Medicinal Chemistry Residential School

11 - 16 June 2017, Loughborough, United Kingdom



The Royal Society of Chemistry Medicinal Chemistry Residential School will cover topics of interest to drug discovery researchers, helping to increase understanding of the factors governing modern drug discovery from the initial concept through to translational science and intellectual property. Established since 1981, our Residential School has trained many of the world’s leading medicinal chemists working in the pharmaceutical industry and academic research institutes.

Who should attend?

The school is designed for graduate and post-doctoral chemists with 1-5 years’ experience in the field of drug research. Drug discovery is an interdisciplinary subject so delegates from biological or computational backgrounds will benefit from attendance at the school.
In addition, final year PhD students from pharmaceutical or organic chemistry contemplating a career in drug discovery are also encouraged to attend.

Examples of feedback from 2015 Residential School Delegates

“It was an extremely worthwhile experience that greatly clarified a haze of vague knowledge, as well as taught me things I've never thought about before.”

“Great range of topics with a good balance of lectures and tutorials. I really enjoyed the week and definitely feel that I have learnt a lot. Would recommend to everyone.”

“Excellent learning environment with experienced speakers who were friendly and willing to share their experience.”

Method and Structure

The 2017 Residential School will take place over 5 days and content is delivered by experts in the field from industry and academia. The programme includes lectures focusing on the fundamental principles of drug discovery, hands-on tutorials allowing delegates to put into practice what they have learnt and case histories from previous drug discovery projects. The programme will also include an evening lecture from a distinguished speaker.
Throughout the week course tutors and speakers will be available for informal discussion and there will be plenty of opportunities to network with the broad range of academic and industrial researchers in attendance.

“I enjoyed the lectures and particularly the tutorials which made you really think about each topic. It has definitely given me different ways of thinking about data which I can take back to my lab.”
Feedback from 2015 Residential School Delegate


The course includes the following topics:
  • Target Validation
  • Computational Chemistry
  • Biological Mechanisms
  • Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism
  • Screening of New Compounds
  • Patents
  • Molecular Biology in Medicinal Chemistry
  • Exploiting a Chemical Lead
  • Combinatorial Chemistry and Molecular Diversity
  • Case Histories of Drug Discovery
  • Toxicology in Drug Discovery
  • Pharmaceutical Considerations in Drug Development
  • Structure-guided Drug Design
  • Physical Properties and Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationships
  • Hints and Tips in Medicinal Chemistry
Abstract Submission
Delegates registering to attend the Medicinal Chemistry Residential School are invited to present their research during the poster session which will be held on the Monday evening (12 June)
This interactive session will provide a chance to view the range of research interests amongst delegates as well as offering ample time to network. If you are interested in showcasing your work at the School, you can submit your abstract during the registration process. An abstract template is available to download on this page and the deadline for poster abstracts is 19 March 2017. Poster prizes will be available for the best posters.
Places are reserved on a first come, first served basis, so please register early to guarantee your place.
Tuition fees* including 0% VAT are as follows:  
Early Bird
(by 9 April 2017)
(by 7 May 2017)
RSC Members £1500 £1600
Non-members** £1650 £1750
RSC Student members £450 £550
Student non-members** £500 £600

*Includes attendance at sessions, refreshments and lunch on each full day and Conference Dinner with wine on Thursday 15 June.

** For non-member registrants, affiliate membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry until the end of 2017, the affiliate membership application will be processed and commence once the registrant has attended the event..

Please note that accommodation is not included in the tuition fees - this should be booked separately.

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Travel Grants

We have a limited number of non-competitive travel grants of up to £200 for PhD and early career scientists travelling within their home country. These are assigned on a first come, first served basis and are available to members in the associate category and above.

We also offer grants of up to £800 to assist with travel expenses to participate at this meeting. These are available to members in the associate category and above, who are PhD students, postdocs within 10 years of completing their PhD and early career scientists (including technicians) within 10 years of leaving full time education. 

Please note that we recommend you submit your application a minimum of three months before you need a decision. We will be unable to consider any applications received within 8 weeks of the start of the conference (16 April 2017)

EnterprisePlus Members

​Do you work for a small company? You could get funding for this course.
If you work for a small company (under 250 employees) who are part of our EnterprisePlus scheme, you can apply for one of our Training Vouchers which will contribute £1000 towards the cost of attending the Medicinal Chemistry Residential School. For more information, please follow the link on this page or discuss with the EnterprisePlus contact at your company.
Holywell Park Conference Centre, Loughborough University

Holywell Park Conference Centre, Loughborough University, Charnwood, Loughborough, LE11 3TU, United Kingdom

Dinner, bed & breakfast packages at Burleigh Court Conference Centre can be booked when you register for the course. All overnight accommodation for the course will be in en-suite executive standard double rooms (reserved on a single occupancy basis).

The standard accommodation package is for the nights of Monday 12 - Thursday 15 June inclusive, to check out on Friday 16 June. For those arriving on Sunday, an additional dinner, bed and breakfast package is available for the night of Sunday 11 June. 

Accommodation packages include dinner, bed & breakfast, incl 20% VAT.  All accommodation needs to be booked before 9 April 2017. We cannot guarantee availability for accommodation after that date:

Room for 1 night (Sunday 11 June)                                      £121.50
Room for 4 nights (12 June, 13 June, 14 June and 15 June)  £486.00

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