Birgit Schneider holds a PhD in cultural studies and is currently a professor of media ecology at the Potsdam University Institute for Arts and Media in the European Media Studies program. She studied art history and media studies, philosophy, and media art at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, Goldsmiths College in London, and the Humboldt University of Berlin. From 1998 to 2003, she worked as a graphic designer. She was a research associate in the project "Das Technische Bild" (The Technical Image) at the Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik at Humboldt University from 2000 to 2007. There, she wrote her dissertation on the history of punched-card weaving, which was published in 2007 under the title Textiles Prozessieren: Eine Geschichte der Lochkartenweberei. In 2008 she worked as a content developer for art + com, a Berlin-based media design company, on an exhibition on sustainability and climate change. Her current research concentrates on the visual communication of climate since 1800 and a genealogy of climate change visualization between science, aesthetics, and politics.