2020 EFCATS Summer School

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The 2020 Summer School of the European Federation of Catalysis Societies (EFCATS) will be held from 15-19 September 2020 in Grand Hotel Bernardin Convention Center in Portorož-Portorose, Slovenia. The event entitled “ENGINEERING MATERIALS FOR CATALYSIS” is organized jointly by the Section for Catalysis of the Slovenian Chemical Society and the Austrian Catalysis Society.

The 2020 EFCATS Summer School will focus on recent advances regarding synthesis, in-situ and operando characterization and applications of heterogeneous catalysts as well as multi-scale modelling of catalytic processes. Besides, the publication system and less competitive free discussions will be addressed at the meeting.

Master and doctoral students as well as early-stage researchers being involved in the above-mentioned topics are strongly encouraged to attend the event. More than ten worldwide known experts will deliver invited lectures. The participants will be able to present the results of their research work in the form of oral presentations or poster contributions. A half-day tour to the ELETTRA synchrotron in Trieste, Italy, will be organized as part of the 2020 EFCATS Summer School.

We look forward to meeting you in Portorož-Portorose in September 2020!

The Organizing Committee



The 2020 EFCATS Summer School entitled ENGINEERING MATERIALS FOR CATALYSIS will last four days and will consist of invited lectures, oral presentations and poster contributions. The papers will be selected by the chairs, based on the innovative aspect and scientific level. The abstracts should be related to the topics of the 2020 EFCATS Summer School.

The official language of the event is English. Papers and other documents will be in English. No translation facilities will be provided.

Presentation of scientific contributions. The majority of scientific contributions will be presented as posters, but a limited number of papers will be selected for oral presentation. For invited and oral presentations, each lecture room will be set up with the necessary audiovisual equipment. The display boards for poster presentations (width: 90 cm; height: 190 cm) will be provided. Posters (brought in person by the author and not mailed in advance) should be mounted on the board corresponding to their poster number.




The 2020 EFCATS Summer School entitled ENGINEERING MATERIALS FOR CATALYSIS will cover the following topics:

– advanced synthesis and basic characterization of heterogeneous catalysts
in-situ and operando characterization
– synchrotron characterization
– applications of heterogeneous catalysts
– multi-scale modelling of catalytic processes
– communication in science (publication system and less competitive free discussions)




Prof. Dr. Bao Lian Su
Laboratory of Inorganic Materials Chemistry, University of Namur, Belgium

Dr. Svetlana Mintova
Laboratory for Catalysis and Spectrochemistry, ENSICAEN – Université de Caen – CNRS, Caen, France

Prof. Dr. Bert Weckhuysen
Research Group Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Dr. Giulliana Aquilanti
XAFS beamline, ELETTRA – Sincrotrone Trieste, Basovizza, Trieste, Italy

Dr. Alexander Genest
Institute of High Performance Computing, Agency of Science, Technology of Science, Singapore

Assist. Prof. Blaž Likozar
Department of Catalysis and Chemical Reaction Engineering, National Institute of Chemistry and Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Joaquim L. Faria
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal

Assist. Prof. Dr. Raffaella Buonsanti
Department of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

Dr. Nikolai Nesterenko
Gas Catalytic Conversion Group, Strategy Research & Development, Catalysis in Refining & Base Chemicals, TOTAL, Belgium

The list remains to be completed.




On-line abstract submission opens 23 March 2020
Abstract submission deadline 25 May 2020
Notification of acceptance 10 July 2020
Early bird registration fee deadline 14 August 2020
Hotel reservation deadline 14 August 2020
2020 EFCATS Summer School begins 15 September 2020




The 2020 EFCATS Summer School will consist of ten plenary lectures delivered by invited reputable scientists, and about 10-20 oral presentations delivered by post-doctoral fellows and doctoral students participating at the event. Besides, a poster session will be organized during which more than 50 contributions will be presented.

The Young European Catalysis Network (YEuCat) will contribute to the programme of the 2020 EFCATS Summer School. More information about YEuCat can be found on the following website: https://www.youngcatalysis.net.

To follow the programme of the 2020 EFCATS Summer School on mobile devices and schedule your agenda, you are invited to use the »Eventor« mobile app available for free in Google Play and iTunes App stores.



