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Terms & Conditions



Dream Chemistry Award

Contest Terms and Conditions 2017


§ 1

The organization of the "Dream Chemistry Award" Contest (the "Contest") in 2017 complies with the guidelines stated in these Contest Terms and Conditions (the "Guidelines"). The Guidelines are available on the Contest website at dreamchemistryaward.org.


§ 2

Aim of the Contest

The aim of the Contest is to award a prize to a young scientist (the "Candidate") for the idea of a scientific project (the "Project") in the field of chemistry or a chemistry-related interdisciplinary project, based on a scientific problem that the scientist dreams to solve. The prize is not intended to be used for the Project implementation.


§ 3

Organizer of the Contest

  1. The Contest is organized by the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences (IOCB Prague), Flemingovo nám. 2, 166 10, Prague 6, Czech Republic (the "Organizer"). The Organizer will announce the date it starts accepting contest entries, as well as the results of the Contest by publishing information on the Contest website at dreamchemistryaward.org.

  2. The Contest is held under the auspices of an Honorary Committee appointed by the Organizer. The list of Committee members will be announced on the Contest website at dreamchemistryaward.org.

  3. IOCB Prague will appoint a Scientific Committee for evaluation of contest entries. The members of the Scientific Committee will be experts in the field of chemistry and related disciplines, and will come from the academic community. The Scientific Committee will be composed of no less than 10 members. The Committee’s composition will be announced on the Contest website at dreamchemistryaward.org. The members of the Scientific Committee will sign a non-disclosure and non-use statement with regard to the contents of the Projects being evaluated.


§ 4

Candidates and Nominators

  1. Eligible Candidates for the Contest may be citizens of any country who must fulfill the following criteria:

    • Ph.D. degree obtained in 2010 or later

    • were born in 1980 or later

    • cannot be employed at either Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences (IOCB Prague) or Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IChF-PAN).

  2. The Candidates are nominated by members of the academic community (the "Nominators").

  3. The Nominators are respected experts in their fields. They must hold at least a Ph.D. degree and have a minimum of ten years’ experience since publishing their first scientific paper.

  4. The Contest Prize (the "Prize") is a statuette, a certificate confirming that the prize was awarded and a financial prize of €10,000.


§ 5

Time Schedule of the Contest

  1. The Contest will be announced on April 3, 2017.

  2. Any Contest entry of the Candidate must be preceded by a nomination of the Candidate by a Nominator submitted electronically via the Contest website dreamchemistryaward.org by July 31, 2017. The nomination must contain the Candidate’s first name and last name, e-mail address, current affiliation, basic information about the Candidate, his/her research interests, and a brief statement of why the Candidate should be considered for DCA. The Organizer of the Contest will notify the eligible Candidate about his/her nomination by e-mail.

  3. Each Contest entry ("Application") must contain following information (in English):

    • Candidate’s first name and last name, e-mail address, current affiliation

    • Year of birth

    • Year of obtaining a Ph.D. degree

    • Name of Nominator

    • Curriculum vitae including publication track of the Candidate

    • Project description (maximum 4 pages)

    All Applications will be submitted electronically via the website dreamchemistryaward.org latest by August 31, 2017.

  4. Both the Project and the Candidate’s CV will be evaluated. Evaluation of the Projects and ranking of the Candidates by the Scientific Committee will be completed by October 16, 2017.

  5. The five top Candidates from the ranking list will become the Finalists of the Contest (the "Finalists"). The List of Finalists will be announced on the website dreamchemistryaward.org without delay.

  6. Each Finalist of the Contest will be invited to present his/her Project in a 30-minutes presentation in front of the Scientific Committee. The presentations will be held at IOCB Prague on December 4, 2017.

  7. The Scientific Committee will select the Contest Winner (the "Winner"). The decision of the Scientific Committee will be final and incontestable.

  8. The Winner will deliver a 45-minute talk on the results of his/her research. The name of the Winner of the Contest will be announced on the Contest website at dreamchemistryaward.org.