July 2001, APRIL members discussed about Free Software for Science, at the RMLL 2001 in Bordeaux. A conclusion is to draw up a list of Free Software. Some months after, in 2002, few people wants to go further. They want to build up a Free Resource Web Portal for Chemical Sciences. The bases of the Alchem project were launched.
In 2003, a website is designed, the logo is realized by Bruno Bellamy and a mailing list is created. A talk about Free Software for Chemical Sciences is presented at the RMLL 2003.