An alchemical symbol with the words ‘εν το παν’ (‘one is the all’) which inspired Kekulé in a dream to discover the structure of benzene.

About DCA



Dream Chemistry Award is a unique contest in which a prize is awarded to a young scientist with a chemistry background for an idea of a scientific project in the field of chemistry or chemistry-related disciplines that she/he dreams to solve. The applications are assessed based on the originality of the proposal; the CV of the Candidate is considered as well.

The Dream Chemistry Award contest was established in 2013 by the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IChF-PAN) with the aim of supporting young talent in pursuing their scientific dreams. In 2017, the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences (IOCB Prague) stepped in as the principal organizer of the contest.


Organizers


Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences (IOCB Prague)
IOCB  

IOCB Prague is a leading scientific institution in the Czech Republic, recognized internationally. Its primary mission is basic research in the fields of chemical biology and medicinal chemistry, organic and material oriented chemistry, chemistry of natural compounds, biochemistry and molecular biology, physical chemistry, theoretical chemistry, and analytical chemistry. The Institute has a long tradition and expertise in medicinal chemistry and drug development together with the pharma industry. Antivirals discovered by Antonín Holý and developed further by Gilead Sciences revolutionized the treatment of AIDS and hepatitis B and have significantly improved lives of millions of people around the globe.


Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IChF-PAN)
IChF-PAN  

The Institute's scientific profile is strongly related to the newest global trends in the development of physical chemistry and chemical physics. Scientific research is conducted in 30 research groups, including a bioimaging group led by the ERA Chair holder Prof. Maciej Wojtkowski, a microfluidics group led by ERC Starting Grant holder Prof. Piotr Garstecki, as well as catalysis, surface science, soft and living matter, biological chemistry, electrochemistry, molecular recognition, sensors and biosensors groups etc. CHEMIPAN R&D Laboratories, operating as part of the Institute, implement, produce, and commercialize specialist chemicals to be used, in particular, by the agriculture and pharmaceutical industry.