EFMC Awards 2023 - Laureate announced

The EFMC is excited to announce the winner of the first EFMC-WuXi AppTec Award for Excellence in Chemical Biology:

  • Prof. Gonçalo Bernardes (University of Cambridge, UK & IMM Lisboa, Portugal)

For his ground-breaking contributions to the field of chemical biology and cancer biology with meCLICK-Seq, a substrate-hijacking and RNA degradation strategy for the study of RNA methylation, and small molecules that are efficacious in vivo using platinum activators. His innovative research pursues key questions in chemistry and molecular medicine by using innovative strategies that bridge disciplines and inspire the programmes of other researchers.

The Award consists of a diploma, € 7.500 and an invitation to present a lecture at the EFMC International Symposium in Chemical Biology.

The 2023 Award will be presented at the EFMC-ISCB 2023, which will be held in Basel, Switzerland on November 16-18, 2023.

EFMC Short Course on Small Molecule Protein Degraders: Register to access the replay

The 17th EFMC Short Course on Medicinal Chemistry is fully booked but following high demand, the course will be recorded, and the replays will be made available to interested researchers as of May 10 for a period of three months.

The virtual registration will be 1.000 EUR and includes on-demand access to the recordings of the course, as well as all the course materials in electronic format.

The course will introduce small molecule protein degraders, including PROTACs and molecular glues, and give a detailed overview of the novel technologies used to characterise protein degradation biophysically and in living cells.

More information and registration on www.efmcshortcourses.org.

Awardees selected for the Joint YSN-YMCC Grant to attend ACSMEDI|EFMC Medicinal Chemistry Frontiers

We proudly announce the names of the first awardees of the YSN-YMCC Grant to attend ACSMEDI|EFMC Medicinal Chemistry Frontiers.

  • Dr Aleša Bricelj, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia 

Aleša Bricelj obtained her master’s degree in pharmacy at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University in Ljubljana in 2019. She is currently a fourth-year PhD student under the supervision of Assist. Prof. Izidor Sosic and Prof. Marko Anderluh at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ljubljana. Her research focuses on utilising PROTACs for targeted protein degradation of various proteins involved in malignancies.

  • Dr Andreas Luttens, Uppsala University, Sweden
  Andreas Luttens has received his Master's degree in Molecular Design in Chemistry from Ghent University, Belgium. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Molecular Life Sciences at Uppsala University, Sweden. Andreas joined the lab of Jens Carlsson in 2017 and works on novel strategies to navigate vast chemical spaces using virtual screening
Congratulations to both for their outstanding application, as well as to the other worthy candidates.
Each grant of up to 1500€ will be used to cover registration, economy flight and up to 3-nights accommodation to attend the upcoming edition of the ACSMEDI|EFMC Medicinal Chemistry Frontiers will take place in Boston, United States on June 10-13, 2023. Each one of them will present their research at the conference with a Poster, and will be invited to submit an abstract for Oral Communication. 

EFMC Message in Support of the Turkish Community

Following the recent earthquake in Turkey and Syria, EFMC would like to express its condolences to the families of the victims, and its support to the scientific community and to the population impacted by this dramatic event.

We have a special thought for the impacted members of the Turkish Association of Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, to whom we wish to promptly recover from this disaster.

Rui Moreira
EFMC President

EFMC Statement on the Invasion of Ukraine

As we reached the tragic first anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, EFMC renews its strong condemnation of the actions taken by the Russian government and expresses its support to the scientific community and to the Ukrainian people.

Being an independent learned society supporting all members of the medicinal chemistry and chemical biology community, EFMC however believes that scientific researchers in Russia should not be outcasted because of the actions of their government. True to our principles, we aim towards promoting cooperation and encouraging exchanges between scientific researchers in Europe and around the World.

