This edition was organised in combination with the 13th annual meeting of the Medicinal Chemistry Section of the Israel Chemical Society and was jointly organised by the European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC), Chembridge Corporation and the Medicinal Chemistry Section of the Israel Chemical Society (MCI-ICS).
The high quality programme was assembled by the symposium co-chairmen, Uli Stilz (Novo Nordisk, Denmark) and Ilan Marek (Technion, Israel). The programme consisted of a mix of Organic and Medicinal Chemistry, with speakers from both industry and academia coming from around the world with a special focus on Israel. The meeting was opened on Sunday by Uli Stilz who highlighted the scientific breadth of the topics covered in the meeting with invited plenary lectures, short oral communications selected from the submitted abstracts, and a poster session of more than 100 posters.
He was followed by Koen Augustyns (University of Antwerp, Belgium), EFMC President, who stressed the Federation’s objectives of promoting Medicinal Chemistry and of building bridges between disciplines and scientists worldwide, by organising scientific meetings, courses and schools, by participating in publishing a journal, MedChemComm, and by conferring EFMC Awards and Prizes.
After a full day of lectures, a welcome reception in the park of the Weizmann Institute gave the occasion to the participants to relax and network.
The following 3 days, the participants attended a busy programme with 18 plenary lectures, 10 oral communications, 2 prize lectures given by the recipients of the EFMC Prizes for a Young Medicinal Chemist in Industry & in Academia, Dr Steve Andrews & Dr Alessio Ciulli, 2 poster sessions and 2 company workshops. The EFMC-ASMC’15 was also the theatre of several ceremonies with the 2015 MCS-ICS (Medicinal Chemistry Section of the Israel Chemical Society) Award for Excellence in Medicinal Chemistry in Memory of Barry Cohen, awarded to Prof. Paul Wender, the EFMC-Roche studentship ceremony, 5 EFMC Poster Prizes and a Poster Prize sponsored by Thieme. Finally, the symposium was also the occasion to pay a tribute to the late Prof. Shalom Sarel (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel).
The scientific programme was completed by an interesting social programme. The participants could discover the holy city of Jerusalem and visit the church of Holy Sepulchre, the room of last supper, the dormition abbey and the western wall. The Weizmann Institute in Rehovot also proposed a pleasant walk in the park and an audio-guided visit of the Weizmann House, home of the first Israeli President and famous biochemist, Chaim Weizmann.
The gala dinner concluded the conference in style, welcoming the participants in a panoramic restaurant on the top floor of the Azrieli Centre in the very heart of Tel Aviv, offering a breath-taking view over the whole city.
The next edition of this biennial symposium will take place in 2017 in Vienna (Austria) and will be jointly organised by the European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC), Chembridge Corporation, LD Organisation and the Medicinal Chemistry Section of the Austrian Chemical Society.