Nataša Novak Tušar Albin Pintar Günther Rupprechter



Portorož-Portorose, the town on the Slovene riviera, is known for its climatic conditions beneficial to health and well being in general. The thermal baths, based on brine and saline mud, have very old tradition, starting in 13th century. In addition, the “Port of Roses” offers the visitors sandy beaches, the best equipped marina for yacht tourist, various sport activities and a lot of entertainment including the casino. Portorož-Portorose can be conveniently reached by air (Ljubljana, Trieste, Venice), by train (Koper, Trieste), by ship (Venice) and by road.

The 2020 EFCATS Summer School will be held at luxurious Grand Hotel Bernardin Convention Center, located in the St. Bernardin hotel and conference resort (see http://www.hoteli-bernardin.si/en/). The latter lies on a peninsula with lush Mediterranean flora, halfway between the medieval town of Piran-Pirano and the modern seaside resort of Portorož-Portorose. The bell tower of the remains of St. Bernardin’s monastery from the 15th century stands as a proud reminder of the rich cultural past, and marks the centerpiece of the resort.

The convention center of the Grand Hotel Bernardin offers several multi-purpose rooms, state-of-the-art audiovisual and telecommunication equipment and experienced staff. All this as well as the exceptional location and services of the resort make convention center of the Grand Hotel Bernardin the ideal venue for business, scientific and social events, that can host up to 2600 persons.

Some pleasures at disposal include sandy and grassy beaches, windsurfing school, boats, sailing boats, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, fitness, scuba-diving school, boat marina, golf, tennis courts, boule lanes, basketball court, beach-valley court, bikes, exquisite national & fish food in several restaurants with perfect local wines, music & dance, casino and much much more.





A block of rooms at special rates has been booked for participants of the 2020 EFCATS Summer School in hotels of various categories in the St. Bernardin Adriatic Resort and Convention Center. Hotel reservations may be made no later than the 14 August 2020 in the following ways:

– by calling directly (+386 5 690 70 00) to the reservations department of St. Bernardin Adriatic Resort & Convention Center (identify yourself as an »2020 EFCATS Summer School« attendee to obtain the conference room rates);

– by filling out the on-line reservation form accessible below;

– by completing and returning (preferably by e-mail to booking@h-bernardin.si) the Accommodation Form directly to the reservations department.

Your choice of accommodation will be duly considered; however, applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis. To confirm your reservation, a guarantee by credit card or a deposit of one night accommodation is required.

Hotel Price for single room / night Price for double room / night
Grand Hotel Bernardin***** 145 EUR 155 EUR
Hotel Histrion****
(NEW April 2020)
135 EUR 145 EUR
Hotel Vile Park*** 82 EUR 92 EUR


The above prices are per room per night and include buffet breakfast, free Wi-Fi access, entrance to the Water Park Termaris – Hotel Histrion, free parking and VAT. Tourist tax (2.50 € per person per night) and booking fee (1.00 € per person per stay) are charged extra.

Hotel Histrion and Hotel Vile Park are located a 5 minutes walk from the Grand Hotel Bernardin Convention Center.

Guaranteed reservations. Accommodation at the conference rates listed above will be guaranteed only to those who will have sent their request by 14 August 2020. All requests received after this date will be subject to availability. A guarantee of accommodation (either by a credit card or bank-transfer deposit) is required to confirm your booking.

Cancellation policy. In case of guarantee with a credit card: if you cancel the reservation 48 hours prior to arrival date – no costs. In case of late cancellation or non arrival, the hotel reserves the right to charge your credit card in the amount of one night stay. In case of payed deposit: if you cancel the reservation 48 hours prior to arrival date, the hotel will return you the amount of payed deposit reduced by 10 %. In case of late cancellation or non arrival, the hotel reserves the right to keep the whole deposit.

The reservations department of St. Bernardin Adriatic Resort & Convention Center will be happy to confirm your reservation as soon as possible. For any further information, please call (+386 5 690 70 00) or send an e-mail (booking@h-bernardin.si).




