NIOK reaccredited as Research School by the KNAW

2. 10. 2013 | Irene

NIOK, the Netherlands Institute for Catalysis Research, has recently been reaccredited for a period of six years by the Research School Accreditation Committee of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

NIOK was established in 1991 by the major catalysis groups of seven Dutch Universities: Utrecht University, University of Amsterdam, Free University Amsterdam, Delft University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology, University of Groningen, Radboud University Nijmegen, Leiden and Twente University. In 1992, NIOK was accredited by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW) and has been reaccredited four times. In 2006 the Radboud University Nijmegen became a NIOK. The VU (since 2006) and de WUR (since 2012) have become guest members. NIOK is supported by an industrial advisory board VIRAN which consists of members from Dutch and multinational industries involved in many aspects of catalytic processes.

NIOK promotes and coordinates leading multi-disciplinary education and research in homogeneous, heterogeneous and biocatalysis in the Netherlands, by offering excellent catalysis education at the level of Master and PhD students to researchers working in universities and companies.

NIOK also stimulates excellent multidisciplinary scientific research in catalysis by combining expertise in Dutch academia. NIOK has a longstanding tradition as a key initiator of large multidisciplinary research programs. These programs either focus on more fundamental  or on more applied catalysis research. During the peer review period 2006-2011 NIOK has been actively involved in setting up two large initiatives: Catalysis for Sustainable Chemicals from Biomass (CatchBio; www.catchbio.com) and Technology Areas for Sustainable Chemistry (TASC; www.nwo.nl/tasc).

Research School Accreditation Committee
Research schools provide training and are assessed by the Research School Accreditation Committee for quality of both research and education. There are a total of 66 KNAW accredited research in schools. About two third of these Schools are a collaboration between research groups from several universities.

More information
More information on NIOK can be found via www.NIOK.eu and on the Research School Accreditation Committee via this link.