Arthur Schneiter


Scientific collaborator

Office A215

Phone: +41 32 718 22 51


Research interests


The current situation about electronic waste encompasses various domains of science besides a societal and geopolitical dimension, which makes it a complex problematic. At its core, the key issue is that we basically extract staggering quantities of rare metals from the Earth to put them in infinitesimal quantities into objects that we don’t know how to properly recycle. That issue, and my almost lifelong interest in biology and computer sciences motivated me to explore biological solutions to solve the problem, though my academical background was primarily about environmental sciences. My master thesis was about monitoring and quantifying bacterial-fungal interactions in the presence of e-waste (smartphone grounds and PCBs), testing new culture media (spent coffee grounds), and evaluating potential industrial applications of biodegradable materials. Overall, I tried to keep a DIY and low tech approach with the aim of easing the reproducibility of this work around the world, and because I believe in open science.
I’m currently working on a SNF-funded Agora project aiming at the promotion of service-learning in Switzerland. The purpose of this scientific mediation project is the horizontal transmission of knowledge in microbiology between academics and the swiss population. Practically speaking, firstly it aims to train bachelor students in biology to scientifical communication and at the same time raise kids’ interest for natural sciences through school workshops. Secondly, this will be about producing supplies and pedagogical content from what has been yielded in classrooms. My collaboration to this project articulates around assistantship, content production and social media management.
In the meantime, I’m writing a paper based on some of the results I got from my master thesis, in collaboration with the EPFL and the CSEM.




  • 2018 – 2021: Master of Science in Biogeosciences (University of Lausanne / University of Neuchâtel)


  • 2013 –2017: Bachelor of Science in Geosciences and Environment (University of Lausanne)