Sara Niksic

Ahoy! I am a scientist and artist. I’m currently doing a PhD on humpback whale song ontogeny, evolution and vocal learning at Sea Mammal Research Unit, University of St Andrews, Scotland. My biggest interests are in animal behaviour, especially their vocal communication, social learning and culture, and the evolution of these traits. For over a decade I’ve been developing innovative approaches to science communication, with art as my main tool. Lately I’ve been focusing on music for communicating my bioacoustics research and engaging artists from all over the world.

Fabian Ritter

I tend to call myself a creative conservation biologist. I was a co-founder of the non-profit association M.E.E.R. e.V. ( where I am President and Director of Research until today.

Since 2012, I am a scientific advisor and lead campaigner with Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), mainly involved in the issues of marine protected areas and the conservation of harbour porpoises.

I also am the author of four cetacean related books. Since 2012, I am one of IWC’s ship strike data-coordinators overseeing the IWC global data base on collisions between ships and cetaceans. 

Stemming from an artist family, arts and creativity were always near to me. I love exploring the world in unconventional ways. I firmly believe that science can draw from arts, and vice versa!