The school

PHOTOCAT: a biennial international school

The iniative

PHOTOCAT24 is an international school of advanced training aimed at PhD students, post-docs, and young researchers in the fields of sustainability such as photochemistry and biocatalysis, both in academic and industrial contexts.

Moreover, PHOTOCAT24 aims to facilitate interaction between academia and industry by creating a European network for advanced training in sustainable chemistry. In fact, PHOTOCAT24 will be the first in a series of biennial itinerant editions in the venues of the Scientific Committee members:

  • Luca Dell’Amico – Padua, Italy;
  • Shoubik Das – University of Antwerp, Belgium;
  • Rene Königs – RWTH Aachen University, Germany;
  • Bartholomäus Pieber – ISTA, Austria;
  • Marcos Garcia Suero – ICIQ, Spain;
  • Olalla Vazquez – Philipps Universität Marburg, Germany.

PHOTOCAT24 will bridge the gap between academia and industry by training a new generation of researchers in the field of green chemistry, which uses sustainable sources such as sunlight and biocatalysts. This, combined with the international dimension and biennial frequency, will give further impetus to the sustainable growth of the regional chemical system with a final impact also at the national and European levels. In addition, the European network that will be established will lead to the development of collaborative projects and the mobility of young researchers involved.

PHOTOCAT24 - Padova

PHOTOCAT24 will be held at the lecture halls of the Department of Chemical Sciences (DiSC) of the University of Padua. The opening and closing ceremonies of the school will take place at the headquarters of Palazzo Bo and the Botanical Garden

PHOTOCAT24 will feature the participation of sixteen speakers, whose presentations will be distributed in twelve lectures, chaired by members of the Scientific and Organizing Committees. The participating speakers are the top experts in the field of photo and biocatalysis, as evidenced by their presence in the lists of world’s Highly Cited Scientists (Clarivate Analytics) and the relevance of their publications. 

Two poster presentation sessions of the participants’ research are also scheduled. The most relevant contributions will be selected by a group consisting of members of the Organizing and Scientific Committees and the speakers, and will have the opportunity to present their results through a short oral presentation. Finally, the same committee will select the 3 best oral presentations to be awarded.