October 22-23, 2020
Albacete, Spain

The Spanish Society of Medicinal Chemistry (SEQT) has the pleasure to invite you to join the XIII SEQT Symposium, scheduled to be held on October 22-23, 2020 at Faculty of Pharmacy facilities in Albacete (Spain). This event will be an excellent opportunity to merge together highly experienced senior scientists from Spain and other European countries, imparting invited and plenary lectures, with students (post-graduated and postdoctoral) and junior researchers. As in previous editions, attendees will have the opportunity to access the latest advances and trends in drug discovery from both an academy and industry perspective.

For more inforation contact: 

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

October 22-30, 2020
Virtual Meeting

On behalf of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine, it is my great honour to invite you to the 33rd Annual EANM Congress,  which will take place virtually from 22 to 30 October 2020. 

For more information please visit: https://eanm20.eanm.org/

November 11-13, 2020
Virtual Meeting

The ICBS2020 Virtual Conference will take place on November 11-13, 2020, in place of the original on-site meeting. ICBS2020 Virtual aims to highlight the power of chemical biology to bring the community together to address critical challenges of today and beyond.

To recognize and advance the career development of young investigators in chemical biology, the ICBS has established a special session at its Annual Meeting to showcase the up-and-coming chemical biology scientists with ICBS Young Chemical Biologist Awards. The award recipients will give a presentation during the special “Rising Stars” session and will be further recognized for their achievements with a certificate and a monetary award of $1,000 USD to each awardee.

Please register FREE on the ICBS website

December 8-9, 2020
Virtual Meeting

Online programme

A stimulating programme will showcase the best and most exciting developments in the Dutch chemical community. By maximizing opportunities for interaction and scientific exchange we expect to continue to build the chemical community, including junior and senior scientists in academia and industry.

We are now in the process of researching our options in order to present the participants with an exciting and inviting online programme. This means that we also have to think about a different programme for the digital CHAINS experience. For instance: though CHAINS will still be 2 days, you can expect the programme to be shorter than normal. As we do not want you sitting behind a screen all day, we will include plenty of breaks. We are also thinking about a social programme part that you can join optionally. We will inform you of our plans soon and hope you will all be excited to participate! We expect registration to open in September.

Ideas for the online programme?

If you have ideas that can help us create an unforgettable online CHAINS 2020. Please contact us via  .

Co-create the Chains 2020 programme by submitting abstracts for oral presentations in the parallel sessions or a poster! Please find more information and guidelines below.

Organised by:
  • Division Medicinal Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Royal Netherlands Chemical Society (KNCV-MCCB) (The Netherlands)

December 11, 2020
Virtual Meeting

The Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector (BMCS) of the Royal Society of Chemistry will be hosting its fourteenth postgraduate symposium for PhD students and postdoctoral workers researching in biological or medicinal chemistry and related areas. The event will be held online on Friday 11th December 2020. Researchers working in these areas are invited to participate. The meeting will be run online from 10 am – 3.30 pm and the day will consist of 10 oral presentations delivered live (8 student and 2 keynote). Each 15 minute student talk will be followed by 5 minutes for questions. In each session there will be a 20 minute keynote talk from an industrial or academic chemist

In addition, the meeting’s popular poster session will also transfer online. Posters will be hosted on the conference website in the run-up to the meeting and there will be an opportunity to interact with the poster presenters through Twitter or email throughout the week

The BMCS judges will be awarding prizes to participants. There will be prizes of £500 for the best oral presentation and of £250 for the best poster. These will be announced at the end of the day. If you are interested in presenting your relevant PhD or post-doctoral work as a talk or poster please submit a full-page abstract by 5th October 2020 in addition to registering.

