The European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC) is an independent association representing medicinal chemistry societies in Europe. Its objective is to advance the science of medicinal chemistry by promoting cooperation and networking, by providing training and mentoring, by rewarding scientific excellence, and by facilitating communication and influencing stakeholders.

Meetings  November 2015 Next
  • 9th Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Postgraduate Symposium

    December 11, 2015   University of Cambridge, Cambridge

    Closing date for registration is 4th December.

    The Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector (BMCS) of the RSC will be hosting its ninth postgraduate symposium for PhD students and postdoctoral workers researching in biological or medicinal chemistry and related areas.

    The event will be held in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge on Friday 11th December 2015 and all researchers working in these areas are invited to participate. Throughout the day there will be keynote talks from industrial and academic chemists. A buffet lunch will be provided to
    accompany the poster session.

    Registration will start at 9:00 am with talks beginning at 10:00 am.

    The day will consist of 11 oral presentations (8 student and 3 keynote) plus a Flash Poster section. Each 20-minute student talk will be followed by 10 minutes for questions

    The BMCS judges will be awarding prizes to participants. There will be prizes of £300 for the best oral presentation and of £150 for the best poster and these will be celebrated at the end of the day (approximately 1800). If you are interested in presenting your relevant PhD or post-doctoral work please submit a half-page abstract by 25th September 2015 along with your registration form. Those selected by the BMCS committee to give oral presentations will be notified by 13th November. Travel expenses will be reimbursed to all speakers

    This event is FREE but all attendees should register as soon as possible and no later than by Friday 4th December 2015

    For queries and abstract submission contact Dave Alker at

  • European Lead Factory - Annual Chemistry Learning & Achievement Meeting

    January 21-22, 2016   Barcelona, Spain

    Call for scientists to apply for participation !

    The Chemistry Consortium of the European Lead Factory annually invites talented EU Lead Factory Chemists from participating SMEs, Academic and Pharma partners to an annual event that offers opportunities to exchange knowledge gained from their personal research as well as scientific output from the work performed on projects within the EU Lead Factory and presents a unique opportunity to discuss chemistry and expand their network.

    In this year’s event, the EU Lead Factory is broadening its invitation enabling young researcher (20 PhD students and Postdoctoral Fellows) from all over the European Union to join the 2-day conference in Barcelona.

    Take the opportunity and contribute to science by participating in the EU Lead Factory Learning and Achievement Meeting. Here are your direct advantages:

    • Free participation (incl. reimbursement of travel costs up to € 250, accommodation, access to the social get-together) at the conference
    • An opportunity to present your research
    • Training in library design, relevant to the pharmaceutical industry
    • Career development training
    • Networking opportunities with scientists in the pharmaceutical industry, chemistry SMEs and academia
    • Opportunity to be considered for an Early Career Researcher Award

    The full agenda can be found on our website.

    How to apply:
    You can be considered for a place at the Conference by submitting your application through

    The selection criteria for the nomination will be based on your track record and your idea for a chemical scaffold. This entails
    1. Your CV and a brief research summary that will be used to assess your skills in synthetic chemistry.
    2. A scaffold idea to probe your creativity and the possibility that you could contribute to the ELF library in the future (more details on the assessment criteria can be found on the website).

    Your application will be evaluated by a Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry expert external to the EU Lead Factory and not be shared with members of the consortium. Your application for this meeting will not be considered an official submission of a chemical scaffold proposal to the EU Lead Factory under the terms and conditions of the programme. However, participation in the meeting will provide you with training to assist with the submission of a library proposal to the consortium in the future. If you are selected as a participant, your PI will be notified of your participation in the event.

    Please note that while your application is confidential, the Conferencewill be held as an open event to freely discuss ideas between EU Lead Factory members and invited external chemists.

  • 3rd symposium on New Perspectives in DMPK

    February 8-9, 2016   RSC, London, UK

    Abstract submission closes on 18th December.

    This meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas between principal members of the DMPK research community. The agenda will include keynote talks from industry leaders, who will frame specific topic discussions with more global views of how DMPK can bring value to the process of informing drug discovery.

