With more than 1.250 scientists coming from 55 nations, the XXIII EFMC International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ISMC 2014), held at the Lisboa Congress Center from September 7-11, 2014 has been a very successful symposium with a diverse and high quality programme.
EFMC-ISMC 2014 was jointly organised by the Group of Medicinal Chemistry of the Portuguese Chemical Society (SPQ), on behalf of the European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC).
The Opening Ceremony, led by Rui Moreira, symposium chairman, and Uli Stilz, EFMC President, was the start of a five day symposium with many scientific highlights. The organisers are very pleased to have reached the main objective of creating a major scientific event for Medicinal Chemistry in Europe, with about 100 expert speakers, 600 poster presentations, 57 exhibitors and 31 sponsors.
The next edition of this biennial symposium will take place on August 28 - September 1, 2016 in Manchester and will be organised by the Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector (BMCS) of the Royal Society of Chemistry, on behalf of EFMC. EFMC-ISMC 2016 will continue the tradition of the EFMC-ISMC symposia to create an international platform where scientists from all over the world meet and exchange their view and ideas. The first details can be found on the regularly updated website www.efmc-ismc2016.org
As a satellite symposium to EFMC-ISMC, EFMC organised the 1st EFMC Young Medicinal Chemist Symposium (EFMC-YMCS) on Friday, September 12. This one-day meeting held at the University of Lisbon, attracted 120 participants from 25 nations. The 2 keynote lectures, 8 oral communications by invited prize winners from national young medicinal chemist meetings in Europe, 4 additional selected oral communications, and 65 poster presentations led the participants through the latest drug discovery advances in the major therapeutic areas, including neglected diseases, CNS disorders, inflammation, metabolic disorders and oncology.
At the annual EFMC Council meeting held in Lisbon on occasion of EFMC-ISMC 2014, it has been decided that EFMC-ISMC 2018 will take place in Lubljana, Slovenia, organised by the Slovenian Pharmaceutical Society, on behalf of EFMC.
At the Council meeting, the EFMC Council elected Jordi Gracia (Almirall, Spain) as new Secretary of the Executive Committee. Pascal George (Consultant, France), EC member since January 2014, has been elected as successor of Hein Coolen, who served as EFMC Treasurer during the past years. Yves Auberson (Novartis, Switzerland) and Antonello Mai (Università degli Studi di Roma, Italy) have been elected as EC members. Koen Augustyns (University of Antwerp, Belgium) will succeed Uli Stilz (NovoNordisk, Denmark) on January 1st, 2015 as President of EFMC.
With the aim to support training and networking within the medicinal chemistry community, EFMC is organising twice a year EFMC Short Courses on Medicinal Chemistry. In October 2014, Andrew Leach (University of Liverpool) and George Keseru (Hungarian Academy of Sciences) will be organising a course on "Principles of Molecular Recognition". The complete programme as well as registration details are available on the website www.efmcshortcourses.org