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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


9th BIG-NSE workshop on coming Friday January 8, 2016!

New batch PhD students present the work plan of their future PhD[more]


New Initial Phase programme of BIG-NSE started!

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


4th BIG-NSE Alumni Networking Event (ANE) on May 22

Current BIG-NSE PhD students meet Alumni [more]


New student delegates elected to the BIG-NSE board!

Last week (March, 2015), two new PhD student delegates have been elected to represent the BIG-NSE students at the BIG-NSE Board: - Sherly Rusli (batch WS14), as first delegate - Digvijay Porwal (batch WS14), as second...[more]


UniCat/ICIQ summer school 2015, Berlin July 6-9, 2015

Subscriptions opened! Deadline for submission of a Poster abstract: April 30![more]


8th BIG-NSE workshop on Friday January 9, 2015!

New batch PhD students present the work plan of their future PhD[more]


Ex BIG-NSE-student receives the "Schering Prize 2013 for Best Dissertation in Chemistry in Berlin"

Awardee will be officially congratulated by UniCat/BIG-NSE during the Bohlmann lecture taking place at TU Berlin (lecture room C130) on Friday November 21 [more]

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