Biological & Medicinal Chemistry Sector (BMCS)

Interest Groups are member driven groups which exist to benefit Royal Society of Chemistry members, and the wider chemical science community, in line with the RSC's strategy and charter.


BMCS aims to further the interests of all members of the Royal Society of Chemistry, both industrial and academic, involved in the pursuit and understanding of biologically active molecules.

The predominant areas include:

  • pharmaceuticals
  • agrochemicals
  • flavours
  • fragrances   


  • Public promotion of the crucial role played by chemistry in the modern industrial environment.
  • Organisation of scientific meetings and symposia.
  • Support for educational activities in the UK.
  • Advising the Royal Society of Chemistry on policies that directly affect the BMCS.   


We also have an online community, which is based on MyRSC, for anyone who shares our interests.

Get Involved

We are always looking for new members who are keen to get involved and to help organise our activities. If you would like to find out more please contact the Secretary.

Malcolm Campbell Memorial Award

This is an interest group award administered by the Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector.

Capps Green Zomaya Award

This is an interest group award administered by the Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector and the Capps Green Zomaya Trust.

The RSC-BMCS International Travel Prize 2017

The Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector (BMCS) is pleased to announce it will be offering a number of travel grants for use in 2017 of up to £1,500 in value to post-graduate students currently enrolled in research programmes (PhD or Masters) in UK institutions. The purpose of these grants is to support the attendance of the student at an international scientific meeting of their choice, in the area of organic, biological or medicinal chemistry, through funding wholly, or in part, of registration, accommodation and travel costs. These grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to students who complete the application process and are subsequently selected by the BMCS committee. Successful applicants will be also expected to present their work, in either oral or poster form, at the meeting for which the Travel Prize has been awarded. Grants should be taken up for use in 2017

Submissions will only be accepted by use of the application form which can be downloaded via the link. Completed applications should be sent to Dr Andrew C Williams, Hon. Chairman Elect BMCS, via email at, including “BMCS International Travel Prize 2017” in the subject line. 

Closing Date: 18th November 2016. Successful applicants will be notified by 6th January 2017 and will also receive a certificate to indicate their winning of one of these prestigious Travel Awards.


An application form can be found under 'related links' at the bottom of this page.

Join this Interest Group

If you are a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and would like to join an Interest Group, please contact Membership Department using the email link below with:

  • your name
  • your membership number
  • state the name of the group you wish to join  

Free membership of 3 Interest Groups is now included in the cost of RSC membership.

Also of interest

Advanced Medicinal Chemistry

This course material gives real-life examples of drug discovery and information on the drug discovery process through an industrial context

Glycochemistry & glycobiology in ChemComm

This web-based themed issue showcases high quality papers in the field of chemical biology, specifically research that deals with glycochemistry and glycobiology

Related Links

BMCS PhD Symposium summary
BMCS PhD Symposium summary
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Macrocycles II Article
Macrocycles II Article
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PhD Summary
Find out more about the PhD Symposium 2015
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Application form - BMCS International Travel Prize 2017
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Sir Simon Campbell Awarded the first RSC-BMCS Lifetime Achievement Award
More information on Sir Simon Campbell and the first RSC-BMCS Lifetime Achievement Award
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Link icon MyRSC Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Group
You will be required to register for MyRSC, then you can sign up to become a member of this group

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Contact and Further Information

Dr Stuart Cameron CChem MRSC
Peakdale Molecular Ltd., Peakdale Science Park, Sheffield Road, Chapel-en-le-Frith, High Peak SK23 0PG

Membership Department
Thomas Graham House, Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WF
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 432 141