European School of Medicinal Chemistry ESMEC

Urbino, Palazzo Battiferri, Via Saffi 42

July 2 – 6, 2017


The mission of the ESMEC is to provide participants, PhD students and junior researchers from both academia and industry, with the most recent advances in the field of medicinal and organic chemistry, pharmacology, molecular biology and analytical/ structural chemistry. This idea is aimed to reflect the current scenario of medicinal chemistry being a truly transdisciplinary approach, where the advances in knowledge are driven by the medicinal chemist’s ability to translate into new molecular concepts and into novel molecular entities the amount of information created by molecular medicine, pharmacology, molecular biology, systems biology.

For these reasons, the School is directed to participants at a graduated and post-graduated level, in chemistry but also in pharmacology or biology, who are keen to explore the interdisciplinary context of current cutting-edge research in medicinal chemistry.

To achieve these very ambitious goals, the School is organized into thematic sessions, each of them constructed around a series of lectures, followed by practical workshops.

This year the scientific programme includes the following topics:

Polypharmacology and Multi-targeting paradigms in drug discovery: complexity against complexity

Rona R. Ramsay
University of St Andrews – St Andrews (UK)

Christophe Rochais
University of Caen Normandie – Caen (F)

Maria Fernanda Borges
University of Porto – Porto (P)

Holger Stark
Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet Duesseldorf – Duesseldorf (D)

Serena Tongiani
Angelini SpA – Pomezia (I)

Peptides: from synthesis to applications

Paolo Rovero
University of Florence – Florence (I)

Paolo Grieco
University of Neaples Federico II – Neaples (I)

Jeffrey W. Bode
ETH – Zurich (CH)

Fernando Formaggio
University of Padua – Padua (I)

Structures and models in drug design

Gerhard Hessler
Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH – Frankfurt am Main (D)

Giulio Vistoli
University of Milan – Milan (I)

Pierre Ducrot
Les Laboratoires Servier – Suresnes (F)

Giovanni Bottegoni
Heptares Therapeutics, Welwyn Garden City (UK)

Andrea Ciacci 
S-IN – Vicenza (I)

Beyond PhD: building up an appealing scientific and professional profile. The publishing process

Donna Huryn
University of Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh (USA)


  • Deadline for PhD student abstract submission: May 5, 2017
  • Deadline for registration: May 31, 2017


Scientific Committee

Maria Laura Bolognesi, University of Bologna
Stefania Butini, University of Siena
Rui Moreira, University of Lisbon
Antonio Macchiarulo, University of Perugia
Fabrizio Micheli, Aptuit S.R.L., Verona
Marco Mor, University of Parma
Gilberto Spadoni, University of Urbino Carlo Bo
Giampiero Spalluto, University of Trieste

Organizing Committee

Annalida Bedini
Lucia Bedini, Treasurer
Andrea Duranti
Simone Lucarini
Michele Mari

Organizing Office

Dipartimento di Scienze Biomolecolari
University of Urbino Carlo Bo
Piazza Rinascimento, 6
61029 Urbino (PU) ITALY
tel. +39 0722 304551 / +39 0722 303323
fax. +39 0722 303313