Symeres PhD Prize for Excellence in Chemistry in Life Sciences Research: Opening of the Applications

The “Symeres PhD Prize for Excellence in Chemistry in Life Sciences Research” is an EFMC-YSN Partner Prize given annually, with the aim to recognise outstanding research in medicinal chemistry and chemical biology, executed by early career researchers during their thesis work.

The opening of the applications was on January 5, 2023 and the closing is scheduled on March 15, 2023. Do not miss the opportunity to present your work to the Symeres facilities in Nijmegen (The Netherlands)!

The prizes will consist of:

  • 1st place: A diploma and a cash prize of 1.000€, as well as be invited to deliver a Oral Communication at the next EFMC Young Medicinal Chemists' Symposium (EFMC-YMCS)
  • 2nd place: A cash prize of 600€
  • 3rd place: 400€

In addition, the 2023 winner will receive a free registration and a 500€ travel grant to attend both the IX EFMC International Symposium on Advances in Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ASMC 2023) and the 10th EFMC Young Medicinal Chemists' Symposium (EFMC-YMCS 2023).

Please find more information about the application and the deadlines on our website.

EFMC Yearbook 2023 is available

The official EFMC Yearbook 2023, "Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology in Europe" is a valuable resource for those interested in quickly finding information on all things EFMC, such as the activities and composition of Member Societies, Corporate Members and the initiatives and events of EFMC and its working groups.

EFMC Grants 2023 - Applications are open

EFMC is funding grants for EFMC organised events with the aim to support the participation of young academic scientists.

Upon application, a limited number of grants will be covered by EFMC, corresponding to:

  • The full registration fees for EFMC-ISMC, EFMC-ASMC, EFMC-ISCB and ACSMEDI-EFMC Medicinal Chemistry Frontiers
  • Up to 50% of the registration fees for the EFMC Short Courses

The following Grant applications for 2023 events are open

Once registered in the grant system, you will receive a confirmation email with your data to access your secured page, and upload the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Support letter by the supervisor
  • CV
  • Publications' List
  • Abstract of the Oral Communication/Poster Presentation (not required for the EFMC Short Course)

Please be informed that following EFMC regulations, only the members of an EFMC National Adhering Organisation will be allowed to apply for the EFMC grants.

Chemistry Europe Signs Collaboration Agreement with EFMC

Chemistry Europe journals ChemMedChem and ChemBioChem to become official journals of European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology (EFMC)

Weinheim, Germany; Bern, Switzerland; April 5, 2022 — Chemistry Europe, an association of 16 chemical societies from 15 European countries publishing a family of high-quality scholarly chemistry journals, today announced that it has entered into a multi-year collaboration with the European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology (EFMC), an independent association representing 29 scientific organizations from 25 European countries to advance the science of medicinal chemistry and chemical biology. Under the terms of the agreement, the Chemistry Europe journals ChemMedChem and ChemBioChem will become official journals of EFMC.

The collaboration agreement aims to increase the visibility of ChemMedChem and ChemBioChem, bring valuable additional benefits to readers, authors, and early-career researchers, and thus strengthen the science of medicinal chemistry and chemical biology. ChemMedChem and ChemBioChem will become official journals of EFMC but continue to be owned by Chemistry Europe. The journals will display the label "official journal of EFMC" on their covers.

“We are looking forward to starting our collaboration with the EFMC. Our partnership is not only expected to increase the visibility of our journals ChemMedChem and ChemBioChem, but more importantly to strengthen the impact of the research of the European scientific community of medicinal chemistry and chemical biology on the wider global scenario. A number of exciting editorial projects will be developed within this agreement, also highlighting the contribution of young researchers.” says Professor Gianluca Farinola, Chemistry Europe Council Member in charge of ChemMedChem and Vice President of Società Chimica Italiana.

“We are very happy for this new step in the collaboration with Chemistry Europe, which allows for a broader dissemination and visibility of the excellent research carried out by the medicinal chemistry and chemical biology communities across Europe”, says Professor Rui Moreira, President of the EFMC.

