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.

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Signature of a MoU between the EFMC and the ICBS

The European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC) is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Chemical Biology Society (ICBS) and warmly welcomes this step forward in the collaboration between the two societies.  

Both societies will organise a session at each other’s flagship meeting (EFMC will have a session at the ICBS Meeting in fall 2019 in India and ICBS will hold a session at the EFMC-ISMC 2020 in Basel, Switzerland) and encourage exchange of information between their members.

The agreement also paves the way for future joint ICBS|EFMC meetings in Europe.

We would like to thank the ICBS Board for the kind and fruitful exchanges which led to the current agreement, and look forward to the future of our partnership.

We invite you to have a look at the ICBS website:

Joint EFMC|EuChemS workshop - Parkinsonís disease: causes & cures Ė Still seats available!

We still have seats for the†Joint EFMC|EuChemS workshop on†Parkinsonís disease: causes & cures, scheduled to take place on November 8 at the European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium.†

The workshop aims to look at the causes of Parkinsonís disease as well as possible ways forward, both clinically, but also on a political level, notably through the upcoming Horizon Europe research framework programme.

Have a look at the full programme, and register!

Call for Nominations - EFMC Prizes 2019

To acknowledge and recognise an outstanding young medicinal chemist (≤ 12 years after PhD) working in industry or in academia within Europe, EFMC established the "EFMC Prize for a Young Medicinal Chemist in Industry" and the "EFMC Prize for a Young Medicinal Chemist in Academia".

The Prizes consists of a diploma, € 1.000 and an invitation for a short presentation at the 8th edition of the EFMC International Symposium on Advances in Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ASMC’19), which will be held in Athens, Greece on September 1-5, 2019.

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Deadline for Nominations/Applications: January 31, 2019

EFMC-Young Scientists Network

Building a strong network at the very early stage in your career is crucial. Therefore, EFMC decided to create a new network for young scientists: the EFMC-Young Scientists Network

The aim of the EFMC-YSN is to inspire, connect and provide opportunities to medicinal chemists and chemical biologists under the age of 35 by:

  • holding dedicated events & competitions
  • offering awards to best PhDs & Post-docs
  • funding grants and scholarships to attend EFMC organised and sponsored events
  • providing a forum to exchange, seek advices and mentoring

Shaping itself it into a usefull tool, custom-made to your needs and managed by young scientists, for young scientists.

Join the EFMC-YSN now and get access to the content as it becomes available in the following weeks/months.

Questions? Reach out to us at

EFMC is supporting the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements 2019 (IYPT2019)

EFMC is supporting the new EuChemS Periodic Table, depicting the issue of element scarcity on the occasion of the upcoming International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements 2019 (IYPT2019). The EFMC shares their hope that this image will lead to reflection, and ultimately action, that it will raise awareness of the threat this poses and also hope to see it have an impact on policy, education and on individual actions.

The Periodic Table has a lot of potential, and could be disseminated in an effective way by providing schools, universities and wider networks with it, whether in hard copies or electronically. Please feel free to also use it to print onto various merchandise items, such as T-shirts, bags, ….

The Periodic Table is now freely downloadable in high resolution on EuChemS’ website. The work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution NoDerivs CC BY-ND.

Support notes, which explain in more detail how the Periodic Table has been designed, and which also include some questions for students, will soon be available for download on our website. Versions in other languages are to be developed.

We strongly encourage you to share it as widely as possible (website, social media, …).

If you have any questions, please contact the EuChemS Secretariat at:

The Section of Synthetic Drug of the Czech Pharmaceutical Society joined the EFMC

The EFMC is thrilled to announce that the Section of Synthetic Drug of the Czech Pharmaceutical Society has joined the Federation, becoming the 26th National Adhering Organisation of the EFMC.

It represents one more step in the aim of the EFMC to represent medicinal chemistry and chemical bioology societies in Europe, and we look forward to develop strong links with the local Czech scientific community.

We invite you to have a look at their website.


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