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Kick-off Training, Leuven, Belgium 2

(Electro)catalysts for the capture and conversion of atmospheric CO2 into added-value fuels

KU Leuven


September 15, 2021 @ 9:00 am September 17, 2021 @ 3:30 pm CEST

Catchy S&T and Skills training will be held at College De Valk 3 in Leuven city centre (Kick-off Meeting Training)
S&T training (Days 2 & 3)

Truncus communis with state-of-the-art on thermo- and electro-catalysts for the capture and conversion of atmospheric CO2 into added-value fuels (experts from in- and outside CATCHY).

Skills training (Day 4)

Courses aimed to obtain skills needed to successfully complete a PhD project:
scientific communication, data management, research integrity, and diversity in research teams

Participation to Catchy Kick-off training is open to all Master and PhD students. Due to current regulations the number of participants outside the Catchy Network may be limited. Please register below before August 30 th


Sept 15 (Day 2)College De Valk 3 (01.25)
KU Leuven
09:00 – 10:30Clusters for conversion of sustainable energyIb Chorkendorff
Coffee / Tea Break (Pieter De Somer Aula)
11:00 – 12:30Atomic scale design of selectivity of catalysts for CO2 hydrogenationChristophe Copéret
ETH Zürich
Lunch (Pieter De Somer Aula)
14:00 – 15:30Gas Phase Clusters as Model Systems for Active Sites in Heterogeneous CatalysisKnut Asmis
University of Leipzig
Coffee / Tea Break (Pieter De Somer Aula)
16:00 – 17:00Industrial applications of CO2 Electrolysers Gas and Power, Power2X and Storage.Ralf Krause
Siemens Energy
Sept 16 (Day 3) College De Valk 3 (01.25)
KU Leuven
09:00 – 10:30Mems microreactors for clusters-based
(electro)catalysts activity testing
Christian Danvad Damsgaard 
Jakob Kibsgaard 
Coffee / Tea Break (Pieter De Somer Aula)
11:00 – 12:00High pressure CO2 hydrogenation catalysisAtsushi Urakawa
TU Delft
Lunch (Pieter De Somer Aula)
14:00 – 15:30Introduction to the in situ characterization cluster-based (electro)catalysts with XAFS and TEMOlga Safonova
Juan Herranz Salaner
Sara Bals

Coffee / Tea Break (Pieter De Somer Aula)
16:00 – 17:00The guiding principles behind electrocatalysisTom Breugelmans
17:00 – 17:30 Electrochemical CO2 reduction applied to synthesis of organicsDirk de Vos
KU Leuven
Sept 17 (Day 4) College De Valk 3 (01.25)
KU Leuven
09:00 – 10:30Open science skills:
Scientific communication beyond publication
Bart Dooms 
Coffee / Tea Break (Pieter De Somer Aula)
11:00 – 12:30Data management and Open data Mark Verbrugge,
Anouk D’Hont
KU Leuven
Lunch (Pieter De Somer Aula)
13:15 – 14:30Implicit bias and team
Joyce Koeman
Diversity Policy Office
KU Leuven
14:30 – 15:30 Research integritySteven De Peuter
Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
KU Leuven
15:30End of Kick-off meeting

Practical Information


College De Valk 3 (Faculty of Law)

Tiensestraat 41
Leuven, 3000 Belgium
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A large number of hotels are within walking distance of Martin’s Klooster and College De Valk. Economic hotels (€ 50 to 70) are generally located close to the train station (Ibis Budget, Hotel Industrie, Hotel Mille Colonnes, Park Inn, etc.), middle-range (€ 90 -100) (Ibis, Hotel De Pastorij, Hotel Ladeuze, etc.) and high-end (€ 120-180) hotels (Pentahotel, Martin’s Klooster, The Fourth, etc.) are located directly in the city center.

Travel Guide to Leuven
By Plane
  • Via Brussels National Airport (BRU): The national airport receives flights from over 200 destinations in 66 countries every day. It’s easy to travel from Brussels national airport to Leuven by direct trains (15 min). There are two Intercity trains every hour with final stops in either Landen or Hasselt. You can find more information about schedules and fares at Belgian Railways (NMBS).
  • Via Brussels South Charleroi Airport (CRL): This airport receives only low-cost flights (Ryanair, Wizz, etc. ) from all over Europe. It is located 50 km south of Brussels but has good bus connections with Brussels and Bruges. You can use the shuttle service to Brussels-Midi station (50 min every 30 min) and take a train to Leuven (not Louvain-la-Neuve).
By Train

The Brussels Midi station is the Belgian hub for international train traffic, receiving multiple high-speed trains per day from Paris (Thalys and TGV), Lille (Eurostar and TGV), London (Eurostar), Amsterdam (Thalys) and Cologne (Thalys and ICE). Every hour, there are several intercity trains that leave Brussels Midi that stop in Leuven (25 min), with final stops in either Genk or Luik/Liege. For tickets and more info click here.

In Leuven

From the railway station of Leuven, best is to walk directly towards your accommodation. You can alternatively take a De Lijn bus or a taxi. A (one-way) bus ticket (€ 2-2.50) is valid for one hour. You can alternatively buy a De Lijn pass from € 7.50. This pass is valid on all buses and trams in Flanders.