European School of Medicinal Chemistry ESMEC
40th Advanced Course of Medicinal Chemistry and Seminar for PhD students


June 28 – July 1, 2021

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.

ESMEC 2021 is special, celebrating the 40th anniversary!


We present the ESMEC Alumni Award, Application is open, Click HERE to Apply.


This Year the Scientific Program includes the following topics:

  • Proteolysis Targeting Chimera (Protac): From Medicinal Chemistry to Clinical Trials

  • Sustainable Chemistry Approaches To Lead Discovery and Chemical Processes

  • Medicinal Chemistry’s Response to the Burden of Antibiotic Resistance

  • Market Watch: New Drug Approval in 2020 and Synthetic Strategies

 As Special Event will be held an Open Webinar titled “Covid and Science”




  • Deadline for ESMEC Alumni Award 30/04/2021

  • Deadline for European Fellowships 15/05/2021

  • Deadline for Italian Fellowships 15/05/2021

  • Deadline for Abstract Submission 25/05/2021

  • Deadline for Registration 31/05/2021



Scientific Committee

Marco Macchia, University of Pisa (Director)
Stefania Butini, University of Siena
Andrea Cavalli, University of Bologna
Paolo Grieco, University of Naples
Antonio Macchiarulo, University of Perugia
Gianluca Papeo, Nerviano Medical Sciences S.r.l.
Antoni Torrens Jover, Esteve Pharmaceuticals
Tracey Pirali, University of Piemonte Orientale
Gilberto Spadoni, University of Urbino Carlo Bo

Organizing Committee

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

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