Isabel Merz supports the Borderstep team as a student assistant in the area of digitisation & green IT, focusing on projects related to waste heat from data centers.
She is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation at the University of Potsdam. Isabel Merz completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Freiburg, graduating with a B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences with a focus on conservation and society. In Freiburg she discovered her enthusiasm for a sustainable lifestyle and her interest in innovative solutions against the climate crisis.
Isabel gained practical experience in the Botanical Garden of the University of Freiburg and in projects about social neighborhood platforms.
In her free time, she hikes whenever she gets the chance, preferably in the Black Forest. She also enjoys making music with friends, practicing yoga and going to the movies with passion.
Heat pumps way out of gas dependence 03.03.2023
Borderstep co-founder Dr. Jens Clausen is co-author of a study on heat pumps presented by ScientistsForFuture just in time for the global climate strike. It shows that in just three years, Germany can reduce up to 60% of the amount of gas previously covered by Russian gas. More
Borderstep supports EU Commission on the topic of data centers 07.02.2023
Borderstep is researching synergies between data centers and energy systems in the DCESS project, which has just started. How can local energy systems use waste heat and water from data center operations? More
Smart City: How can development be managed? 02.02.2023
In a recent article for the Israel Public Policy Institute, Borderstep co-founder and senior researcher Dr. Severin Beucker looks at the state of the debate on this issue in Germany. The article can be downloaded free of charge. More