BMCS Lectureship

The Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector (BMCS) Lectureship was launched in 2014.  At a time of many exciting changes in biological and medicinal chemistry, featuring new methodologies and targets, the committee wanted to appoint lecturers to inspire the next generation of medicinal chemists, whose lectures should therefore appeal, not only to postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers, but also to undergraduates.

Past Winners

Professor Michael Waring (Astra Zeneca, now University of Newcastle)

Professor Barry Potter (University of Bath)

Professor Stuart Conway (University of Oxford) 

Dr Jamie Scott (Astra Zeneca) 


  • Successful applications must be available to deliver up to six lectures at UK universities.
  • Applications are invited from applicants at all stages in their career.
  • Applicants should have made significant advances in the subject through new products or methods.  

Up to now we have appointed two lecturers in 2014 and 2016 to cover two-year periods, and each lecturer has delivered one lecture as part of the RSC’s series of Thursday evening public lectures at Burlington House


It is intended that new appointments will be made in the autumn.

The person appointed will have made a significant advance in the subject through developing new products or methods; there is no age restriction.

They will be expected to deliver up to six lectures at six UK universities in the academic year 2018-2019, aimed particularly at first-year undergraduates including an initial lecture in Burlington House.

Applications should be very brief, explaining in a few sentences why the nominee should be considered and describing their contributions to medicinal chemistry.

The committee are currently accepting applications for the 2018/2019 BMCS lectureship positions.

All applications should be sent to the Secretariat and will be acknowledged.

The deadline for 2017 applications is 31 October 2017 

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Maggi Churchouse
Conference Secretariat
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Tel: 01359 221004