The Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector (BMCS) is an interest group of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) in the UK. The annually elected committee is primarily responsible for the organisation of Scientific Meetings and Symposia, supporting educational activities in the UK, and advising the Society on policies that directly affect the BMCS. Specifically, the BMCS aims to further the interests of all members of the RSC, both industrial and academic, involved in the pursuit and understanding of biologically active molecules. The predominant areas include pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, flavours and fragrances. It also acts to promote public awareness of the crucial role played by chemistry in the modern industrial environment.
The BMCS is particularly active in the organisation of Scientific Meetings and does so in collaboration with a wide variety of other groups both within and external to the RSC. In recent years the BMCS has been especially active in promoting some of the important interfacial areas in which chemists are intimately involved. We typically run several meetings each year jointly with the Society for Chemical Industry but we have also held internationally attended meetings with groups the EFMC, the Swedish Pharmaceutical Society, the Swiss Chemical Society and the Societe de Chimie Therapeutique since 2013. Overall we organise up to ten scientific meetings each year. The BMCS also supports educational activities at both primary and secondary school level, such as the running of lectures and day schools, and the provision of equipment.
The BMCS administers two biennial awards, the Malcolm Campbell Award and the Capps-Green-Zomaya Award, which acknowledge major scientific achievements in both academia and industry that have been carried out within the UK. In addition the BMCS publicises medicinal chemistry at universities by funding a ‘BMCS Lectureship’ and also promote and also provide travel bursaries for UK-based postgraduate students undertaking research in medicinal chemistry to attend international symposia.