  • 23rd Young Research Fellow Meeting

    February 15-17, 2016    Faculty of Pharmacy, Lille, France

    The YRFM Young Research Fellow Meeting is an initiative of the French Medicinal Chemistry Society (SCT). This 23rd edition will gathered 250 young participants from Europe and will take place in Lille (France) at the Faculty of Pharmacy during three days (February, 15-17).

    The aim of this Symposium is to:
    • Stimulate young European investigators (PhD students, post-doctoral fellows or young academic/industrial confirmed researchers) in Medicinal Chemistry to share their scientific work with peers and inspiring leaders in the field.
    • Shed light on excellence in Medicinal Chemistry within Europe by rewarding the European Champions in that field.

    Registration: 40€
    65 Rooms (for 2 people) available: 35€/person for 2 nights

  • Life Sciences Switzerland - Interdisciplinary Sciences

    February 15-16, 2016   Lausanne, Switzerland

  • The BMCS Mastering MedChem II

    March 9, 2016   University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK

    Registration is open !

    This meeting is aimed at all those who wish to become better drug hunters and heed warnings from the past. In the main there are two types of drug discovery programmes: those that hit serious problems and those that are going to hit serious problems. The difference between success and failure is how we, as medicinal chemists, tackle and resolve the problems.

    Organised by: RSC-BMCS

  • 3rd National Retrosynthesis Competition 2016

    March 11, 2016   RSC, London, UK

    Closing date for first round submissions is 11th December.

    The competition and event aims to showcase the calibre of UK chemists from both industry and academia to showcase their retrosynthetic and forward synthetic prowess. An exciting line up of the UK's leading academic and industrial synthetic chemists will judge the event, with the top three teams winning cutting edge scientific equipment and specifically designed trophies, donated by our generous sponsors. This is in addition to the acclaim and praise from peers, colleagues and the wider Chemistry community for winning the event.

    Organised by: RSC-H&SG

  • 251st ACS National Meeting & Exposition

    March 13-17, 2016   San Diego, California

    Program Theme: Computers in Chemistry

  • Frontiers in Medicinal Chemistry 2016

    March 13-16, 2016   Bonn, Germany

    The international symposium will focus on current developments, novel approaches and cutting-edge technologies in the field of Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Research with sessions on Target Identification & Lead Discovery, Allosteric Modulators & Modulation of Protein-Protein Interactions, Antibacterial Drugs, Structural Biology, and Highlights in Medicinal Chemistry and Technology. The scientific programme will include plenary lectures, short lectures, and poster presentations. Furthermore, oral communications of (post)doctoral junior scientists will be considered.

    Organised by: The German Chemical Society (GDCh), the German Pharmaceutical Society (DPhG) and the French Société de Chimie Thérapeutique (SCT)

  • RSC / SCI symposium on Continuous Flow Technology III

    March 14-16, 2016   Cambridge, UK

    Closing date for poster submissions is 30th November.

    This three-day conference reflects the advances made with continuous flow technology over recent years and the impact it is making right across the chemicals industry spanning discovery applications, process development advances and value for commercial manufacture of fine and speciality chemicals. To reflect the mix of interests and applications across the chemistry community, the symposium is structured as two back to back events with options for attending two consecutive days or all three.

    Organised by: RSC-BMCS and SCI-FCG

  • 5th RSC / SCI symposium on Ion Channels as Therapeutic Targets

    March 14-15, 2016   Wellcome Trust Conference Centre, Cambridge, UK

    Closing date for poster submissions is 14th January.

    Ion Channels are important targets for therapeutic intervention due to their extensive roles in human physiology and the pathophysiology of disease. The objective of the symposium is to showcase the most recent advances in ion channel science and to promote scientific interaction between scientists with a shared interest in the field of ion channel drug discovery.

