During the initial phase, the new batch of students takes part in a daily program consisting of language courses, lectures, excursions, soft skills seminars and social activities.
This program is quite intensive but very rewarding. Once the students are finished with it, they know a good deal more about the cluster, catalysis and other essential skills.
However, by that time they have also grown together into a team of friends which they will keep not only during the following years in Berlin completing their PhD but also possibly during their future career.
To facilitate student participation, the planned daily activities can be found on the EC2/BIG-NSE website, in the "daily program" section.
Click here for an overview of past programs [Old BIG-NSE website].
The latest program can be found here [usually only visible from mid-September to mid-January every year).