EFMC Honorary Fellows

To kick off our 50th anniversary celebrations, we would like to recognise the immense contribution of those who not only brought EFMC into being in 1969 but have helped to make it what it is today. We are, therefore, very proud to announce the award of the first EFMC Honorary Fellows.

The first recipients have created and nurtured the mission and vision of EFMC during its first 50 years. All are former Presidents but have been contributors above and beyond and remain active supporters of EFMC. Congratulations and thanks to:

• Prof. Henk Timmerman (VU University, The Netherlands)
• Prof. Ferran Sanz (University Pompeu Fabra, Spain)
• Prof. Roberto Pellicciari (TES Pharma, Italy)
• Prof. Gerhard Ecker (University of Vienna, Austria)
• Prof. Uli Stilz (Novo Nordisk, Denmark)
• Prof. Koen Augustyns (University of Antwerp, Belgium)

Additionally, due to his contribution in launching the series of EFMC-YMCS events, we are happy to recognize also:

• Prof. Chris De Graaf (Sosei Heptares, United Kingdom)

The official ceremony will take place during the opening of the XXVI EFMC International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ISMC 2020), scheduled to take place in Basel, Switzerland from September 6-10, 2020.

The EFMC recognition programme will continue awarding outstanding contributors to EFMC and sciences in the future with a system of open call for nominations – to be launched in fall 2020.    

EFMC Yearbook 2020 is available

The official EFMC Yearbook 2020, "Medicinal Chemistry 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 activities and events of EFMC and its working groups.

It is available to view online or to download and keep.

EFMC Grants - Applications are open

Annually, EFMC funds grants with the aim of supporting the participation of young academic scientists to EFMC organised events.

Launch of the EFMC-YSN PhD Prize!

The Prize will constist of a diploma, a free registration and a 500€ travel grant to attend the XXVI EFMC International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ISMC 2020) and EFMC Young Medicinal Chemist Symposium (EFMC-YMCS 2020) which will take place in Basel, Switzerland on September 6-10 & 10-11, 2020.

Who can apply? 

  • European PhD students (or up to one year after PhD) 

Review Criteria 

  • CV
  • Abstract of the poster to be presented at the EFMC-ISMC 2020 & EFMC-YMCS 2020
  • List of publications
  • Cover letter: « Why is my research worth the Prize »

How to apply?

Deadline for submission: January 31, 2020

EFMC Awards 2020 - Call for Nominations

To acknowledge outstanding achievements in the field of Medicinal Chemistry, EFMC confers every two years three Awards.

All 3 awards consist of a diploma, € 7.500 and an invitation to give a headline presentation at EFMC-ISMC 2020.

Deadline: January 31, 2020

The 2020 Awards will be presented at the XXVI EFMC "International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry" (EFMC-ISMC'20) to be held in Basel, Switzerland on September 6-10, 2020.

Nominations for these Awards consist of a nomination letter, a brief CV including a list of selected publications and two supporting letters. Self-nominations are also accepted. The nominations should be submitted to Dr Yves Auberson, President of the EFMC, via the following link.

EFMC Prizes 2020 - Call for Nominations

To acknowledge and recognise outstanding young medicinal chemists (≤ 12 years after PhD) working in European industry and academia.

The two Prizes consists of a diploma€ 1.000 and an invitation for a short presentation at an EFMC symposium.

Deadline: January 31, 2020

The 2020 Prizes will be presented at the XXVI EFMC "International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry" (EFMC-ISMC'20) to be held in Basel, Switzerland on September 6-10, 2020.


We are in the process of compiling and writing a history of EFMC, more of which in the coming months. As part of this, we are collecting pictures that illustrate the first 50 years. If you have photos from EFMC events or EFMC activities, please share them with us. They will add tremendously to the written narrative. We would be very grateful.

Events and EFMC-related activities we would be delighted to hear from you. Please get in touch with us at administration@efmc.info.

EFMC PRIZES 2019 - Ceremony at EFMC-ASMC'19

The 2019 Prizes have been conferred during EFMC-ASMC’19 in Athens, Greece.

