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  September 2016 Next
  • 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

  • 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
    maggi@maggichurchouseevents.co.uk
    www.maggichurchouseevents.co.uk/bmcs
  • 252nd ACS National Meeting & Exposition

    August 21-25, 2016   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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


  • 5th International Symposium on DNA-Encoded Chemical Libraries

    August 26, 2016   ETH Zürich, Switzerland

    Organizers: Dario Neri and Jörg Scheuermann

    Administration: Pia Steinbak - decl2016@pharma.ethz.ch

    Registration: Registration required

    Fees: Attendence is free of charge


  • DSFTM Annual Meeting 2016

    Autumn 2016   Sandberg Gods, Sonderborg
  • 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
    Email: c.de.graaf@vu.nl

    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
    Email: scmc@mercachem.com

  • Drug Discovery Beyond the Rule of Five

    October 18-19, 2016   Mölndal, Sweden

    Contact person:
    Name: Carlos Vaca Falconi
    Tel: +46 8 723 5082
    Fax: +46 8 20 55 11
    Email: carlos.vaca.falconi@lakemedelsakademin.se

  • 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

  • Annual Chemistry Learning & Achievement Meeting

    November 3-4, 2016   Lisbon, Portugal

    The Chemistry Consortium of the European Lead Factory annually invites talented EU Lead Factory Chemists from participating SMEs and Academic 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. The notable advantage of this event for young researchers is the direct visibility of their input and ensuing feedback from peers in the scientific community and participating members of pharmaceutical companies.

    For more information please contact : info@europeanleadfactory.eu


  • 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

  • Late Stage Functionalization for Synthesis and Medicines

    December 5, 2016   University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

    Late Stage Functionalization (LSF) holds the potential to revolutionise the logic of chemical synthesis and open new ways to prepare novel natural products and medicines. The introduction of important chemical groups for medicinal chemistry in the very last steps of the synthesis through LSF could also dramatically speed up the preparation of NCEs and have a major impact on drug discovery. The availability of new powerful catalytic chemistries showing a high degree of functional group tolerance and that can be performed under mild conditions offer tremendous opportunities for chemists to access new molecules that cannot be made easily by conventional approaches.


  • Protein-Protein Interactions 2016

    December 5-6, 2016   SCI, London, United Kingdom

    This meeting will address recent advances in the characterisation and identification of new PPI inhibitors. Topics will include: in silico assessment of PPI druggability, assay screening technologies for PPIs, structural biology approaches and fragment based drug design. Both industry and academia will describe strategies for addressing these challenges whilst showcasing the opportunity for creativity and innovation.


  • 10th Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Postgraduate Symposium

    December 16, 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
    Email: dave.alker@btinternet.com

  • International Symposium “Molecular Imaging Agents in Medicine”

    February 13-15, 2017   Groningen, The Netherlands

    For more information please visit:


  • 253rd ACS National Meeting & Exposition

    April 2-6, 2017   San Francisco, California

  • Medicinal Chemistry Residential School

    11 - 16 June 2017   Loughborough, United Kingdom

    The Royal Society of Chemistry Medicinal Chemistry Residential School will cover topics of interest to drug discovery researchers, helping to increase understanding of the factors governing modern drug discovery from the initial concept through to translational science and intellectual property. Established since 1981, our Residential School has trained many of the world’s leading medicinal chemists working in the pharmaceutical industry and academic research institutes.

    Who should attend?

    The school is designed for graduate and post-doctoral chemists with 1-5 years’ experience in the field of drug research. Drug discovery is an interdisciplinary subject so delegates from biological or computational backgrounds will benefit from attendance at the school.
    In addition, final year PhD students from pharmaceutical or organic chemistry contemplating a career in drug discovery are also encouraged to attend.

    Course content

    The course includes the following topics:

    •     Target Validation
    •     Computational Chemistry
    •     Biological Mechanisms
    •     Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism
    •     Screening of New Compounds
    •     Patents
    •     Molecular Biology in Medicinal Chemistry
    •     Exploiting a Chemical Lead
    •     Combinatorial Chemistry and Molecular Diversity
    •     Case Histories of Drug Discovery
    •     Toxicology in Drug Discovery
    •     Pharmaceutical Considerations in Drug Development
    •     Structure-guided Drug Design
    •     Physical Properties and Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationships
    •     Hints and Tips in Medicinal Chemistry

    Course organisers

    Dr Andy Davis (Course Leader) AstraZeneca, United Kingdom
    Dr Simon Ward (Course Leader) University of Sussex, United Kingdom
    Dr Kathleen Too, Royal Society of Chemistry, United Kingdom

    Key deadlines

    Poster abstract deadline: 7 May 2017
    Early bird registration: 9 April 2017
    Standard registration: 7 May 2017

  • ACSMEDI-EFMC: Medicinal Chemistry Frontiers 2017

    June 25-28, 2017   Philadelphia (Sheraton Downtown), USA

  • RACI National Centenary Conference 2017

    July 23-28, 2017   Melbourne, Australia

    The RACI National Centenary Conference will be planned alongside the 17th Asian Chemical Congress to cover any subject matter areas not covered by our seven international speciality partner meetings to ensure the complete event will cover all the major areas of the chemical sciences.

    For more information please contact:

    RACI Centenary Conference Secretariat

    Email: #@racicongress.com


  • AIMECS 2017: Chemistry in Drug Discovery, Design & Development

    July 23-27, 2017   Melbourne Australia

  • 254th ACS National Meeting & Exposition

    August 20-24, 2017   Washington, DC

  • 7th Cambridge Symposium

    September 3-6, 2017   Queen's College, Cambridge, United Kingdom

  • 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

  • 263rd ACS National Meeting & Exposition

    March 20-24, 2022   San Diego, California

  • 264th ACS National Meeting & Exposition

    August 21-25, 2022   Chicago, Illinois

  • 265th ACS National Meeting & Exposition

    March 26-30, 2023   Indianapolis, Indiana

  • 266th ACS National Meeting & Exposition

    August 13-17, 2023   San Francisco, California

  • 267th ACS National Meeting & Exposition

    March 17-21, 2024   New Orleans, Louisianna

  • 269th ACS National Meeting & Exposition

    March 23-27, 2025   San Diego, California

  • 270th ACS National Meeting & Exposition

    August 17-21, 2025   Washington, District of Columbia

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