June 30 - July 4, 2024Urbino, Italy

The mission of the ESMEC is to provide participants, PhD students and junior researchers from both academia and industry, with the most recent advances in the field of medicinal and organic chemistry, pharmacology, molecular biology and analytical/ structural chemistry. This idea is aimed to reflect the current scenario of medicinal chemistry being a truly transdisciplinary approach, where the advances in knowledge are driven by the medicinal chemist’s ability to translate into new molecular concepts and into novel molecular entities the amount of information created by molecular medicine, pharmacology, molecular biology, systems biology.

For these reasons, the School is directed to participants at a graduated and post-graduated level, in chemistry but also in pharmacology or biology, who are keen to explore the interdisciplinary context of current cutting-edge research in medicinal chemistry.

To achieve these very ambitious goals, the School is organized into thematic sessions, each of them constructed around a series of lectures, followed by practical workshops.

This Year the Scientific Programme includes the following topics:

  • Make it Unbreakable! Covalent Approach in Drug Discovery
  • Click-and-Tag: How Bioorthogonal Chemistry is Transforming Drug Discovery
  • Unusual Elements and Functional Groups Shaping the Future of Medicinal Chemistry
  • Market Watch: New Drug Approval in 2023 and Synthetic Strategies

August 25-29, 2024Bergün, Switzerland

The Swiss Summer Schools are multi-day out-of-town EFMC Certified Schools for students (MSc, PhD & post-doc level) and senior researchers with a strong interest in the fields of chemical biology or organic synthesis.

They offer a great platform for the exchange with experts and peers from academia and industry in a wonderful Alpine environment. The students are welcome to actively involve themselves in the programme by presenting a poster or a short communication.


  • Prof. Paola Arimondo
    Institut Pasteur, FR
  • Prof. Stefan Arold
    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, SA
  • Dr Guido Koch
    Amphilix, SynpleChem, eMolecules, CH
  • Prof. Anna Mapp
    University of Michigan, USA
  • Prof. Brian Paegel
    University of California, Irvine, USA
  • Prof. Ben Schumann
    Imperial College London, UK
  • Prof. Dirk Trauner
    University of Pennsylvania, USA

Register and Submit your abstract!


  • Deadline for registration: June 30, 2024
  • Notification of acceptance with type of contribution (poster, oral communication) : July 22, 2024

Conference Secretariat
Phone: +41 31 306 92 92
Mail: info@scg.ch

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

October 13-18,2024Leysin, Switzerland

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

As in previous years, the teaching content is 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 are able to attend to receive a broad overview on scientific disciplines involved in modern drug discovery.

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

Dr. Gerhard Müller, Spirochem
Dr. Katarzyna Borsuk, ZoBio (kborsuk@zobio.com)

Symposium Secretariat
SCS Head Office
+41 31 306 92 92

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