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General Information

Conference Objectives
The main objectives of the “Rational Design of Catalytic Materials” Conference are to enable American and Danish researchers to connect, form relationships, and present new research related to the design of catalytic materials. The Conference will explore the complexity of catalysts and how we can design them for future applications including solar energy utilization. This subject should be of interest to both industry and the scientific community.
The official language of the conference is English.

The maximum number of participants is 130 people.

Visa Requirements (for Danish Citizens Only)
There are no visa requirements, but you have to ensure that your passport is valid. For more information, please see (site is in Danish only).

Important Deadlines
Submission of extended abstracts:                         December 3, 2007
Recommended deadline for hotel booking:          December 13, 2007
Conference:                                                                  January 14 –15, 2008

Conference Venue
The Conference will be held in Berkeley, California. The Conference will take place at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), above the UC Berkeley campus, and adjacent to the San Francisco Bay Area. LBNL has a unique location with a panoramic view of San Francisco, and is the oldest of the U.S. Department of Energy’s national laboratories.

The Conference sessions will be held in Building 66 (LBNL): Conference Room 316 (third floor) and the adjacent auditorium.

There will be signs leading the way from the main gate (Blackberry Entrance). Please see the LBNL Site Map for more information.

There are several airports near Berkeley. The largest is the San Francisco International Airport (SFO), which has daily international flights. Taxis are the most convenient way of getting to the hotel from SFO, which is about 45 minutes from Berkeley; a taxi will cost about $65.

You can also take the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) from SFO to the Downtown Berkeley BART station. To plan your trip, please visit the SF Bay Area 511 Transit Web site at

You can also use the Oakland International Airport (OAK) and the Mineta San José International Airport (SJC).

Travel Information:

Bay Area Traveler Information

AC Transit Bus System

BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit)
transit 462-2278
general office 464-6000

SF Bay Area 511 Transit Web Site


Conference Site (LBNL) Parking
PLEASE NOTE: Parking at LBNL is limited, and you will need to reserve a parking permit in advance. Contact Melanie Sonsteng at [email protected] for a parking pass.

Conference Schedule
To view the Conference Schedule in PDF, please go here.

Conference Registration Desk
Open Sunday, January 13, and Monday, January 14, 2008:

Conference Site Access
Access to LBNL must be arranged in advance by contacting Melanie Sonsteng at [email protected].

Poster Session
Monday, January 14, 2008, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.:

The posters will be displayed in the lobby between the LBNL Building 66 Conference Room and Auditorium. The setup time begins the same time as the Monday morning registration (January 14th). Posters should be taken down Tuesday, by the end of the Conference.

Welcome Reception
January 14th, 2008, 8 a.m.: Participants will be served a breakfast consisting of coffee, juice, and other refreshments, and a light buffet.

Conference Dinner
January 14, 2008:

The Monday night dinner will be the main social event. This will take place at the Men’s Faculty Club on the UC Berkeley campus.

On January 14–15, lunch will be served at the Conference site.

Conference Fee
The Conference fee (US $75) covers the expenses for both days. For more information, please go to “Registration” in the Main Menu.

Scientific Committee

Organizing Committee


Liability and Insurance
Neither the organizers nor the Conference Secretariat will assume any responsibility whatsoever for damage or injury to persons or property during the Conference. Participants are recommended to arrange for their personal travel and health insurance.

Contacts for Further Information
Jesper Risom
Innovation Center Denmark / Silicon Valley
Main: 650-543-3180
Direct: 650-543-8161
Fax: 650-327-2522

Soren Nedergaard
Technology and Research Attaché
Innovation Center Denmark / Silicon Valley
Main: 650-543-3180
Direct: 650-543-3190
Fax: 650-327-2522
Mobile: 650-215-8022
E-mail: [email protected]
Skype: Soren.Nedergaard


Last updated 01/22/2008