For more information and to submitt your abstract please contact: maggi@maggichurchouseevents.co.uk 

Organised by:
  • The Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector (BMCS) of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) (United Kingdom)

EFMC Sponsored Event

Spring 2021
Eindhoven, The Netherlands

The Conference topics will include:

  • G-protein coupled receptors
  • Protein-protein interactions
  • Activity-based protein profiling
  • Carbohydrates/glycans
  • Cellular chemistry
  • Bioorthogonal and bioconjugation chemistry
  • Fragment-based drug design
  • Photopharmacology
Organised by:
  • Division Medicinal Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Royal Netherlands Chemical Society (KNCV-MCCB) (The Netherlands)

March 21-25, 2021
San Antonio, Texas

EFMC Sponsored Event

April 2021
London, United Kingdom

Cell surface transporters play a key role in human health and disease, both through their impact on drug disposition and as therapeutic targets in their own right. This third meeting in the series will feature talks on transporter structural biology, the impact of transporters on ADME and biodistribution, transporters as therapeutic targets and other aspects of transporters relevant to drug discovery and development. 

For more information please contact: 

Organised by:

SCI's Fine Chemicals Group, RSC’s Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector (BMCS) and the Drug Metabolism Discussion Group (DMDG)

EFMC Sponsored Event

May 4-5, 2021
Liverpool, United Kingdom

Members from across the DMPK research community are encouraged to join colleagues from across academic, industrial, and third-sector institutions and contribute to the ongoing discussion, evolution and application of DMPK in various scenarios.

The event programme will incorporate sessions themed around the following key topics:
- DMPK and Drug Discovery
- DMPK and Drug Safety
- Analytical and Computational Advances in DMPK

In addition, the programme also includes a keynote talk, ‘flash’ presentations from early career researchers, and opportunities for open debate and discussion.

For more information please contact: 

Organised by:
  • The Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector (BMCS) of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) (United Kingdom)

June 9-11, 2021
Kuopio, Finland

The Chemical Sciences in Biological Challenges combines life and health sciences with bio- and natural sciences. In the conference chemical sciences meet the challenges of biological environments from the perspective of drug development, environmental sciences as well as circular economy. The Key note lecturers are the top scientists on the fields of various disciplines, e.g. NMR spectroscopy, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, organic synthesis, peptide research etc.

For more information please contact: 

Organised by:
  • Finnish Pharmaceutical Society (Finland)

June 16-18, 2021

June 23, 2021
Tel-Aviv, Israel
Organised by:
  • The Medicinal Chemistry Section of the Israel Chemical Society (Israel)

June 27-30, 2021
Vilnius, Lithuania

BOS 2021, Vilnius constitutes the 11th biennial international conference on organic synthesis. The BOS conference main aims have remained unchanged during this long eighteen years history:

  • to convey the excitement of synthetic organic chemistry as practiced in industry and universities worldwide;
  • to promote interactions between chemists of different countries in order to create links, collaborations, common research projects in both, academic and industrial settings.


  • Invited lectures by a distinguished roster of Baltic and international speakers.
  • A balanced program of academic and industrial speakers presenting fundamental and practical aspects of organic synthesis.
  • Poster sessions held in a congenial atmosphere to stimulate discussion.
  • A full social programme with a reception, final banquet and city tours.
For more information please contact: 

June 27-July 1, 2021
Urbino, Italy

ESMEC 2021 is special, celebrating the 40th edition!

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.

This year the scientific programme includes the following topics:

  • Proteolysis Targeting Chimera (Protac): From Medicinal Chemistry to Clinical Trials
  • Sustainable Chemistry Approaches To Lead Discovery and Chemical Processes
  • Medicinal Chemistry’s Response To the Burden of Antibiotic Resistance
  • Market Watch: New Drug Approval in 2019 and Synthetic Strategies

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 medal and an invitation to give a presentation at ESMEC 2021.

For more information visit: www.esmec.eu

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

June 27-30, 2021
New York City, United States

The American Chemical Society, Division of Medicinal Chemistry, is glad to invite you to New York City from Sunday, June 27 to Wednesday, June 30, 2021, for the 37th edition of the National Medicinal Chemistry Symposium.

As per its tradition, this dynamic four day symposium aims to bring together medicinal chemists from across the country working in the pharmaceutical industry, academia, government and private research institutions.

Attendees will be updated on the emerging techniques and applications within the field, and are encouraged to submit abstracts to share their ideas and results. Several poster prizes will be awarded during the meeting.