    Organised by: RSC-BMCS and SCI-FCG

  • Spring Symposium - New Targets: Discovery and Screening

    March 18, 2016   Utrecht, The Netherlands

    Contact person:
    Name: Dr. Peter Molenveld
    Tel: +31 24 372 33 55
    Fax: +31 24 372 33 05

  • Joint RSC-BMCS and RSC-H&SG Meeting on Synthesis in the Agrisciences

    April 14, 2016   RSC, London, UK
  • 27th symposium on Medicinal Chemistry in the East of England

    April 21, 2016   Fielder Centre, Hatfield, UK

    The symposium on Medicinal Chemistry in Eastern England is a highly successful, long-standing, one-day meeting which runs annually. The symposium comprises presentations covering various aspects of drug discovery, including medicinal chemistry case studies and SBDD, as well as more general topics related to medicinal chemistry and drug discovery.

    Organised by RSC-BMCS

  • SCS Spring Meeting - «Green Chemistry»

    April 22, 2016   University of Zurich, Irchel Campus, Zurich, Switzerland

    The SCS Spring Meeting is a one day symposium and provides a high quality program with national and international speakers of a certain topic. It is also the platform for the Werner Price Ceremony and the Werner Award Lecture.

  • 12th EFMC Short Course on Medicinal Chemistry: Modulation of Enzymes; Epigenetics and Beyond

    April 24-27, 2016   Oestgeest (near Leiden), The Netherlands

    This intensive course is intended for scientists working in the field, and the presentations will be given by senior scientists from industry and academia. The number of participants will be limited to 35, to favour in depth discussion.

  • 41st General Meeting of the Slovenian Pharmaceutical Society

    May 12-14, 2016   Portoroz, Slovenia

    Contact person:

    Name: Prof. Dr Marko Anderluh
    Tel: +386 1 4769 639
    Fax: +386 1 4258 031

  • 7th RSC / SCI symposium on Kinase inhibitor design

    May 16, 2016   Nottingham, UK

    Closing date for abstract submission is 18th March.

    Perturbation of cell signalling through inhibition of kinase enzymes has delivered nearly 30 approved medicines to date. This symposium will feature several highly pertinent themes including new approaches and technologies to modulate and measure kinase function as well as diverse medicinal chemistry case studies. The symposium will also draw on the lessons from history to provide insight into the future direction of the field.

    Organised by: RSC-BMCS and SCI-FCG

  • 53rd Meeting of Serbian Chemical Society

    June 2016   Belgrade, Serbia

    Contact person:
    Name: Dr Zivoslav Tesic (president)
    Tel: +381 11 3370 467
    Fax: + 381 11 3370 467

  • 6th RSC / SCI symposium on GPCRs in Medicinal Chemistry

    June 13-15, 2016   Aptuit, Verona, Italy
    Closing date for poster submissions is 29th April.

    The key role of G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) in human disease underpins their importance to modern medicine. We are pleased to announce that Aptuit, Italy will support the sixth meeting in this series on GPCR drug discovery, which will combine cutting edge medicinal chemistry with innovative structural biology and novel drug design approaches.

    Secretariat Contact
    Maggi Churchouse,
    3 East Barn, Market Weston Road
    Thelnetham, Diss IP22 1JJ, UK
    Telephone and fax: +44 (0)1359 221004
  • XXVII European Colloquium on Heterocyclic Chemistry

    July 3-6, 2016   Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    The ECHC is an open meeting dealing with all aspects of heterocyclic chemistry with mainly, but certainly not only, European speakers and participants from academia and industry. The aim of the meeting is to present new results, stimulate interactions between academia and industry and create an atmosphere for establishing networks, useful also for young chemists.

  • 252nd ACS National Meeting & Exposition

    August 21-25, 2016   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Program Theme: Chemistry of the People, by the People and for the People

  • DSFTM Annual Meeting 2016

    Autumn 2016   Sandberg Gods, Sonderborg
  • 21st EuroQSAR - 21st European Symposium on Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship - Where Molecular Simulations Meet Drug Discovery

    September 4-8, 2016   Verona, Italy

    The symposium will focus on:

    • ADME Prediction and Computational Toxicoloy
    • QSAR and Environmental Toxicology
    • Molecular Dynamic Simulations and Related Methods
    • Big Data Analysis and Precision Medicine
    • Ligand Based and Structure Based Approaches
    • Computational Biology and Quantum Enzymology
    • Computationally-Driven Drug Discovery: Case Studies
    • Binding Kinetics in Drug Discovery
    • Modelling of Biological Drugs
  • 3rd Meeting of Slovenian Medicinal Chemists

