Optica 2019 Vol. 6, No. 5, May 608
Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IPC PAS)
The IPC in Warsaw is one of the leading Polish research institutions dealing with widely understood chemistry. In the ranking of scientific institutions run by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, IPC is listed at the top (category: large scientific units).
IPC collaborates with over 40 universities and scientific institutions throughout the world, including those with the highest reputation, such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Max Planck institutes and the University of Cambridge. Scientists from IPC participate in many national and international research projects, including under Horizon2020.
IPC has a solid record in both - fundamental and application-oriented research esp. on sensors, new materials for nanotechnology, and chemical functionalization of nanomaterials. Our efforts and excellency in conducting research were appreciated by professional investor, who set up 2 spin-off companies with IPC.
As one of the first institutions in Poland, in 2014 the Institute was given the right to use the logo “HR Excellence in Research” and currently introduces to its internal regulations provisions of the “European Charter for Researchers” and the “Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers”. Following these principles IPC wants to become an internationally attractive employer and top European research institution, mainly by attracting skilful scientists, supporting researchers career development and engagement of the Institute to the society.
The CREATE project ("The CREAtion of the Department of Physical Chemistry of Biological SysTEems"), elaborated by the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IPC), is one of thirteen projects, which received funding under the ERA Chairs actions (CSA, Horizon2020).
ERA Chairs instrument is a prestigious granting scheme of the EU, aimed at supporting research institutions from European regions with lower research performance. Attracting recognized in ERA (European Research Area) scientists capable of securing funds from other sources, such as EU research funding or regional funds, is instrumental in catching-up ERA. Actions taken under the programme are intended to strengthen the competitive position of the individual entity in the country and abroad. The programme is targeted at scientific institutions with the greatest innovation potential.
The main objective of the CREATE project is establishment at IPC of the new Department of Physical Chemistry of Biological Systems. The chair will be set up and led by a leading class - recognizable in ERA scientist (so called: ‘ERA Chair holder'), who is expected to recommend structural changes necessary to reach sustained excellence in research by IPC. Under the CREATE project IPC aims as well to develop international cooperation with ERA leading institutions on partner basis on partner basis.