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August 29 - September 2, 2021Basel, Switzerland

The XXVI EFMC International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ISMC 2021) is organised by the Division of Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology of the Swiss Chemical Society (SCS), on behalf of the European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC).

The symposium will take place in Basel from August 29 to September 2, 2021.

After having been postponed by one year, this edition of EFMC-ISMC will definitely take place in 2021. We hope that the situation will allow for a physical event to take place, but the format of the symposium will be adapted based on the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As always, the EFMC-ISMC 2021 will cover advances in drug discovery in major therapeutic areas, including bacterial and viral infections, diseases of the brain, heart, and respiratory system, fibrotic diseases and cancer. EFMC-ISMC 2021 will also feature most recent advances in new technologies such as, artificial intelligence in drug discovery and chemical synthesis, the role carbohydrates in disease pathology and carbohydratge-based drug discovery, the exploitation of RNA as drug target, small molecule-induced stem cell differentiation, or the impact of cryo-EM on drug discovery and design. In a series of dedicated sessions, the interface between chemical biology and drug discovery will be highlighted, including topics such the use of chemical probes for target discovery, molecular imaging, and photochemical approaches. In response to frequent requests by attendees of previous conferences, two sessions will be dedicated to advances in synthetic methodology for drug discovery. Finally, particular emphasis will again be put on first time disclosures and recent highlights in medicinal chemistry.

The EFMC is the federation of the European medicinal chemistry community, with 26 member societies and about 7'500 members. Its biennial EFMC-ISMC is a key symposium in the field of medicinal chemistry and drug discovery and traditionally attracts around 1200 participants both from industry and academia. 

We look forward to welcoming you in Basel!

Organised by:
  • Division for Medicinal Chemistry & Chemical Biology (DMCCB) (Switzerland)
  • European Federation of Medecinal Chemistry (EFMC)

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Rules for Organizers of International Symposia on Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ISMC)

The rules for the organization of an Interantional Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry are explained in point D. of the by-laws

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