The « EFMC Prize for a Young Medicinal Chemist in Academia » and the « EFMC Prize for a Young medicinal chemist in Industry » have been established by the EFMC to acknowledge and recognize an outstanding young medicinal chemist working in academia or in industry within Europe. The prizes are given annually and consist of a diploma, 1.000€ and an invitation for a short presentation at an EFMC Symposium. Two runners-up are also identified and acknowledged.

Winner of the Industry Prize was Radka Snajdrova (Novartis Pharma, Switzerland) and she gave a talk on the “Cipargamin-Biocatalysis in the Discovery and Development of an Antimalarial Drug”. The most meritorious runners-up were Jo Alen (Grünenthal, Germany) & Jacob Bush (GSK, United Kingdom).

Andreas Koeberle (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany) won the 2019 EFMC Prize for a Young Medicinal Chemist in Academia. At the EFMC-ASMC’19 Symposium, he gave a talk entitled “From the Elucidation of the Mechanism of Vitamin E to the Design of Innovative Drugs that Limit Inflammation and Enhance Resolution“. Anna Katharina Hirsch (HIPS, Germany) & Kamil Musilek (University of Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic) have been identified and acknowledged as runners-up.



Photographer - Fabien Venturi
Contact: venturifab@yahoo.fr

EFMC Best Poster Prizes at EFMC-ASMC'19

Here is the list of 5 laureates:

  • Fabian Hulpia (University of Ghent, Belgium)
  • Femke Meijer (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)
  • Vasiliki Pardali (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece) 
  • Naoya Shindo (Kyushu University, Japan) 
  • Rhia Stone (University of Queensland, Australia)

The EFMC Best Poster Prizes consist of a diploma and a 200€ cash-prize – and are awarded at every EFMC Event.

Photographer - Fabien Venturi
Contact: venturifab@yahoo.fr

A step forward for Medicinal Chemistry recognition in Europe

For many years the lack of a visibility of medicinal chemistry as a scientific discipline within the panel structure of the European Research Council (ERC) was a limiting factor for medicinal chemists to submit grant applications and to be successful.

The European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC) invited Prof. Klaus Bock, at that time Vice-President of ERC, to present a lecture at the opening ceremony of its flagship event, the International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ISMC) in Manchester, August 2016. During a follow-up meeting with him, the EFMC President and President-elect discussed this matter and showed the important position of medicinal chemistry in the scientific landscape.

We are grateful that medicinal chemistry is now listed for the first time as a keyword (PE5_18) in the Synthetic Chemistry and Materials Panel (PE5) of the Physical Sciences and Engineering field. This is adopted for all 2019 calls for Starting, Consolidator and Advanced Grants within ERC.

We hope that this will largely increase the visibility of medicinal chemistry within ERC, that rapidly became the most prestigious funding body to support excellent, investigator-driven frontier research in Europe.

We wish all scientists a lot of success in submitting their grant applications in one of the ERC calls.

Workshop at the European Parliament: EFMC as the voice of medicinal chemistry in Europe. (Editorial by Yves P. Auberson, EFMC President)

EFMC represents a research community that plays an important role in society. By providing tools to better understand the biology of human diseases and developing new drugs, chemical biologists and medicinal chemists can address issues that represent a huge burden to patients, families and social welfare. In particular, there is an enormous need for improved treatments of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease.

<p >Our recent workshop in Brussels “Parkinson’s disease: understanding the causes to find a cure” was co-organized with EuChemS, alongside Members of the European Parliament, and representatives from the European Commission and the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA). The workshop aimed to increase awareness of both patients and researchers needs, as well as review the latest understanding of the causes of the disease. Further information on this event is available in the press release, and all presentations can be viewed at https://www.euchems.eu/parkinsons-disease-causes-and-cures-workshop/

By participating in such activities, EFMC both supports the cause of patients and helps increase awareness of the need for research funding, and for policies facilitating the task of our scientific community to address these complex issues. Please take advantage of this event to share our efforts within our network, and let people know that EFMC really cares.