The National graduate school in biocatalysis, BioCat, is established to provide expertise and tools for research and education within biocatalysis in Norway. BioCat is granted by The Norwegian Research Council for the period 2016 – 2024.
Organization of Biocat
- The biocat board consists of 12 appointed representatives from both academia and industry.
- Each partner university has an appointed student ambassador, who acts as a local contact for the PhD-students.
- The university of Tromsø (UiT) is the host-university for BioCat, and the administration is therefore located at UiT. Our contact information is found here.
What is biocat?
The aim of initiating a graduate schools in Norway, is to unite small scientific communities and increase collaboration between research groups. This will create student platforms for technical and academic exchange and training, and thereby improve the quality and the skills of the PhD students.
BioCat is open to all PhD-students and their research groups within the field. Biocatalysis is essential in many areas including biomedicine, biotechnology, microbiology, and (bio)nanoscience. Additionally, biocatalysis is becomming increasingly important in industrial processes and in various diagnostics-, gene- and biotechnologies, and a crucial field in the societal change to a bio-based economy.
BioCat will in particular emphasize aiding career development of early stage researchers, both PhD and Post Doc fellows, in the field. More than 100 students from 40-50 research groups at 6 universities are expected to join in the graduate school. As of 2018 we have 79 members where 60 are PhD-students and 19 are postdoctoral researchers.
Six Norwegian universities, four research institutes and the Industrial Biotechnology Network Norway, constitute the BioCat consortium. This collaboration represents a unification of many strong research groups, giving the students great access to both the expertise, facilities and training offered by the Norwegian biocatalysis research community.