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More than 110 scientists, engineers, catalyst experts and researchers from Japan, Saudi Arabia, Spain, the Czech Republic, and the UK participated in the 2-day symposium on refining and petrochemical catalysts held on December 2–3, 2013 at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The annual symposium was jointly organized by KFUPM, the Japan Petroleum Institute (JPI), and Japan Cooperation Center, Petroleum (JCCP) to discuss latest advances in catalysts for refining and chemical processing. At this year’s symposium, there are 18 presentations in 6 sessions featuring papers on gasoline upgrade, hydrodesulfurization (HDS), fluid catalytic cracking (FCC), catalytic olefins, dehydrogenation, recycling, alkylation, catalyst characterization, mechanism and polymerization catalysts. The following is a brief report on the topics covered by the symposium. Full papers can be accessed via www.kfupm.edu.sa/catsymp.