The CataLight Young Scientist Symposium (CYSS) is a newly established conference organized by PhD students and junior PostDocs of SFB/TRR 234 CataLight aimed at researchers in an early career stage in the field of light-driven catalysis and related fields.
Originally planned as an on-site event, we switched to a purely online format at our inaugural conference in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. By employing an online format, we wanted to allow for the participation of young scientists, in particular PhD students, from all over the globe and offer them an opportunity to share their work, which have been especially sparse that year due to the cancellation of on-site conferences. Therefore the event will emphasize on talks from young scientists accompanied by selected invited talks by junior groupleaders.
The entire conference is planned and organized by young scientists themselves. As we had no prior experience in conference organization in general and the planning of an online conference in particular, we learnt valuable lessons during our inaugural conference. We have written a detailed report in which we share some of our experiences to help other conference organizers in their plannings. You can find the full report on ChemRxiv (doi:10.26434/chemrxiv.13580519). A German version was later published in the March 2021 issue of Nachrichten aus der Chemie, the periodical of the GDCh, the association of German chemists. You can find it under https://doi.org/10.1002/nadc.20214106721.
Topics and Focus
In line with the research area of CataLight the symposium aims to cover all facets of the highly interdisciplinary field of light-driven catalysis. While CYSS2020 covered light-driven catalysis in general, this years edition puts a special focus on artificial photosynthesis, i. e. methods to harvest the energy of light and storing it in a accessible medium, a solar fuel. For an in-depth explanation on the aims and scopes, see our Scientific Programme.