It is our great pleasure and privilege to welcome you at the 15th biannual European Congress on Catalysis, EuropaCat2023, of the European Federation of Catalysis Societies (EFCATS) in Prague on behalf on the Catalysis Societies of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.
The pandemic of covid-19 has prevented us from keeping the biannual schedule of the congress and limited the possibilities of active in-person scientific discussions. It is thus our goal to fill this gap and continue in the great tradition of the Europacat conferences as a pan-European platform where scientists, researchers and leaders from industry and academia meet to discuss the latest developments in the field of catalysis and its role in the sustainable development of mankind. After all, catalysis is a pillar of modern society.
We are thankful to all of you for helping us to meet this ambitious goal. More than 2000 abstracts were submitted through the abstract submission system and we are very happy to welcome more than 1700 delegates from over 50 countries world-wide. As a result, we put together an exciting scientific program we hope you will enjoy. It consists of 32 distinguished plenary and keynote lectures, more than 430 oral lectures and about 1100 posters. It covers a wide range of topics dealing with all aspects of catalysis. We are particularly happy about the significant participation of students and grateful for the support and active participation of industrial partners that is a prerequisite to fulfilling the mission of the congress, i.e. exchange of ideas between academia, industry and the future generation of researchers, scientists and leaders in the field of catalysis.
Let us, as congress participants, be catalysts of changes that cause a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes, that hone our talents, skills, and abilities. Let us be catalysts of actions and messengers of hopes inspiring others to undertake research on catalysis.
We wish that the scientific program will inspire and stimulate both scientific discussions and social interactions as these are the true spices of any successful conference. Welcome to Prague and enjoy the congress!