Verena van Zyl-Bulitta's education commenced with a BBA at the International University, Germany, focusing on international business studies, finance, systems dynamics and computer science. Thereafter, to prepare for the graduate programme, she studied business engineering in Karlsruhe and econophysics in Ulm for one semester. During her master studies (MComm by research) at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, she specialized in quantitative finance and pattern recognition. Subsequently, she studied at the sustainability institute in Lynedoch and practiced methods of sustainability assessment and modelling at several institutes in Stellenbosch (CSIR, Gaia carbon sciences, Consulting and Analytical Services). During the initiation phase of DiDaT, she is in the process of completing her doctoral thesis in the field of innovation and a bottom-up energy system analysis at the University of Leipzig. In her leisure time she engages with ecopsychology, ecofeminism and utopias.