The Network

The Paul Ehrlich MedChem Euro-PhD Network

The Paul Ehrlich MedChem Euro-PhD Network was established in November 2009 in Palermo, Italy as a collaboration among several European universities with the aim of fostering the education and research training of post-graduate students in Medicinal Chemistry towards PhD Degree. Membership is open to all European universities, provided they accept the “Rules and Conditions for Awarding the Paul Ehrlich European PhD in Medicinal Chemistry Label to PhD Graduates in Medicinal Chemistry'' as set out in this document and sign the accession letter. Industrial partners may participate as corporate members. Non-European academic institutions may join the network as associate members.


Word Map

1)Alcalá University. 2) Aldo Moro University. 3) Aristotle University. 4) Brno University. 5) Cagliari University. 6) Catania University. 7) Charles University. 8) Comenius University. 9) Complutense University. 10) Federico II University. 11) Genova University. 12) Ghent University. 13) Granada University. 14) Helsinki University. 15) Jagiellonian University. 16) Lisboa University. 17) Ljubljana University. 18) Lodz University of Technology. 19) Magna Graecia di Catanzaro University. 20) Messina University. 21) Milan University. 22) Modena & Reggio Emilia University. 23) National and Kapodistrian University. 24) Palermo University. 25) Perugia University. 26) Phillipps University. 27) Pisa University. 28) Porto University. 29) Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University. 30) San Pablo CEU University. 31) Semmelweis University. 32) Siena University. 33) Silesia University. 34) Sussex University. 35) Szeged University. 36) Vienna University. 37) Vienna  Technical University.  38) Belgrade University. 39) Strasbourg University. 40) Salerno University. 41) Santiago de Compostela University. 42) Medical University of Lublin. 43) Heinrich Heine University. 44) Friedrich-Schiller University. 45) Padova University .46) Cork University College. 47) Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University. 48) Oslo University. 49) Ramon Llull University. 50) UiT The Arctic University.


From 2009 onwards, the network has grown, as it is possible to see in the figure 1, with members spreading all over Europe. At the moment, the network is composed by 45 institutions from 16 countries. In the figure 2 it is possible to see that Italy is contributing with 15 institutions while, at a big distance, Spain has 5 universities, and Germany and Poland with 4. After that, most countries have one or two universities integrated in the network.

 

Universities

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Aim of the Paul Ehrlich MedChem Euro-PhD Network

The aim of the Paul Ehrlich MedChem Euro-PhD Network is to provide an in-depth research training and mobility of PhD students in the area of Medicinal Chemistry at European level. The Paul Ehrlich MedChem Euro-PhD certificate testifies that the student has (i) undertaken international research training and (ii) has completed and published a piece of research at an internationally competitive level. The Paul Ehrlich MedChem Euro-PhD certificate is complementary to the local PhD degree obtained from the student’s home university, is in no way in collision with national regulations and represents an added-value to a national PhD degree.

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Board

The Paul Ehrlich MedChem Euro-PhD Network is coordinated by a Network Coordinator who is a professor involved in a PhD programme in medicinal chemistry at his/her university which is called a Coordinating University.

The Network Coordinator and the coordinating university are elected for a period of three years in a Paul Ehrlich MedChem Euro-PhD Network meeting.

The Network Coordinator is elected among coordinators of member institutions

A five membered Board is elected among coordinators of member institutions for a period of three years. The main task of the Board is the development of strategies for sustainable development and function of the Network.

As a rule the President of the Organizing Committee of a Network Meeting, becomes the sixth member of the Board until the next meeting.

The last board was elected in the 5th Meeting of the P Ehrlich Network in Krakow, and will be operative from 2016 to 2018, the present members are:

  Julio Álvarez-Builla   Julio Álvarez-Builla, University of Alcalá, Madrid, Spain (Coordinator)  
  Stefano Alcaro   Stefano Alcaro, University Magna Graecia di Catanzaro, Italy  
  Norbert Haider   Norbert Haider, University of Vienna, Austria  
  Danijel Kikelj   Danijel Kikelj, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia  
  Peter Matyus   Peter Matyus, Semmelweis University, Budapest,  
  Serge Van Calemberg   Serge Van Calemberg, Ghent University, Belgium  
  Jarmila Vinšová   Jarmila Vinšová, University of Prague, Czech Republic  
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Brief History of the Paul Ehrlich MedChem Euro-PhD Network1

D. Kikelj2 and P. Matyus3

Palermo 2009 MeetingPalermo 2009 Meeting. Profs. Ramos, Cirrincione, Pascual-Teresa and Alvarez-Builla

Upon initiations of the Semmelweis University (Budapest), bilateral Erasmus agreements had been signed for pharmaceutical students and teachers’ mobilities in the field of medicinal chemistry with each of the following Universities: Milano, Catania, Palermo, Granada, San Pablo CEU (Madrid) (in the end of 90s and in the first decade of 2000s). It was also recognized by the participating universities that multilateral cooperation and regular meetings of students and tutors of European Universities would help advance of education, training and research the field of medicinal chemistry. Several meetings of PhD students and their mentors from these universities were organized in the coming years. It was then in Budapest, at the Hungarian-Austrian-Czech-German-Greek-Italian-Polish-Slovak-Slovenian 6th Joint Meeting on Medicinal Chemistry in Budapest, when a section was devoted to the network topic, where Péter Mátyus, Chair of the Conference, suggested to establish a kind of PhD medicinal chemistry network among European Universities. Most of the participants (among others, G. Cirrincione, D. Kikelj, G. Ronsisvalle, K Kiec-Kononowicz, B Pascual-Teresa, N Haider, J Visnova, A. Tsantili Kakoulidou) were supportive and it was decided that a preliminary document should be elaborated. D. Kikelj, P. Mátyus, G. Ronsisvalle, and G. Cirrincione prepared then a draft version of the Rules.


