2019 represents the 30th anniversary of the Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry in Eastern England, known colloquially as the “Hatfield MedChem” meeting. This is a highly successful, long-standing, one-day annual meeting. To commemorate 30 years, the programme will focus on ‘Celebrating UK Drug Discovery’, highlighting success stories from large pharma, biotech and academia; and exciting scientific prospects for the future. Presentations will showcase medicinal chemistry from tools to candidates, across a range of modalities, therapeutic areas and target classes with an emphasis on key learnings and knowledge developed during the course of effective discovery efforts. The meeting aims to be informal and interactive and will offer excellent scientific development and networking opportunities for all those working in medicinal chemistry and drug discovery. Meet Lars Ole Haustedt in Hatfield!