Date   : 8 oktober - 3 december 2021
Venue : Online

In view of the current COVID regulations and the persisting uncertainties towards the end of the year, the NIOK CAIA course will take place mostly online. That will also allow us to deal with the large number of participants, since we had to fully cancel the course last year. As networking, getting to know yours peers/colleagues is always a large part of the course, we will plan 2 socal activities; one online and one “in real life” (if possible).

Since the online setting is not ideal for the normal format (i.e. many long lectures), we have redesigned the course for this year.

  • You will meet once a week (see schedule below) on a Friday morning in the online platform Gather Town to discuss topics and work on problems (see below).
  • All teachers in the course will prepare one or two short (max. 30 minute) recorded lectures. You will need to watch these, read the corresponding chapter in the NIOK CAIA book and send questions/topics/issues you have/you want to be discussed to the lecturer by Wednesday morning (preceding the lecture) at the latest, so these can be discussed on Friday.
  • On Friday morning the first 30-35 minutes, the lecturer will discuss the questions raised (for example in a short lecture, or in a Q&A session)
  • The rest of the Friday morning you will work in small groups on catalysis problems set (we will make rooms in Gather town where you will be able to “sit together” and discuss/work. The lecturer will remain available online for further questions (in a “separate office” and/or he/she will “wals around”).
  • The course materials will become available closer to date.





8 Oct


Welcome and Heterogeneous (Lefferts)

15 Oct


Homogeneous (Reek, de Bruin)

22 Oct


Online social activity

29 Oct


Biocatalyis (Hollmann)

5 Nov


Reaction Engineering (Heeres)

12 Nov


Industrial lecture (tba)

19 Nov


Preparation (de Jongh)

26 Nov


Characterization (Tromp)

3 dec

Whole day

Social activity on location (if possible)

The text book will be Catalysis, an integrated approach‘, edited by Prof.dr. U. Hanefeld and L. Lefferts, with contributions from many experts.

You can order the book here (The book is not included in the price for the course)

There will be a test early 2022, location t.b.a. The test is obligatory for NIOK graduates. There are a number of requirements for obtaining the Certificate of Proficiency, one of them being completing the CAIA test. Consulting the text book during the test is permitted. (’open book test’).

Certificate of Attendance is available. A Certificate of Proficiency is available for those who successfully take the test.
Obtaining the Certificate of Proficiency is one of the requirements that need to be met before NIOK graduates can apply for a NIOK diploma accompanying their doctor’s degree certificate. For the complete set of requirements please contact the NIOK office or ask your supervisor.

Registration closes after 5 October 2021:

The fee includes:
- admission to the online-site
- admission to the Social Event


Course leader
Prof.dr. M. Tromp, Groningen University

Mrs. Ineke Weijer and Mrs. Laura Bastiaans (course coordination)
HIMS University of Amsterdam
P.O. Box 94157
1090 GD  Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tel   +31 20 525 6454
E-mail: caia-science[@]


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