BioCat Norway, the National Graduate School, provides expertise and tools for research and education for Norway-based PhDs and Postdocs working in biocatalysis, protein science, and similar fields. The BioCat program is funded by The Norwegian Research Council from 2016 to 2024. 

What we do

By creating national graduate schools, the Research Council aims to unite small scientific communities spread throughout the country and increase collaboration between research groups. This creates platforms for technical and academic exchange and training, and thereby improves the quality and the skills of the PhD students.

Biocatalysis is a crucial field in the societal change to a bio-based economy.

It is a field essential to many areas including  biomedicine, biotechnology, microbiology, and (bio)nanoscience. It is also becoming increasingly important to industrial processes and in various diagnostic and gene technologies.

BioCat focuses on the career development of early stage researchers.

It is open to all PhD-students in Norway that use biocatalysis, protein science, and similar fields in their research. As of Sept 2023 we have 178 members, 123 of which are PhD students, 33 are postdoctoral researchers, and 12 are master students. 

The Biocat consortium is made up of six universities, four research institutes and the Industrial Biotechnology Network Norway

This collaboration represents a unification of over 80 research groups, providing students great access to expertise, facilities and training in the life sciences.

How we are organized