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Singapore, 2 November 2009 — The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)’s Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Unifying Concepts in Catalysis (UniCat) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) are pleased to present a first of its kind joint symposium dedicated to the advancement of catalysis on 2 November 2009 at Biopolis, Singapore.

The programme will include lectures by invited speakers from ICES, NTU, Technical University Berlin, Humboldt University Berlin, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max Planck Gesellschaft and BASF. The speakers will cover the technological advances and discoveries in catalysis in catalytic applications of advanced materials, electro-catalysis, fuels and energy storage.

Catalysis underpins the development of sustainable processes for producing fuels, chemicals and energy. Together with its partners, ICES is pleased to promote awareness of research opportunities in catalysis and to stimulate interactions between local and international researchers in the field. The symposium also provides a platform for DAAD, UniCat, NTU and ICES to collaborate on catalysis research to develop next generation catalysts and environmentally benign catalytic processes.

“This is a unique opportunity for the catalysis research community to come together to share knowledge and to benefit from each other’s experience. This symposium will provide a platform for further collaborations, bringing together experts from Germany and Singapore, from research in industry and academia to share ideas,” said Dr Keith Carpenter, Executive Director of ICES.

H.E. Mr. Joerg Ranau, Ambassador of Federal Republic of Germany commented, "You will read a lot about Berlin during the next few days in the newspapers. We celebrate, after all, the 20th anniversary of the breaching of the wall, that infamous symbol of the Cold War.

But Berlin is not only about politics and contemporary history. It is also one of Germany's most important research hubs. As such, it is home, among others, to several research entities which have been awarded the title "Clusters of Excellence" by the German Federal Government. One of them, the cluster "Unifying Concepts in Catalysis" or "UniCat", in short, will present its research findings during today's workshop.

I am grateful to A*STAR and the Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences for hosting the workshop and for providing a state-of-the-art venue. I am sure that the proceedings and the collateral networking activities will provide ample scope for a sustained cooperation between "UniCat" and its Singaporean partners”.

“The Cluster of Excellence ‘UniCat’ is funded under the German Excellence Initiative which promotes top-level science and research at our universities. Singapore, too, has an excellent reputation in research and innovation. This joint symposium brings together experts from both countries and lays the foundation for fruitful closer cooperation in the field of catalysis,” explained Dr Susanne Rentzow-Vasu, Director of the DAAD Information Centre Singapore.

“We are delighted to be the university partner for this German-Singaporean Research Symposium on Catalysis,” says Professor Bertil Andersson, NTU Provost. “At NTU, catalysis research is multidisciplinary – it is carried out by researchers from our School of Biological Sciences, School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, and School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. This is a good opportunity for NTU academics to interact with their German counterparts, exchange ideas and explore future collaboration in catalysis research, as well as build on the strong bonds between NTU and German research centres.” 

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Dr Susanne Rentzow-Vasu
Director of DAAD Information Center Singapore
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Edgar Lee 
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Nanyang Technological University
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Ms Caroline Chia
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About Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES)
Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES) is a member of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). Established in 2002, its mission is to carry out world class scientific research, to develop novel technology and to nurture creative scientists and engineers to support economic growth in Singapore to make a positive difference to society. The research area covers chemistry and chemical engineering science, combined with advanced analytical characterisation and measurement to develop state of the art technology for the petrochemical, general chemical, fine chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

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About the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is the lead agency for fostering world-class scientific research and talent for a vibrant knowledge-based and innovation-driven Singapore. A*STAR oversees 14 biomedical  sciences, and physical sciences and engineering research institutes, and seven consortia & centre, which are located in Biopolis and Fusionopolis, as well as their immediate vicinity. 
A*STAR supports Singapore's key economic clusters by providing intellectual, human and industrial capital to its partners in industry.  It also supports extramural research in the universities, hospitals, research centres, and with other local and international partners.

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About the German Academic Exchange Service
The German Academic Exchange Service) is Germany's principal agency for the support of international academic cooperation and exchange. It supports the worldwide exchange of international students, graduates, academics and scientists within the framework of more than 200 different programmes.

About Nanyang Technological University
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is a research-intensive university ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The Yunnan Garden campus, NTU’s main campus, is located in the south-western part of Singapore and will be the Youth Olympic Village of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010. The NTU@one-north campus, home to educational and alumni clubhouse facilities, is located near Singapore’s biomedical research hub Biopolis and the new engineering and physical sciences hub Fusionopolis.
NTU has four colleges, namely:
•           The Nanyang Business School (the College of Business), the first and only Singapore business school to be ranked in the top 25 of the Financial Times Global MBA 2008 rankings,
•           The College of Engineering, with six schools focused on technology and innovation and a research output among the top four in the world,
•           The College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, home to Singapore's first professional art school offering degree courses in art, design and interactive digital media; the Humanities and Social Science School; and the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, a top journalism and media school in Asia,
•           The College of Science is home to award-winning faculty, world-class laboratories, and Olympiad medal winners.

The S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, one of three autonomous institutes of NTU, is a world authority on strategic studies and security research. NTU is also home to the internationally acclaimed National Institute of Education, Singapore’s only teacher-training institute. The Earth Observatory of Singapore, established in 2009 with $150 million in state funding, is dedicated to hazards-related earth science.

As Singapore’s main science and technology university, NTU makes significant contributions to the nation's renewed drive for research and innovation spearheaded by the Singapore National Research Foundation (NRF). NTU’s strengths in biomedical sciences, environmental and water technologies, and interactive and digital media mirror the NRF’s research focus. Impressed by the vibrant entrepreneurship environment at NTU, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, widely known as ‘The Foundation of Entrepreneurship’, has chosen NTU to be the first Kauffman campus outside the United States of America.

NTU has a strong and broad international reach covering academic and research partnerships with top institutions in the US, Europe and Asia, such as MIT, Stanford University, Cornell University, Caltech, University of Washington, Georgia Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Cambridge University, Imperial College and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Peking University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Waseda University, and Indian Institute of Technology.

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