The Program of the 37th NMCS will include the following Sessions:

  • Integrating Novel Chemical Modalities in Hit-to-lead: a New Paradigm for Early Drug Discovery
    Chair: Maria-Jesus Blanco (SAGE Therapeutics)

  • New Directions in Targeting DNA Damage Repair (DDR)
    Chairs: Erin DiMauro (Merck & Co. Inc.) and Srinivasa Karra (Alkermes, Inc.)

  • Hot Targets from NYC Academic and Biotech Scene
    Chairs: Robert DeVita (Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai) and Amjad Ali (Merck & Co. Inc.)

  • Targeting Autophagy for Cancer, Neurodegeneration, or Autoimmune Disease
    Chairs: Erin DiMauro (Merck & Co. Inc.) and Hongjun Zhang (Merck & Co. Inc.)

  • “If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try, Try Again”: How Clinical Failures Propelled Next Generation Candidates
    Chair: Matthew Volgraf (Genentech Inc.)

  • Lessons from Drug Hunters across Academia, NPOs and the Pharmaceutical Industry
    Chair: Phil Kym (AbbVie)

In addition, the Program will also feature an Award Session.

For more information please contact:

August 22-26, 2021
Atlanta, Georgia

EFMC Symposium

August 29 - September 2, 2021
Basel, 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)

EFMC Symposium

September 2-3, 2021
Basel, Switzerland

The 8th edition will be organised in connection with the  XXVI EFMC International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ISMC 2021), and will take place in Basel on September 2-3 2021. In the unfortunate event that the coronavirus outbreak still prevents physical meetings to take place, the symposium will be held virtually at the same date.  

The aims of the Young Medicinal Chemists' Symposium are:

  • creating a network of young European investigators in Medicinal Chemistry
  • stimulating young European investigators in medicinal chemistry to share their scientific work with peers and inspiring leaders in the field
  • creating competition and excellence in medicinal chemistry within Europe by selecting the European Champion in medicinal chemistry

The Programme of the 8th EFMC Young Medicinal Chemists’ Symposium will include:

  • keynote lectures given by inspiring leaders in the field
  • oral communications by invited prize winners from national young medicinal chemist meetings in Europe
  • flash poster presentations selected from submitted abstracts
  • a poster session open to any young researcher submitting an abstract
  • prizes
    • EFMC-YMCS Presentation Prize
    • EFMC-YMCS Poster Prize
    • EFMC-YMCS Public's Choice Prize

The EFMC Young Medicinal Chemists’ Symposium is an initiative of the European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC) and is open to any scientist interested by the topics related to medicinal chemistry and chemical biology.

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

September 10, 2021
Lausanne, Switzerland

The Swiss Chemical Society Fall Meeting is the largest annual scientific event in Switzerland. It offers a unique opportunity for graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and scientists of all levels, from both, academia and industry, to share the results of their research projects. It also stimulates the exchange of ideas between all generations of chemists, often creating the seeds for new projects and collaborations.

The Scientific Program will offer invited and contributed lectures as well as poster presentations in the following fields:
- Analytical Sciences
- Catalysis Science & Engineering
- Chemistry and the Environment
- Computational Chemistry
- Inorganic & Coordination Chemistry
- Medicinal Chemistry & Chemical Biology
- Organic Chemistry
- Physical Chemistry
- Polymers, Colloids & Interfaces
- Chemical Education

For more information contact: Prof. Sandrine Gerber at

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

EFMC Sponsored Event

September 19-23, 2021
Barcelona, Spain

EuroQSAR Symposia are taking place since 1973 and constitute major scientific events in the field of computational drug design, with further applications in agricultural and environmental sciences.

The program will include the following sessions:

  • QSAR without Borders
  • Artificial Intelligence in Drug Design
  • Molecular Dynamics and Kinetics
  • Chemical Space Annotation and Expansion
  • Modelling Drug Safety
  • Challenges in GPCR Drug Design
  • Modelling Drug Transport Mechanisms
  • Predicting Off-Target Pharmacology
  • Network Medicine
  • New Modes of Target Interaction
  • New Trends in Quantum Mechanics
  • Future Challenges Ahead

The 23rd EuroQSAR Symposium, entitled “Integrative Data-Intensive Approaches to Drug Design”, is organised on behalf of QCMS and is chaired by Jordi Mestres (IMIM Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute).