The following social programme has been arranged for participants of the 2020 EFCATS Summer School:

Tuesday, 15 September 2020, 20:00 – 21:30; Get-together party

The get-together party of participants attending the 2020 EFCATS Summer School will be held in the beach area of Grand Hotel Bernardin. A selection of local-style finger food and drinks will be provided. Dress code: Casual

Wednesday, 16 September 2020, 20:00 – 22:00; Welcome reception

To welcome the conference participants, an informal gathering will take place in the Cocktail Lounge of Grand Hotel Bernardin. During the evening you will enjoy a selection of drinks, finger buffet and entertainment. Dress code: Casual

Thursday, 17 September 2020, 20:00 – 23:00; Gala dinner

Relax and enjoy under the stars in a unique view of the Piran Bay and taste the famous Mediterranean cuisine in the modern-stylish setting arranged on the Terrace International of the St. Bernardin Adriatic Resort and Convention Center. The fee covers an apéritif followed by a regional meal accompanied by excellent Slovene wines. Dress code: Business casual

Friday, 18 September 2020, 20:00 – 22:00; Party

The party will be held in the charming medieval town of Piran. Located at the entrance to the Tartini Square, the smiling staff of Batana pizzeria will offer you a wide range of pizzas, the recipes of which have remained unchanged for over 40 years. You are bound to have a beautiful view of the harbor. Dress code: Casual




About Slovenia. Just a brief look at the map of Europe is enough to locate Slovenia (https://www.slovenia.info/en). It lies at the point where Adriatic Sea cuts deeply into the heart of the mainland Europe, where the snow peaks of the Alps gradually give way to forests and then plains. Slovenia, a green and diverse country that lies between the Alps, the Mediterranean, and the Pannonian basin, embraces all the beauties of the Old Continent. Waiting for you are snow – covered mountains and a Mediterranean coast, beautiful karst caves and thermal springs, deep gorges created by clear mountain rivers, wide vistas of slow flatland rivers, mountain lakes and disappearing karst lakes, ancient villages and medieval towns, old castles and modern entertainment centers, innumerable vineyards producing top quality wines, and mysterious primeval forests. You can travel through time all day in museums, castles, churches, and galleries and amuse yourself in the evening at one of Europe’s best casinos. Today you can enjoy the peace of a farm holiday and tomorrow experience an international cultural event. Slovenia is truly colorful, and it knows how to charm visitors with its originality and beauty. If you experience it, you won’t forget it. Come and discover Slovenia, the beautiful country on the sunny side of the Alps!

The exceptional location of the conference site offers a wide choice of daily excursions to the most appreciated sights in the area, such as fabulous caves of Postojna (https://www.postojnska-jama.eu/en/), the riding shows of the famous Lipizaner horses in the stud farm in Lipica (https://www.lipica.org/en/), Venice (Italy) only two hours boat trip across the Adriatic sea, or just a visit to the typical Istrian villages with their unspoiled Mediterranean lifestyle.


Travel information. Portorož-Portorose can be reached by air (Ljubljana-Brnik: 139 km, Trieste: 75 km; Venice: 210 km), by train (Koper: 13 km, Trieste: 39 km), by ship (Venice), and by road (highway: Munich-Trieste-Koper, Vienna-Ljubljana-Koper or Venice-Trieste-Koper).

The Organizing Committee of the 2020 EFCATS Summer School will organize special shuttles for either one-way or round-trip transportation of participants from airports in Ljubljana (Slovenia), Trieste and Venice (Italy) to the conference site. Participants who are interested in using the shuttle transfer service on their arrival and/or departure to/from Portoroz-Portorose, are kindly asked to provide required information about their itinerary on the Transfer Form.

Comprehensive guide. Travelling to Portoroz (PDF)


Visa requirements. A valid passport is sufficient for a visit to Slovenia on business or as a tourist, provided your stay does not exceed three months. Citizens of EU countries may enter Slovenia without a passport, provided they present their identification card or other valid personal document. Anyone who is required to have a visa to enter Slovenia, may obtain it at the Slovenian representative in their country. The Organizing Committee will assist the participants who might have difficulties obtaining a visa, provided all necessary information is forwarded at least three months in advance.


Letter of invitation. The Organizing Committee will send a Letter of Invitation upon request. The invitation is intended to facilitate participants travel and visa arrangements and does not imply the provision of any financial or other support.


Wi-Fi internet access. For the duration of the 2020 EFCATS Summer School, Wi-Fi internet access will be available free of charge in Grand Hotel Bernardin Convention Center.


No-smoking policy. For the comfort and health of all attendees, the 2020 EFCATS Summer School is smoke-free. In addition to this, there is a law in Slovenia that prohibits indoor smoking in public places except for strictly designated sections.


Silent cellular phone policy. For the comfort and peace of all attendees, cellular telephone ringing has to be switched off before entering lecture rooms. Violators will be asked to leave the lecture room.


