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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


Selection of the last "Stipendiaten" for a PhD start in October

Yesterday (May 28), four further candidates have been selected to be offered a BIG-NSE scholarship for a PhD start at the School in October 2008. Thus, altogether, 8 new PhD students will start at the BIG-NSE as a scholarship...[more]


Yesterday May 6 2008: Interviews of the first BIG-NSE candidates for a scholarship

Yesterday (Tuesday May 6 2008), the first 8 candidates applying for one of the 10 BIG-NSE scholarships have been interviewed by the recruitement committee of the Graduate School. Half of them have been offered a scholarship. The...[more]


Kick-off Meeting of the UniCat-Cluster on May 30 2008

On May 30 2008, the Excellence Cluster "Unified Concepts in Catalysis" is officially celebrating its opening with a big Scientific Party. More information (in German) here. Entrance is free. Everybody welcome! Date: Friday...[more]


Best candidates for a BIG-NSE scholarships invited!

The best candidates for one of the 10 BIG-NSE scholarships (PhD start: winter semester 2008) have been invited for an interview. The first round of interviews will take place on May 6th (from 9 am to 4 pm), the second one on May...[more]


New!!! Guidelines for Applicants ready for download

At the end of this page, the Guidelines for Applicants (12 pages) can be downloaded as a pdf file.[more]


UniCat exzellent!

Die Ergebnisse der 2. Runde der Exzellenzinitiative sind vom Wissenschaftsrat bekannt gegeben worden: UniCat wird Exzellenzcluster! Erste Informationen finden Sie auf den Hauptseiten der Exzellenzinitiative der TU Berlin. Für...[more]


Treffen der Kollegiatinnen und Kollegiaten am 11. September 2007

Beim Spiel kann man einen Menschen in einer Stunde besser kennen lernen, als im Gespräch in einem Jahr!“ (Platon). So könnte das Motto des Treffens der BIG-NSE-Kollegiaten, welches am letzten Dienstag stattfand, lauten....[more]

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