Catalysis at the core of more efficient processes in the chemical industry

In September 2024, the first iteration of the European Forum for Engineering and Catalysis Towards Sustainability (effects) will be organized as a joint endeavor between YEuCat, the Young German Catalysis Society (YounGeCatS), the NachwuchsReaktionsTechnik (NaWuReT), the Priority Program 'DynaKat' (SPP2080) and the Collaborative Research Center 'TrackAct' (CRC1441). The focus of the forum will be an extensive, interactive and interdisciplinary discussion on the role of catalysis and reaction engineering in progressing towards a more sustainable chemical industry. To also obtain an idea on the point of view of global players in the chemical industry on this subject, a site visit to both BASF and hte GmbH will be included in the program.

Join us for an interactive discussion on catalysis and reaction engineering!

Key facts

When? 23-27 September 2024

Where? Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany

Who? early career scientists (PhDs & PostDocs) in catalysis & reaction engineering

How? If you are interested in participating in the effects forum, please refer to the 'abstract submission & registration' section! The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to 30 June 2024.

Abstract submission & registration

Participation in the forum is subject to approval of an abstract. Please use the abstract template provided below to prepare your abstract. You may submit it as either a .doc or .pdf file. The submission portal will open on 1 April 2024. All attendees are expected to present their work either as a pitch presentation or with a poster. Information on the presentation and poster guidelines will follow after the review process has concluded. 

Participation in the program of the forum is free of charge.


1 April 2024 Abstract submission opens

30 June 2024 Extended deadline for abstract submission

30 June 2024 Notification of acceptance for abstracts submitted until 16 June

15 July 2024 Notification of acceptance for abstracts submitted later than 16 June

15 August 2024 Registration deadline

23 September 2024 Start of the Young European Catalysis Forum

📄 download abstract template (.doc)

➡ go to abstract submission

Topic & preliminary program

The prelimiary program of the effects forum is presented below. Special emphasis is placed on the collaborative aspect of research. Thus, the program evolves around interdisciplinary and interactive problem solving tasks, which the participants will work on in groups and present to the others in the end. The topics of these case studies will be decided among the organizers with input from the industrial partners and present problems currently of high relevance.  Fundamentals and a perspective on these problems will be provided by four invited speakers working in the areas of catalysis and/or reaction engineering. Additionally, the participants will present and discuss their own work in either a pitch presentation or in the poster session (subject to evaluation of the provided abstract). The whole Tuesday will be dedicated to a site visit to  BASF and hte GmbH

Invited speakers

Prof. Jan-Dierk Grunwaldt
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry & Institute of Catalysis Research and Technology, Germany
Title of the talk: Towards a sustainable future: Addressing dynamics and managing complexity scales in catalysis

Prof. Dmitry Yu. Murzin
Johan Gadolin Process Chemistry Centre, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
Title of the talk: From a promising research catalyst to industrial reality:  challenges in implementation of catalysts for more sustainable processes 

Prof. Ulrike Krewer
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute for Applied Materials - Electrochemical Technologies, Germany
Title of the talk: tba

Meals & accomodation in Karlsruhe

Lunches will be provided on all full days of the forum. There will be furthermore snacks, drinks and coffee available in the breaks between the sessions. The official program of the forum will also include a group dinner on Tuesday and a social evening activity on Wednesday. 

A number of single (117.00 EUR incl. breakfast) and double rooms (137.00 EUR incl. breakfast) is blocked at the ACHAT Hotel Karlsruhe City  until 29.07.2024 for the participants of the effects forum. In order to reserve a room for your stay in Karlsruhe, please write an e-mail to until latest 29.07.2024 by mentioning the reference received with your confirmation of registration. In case you prefer booking a cheaper double room, but are still looking for a second person to share the room with, you may use the shared spreadsheet to exchange your contact details and arrange the booking. The link to the sheet will be sent to you with your confirmation of registration and its use is at your own risk. If you prefer to stay at a different hotel, you are of course free to do so.

Please note that you have to book your accomodation on your own and at your own expenses!

How to reach KIT Campus South

Campus Süd (South) of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is located in the center of Karlsruhe, Germany. It is easily reached by both train and plane from all over Europe. The events of effects will take place in seminar rooms located in two neighbouring buildings (buildings 11.21 & 30.45). A detailled map of KIT's Campus South can be found here.

The event will start on Monday at 1 pm in Building 30.45 on KIT Campus South in the seminar room 101 on the first floor.  The registration will be in the same building in the seminar room 201 on the second floor from 10 am onwards.

Address: Engesserstraße 15, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany 

By train:
Karlsruhe has two train stations, Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof and Karslruhe Durlach. KIT Campus South can be conveniently reached from either of them. From Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof, you can take tram 2, 3, S4, S5, S7 or S8 to stop 'Kronenplatz'. From Karlsruhe Durlach, you may take trams 1, 2, S4, S5 or S51 to 'Durlacher Tor/KIT-Campus Süd' or 'Kronenplatz'. Tickets for the public transport in Karlsruhe can be bought e.g. in the trams and S-Bahnen themselves, via the KVV webshop or using the DB navigator app

By plane:
Both Frankfurt and Stuttgart airport are suitable destinations to reach Karlsruhe. Both long distance and regional trains run to Karlsruhe from both destinations on a regular basis. Tickets can be bought in the train stations or using the DB wepage or DB navigator app. Information on public transport in Karlsruhe is detailled above.

By car:
To reach KIT by car, it is recommended to use to following address for navigation instruments: Adenauerring 7, 76131 Karslruhe, Germany. Further information on how to travel by car can found here. Note that it is not possible to enter the campus by car or park there as a guest! Possibilities for parking nearby would be either Waldparkplatz (Adenauerring 20, 76131 Karlsruhe, free & roughly 900m away) or Parkgarage Schlossplatz (Schlossplatz 16, 76131 Karlsruhe, with costs & roughly 800m away).

Questions & contact

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