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Catalysis Society of South Africa

CATSA aims to promote the advancement of catalysis amongst academia and the chemical industry in South Africa.

Catalysis Society of South Africa (CATSA)

The Society was officially formed in 1990 with informal catalysis meetings dating back to the 70s. Since then, CATSA has grown continuously, promoting interaction in all areas of catalysis spanning the local and international community.

Under the auspices of CATSA an annual catalysis conference is organized providing a platform for scientific exchange and networking across all fields of catalysis. While focused on the South African research community, the conference continues to attract international delegates from the continent and beyond. The Society regularly invites outstanding international researchers as Eminent Visitors to the annual conference facilitating valuable exchanges with students, academics and industrial partners. This initiative, coupled with a tour of the main research laboratories encourages the development of new collaborations. To further support young researchers CATSA provides travel grants to both international and local conferences allowing postgraduate students to share their work with the wider community.

The Catalysis Society of South Africa is also a full member of the European Federation of Catalysis Societies (EFCATS) as well as the International Association of Catalysis Societies (IACS) and is represented by national representatives at both councils.

Since 2015 CATSA is a registered Nonprofit organisation (NPO) in terms of the Nonprofit Organisations Act, 1997 (Act 71 of 1997), with the registration number 149-462 NPO.

International Conference Travel Award

The purpose of the CATSA student travel grant is to promote the development of young scientists and engineers by supporting students in catalysis to present their research at international scientific conferences of note. Moreover, in this manner, CATSA aims to actively promote South African catalysis expertise in the international arena. The grant will assist the student with a fixed amount that may be applied towards the costs of conference registration, travel and subsistence.