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 Participants of the BIG-NSE retreat 2018


The BIG-NSE is an international Graduate School founded on May 29 2007 at the Technische Universitaet Berlin (TUB). For the last 11 years, the School has been part of the Cluster "Unified Concepts in Catalysis" (UniCat: see founded in 2007 by the TUB and five other Institutions in the Berlin area within the framework of the "Excellence Initiative" of the German Government. UniCat has been running succesfully during all this time and the Excellence Initiative recently (Sept. 2018) decided to finance its follow-up Cluster "UniSysCat:  see" for another 7 years at least.

The high-ranking research in catalysis performed within UniSysCat covers a broad range of topics from natural sciences to engineering. The success of this research programme, which is unique in Germany, requires highly qualified and motivated young researchers in the different projects. With the founding of BIG-NSE, UniSysCat aims at recruiting the most gifted students and young researchers in the world and offer them a broad, high level structured educational programme in order to prepare them for the high-ranking research performed at the cluster.

The latest deadline for application submission was January 15, 2018 (the next one still has to be defined: see details here). If you are interested in obtaining your PhD within the BIG-NSE, do not hesitate to send us your application documents a few months before the next deadline, using our online application portal.

Latest News


Workshop "Seven Secrets of Highly Successful Research Students" on Monday Nov. 19!

This workshop is a MUST for all PhD students! Please feel free to join![more]


New Initial Phase programme of BIG-NSE started!

The new Initial Phase programme of the BIG-NSE started a few weeks ago. You can find an overview and detailed description of all activities here. Please feel free to join the lectures and social evenings![more]


Two BIG-NSE PhD students awarded the "2018 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad" by The Chinese Scholarship Council

The awarding ceremony for the two awardees, Yupeng Zhou and Shuang Li, will take place at the Berlin Chinese Embassy on July 1st.[more]


BIG-NSE Alumni meeting on coming Friday, June 1st 2018

Batch WS2008: Ten years later: what happened to the PhD students?[more]


BIG-NSE retreat on May 17-18

Once again, BIG-NSE students report on the progress of their PhD during the retreat at Hotel Döllnsee, Schorfheide[more]


Nice interviews of two BIG-NSE students

Rhea (batch WS2016) and Min Ha (batch WS2015) talk about their experience at UniCat and BIG-NSE[more]


Special report on UniCat and BIG-NSE in the TU journal "TU intern"

Two full pages about BIG-NSE and its students![more]

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