Medicinal Chemistry Summer School 2024

2 - 7 June 2024, Loughborough, United Kingdom

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The Royal Society of Chemistry Medicinal Chemistry Summer 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 Summer School has trained many of the world’s leading medicinal chemists working in the pharmaceutical industry and academic research institute.

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.

Method and Structure

The 2024 Summer 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.

Subject to change, the programme will run from 08:00 on Monday 3 June and will finish at 13:00 on Friday 7 June. An optional welcome reception will take place on Sunday evening.


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

Handbook of Medicinal Chemistry

The Royal Society of Chemistry is pleased to offer all registered delegates the opportunity to purchase the 2nd edition of the Handbook of Medicinal Chemistry (published in 2022). The Handbook is written to complement the Medicinal Chemistry Summer School tutorial content and is recommended as an ideal overview of the content of the School.

Delegates can purchase the book at the discounted rate of 40% from the RSC online bookshop.
Abstract Submission
Delegates registering to attend the Medicinal Chemistry Summer School are invited to present their research during the poster session which will be held on the Monday evening (3 June).

This interactive poster session will provide a chance to view the range of research interests amongst delegates as well as offering ample time to network.

Registration includes:

  • Attendance at all lectures, tutorials and poster sessions
  • Refreshments throughout the meeting and lunch on each full day
  • Conference dinner at the National Space Centre on Thursday 6 June
Registration fees are as follows (subject to VAT at the prevailing rate):
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RSC Member* £1795 £1895
Non-member** £1995 £2095
Student RSC member* £695 £795
Student non-member £795 £895


The Royal Society of Chemistry is keen to encourage and enable as many people as possible to attend our events, to benefit from the networking opportunities and the chance to learn from leaders in the field. If you would like to discuss accessibility, please contact us to discuss your requirements so that we can enable your attendance.
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Grants for Carers

Grants for carers have been introduced following the Royal Society of Chemistry Breaking the barriers report where 78% of chemists working in UK academia felt that managing parenting and/or caring responsibilities has an impact on women’s retention and progression. This fund is not limited to women scientists and welcomes applications from anyone with caring responsibilities. These grants have been supported by The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Chemists’ Community Fund.

You can apply for up to a maximum of £1000/year to assist with additional financial costs that you incur for care usually provided by you whilst you attend a chemistry related meeting, conference or workshop or a professional development event.

Caring responsibilities are wide and varied, and so each application will be individually assessed, examples of applications that we will consider include:
  • paying for extra home help or nursing care for a dependent whilst you will not be present
  • additional medical/respite care for a dependent whilst you will not be present
  • travel expenses for a relative to travel with you to care for dependents whilst you attend a meeting or event
  • paying for extended hours with a care worker/childminder/play scheme to cover time when you will arrive home later than normal.
You are eligible to apply if: 
  • you are a chemist
  • you will incur additional caring expenses whilst attending a chemistry-related meeting, conference, event or workshop or a professional development event
  • you will use these funds to cover the cost of care that you usually provide 
  • you are based in the UK or Ireland or if not, you will normally have held three years RSC membership (past or current).
Loughborough University

Loughborough University, Holywell Park Conference Centre, Loughborough, LE11 3 TU, 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 3 - Thursday 6 June inclusive, to check out on Friday 7 June. For those arriving on Sunday, an additional dinner, bed and breakfast package is available for the night of Sunday 2 June. 

Accommodation packages include dinner, bed & breakfast, excluding 20% VAT.  All accommodation needs to be booked before 14 April 2024. We cannot guarantee availability for accommodation after that date:

Room for 1 night (Sunday 2 June)                                          £134
Room for 4 nights (3 June, 4 June, 5 June and 6 June)         £486

Please be aware that anyone who chooses to stay elsewhere or books their accommodation directly with Burleigh Court will not be entitled to the evening dinner.

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