We are pleased to announce that the mc2 workshop ‘Materials, Characterization, and Catalysis’ will be held at ETH Zurich on January 15-17 2018. This workshop will bring together the next generation of leading scientists in the development of different types of porous materials (zeolites, metal-organic frameworks, organic-inorganic hybrids, carbons, polymers) with a topical focus on catalysis. In particular, this will cover an exciting program of complementary areas covering advanced strategies for their synthesis, characterization, catalytic evaluation, and atomistic simulation. Thematic sessions will commence with inspiring lectures from prominent scientists followed by talks from young researchers. In addition, the workshop will also include a poster session and short tutorial talks by world experts in materials characterization from the leading company Micromeritics.