Chemistry Europe publishes 19 high-quality scientific chemistry journals covering a very wide range of disciplines and supports scientists at every stage of their careers. EFMC promotes and strengthens the science of medicinal chemistry and chemical biology by organizing symposia and short courses, sponsoring meetings and schools, publishing on relevant topics, and presenting awards and prizes. The collaboration underscores the commitment of Chemistry Europe and EFMC to strengthen the scientific excellence of chemistry researchers from around the world.

Link https://www.chemistryviews.org/details/advertorial/11346095/Chemistry_Europe_Signs_Collaboration_Agreement_with_EFMC.html

Media Contact:
Dr. Vera Koester
Editor in Chief ChemistryViews (The Magazine of Chemistry Europe)
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Mr Brieuc Matagne
EFMC Administrative Secretariat

About Chemistry Europe

Founded in 1995, Chemistry Europe is an association of 16 chemical societies from 15 European countries, representing over 75,000 chemists. It publishes a family of high-quality scholarly chemistry journals, covering a very broad range of disciplines. Wiley-VCH is their publisher.

The mission of Chemistry Europe is to evaluate, publish, disseminate, and amplify the scientific excellence of chemistry researchers from around the globe in high-quality publications. It supports its members at every stage of their careers as they strive to solve the challenges that impact humankind. In all its work, Chemistry Europe values integrity, openness, diversity, cooperation, and freedom of thought. https://chemistry-europe.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/

About European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology (EFMC)

The European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology (EFMC) is an independent association founded in December 1969 that represents 29 scientific organizations from 25 European countries. Its objective is to advance the science of medicinal chemistry & chemical biology by promoting cooperation and encouraging strong links between the national adhering organizations in order to deepen contacts and exchanges between medicinal chemists & chemical biologists in Europe and around the World. EFMC fulfills this objective by organizing symposia and short courses, by sponsoring meetings and medicinal chemistry schools, by publishing on relevant topics and by conferring awards and prizes. https://www.efmc.info/

About Wiley-VCH

Originally founded in 1921 as Verlag Chemie, Wiley-VCH plays an important role in providing scientists, engineers, and economists with high-quality information. Its integration within the global John Wiley & Sons Group since 1996 allows the company to distribute its program in every country on this planet. Our strength is based on our joint endeavors and success with people all over the world. From the very beginning, the publishing program covers most areas of the natural sciences, such as chemistry, physics, life sciences, medicine, engineering, and now also economics. While such information has traditionally been published in the form of journals, databases, reference works and books, online and offline services are now becoming increasingly important, alongside inter- and transdisciplinary portals. The company's staff in Weinheim, Berlin, and Zurich represent the foundation of all our services with their professional expertise and experience. https://www.wiley-vch.de/en/

EFMC supports the "Stick to Science" Initiative

EFMC is proud to support the ‘Stick to Science’ campaign, launched on 8 February, urging EU leaders, as well as the UK and Swiss governments, to place science collaboration before politics, and to quickly reach the UK’s and Switzerland’s association to Horizon Europe. Since the launch, the campaign has reached close to 4 million people on Twitter, and gathered a total of over 3400 signatures.

If you haven’t signed up to the initiative yet, please do so! These signatures are important in ensuring that we get the attention of European leaders and secure association to Horizon Europe. The initiative is open for all to sign, both as an individual or as an organisation on the dedicated website.

The site also includes a range of resources for supporters, including suggested social media posts, banners and email signature templates.

A Job/PhD or Post-Doc position to offer in medicinal chemistry or chemical biology? Use the EFMC Job Portal

The posting of Job/PhD & Post-Doc offers is free and is available for any Med Chem related jobs, in industry as well as academic positions.

Job posting is now made even simplier, you only have to provide the URL of the job application. 

Once reviewed, the position will be available on the EFMC website and in the monthly newsletter "MedChemWatch".