European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC)

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  • About EFMC

    The Euro­pean Fed­er­a­tion for Med­i­c­i­nal Chem­istry (EFMC) is an inde­pen­dent asso­ci­a­tion founded in 1970 that rep­re­sents 25 sci­en­tific organ­i­sa­tions from 23 Euro­pean coun­tries. Its objec­tive is to advance the sci­ence of med­i­c­i­nal chem­istry by pro­mot­ing coop­er­a­tion and encour­ag­ing strong links between the national adher­ing organ­i­sa­tions in order to deepen con­tacts and exchanges between med­i­c­i­nal chemists in Europe and around the World. EFMC ful­fils 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.

    Its most impor­tant organ­i­sa­tion is the bien­nial Inter­na­tional Sym­po­sium on Med­i­c­i­nal Chem­istry (EFMC-​ISMC). These sym­posia, with an aver­age atten­dance of 1,200 del­e­gates, are highly inter­na­tional with a broad range of speak­ers and atten­dees from the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal indus­try and acad­e­mia. Next to the ISMC, EFMC is involved in the organ­i­sa­tion of the Fron­tiers in Med­i­c­i­nal Chem­istry (FMC) and the inter­na­tional sym­po­sium on Advances in Syn­thetic and Med­i­c­i­nal Chem­istry (ASMC). EFMC also organ­ises inten­sive short courses on spe­cific top­ics in med­i­c­i­nal chemistry.

    An impor­tant part of the EFMC activ­i­ties is spon­sor­ship of national sci­en­tific meet­ings and Med­i­c­i­nal Chem­istry Schools. EFMC also awards travel grants for younger sci­en­tists to attend EFMC sym­posia and schools.

    Fur­ther­more, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Royal Soci­ety of Chem­istry, EFMC is pub­lish­ing Med­Chem­Comm, the offi­cial jour­nal of EFMC. Med­Chem­Comm is a peer reviewed jour­nal pub­lish­ing con­cise arti­cles and reviews cov­er­ing med­i­c­i­nal chem­istry research. The elec­tronic newslet­ter Med­ChemWatch as well as the year­book “Med­i­c­i­nal Chem­istry in Europe” help to fur­ther develop con­tacts between med­i­c­i­nal chemists around the world.

    EFMC also acknowl­edges the excel­lence of med­i­c­i­nal chemists’ work, by con­fer­ring three major awards: the Nauta Award on Phar­ma­co­chem­istry, the UCB-​Ehrlich Award for Excel­lence in Med­i­c­i­nal Chem­istry and the Prous Institute-​Overton and Meyer Award for New Tech­nolo­gies in Drug Dis­cov­ery, which are given every two years for out­stand­ing achieve­ments in the field of Med­i­c­i­nal Chem­istry. From 2010 on, EFMC estab­lished two new prizes to acknowl­edge the sci­en­tific accom­plish­ments of young med­i­c­i­nal chemists, both in indus­try and academia.


    The objec­tive of the EFMC is to advance the sci­ence of med­i­c­i­nal chem­istry by pro­mot­ing coop­er­a­tion between the adher­ing organisations.

    EFMC per­sues this objec­tive in the fol­low­ing manner:

    • By hold­ing (or assist­ing in the hold­ing of) the bien­nial Inter­na­tional Sym­po­sium on Med­i­c­i­nal Chem­istry (EFMC-​ISMC) and other sci­en­tific meet­ings or schools, exchang­ing ideas and infor­ma­tions, by offer­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties and by encour­ag­ing dis­cus­sion related to med­i­c­i­nal chemistry.
    • By edit­ing “Med­i­c­i­nal Chem­istry in Europe” the EFMC Year­book which is aim­ing to become a ref­er­ence hand­book ded­i­cated to med­i­c­i­nal chem­istry, giv­ing not only national soci­eties but also cor­po­rate com­pa­nies involved in med­i­c­i­nal chem­istry the oppor­tu­nity to dis­patch their dynamic pro­file and image amongst med­i­c­i­nal scientists.
    • By coop­er­at­ing with other inter­na­tional sci­en­tific organ­i­sa­tions (e.g. ACS,AFMC, EuCheMS, Eufeps, IUPAC etc.) and by col­lab­o­rat­ing with other soci­eties in joint meetings.


    Med­Chem­Comm was launched in mid 2010 as the EFMC jour­nal, pub­lished by the Royal Soci­ety of Chem­istry. Med­Chem­Comm is released monthly and con­tains sci­en­tific work of the high­est qual­ity in all the fields of med­i­c­i­nal chemistry

    Med­ChemWatch is the newslet­ter of EFMC, launched in 2008. In its cur­rent for­mat, it is released quar­terly and pub­lishes news and events from the EC, com­mit­tees, and mem­ber soci­eties. In addi­tion, a per­spec­tive arti­cle and a lab pre­sen­ta­tion from lead­ing groups in med­i­c­i­nal chem­istry com­plete the for­mat of the newsletter.

    The EFMC Year­book “Med­i­c­i­nal Chem­istry in Europe” is pub­lished yearly by EFMC since 2002 to give an overview of med­i­c­i­nal chem­istry in Europe in general.


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