Ursina Dorer also has a strong connection to renewable energy in her professional life. Parallel to her master's degree, she worked at the startup Solarify. Today she is responsible for its marketing and communication. Solarify’s business model is to rent rooftops and install photovoltaic systems on them.
These systems are financed by private individuals and companies, which purchase individual panels and later earn a small profit from the electricity produced. "For me, it was always more than a student job," explains Ursina Dorer. "I joined Solarify shortly after its initial phase and have been able to help shape its growth over the past few years."
The winner of the Oeschger Young Scientist's Prize also sees her near future at the company, which has built more than 50 solar plants throughout Switzerland since 2016. "We are making a very concrete contribution to the energy transition," she emphasizes, "our work has a relevant impact." Where her climate master's degree will take her in the long term remains to be seen. But with her track record, Ursina Dorer should have no trouble finding exciting professional challenges. There is just one downside to her successful career: "At work, I miss nature."