Background and Information
The British Zeolite Association was founded in 1977 to provide a forum where zeolite scientists could meet to review and share their latest findings. It is a registered charity (the certificate can be found here). Today the (ordered) nanoporous materials community in the UK numbers several hundred active research scientists and engineers, from both industry and the academic sector, who reflect the great variety of applications of micro- and mesoporous materials, from catalysis and petrochemical processing to chemical separations, detergents and environmental clean-up.
The major event of the BZA's year is the annual meeting which brings together scientists from the UK and overseas to present and discuss the latest research in the area. Every third year the meeting takes the form of a week-long Gordon style conference which is usually held in August at an attractive campus venue. In the intervening years a shorter conference is organised in the spring. A special feature of the conferences is the strong emphasis given to presentations from research students and young postdoctoral workers. Further details on the BZA Annual Meeting and other conferences of interest to the community can be found on the conference page.
Each year, a number of bursaries are available to assist PhD students in attending conferences. The bursaries are intended to cover travel and accommodation expenses, and require that the student (i) is a member of the BZA, (ii) applies in advance and (iii) subsequently submits a review of the conference for publication on the website. The maximum value of a bursary depends on funds available and on whether the student is presenting his/her work at the conference. Since 2014, the BZA also awards up to two summer research bursaries for undergraduate students at a UK university to perform research within the general areas of interest of the BZA. Details on how to apply for these bursaries are available on the bursaries page.
The Founders' Award is an award for UK based postgraduate students working in the area of micro- or mesoporous science. It aims to celebrate the best/most promising postgraduate scientist of the year. The Award will be presented each year at the BZA Annual Meeting and has been devised in honour of Lovat Rees, one of the father figures of British zeolite science and one of the founding members of the British Zeolite Association.
Named in honour of the late Prof. Richard Barrer, the Barrer Award is awarded every three years by the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Society for Chemical Industry, in consultation with the BZA, for the most meritorious recent pure or applied work in the field of porous inorganic materials.
Further information on the Founders' Award and the Barrer Award is avaliable on the prizes pages.
The BZA is a member of the Federation of European Zeolite Associations (FEZA), which comprises groups from many european countries (currently Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and the UK). FEZA organises a triennial conference as well as a series of workshops on specific topics within zeolite science. It also awards an annual prize to the best work carried out as part of a PhD project.
Membership of the BZA costs £5 per annum.There is a life membership rate of £50. Usually the fees will be paid at the same time as registration for the annual conference. At other times the BZA secretary, Prof Craig Williams, will be happy to receive applications for membership.