Deadline for early bird registration and abstract submission for Oral Communications: June 11, 2020

Deadline for abstract submission for Poster Presentation: Auguste 4, 2020

For more information contact: 

September 26-29, 2021

October 3-10 2021
Leysin, 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)

EFMC Short Course

October 2021
Oegstgeest (near Leiden), The Netherlands

Due to the exceptional circumstances faced with the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), the 16th EFMC Short Course on Medicinal Chemistry has been postponed to Autumn 2021. More info about the date and registration will be provided soon. 


This intensive course is intended for scientists working in the field, and the presentations will be given by senior scientists from industry and academia. The number of participants is limited to 35, to allow in depth discussion. Should the number of applications exceed the maximum, preference will be given to applicants from EFMC adhering countries and employees of EFMC corporate members. Upon special request to the organisers, only based on financial conditions and supported by an argued recommendation of the head of the department of the applicant, up to 3 applicants from academia may be admitted at a reduced fee.

Course Outline

G-protein coupled receptors represent the largest class of drug targets. Although they serve as targets for about 30% of the known drugs, many of them is still orphan. In the last 15 years, however, we witnessed dramatic developments in the structural biology and pharmacology of GPCRs. High resolution X-ray and cryo-EM structures made the design of the GPCR ligands more rational. The widening knowledge on their signalling resulted in new concepts such as allosteric modulation, GPCR residence time and biased signalling currently tested in clinical trials. This course will provide an introduction for medicinal chemists to this important target class including concepts and methods applied in the structural biology, modelling, systems biology, pharmacology and medicinal chemistry of GPCRs.  The course will finish with a series of medicinal chemistry case studies, including the discovery of molecular probes, tool compounds, clinical candidates and marketed drugs.

Course Organisers

György Miklós KESERÜ (Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary)
Rob LEURS (VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Local Organisers
Henk TIMMERMAN (VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Laura HEITMAN (University of Leiden, The Netherlands)

EFMC Sponsored Event

November 19, 2021
Liege, Belgium

The Medicinal Chemistry Divisions of the two Belgian Chemical Societies, the Société Royale de Chimie (SRC) and the Koninklijke Vlaamse Chemische Vereniging (KVCV), are organising every year an international one-day symposium with the aim to update participants on selected areas of pharmaceutical research by specialists in their respective field.

MedChem 2020 will be held on Friday November 19, 2021, in Liège. The programme of the day will include 12 invited lectures and a poster session.

This year, the symposium will celebrate the 50th birthday of the Medicinal Chemistry division of the SRC and of the precursor association of today’s Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry division of the KVCV. On that special occasion, 12 speakers from 8 Belgian academic groups and 4 Belgian industries will provide an overview of cutting-edge research activities carried out in the country.  Through high quality talks and a variety of innovative themes, the symposium will highlight the current vibrancy of Belgian medicinal chemistry and its bright future. 

Check the list of confirmed speakers!

March 20-24, 2022
San Diego, California

EFMC Symposium

Boston, United States

August 21-25, 2022
Chicago, Illinois

EFMC Symposium

September 4-8, 2022
Nice, France
Organised by:
  • Société de Chimie Thérapeutique (France)
  • European Federation of Medecinal Chemistry (EFMC)

March 26-30, 2023
Indianapolis, Indiana

August 13-17, 2023
San Francisco, California

EFMC Symposium

September 3-7, 2023
Zagreb, Croatia

Symposium Chairs: 

  • Prof. Karl Gademann, Universirty of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Dr Ingo Hartung, Merck, Germany 
Organised by:
  • Croatian Chemical Society, Section of Medicinal/Pharmaceutical Chemistry (Croatia)
  • European Federation of Medecinal Chemistry (EFMC)

March 17-21, 2024
New Orleans, Louisianna

August 18-24, 2024
Denver, Colorado

EFMC Symposium

September 1-5, 2024
Rome, Italy
Organised by:
  • Division of Medicinal Chemistry of the Italian Chemical Society (Divisione di Chimica Farmaceutica - Società Chimica Italiana, DCF-SCI) (Italy)
  • European Federation of Medecinal Chemistry (EFMC)

March 23-27, 2025
San Diego, California

August 17-21, 2025
Washington, District of Columbia