July 3-7, 2022Urbino, Italy

The Medicinal Chemistry Division of the Italian Chemical Society is organizing, with the support of the European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology (EFMC), the 41st Edition of the European School of Medicinal Chemistry (ESMEC 2022), an EFMC Certified School.

The ESMEC is addressed to PhD students and young researchers from both Academia and Industry, with the aim of covering hot topics and new methodologies in medicinal chemistry. To achieve these very ambitious goals, the School is divided into thematic sessions.

This year the scientific programme includes the following topics:

  • New modalities for targeting challenging proteins
  • Virtual Reality in Medicinal Chemistry
  • Electrochemistry in drug discovery
  • Rare diseases and orphan drugs
  • Market Watch: New Drug Approval in 2021 and Synthetic Strategies

Registration at www.esmec.eu

ESMEC Alumni Award 

The ESMEC Alumni Award will be given to an outstanding European researcher in the field of Medicinal Chemistry who has participated in the school either as an oral or poster presenter.

The prize consists of a diploma, a Trophy and an invitation to give a presentation at ESMEC 2022.

Applicants are invited to fill in the enclosed form and to send the CV and a Proof of Participation with an oral or poster communication (ESMEC Certificate of Participation and/or Abstract presented) by e-mail, stating in the subject box “ESMEC Alumni Award” within May 23, 2022 to both:

Prof. Marco Macchia
e-mail: marco.macchia@unipi.it  

Dr. Lucia Bedini
e-mail: lucia.bedini@uniurb.it

PhD Students Scholarship

The European School of Medicinal Chemistry (ESMEC) and the European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology (EFMC) offer scholarships for the participation to the 41st edition of the school.

The scholarships, covering the registration fee and the full board accommodation, will be assigned to PhD students attending PhD courses in European Universities (excluding Italian Universities).

A Committee formed by members of the School’s Scientific Committee, Dr Antoni Torrens (representative of EFMC), Prof. Tracey Pirali and Prof. Marco Macchia, will carry out the selection on the basis of the candidate scientific CV and research project.

Applicants are invited to fill in the enclosed form and to send the CV, a motivation letter and the abstract of the research project, by e-mail, stating in the subject box “ESMEC Grant Application”, within May 23, 2022 to both:

Prof. Marco Macchia
e-mail: marco.macchia@unipi.it  

Dr. Lucia Bedini
e-mail: lucia.bedini@uniurb.it

Organised by:
  • Division of Medicinal Chemistry of the Italian Chemical Society (Divisione di Chimica Farmaceutica - Società Chimica Italiana, DCF-SCI) (Italy)

July 19-21, 2022Barcelona, Spain

The SEQT Summer School is organized by the Spanish Society of Medicinal Chemistry (SEQT) and a company (Pharma, CRO…) with the aim of approaching the Industry to young researchers, both graduate students and post-doctoral associates working in medicinal chemistry, biological chemistry and health sciences related fields.


Registration deadline: June 15, 2022

Registration fees: 

  • 350 euros (SEQT/EFMC members)
  • 400 euros (non members)

Practical information: 

Organised by:
  • Sociedad Española de Química Terapéutica (Spain)

September 11-15, 2022Les Diablerets (VD), Switzerland

The Swiss Summer Schools are out-of-town seminars for MSc, PhD and postdoctoral students. There are two independent programs: The Summer Schools on Chemical Biology and the Summer Schools on Chemical Synthesis, managed by the Swiss Chemical Society Divisions on Medicinal Chemistry & Chemical Biology and Fundamental Research, respectively.

The Swiss Summer Schools on Chemical Biology offers a platform to students for the scientific exchange with peers and lecturers from academia and industry. The students are expected to actively involve themselves by presenting a poster or a short communication on their research.


  • Dr. Ingmar M. Hoerr
    Founder of CureVac, Germany
  • Prof. Claudia Höbartner
    Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg, Germany
  • Dr. Jean Quancard
    Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Switzerland
  • Prof. Andrea Rentmeister
    Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany
  • Dr. Tamara Reyes Robles
    Merck Exploratory Science Center, USA
  • Prof. Edward Tate
    Imperial College London, UK

Have a look at the full list of lecturers

Register and Submit your abstract! 
Please note: The space is limited to 50 participants!


  • Deadline for abstract submission: June 13, 2022
  • Notification of acceptance with type of contribution (poster, oral communication) : June 28, 2022
Contact: Conference Secretariat
Phone: +41 31 306 92 92 
Mail: info@scg.ch 

October 9-14, 2022Leysin, Switzerland

This five-day Medicinal Chemistry School that is organized by the Division of Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology of the Swiss Chemical Society will focus on most modern aspects associated with small molecule drug discovery, highlighting the methodologies and technologies supporting hit generation, lead finding and lead optimization campaigns.

In the beautiful and scenic village of Leysin, close to Lake Geneva, more than 100 young scientists are expected to meet with app. 35 international renowned expert speakers and instructors.

As in previous years, the teaching content will be targeted at young scientists working in the area of medicinal chemistry, but also from flanking disciplines such as biochemistrypharmacypharmacology, or biophysics from the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. Given the broad spectrum and the timeliness of scientific topics discussed, the course also provides a valuable opportunity for advanced medicinal chemists to get acquainted with most recent developments in e.g. the medicinal chemistry of novel target families, novel compound classes, and most modern optimization paradigms. In addition, a number of PhD students and postdocs will be able to attend to receive a broad overview on scientific disciplines involved in modern drug discovery.

The upcoming event will thematically be structured along key topics of strategic relevance for medicinal chemistry that will be presented by opinion leaders in the field. The teaching content will further be intensified by hands-on tutorials in which the theoretical learning’s can immediately be applied to real life problems of pre-clinical drug discovery.


Organised by:
  • Division for Medicinal Chemistry & Chemical Biology (DMCCB) (Switzerland)

September, 2023Vienna, Austria

The summer school especially focuses on students and professionals who have a clear interest in learning the basics as well as latest developments in Pharmacoinformatics. The program provides an overview on main approaches and techniques used in computational drug design, ranging from protein modeling, docking, pharmacophore based screening, up to machine learning, data science, and workflows. During the afternoon sessions the participants will have the opportunity to obtain hands-on training via computational exercises.

Topics Coverage:

  • in silico Toxicology
  • Molecular Dynamics Simulations
  • Ligand- and Target-based Design
  • Pharmacophore Modeling
  • Open Data, Open Tools, Open Knowledge
  • Case Studies from Industry

Registration contions: 

Registration is open primarily for students and early professionals from international universities with a focus on Computional Drug Design. There are two options for registration:

  •  only lectures, 
  • full participation. 

For the second option, we follow a bring your laptop strategy to allow hands on session without being limited to computer room capacities. Applicants are enrolled on a first-come, first-get basis.

Registrations fees: 

  • 500€ for full participation
  • 270€ for students, with a discount of € 50 for EFMC members (both categories)

Students who submit an abstract, present a poster or a short talk, and provide a short assay how the summer school contributed to their thesis will receive 4 ECTS credits.

Contact: summerschool@europin.at