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Welcome to the Einstein Center of Catalysis / BIG-NSE!


Participants of the BIG-NSE retreat 2019


The BIG-NSE is an international Graduate School founded on May 29 2007 at the Technische Universitaet Berlin (TUB). Between 2007 and 2018, 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 in September 2018, the Excellence Initiative decided to finance its follow-up Cluster of Excellence "UniSysCat" (see for another 7 years at least.

Since January 2019, the BIG-NSE has been part of the "Einstein Center of Catalysis" (EC2) supported by the Einstein Foundation Berlin. The concept of EC2, which is closely linked to the UniSysCat research cluster, aims to inspire, initiate, and promote novel collaborations between research networks and institutions in Berlin on cutting-edge projects in chemistry and the molecular life sciences that may, in turn, open new directions for future catalysis research. For this purpose, in the coming years EC2/BIG-NSE will recruit excellent PhD students from all over the world, whose task will be to work on highly interdisciplinary research projects, overcoming the frontiers of classical disciplines in catalysis (soon more details about these projects about the recruitment procedure).

Latest News


BIG-NSE retreat on June 6/7, 2019

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


“JUGENDFORSCHT”: Two young students (11th class) from the Romain-Rolland-Gymnasium in Berlin-Reinickendorf get support from a BIG-NSE student in order to improve their "Jugendforscht" project.

UPDATE: On May 19, Florian, Anna Noemi and Niklas won the fifth prize in Chemistry on the national level of the competition![more]


New EC2/BIG-NSE Board nominated!

During the UniSysCat General Assembly on January 11, 2019, a new Executive Board of EC2/BIG-NSE has been chosen. Please find here the list of Board members.[more]


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]

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