Ruth Lydia Schmidt is a microbial ecologist, bioartist, and community organizer based in Montréal, Canada. She is a a postdoc at the Department of Microbial Ecology at the INRS - Institut Armand Frappier where she works on finding microbial solutions to combat climate change in agriculture.
Ruth conducted her graduate studies at the Technical University of Graz, Austria where she received a Master’s degree in Biotechnology for developing microbial consortia as sustainable alternative to pesticides in collaboration with Egypt’s first organic agricultural organization SEKEM. She then moved to the Netherlands to do her PhD at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology with Paolina Garbeva in conjunction with Wageningen University where she studied the volatile language between microorganisms.
She has been collaborating with several artists on projects ranging from making microbial music to an exhibition in which visitors were invited to literally get in touch with their microbial co-habitants.
Ruth is passionate about building a more inclusive and accessible scientific community, for which she works on the leadership team of the non-profit organization 500 Women Scientists, and as an instructor for the Montréal based DIY community lab bricobio.
Contact me for any inquiries about giving a lecture, organizing an event, or collaborating on an artscience project via ruth.schmidt [at] iaf.inrs.ca.