The first Forum of Young Researchers in Heterogeneous Catalysis (YOURHETCAT) took place from July 11-13, 2022 in Szeged, Hungary. 84 participants from 15 different countries – most of them young researchers in their PhD or early PostDoc phase – came together to discuss about recent progress in heterogeneous catalysis research. In contrast to most major conferences, the intent of this forum was to provide an exclusive platform for the young researchers to present their research, resulting in 25 oral and 30 poster communications. As a special highlight, selected candidates had the opportunity to pitch their projects to a jury in only 3 minutes, followed by in-depth questioning and discussion. Finally, the best contributions (oral, poster, pitch) were awarded by the jury.
To allow as many young researchers as possible to participate in the event, conference participation and accommodation were free of charge, made possible by generous support through EFCATS and Kromat Ltd.