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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 Graduation Ceremony on coming Friday May 25!

13 BIG-NSE students to receive their BIG-NSE graduation certificate![more]


Interview training in English on May 15/16

On May 15 and 16, an interview training in English took place for the second time in the new rooms of the BIG-NSE. Ten BIG-NSE students from different batches, as well as two guest PhD students from our partner program InPROMPT,...[more]


Berlin best place for students in Germany!

...and 8th worldwide![more]


BIG-NSE office moved to Villa Bell/Catalysis Inn!

Since March 5, 2012, the BIG-NSE office is situated in the recently renovated Catalysis Inn of Villa Bell; Here the new address and location plan.[more]


PhD evaluation seminars in March, April, May and June 2012

The next PhD evaluation seminars for the running PhDs (batches SS09, WS09 and WS10) will take place on: - Monday March 12 (batches SS09 and WS09 - schedule here) - Thursday/Friday April 25/26: details here - Friday May...[more]


5th BIG-NSE workshop on Friday January 6th

As every year once their "Initial Phase" is finished, the new PhD students of BIG-NSE will soon have the great honor to present their PhD work plan in front of the UniCat community. All presentations will take place on Friday...[more]


Initial Phase WS2011 started!

The BIG-NSE students of the new batch (WS2011) present their PhD work plan[more]

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