Emergency medical service. Resuscitation team and emergency ambulance will be available at all times during the event. Please report all emergencies to the registration desk.


Responsibility. The Organizing Committee does not accept responsibility for any personal injury, damage or loss of property which may occur in connection with this event or any of the programmed events. The participants are kindly requested to make their own insurance arrangements.




Abstracts will be published in the Book of abstracts in electronic format.

Submission of abstracts is expected from all participants (oral and poster presentations).

  • The abstracts should be written in a concise manner and the content should be presented clearly. The authors are solely responsible for grammatical and factual accuracy.
  • Language English
  • Maximum one A4 page (Word – 2.5 cm margins (left, right, top, bottom))
  • Font style Times New Roman
  • Font size 11
  • Single-spaced text
  • References: font size 10
  • We kindly encourage the authors to make use of the abstract template, in which the default text is replaced by the authors. This will produce the document in the required format.
  • Authors are required to submit abstracts in PDF format.
  • Title
  • Authors (Presenting author should be highlighted accordingly)
  • Institutions (Name and Address)
  • E-mail of the Presenting author
  • Abstract text
  • Keywords
  • References




Registration is required for all participants and accompanying guests. Please complete and submit on-line the Registration Form  to the Organising Committee. Use a separate form for each participant and accompanying guest.

Important note for presenting authors: A contribution will be included in the book of abstracts only after full payment of registration fee confirmed by 28 August 2020. Each registered participant can present a maximum of two communications (either oral or poster).

Registration fees

Early bird registration deadline: To take advantage of the reduced conference registration fees, register before or on 14 August 2020. Higher fees apply after 14 August 2020.

Attendee category Before or on 14 August 2020 cAfter 14 August 2020
MSc or PhD studenta 350 € 400 €
Post-doctoral fellowb 350 € 400 €
Regular 500 € 550 €
Accompanying person 200 € 200 €
aPlease upload a scan of your Student Identity Card during the registration procedure. bPlease upload a scan of official statement regarding your status during the registration procedure. cOn-site registration will be charged 50 € extra.

The registration fees for participants and students include a conference bag, a copy of the proceedings, admittance to all scientific sessions, the exhibition and poster programme, lunches and refreshments during the 2020 EFCATS Summer School, get together party, welcome reception, conference tour, conference gala dinner and farewell party.

Registration fee for accompanying guests includes get together party, welcome reception, conference gala dinner and farewell party.  For accompanying persons interested in sightseeing tours, information will be available in the hotels.

Confirmation of the registration

A Letter of Confirmation will be e-mailed to each participant upon receipt of Registration Form and payment (or proof of payment). Please present this letter upon registration.


All fees for the 2020 EFCATS Summer School registration should be paid in €uro, VAT is included in all fees. Payment of fees must accompany all registration forms.

Payments – without any charge to the beneficiary – are to be made in one of the following ways:

  • by bank transfer for the amount of €uro to the credit of the Slovenian Chemical Society, Hajdrihova 19, SI-1001 Ljubljana, Slovenia, with notification »2020 EFCATS« to Nova Ljubljanska Banka d.d., Trg republike 2, SI-1520 Ljubljana, Slovenia; IBAN: SI56 0205 3001 3322 846; SWIFT: LJBASI2X;
  • as on-site payment.

All payments should clearly state payee’s and/or accompanying person’s name/s and have to reach the Organising Committee at the latest two weeks before the event. Admission to the session requires the registration badge, which will only be handed over if payments have been effected. Students are required to attach a photocopy of their Student Identification Card with their Registration Form.

Late registration will still be possible on-site at the Registration Desk in the Grand Hotel Bernardin Convention Center at an extra charge of 50 €. Only payments in €uro (but no other currency) by cash will be possible; credit cards and personal or company cheques will not be accepted.

Cancellations, refunds and substitutions

Written, faxed or e-mailed requests for cancellation and refund of registration fees should be addressed to the Organising Committee. Cancellations received before 14 August 2020 will be refunded in 80 % payment. No refunds will be made for cancellations after this date, but the Conference Proceedings will be mailed. All requests for a refund will be handled after the event. Registered participants unable to attend may nominate substitutes by informing the Organising Committee.



2020 EFCATS Summer School Secretariat,
c/o Slovenian Chemical Society,
P.O. Box 660, SI-1001 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Phone: +386 1 47 60 252
Fax: +386 1 47 60 300

E-mail: chem.soc@ki.si