The North American Catalysis Society will distribute funds from NSF to approximately 20 U.S. scientists to attend the 13th International Congress on Catalysis in Paris, 11–16 July 2004.
Congress participants and younger catalytic scientists will be given priority. Grantees will be selected by a committee of catalytic scientists only to compensate for the lowest available airfare costs by US carrier.
All U. S. Scientists working in catalysis are invited to apply for support. A brief vita (two pages) should also be included along with a statement concerning their needs and participation in the meeting. All requests should be mailed (or email) to :
NSF ICC Travel, c/o Bea Ouimette, Dept. Chemical Engineering, Univ. Massachusetts, Amherst. MA 01003, or email: put ICC Travel in the Subject line. The applications must arrive before 15 May 2004. Include your email address. Selection will be made by 1 June 2004. This will be an “equal opportunity” selection independent of the race, color, or national origin of the applicant. More information is available at
NSF Support for US Participants at the 13th International Congress on Catalysis
The 13th International Congress on Catalysis will be held in Paris, France on July 11–16, 2004. These meetings are held every four years, dating back to their inception in Philadelphia, PA in 1956. Subsequent meetings have been held in Paris, Amsterdam, Moscow, Palm Beach, London, Tokyo, Berlin, Calgary, Baltimore and, most recently, Granada, Spain. The attendance at these meetings has shown a large increase due to a renewed world interest in the synthesis of petroleum based products and specialty chemicals, as well as catalysis’ increasing role in environmental controls and process efficiency. It is expected that attendance at the 2004 meeting will exceed the 1,200, the attendance in Baltimore and Granada.
This support for US catalytic scientists will include only reimbursement for airfare between the U.S. and Paris, France by US carriers.
If a travel grant is awarded, the North American Catalysis Society will advertise the award, including application procedures in the Newsletter of the Catalysis Society, Chemical and Engineering News, and on the Catalysis Society’s Web site (http://www.nacatsoc.org). Announcements will be sent to all academic persons whose names may not be on the membership list but of whom we are aware. The names of such persons are available from attendees at recent North American meetings. Every effort will be made to ensure participation by women and minority groups. The announcement will specify that U.S. flag carriers must be used.
To avoid conflict of interests, grantees will be selected by a committee consisting industrial researchers in catalysis. These three people are well informed of university activities in catalysis. The grant will be administered by the University of Massachusetts under the supervision of Prof. William Curtis Conner, Foreign Secretary of the Catalysis Society.
The Committee will be expected to give (a) first priority to persons who have been invited to present papers and, (b) second priority to those who have had papers accepted for presentation at the Congress, and © third priority to those not qualifying above, but who have a special function, e.g., those who have been selected to chair sessions. Priority will also be given to requests by promising younger workers who are not yet well established. The Committee will give consideration to professional accomplishments or the potential of each applicant and attempt to give due attention to a reasonable age and geographic distribution.
The Committee will discriminate against no one on the grounds of race, color, or national origin.
The International Congress on Catalysis
The organization that oversees these meetings is the Council of the International Congress on Catalysis. There are presently over 25 signature countries within this organization and this number is on the increase. Countries in South and North America, Western and Eastern Europe, Asia and the Pacific Basin are each represented. The United States is currently represented in the International Congress through two permanent representatives.
The scope of the 13th International Congress will be focused on the topic of “Catalysis and 21st Century Challenges – Basic Science and the Needs of Society”. See the link http://www.13icc.jussieu.fr