IChemE opens bursary applications for catalysis summer school

Article by Kerry Hebden

ICHEME is inviting bursary applications for the ‘Catalysis fundamentals and practice’ summer school.  

Introduced by IChemE in 2022 to support students in enhancing their knowledge of catalysis, the bursary provides funding for up to 20 PhD, EngD or MSc students to attend the University of Liverpool Department of Chemistry’s week-long summer school. The school takes place every two years and will be held this year from 2428 June. 

IChemE said the summer school is a great opportunity for early career researchers to find out more about fundamental aspects of catalysis and learn from leading researchers and industrialists in the field, while forming new professional networks that will support them throughout their careers. 

The bursary is available thanks to the Andrew Legacy, which was made to IChemE by the late Syd Andrew, an IChemE Fellow and distinguished expert in the field of catalysis. It is open to postgraduate students worldwide who can travel to and stay in the UK for the duration of the programme. The bursary awards each person up to £2,000 in travel expenses (including visa fees, where required) and up to £1,000 to cover course fees and the cost of accommodation. 

Marc-Olivier Coppens of University College London chairs the Andrew Panel, a group of IChemE member volunteers who support and coordinate activities under the Andrew Legacy scheme. Coppens said: “Professor Syd Andrew’s legacy continues to exert huge influence on the careers of early career researchers across the chemical engineering and chemistry communities. Introducing this bursary in 2022 enabled more students to develop their practical skills in catalysis via the highly successful learning programme organised by the University of Liverpool, and we’re pleased to be extending that support once again.” 

Jonathan Iggo, reader of Chemistry at the University of Liverpool, who organises the long-established summer school, said: “The ‘Catalysis fundamentals and practice’ summer school is widely regarded as the premier event of its type for MSc and PhD students in catalysis and for new starts in industry. We’re delighted to receive renewed sponsorship from IChemE’s Andrew Legacy, enabling us to offer bursaries that allow deserving students in chemical engineering and related fields to attend.” 

Find out more about the eligibility criteria and apply online now. The closing date for bursary applications is 16 February 2024. 

Article by Kerry Hebden

Staff reporter, The Chemical Engineer

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