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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"Can Science Save the Day ?" - A Public Engagement Event at EFMC-ISMC

At the occasion of the XXIV EFMC International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ISMC), a Public Engagement Event has been organised in order to raise the awareness of the General Public on the research in the pharmaceutical industry.

The event took place at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry and took the format of an expert panel (Allan Jordan, Eric Kerran, Derek Lowe, Vicky Steadman) “pitching" for funding for key healthcare problems e.g cancer, infectious diseases dementia. Each outlined why their area was in need of new advances and medicines.

This was a catalyst for the audience to discuss these topics and to ask the panel questions. With many members of the general public in the audience it was great to see the level of engagement and interest.  There were some great insights provided by patients and carers.

This was all expertly (and entertainingly) chaired by Renee Watson.  A great, thought-provoking evening was had by all.

The EFMC wanted to thank the EFMC-ISMC 2016 Local Organising Committee for having organised this ground-breaking public event.

Photographer - Fabien Venturi

EFMC Press Conference at EFMC-ISMC 2016

In its effort to constantly foster the visibility and recognition of Medicinal Chemistry and following two positive experience at the EFMC-ISMC 2014 in Lisbon and the Frontiers Meeting 2015 in Antwerp, the EFMC took once again the opportunity of its flagship meeting, the XXIV EFMC International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ISMC) to host a third press conference where local newspaper, scientific press and one reporter of the Radio Podcast Show "The Naked Scientists" were present. 4 keynote speakers gave their view on the importance of the discipline and the key theme for this year "MedChem impact/importance, collaborative nature of medicinal chemistry/drug discovery".

Keynote Speakers:

  • Michael Sofia (Arbutus Biopharma, United States)
  • Joe Kozlowski (Merck, Sharp & Dohme, United States)
  • Nicolas Soldermann (Novartis, Switzerland)
  • John Liddle (GlaxoSmithKline, United Kingdom)

Fabrizio Giordanetto (D.E. Shaw Research LLC, United States), leader of the EFMC Working Group on "Visibility and Recognition of Medicinal Chemistry" chaired the Press Conference.

Koen Augustyns, EFMC President, was invited to give the introdruction speech and stressed the importance of international cooperation - mentioning the recently organised STOA Working Breakfast and the Signature of a Memorandum of Understanding between the EFMC and the CPA.

Photographer - Fabien Venturi

Press Conference at the Frontiers in Medicinal Chemistry Meeting - September 15, 2015

In its effort to constantly foster the visibility and recognition of Medicinal Chemistry and following a first positive experience at the EFMC-ISMC 2014 in Lisbon, the EFMC also took the opportunity of the Frontiers in Medicinal Chemistry Symposium to host a second press conference where local newspaper, scientific press and TV were invited and where 5 keynote spekaers gave their view on the importance of the discipline.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr. Hamid Hoveyda (Euroscreen S.A., BE)
  • Dr. Palma Rocchi (Marseille Cancerology Research Center, FR)
  • Dr. Steven van der Plas (Galapagos NV, FR)
  • Prof. Rob Leurs (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, NL) 
  • Dr Duncan Hay (Evotec, UK)

Results of the Why Medicinal Chemistry Videoclip competition

The result of the voting is known and the WhyMedChem Team want to thanks all participants for their participation and all who voted for their support to the EFMC Why Medicinal Chemistry Videoclip Competition.

The winner and the 2 runner-ups have been officialy announced during the Frontiers in Medicinal Chemistry Meeting (FMC 2015).


Mr Pedro Gonçalves & Mr Luis Carvalho - University of Lisbon

Link to the video

Runner-up (2nd place)

Dr. Christian Kuttruff - Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma

Link to the video

Runner-up (3rd place)

Mrs Charlotte Bouckaert - University of Namur

Link to the video

Why Medicinal Chemistry?

Explain why do we need Medicinal Chemistry... and win €500!

Closing date 30 June 2015.

Can you explain the importance of Medicinal Chemistry to the general public in just 1 minute? If you’re up to the challenge, you could win up to €500 in the EFMC’s Why Medicinal Chemistry video competition!

"Why Medicinal Chemistry" is a competition that invites medicinal chemists to make an original video highlighting what medicinal chemists do and why it is important. We want medicinal chemists from any level (eg. students to expert professionals) and affiliation (eg. academia and industry), as individuals or as groups of up to 4 medicinal chemists, to produce an original 1 minute video demonstrating the importance of Medicinal Chemistry to society. The video should be targeted at a non-specialist audience, but otherwise can use any style you like and should be as imaginative as possible.

The winner will receive a cash prize of €500 and there are also prizes of €250 and €150 for the runners-up. Furthermore, both the winner and the runners-up will receive an EFMC grant (one grant per team), which means that 50% of the registration fee to the Frontiers Symposium will be reimbursed!

Medicinal chemists play a fundamental role in the discovery of novel drugs. By making a short video, you can highlight the importance of Medicinal Chemistry and contribute to increasing the awareness of the general public for our discipline.


  • Entry is open to both EFMC affiliated societies members and non-members
  • Medicinal Chemists from any level and affiliation
  • International entries are encouraged

Judging criteria
The video must be no more than sixty seconds and be in English. Non-native English speakers are invited to submit an additional video in their mother tongue to help local dissemination of the content. It will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Language: it should be appropriate for a non-specialist audience and the general public
  • Style: the video should be engaging, dynamic, and compelling, making the audience interested in Medicinal Chemistry
  • Creativity: the video should help the audience understand the importance of Medicinal Chemistry in an innovative way
  • Content: accurately demonstrates how Medicinal Chemistry is important for society’s health

How to submit your video

  • Create a free Youtube account and upload your one minute video
  • Register for the competition, by completing the submission form with your personal details
  • Submit the link to your youtube video via the submission form
  • The closing date for entries to be submitted is 30 June 2015

Our judging panel will shortlist five videos in July and the videos will then go live online for judging by EFMC members and the public in August and September.

The winner and runner-ups will be announced in September 2015 and invited to the Frontiers in Medicinal Chemistry 2015 Symposium for the award ceremony.

Judging Panel Members
The EFMC Videoclip Competition is an initiative of the "Visibility and Recognition of Medicinal Chemistry" Working Group:

  • Fabrizio GIORDANETTO, Taros, Germany
  • Antonello MAI, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
  • Laure BOUCHEZ, Novartis, Switzerland
  • Bernd CLEMENT, Kiel University, Germany
  • Vesna GABELICA MARKOVIC, Galapagos, Croatia
  • David REES, Astex Pharmaceuticals, UK
  • Henk TIMMERMAN, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Anna TSANTILI, University of Athens, Greece
  • Andrew THOMAS, F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Switzerland

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