interdisciplinarity and Sustainability. These are the values of the Ove Arup Foundation and the driving forces behind its…

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Bioeconomy means using renewable biological resources to produce food, materials and energy. Bioeconomy includes the vision of biobased and…

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World Biodiversity Forum 2021

2021 is the “Ye­ar of Im­pact”. “COP26 of UNFCCC, COP15 of CBD and COP15 of UNCCD are con­ve­ning; par­ties are ex­pec­ted to com­mit to a new…

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Nature Appreciation

Experiencing nature is something special. Talking a walk does not only provide one with a good portion of fresh air, it also provides calming visual…

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People-Nature-Future, Symbioscene, Culturesphere, Karoline Hjorth, Riitta Ikonen

Eyes as Big as Plates – Volume 2

Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth have created a new book. Eyes as Big as Plates is a remarkable and ongoing art project by Riitta Ikonen and…

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Art Aurea, Reinhold Ludwig, Art, Craft, Design, Material Awareness

ART AUREA & Material Awareness

Material Awareness – the mindful dialogue between man and material – is the guiding theme of the latest issue of the bilingual art, craft and design…

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Competition: Post-Covid Cities

Question: How do we design post-COVID-19 cities that enrich nature? A competition by Pandemic Response CoLab.   Overview View Contributions:…

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Nesta talks with Ann Pettifor

NESTA TALK: Ann Pettifor

Why Radical Change is Required to Address the Climate Crisis. Nesta, the renowned innovation foundation, based in the UK, talked to Ann Pettifor. Ann…

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Symbio(s)cene, Symbioscene, Student Project, TUM, Prof. Oliver Szasz, Tina Heger

Arts & Sciences Collaboration

Technical University Munich meets Macromedia University Munich. The first interdisciplinary research and development project with students in…

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Dennis Meadows, Limits To Growth

Dennis Meadows – Limits To Growth

Scientist Dennis Meadows and an international team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, began a study in 1970 –…

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Obel Award 2020, Anandaloy

Architecture & The Common Good

What can Architecture contribute to the common good? Architecture and its transformative and social value is the topic which the Obel Award is…

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The Conservation Revolution

Radical ideas for saving nature beyond the Anthropocene “Conservation needs a revolution. This is the only way it can contribute to the drastic…

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world-hope-forum, Lidewij Edelkoort, Petra Janssen, Philip Fimmano

World Hope Forum

The World Hope Forum – founded by Lidewij Edelkoort, one of the world’s most respected cultural forecasters and Philip Fimmano, a design…

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From Anthropocene to “Symbiocene”

Anthropocene, the ‘age of humans’ – this is the name experts suggest for calling the current geological epoch (Crutzen & Stoermer 2000, Ellis…

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The Biodiversity Crisis

The crisis – and how it can be solved. We are currently experiencing the biggest global mass extinction event since the disappearance of dinosaurs.…

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Good Life, People and Nature

The concept of ‘good life’ has strong roots in Western philosophy. According to Aristotle, leading a meaningful, fulfilled life means reaching…

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Culturesphere, tactile-thinking

Embodied Sensemaking

Physical stimuli as agents for knowledge creation and knowledge transfer. Scholars in philosophy of Cognitive Science have increasingly investigated…

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Visions for Transition

Visions for Transition

Visions for Transition is the first major online conference of its kind, bringing together more than 20 renowned scientiest and in the fields of…

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Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake

How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures Merlin Sheldrake’s book Entangled Life has received great reviews by the…

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fungi-futures, somerset house, london

Fungi Futures

Movements in Mycelium – From plastic waste eating solutions to growing structure potentials. The live streamed talk – hosted by artist, inventor, and…

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Cambio – Ecology and Design

A re-evaluation of our relationship to trees from a design perspective. Cambio is an impressive exhibition and ongoing project by the designer duo…

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Culturesphere, Seeding Sustainable Futures, Ingrid Ruegemer, Oliver Szasz, Innovation, Tactile Thinking, Co-Creation, Art, Craft

Seeding Sustainable Futures

The power of embodied metaphors. Seeding Sustainable Futures – a project by Culturesphere – aimed to address the potential of each individual in the…

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Emanuele Coccia

Life of Plants by Emanuele Coccia

A philosophical perspective on plants. Emanuele Coccia, Associate Professor in the History of Philosophy at the EHESS in Paris, presents his new…

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