About me

Silke Schilling

In 2005 I received an MSc in Holistic Science from Schumacher-College in Dartington, a cosy village near the Transition Town Totnes in England’s Southwest. I’ve been working as a freelance creative ever since: as an artist as well as a writer, from 2015 as a science journalist.
Previously, I had been employed as a civil engineer in public transport planning and, on the side, explored ecologically sound and socially sustainable architecture and urban design.
I like writing constructive news and keep hoping that humanity can refrain from ruining the planet completely.

Holistic Science

… includes systems, complexity and chaos theory, Earth system science, Gaia theory/ hypothesis, philosophy and methodology of science, art as a way of inquiry, sustainable design and economics. Holistic Science fosters a transformation of thinking and the introduction of ecology, sustainability and care into all areas of economics and politics, science and society.

„Natural system: a contradictory expression.
Nature has no system; she has – she is – life and sequence from an unknown center toward an unknowable periphery. Thus observation of nature is limitless, whether we make distinctions among the least particles or pursue the whole by following the trail far and wide.

Goethe, Scientific Studies


Science journalism

water planet

Writing: reports, portraits, features, reviews and more
Focusing on: climate and environment, climate change impact, geosciences, Earth system science, environmental justice, urban development, philosophy of science, holistic science, science policies
Passionate about: inter­- and transdisciplinary research, connections, mutual interrelations, feedback loops


DFJV – German Technical Journalism Association
WPK – German Science Journalism Association
AAAS – American Association for the Advancement of Science