The Paul Ehrlich MedChem Euro-PhD Network, was established in Palermo, Italy in November 2009 (at the 6th Meeting of the European Network of Doctoral Studies in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Palermo, Italy, November 16-18, 2009, organized by G. Cirrincione), as a collaboration among 25 European universities, with the aim of fostering education and research training of post-graduate students in Medicinal Chemistry, towards PhD degree. The members of the Paul Ehrlich MedChem Euro-PhD Network agreed on the Rules and conditions for awarding the Paul Ehrlich European PhD in Medicinal Chemistry Label to PhD graduates in Medicinal Chemistry, which became active on 1 January 2010. Membership in the network is open to all European universities, provided they accept Rules and sign the accession letter. Industrial partners and non-EU academic institutions may join as associate members.


The aim of the Paul Ehrlich MedChem Euro-PhD Network is to provide an in-depth research training and mobility of PhD students in the area of Medicinal Chemistry at European level. The Paul Ehrlich MedChem Euro-PhD certificate testifies that the student has undertaken international research training, and has completed and published a piece of research at an internationally competitive level. The Paul Ehrlich MedChem Euro-PhD certificate is complementary to the local PhD degree obtained from the student’s home university, and is in no way in collision with national regulations and represents an added-value to a national PhD degree.

Ljubijana 2012 Meeting. Profs. Chirrinchione and Geronikaki.

Ljubijana 2012 Meeting. Profs. Chirrinchione and Geronikaki.


The structure of the network and the rules were defined by generous aid of Professor Klaus Lehr, University of Saarbrűcken, coordinator of the EU project Galenos Network. However, there is a substantial difference between both networks –whereas Galenos Network received EU funding for the duration of the project, the Paul Ehrlich Network started and survived without any funding, relying only on motivation of its members.

After a successful 1st Meeting of the Paul Ehrlich MedChem Euro-PhD Network hosted by three Madrid universities (Universidad de Alcala, Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Universidad San Pablo CEU) in July 2011 and the 2nd Meeting of the Paul Ehrlich MedChem Euro-PhD Network at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in September 2012, the network has grown to 30 member institutions from 15 European countries. Further networks meetings were organized in Cagliari, Italy in September 2013 (3 new member institutions accepted, 1 university terminated its membership), in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic in 2014 (5 new member institutions accepted), in Krakow, Poland in July 2015 (6 new member institutions accepted), in Budapest, Hungary in November 2016 (2 new member institutions accepted), and in Vienna, Austria in August 2017 (6 new universities applied for membership). After the 7th Meeting of the Paul Ehrlich MedChem EuroPhD Network in Vienna, at the end of August 2017, the network will grow to 50 members from 19 European countries and 1 associate member institution from Asia. As coordinators of the Paul Ehrlich Network served Giuseppe Ronsisvalle, University of Catania (from 2010 till 2012), Danijel Kikelj, University of Ljubljana (2013-2015) and Julio Alvarez-Builla (from 2016).


Krakow 2015 Meeting.

Krakow 2015 Meeting. Among other participants, Profs Alvarez-Builla, Haider, Vinsová, Kikelj, and Kiec-Kononowicz.


The logo of the Network was agreed upon at the Network meeting in Ljubljana in 2012 and the network web page was launched in 2013, both thanks to engagement of the current coordinator, Julio Alvarez-Builla.


The first Paul Ehrlich MedChem Euro-PhD certificate was awarded in 2012 at the Network meeting in Ljubljana and since then altogether 14 certificates were awarded to superb doctoral students who obtained their national PhD degree in medicinal chemistry. At the Vienna meeting further 2 PhD graduates will receive their Paul Ehrlich certificates.


An important step towards more tight collaboration in the Paul Ehrlich Network was achieved in 2016 with the start of COST action CA 15135 Multitarget-Paradigm for Innovative Ligand Identification in the Drug Discovery Process (MuTaLig), coordinated by Stefano Alcaro, from the University of Catanzaro, in which several Network members are actively involved.


References and Notes

  • 1. Presented at the Network meeting in Vienna, August 25-27, 2017.
  • 2. Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry. Ljubijana University. Slovenia.
  • 3. Department of Organic Chemistry. Semmelweis University. Budapest. Hungary.
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Financial Issues

Each member institution takes part in Paul Ehrlich MedChem Euro-PhD Network with its own resources. The costs of the research activities will be covered by the institution where such activities take place. The resources to cover costs for elaboration of Paul Ehrlich MedChem Euro-PhD certificates will be provided by the Network coordinator. The Network Coordinator will perform his/her service on a voluntary basis.

The Paul Ehrlich MedChem Euro-PhD Network meetings will be financed by registration fees paid by the participants. Each Paul Ehrlich MedChem Euro-PhD Network member institution will provide support to PhD students to mobilize financial resources from national and European mobility funds. The website will be secured by the Network Coordinator. The Paul Ehrlich MedChem Euro-PhD Network will apply for financial support to student mobility from European mobility funds.

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