    September 23, 2016   University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Pharmacy

    Contact person:

    Name: Prof. Dr Marko Anderluh
    Tel: +386 1 4769 639
    Fax: +386 1 4258 031

  • FIGON Dutch Medicines Days 2016

    October 2016   to be determinated, probably Ede, The Netherlands

    Contact person:
    Name: Dr Chris de Graaf
    Tel: +31 20 598 75 53
    Fax: +31 20 598 76 10

    co-organised by FIGON & KNCV

  • 12th Swiss Course on Medicinal Chemistry

    October 9-14, 2016   Leysin, Switzerland

    Contact person/
    Name: Gerhard Müller
    Tel: +31 243 72 33 00

  • 2nd Anglo-Croatian Medicinal Symposium on Macrocycles: Medicinal Chemistry and Beyond-the-rule-of-five

    October 17-18, 2016   Fidelta, Zagreb, Croatia

    Organising committee: David Alker, Gordon Saxty, Vitomir Sunjic

    Contact email:

  • Medchem 2016: Annual Joint SRC/KVCV one-day Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry

    November 2016
  • 5th RSC / SCI symposium on Challenges in Catalysis

    November 2, 2016   The RSC at Burlington House, London, UK

    An exciting programme has been assembled to highlight the current challenges and practices of catalysis science in the Pharmaceutical and Fine Chemicals industries. Topics to be covered will be catalysis in cross-coupling reactions, novel catalytic methods and mechanism, catalysis in flow, novel reactor systems, and automation in catalyst discovery.

    Organised by: RSC-ACG and SCI-FCG

  • Plugging the Antibiotics Gap: A Medicinal Chemist's Perspective

    November 16, 2016   Manchester Science Park at Alderley Park, Manchester, UK

    This meeting aims to look at the current state of the art from a medicinal chemist’s perspective and will focus on the particular challenges associated with discovering and developing new antimicrobials. Speakers from industry and academia will describe their own strategies for addressing these challenges whilst showcasing the opportunity for creativity and innovation.

    Organised by: RSC-BMCS and SCI-FCG

  • 10th BMCS Postgraduate Symposium

    December 7, 2016   University of Cambridge, UK

    The Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector (BMCS) of theRSC will be hosting its tenth postdoctoral workers researching in biological or medicinal chemistry and related areas.
    Researchers working in these areas are invited to participate.

    Contact person: Dave Alker

  • 253rd ACS National Meeting & Exposition

    April 2-6, 2017   San Francisco, California

  • 254th ACS National Meeting & Exposition

    August 20-24, 2017   Washington, DC

  • 19th Cambridge Medicinal Chemistry symposium

    September 10-13, 2017   Churchill College, Cambridge, UK
  • 255th ACS National Meeting & Exposition

    March 18-22, 2018   New Orleans, Louisiana

  • 256th ACS National Meeting & Exposition

    August 19-23, 2018   Boston, Massachusetts

  • 257th ACS National Meeting & Exposition

    March 31-April 4, 2019   Orlando, Florida

  • 258th ACS National Meeting & Exposition

    August 25-29, 2019   San Diego, California

  • 259th ACS National Meeting & Exposition

    March 22-26, 2020   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • 260th ACS National Meeting & Exposition

    August 23 - 27, 2020   San Francisco. California

  • 261st ACS National Meeting & Exposition

    March 21 - 25, 2021   San Antonio, Texas

  • 262nd ACS National Meeting & Exposition

    August 22-26, 2021   Atlanta, Georgia

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    March 20-24, 2022   San Diego, California

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    August 21-25, 2022   Chicago, Illinois

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    March 26-30, 2023   Indianapolis, Indiana

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    August 13-17, 2023   San Francisco, California

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    March 17-21, 2024   New Orleans, Louisianna

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    March 23-27, 2025   San Diego, California

  • 270th ACS National Meeting & Exposition

    August 17-21, 2025   Washington, District of Columbia

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