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Where does AAPS programming come from? From YOU.

All programming at AAPS' Annual Meeting, National Biotechnology Conference, and all AAPS workshops comes from proposals received from members.

The programming committees assigned to each of the events review and choose the strongest, most innovative submissions for the event’s agenda.

Follow the links below and learn how to submit your ideas. We’d love to hear from you.

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2017 AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition

December 8, 2016 Program Submission Site Closes
February 1, 2017 Poster Abstract Submission Site Opens
May 12, 2017 Hot Topic Submission Site Opens 
June 1, 2017 Poster Abstract Submission Site Closes
June 15, 2017 Hot Topic Submission Site Closes

For annual meeting program questions, contact Trish Smith at +1.703.248.4782 or

2017 AAPS National Biotechnology Conference

The 2017 AAPS National Biotechnology Conference Programming Committee wants your suggestions for programmatic themes. Themes are used to shape the overall programming of the conference. Themes should reflect the most active areas of scientific activity, address knowledge gaps experienced by scientists, and reflect collaborative, multi-disciplinary program solving.

October 27, 2016 Program Submission Site Closes 
December 1, 2016 Poster Abstract Submission Site Opens
February 6, 2017 Hot Topic Submission Site Opens 
February 21, 2017 Poster Abstract Submission Site Closes 
March 9, 2017 Hot Topic Submission Site Closes 


For NBC program related questions, contact Amanda Bledsoe at +1.703.248.4783 or

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The Meeting Content Program Committee (MCPC) seeking proposals for Workshops for early fall of 2017.

AAPS workshops and training courses are designed to help attendees discuss research that affects their work, to exchange ideas with one another, and to find solutions to the problems they are experiencing. We encourage you to write your proposal using language that will make it attractive to potential attendees.

As workshops and training courses are meant to drive interactions between participants as well as with instructors, sessions that emphasize engagement with attendees and activities that will guide attendees into discussion are strongly encouraged

Event Definition:
Workshops focus on a specific topic area over one, two or three days. Workshops are interactive forums open to all interested parties that encourage discussions and the exchange of ideas regarding a wide range of current scientific findings, regulatory trends, and public health concerns. Speakers are required to submit an abstract and a biography. Outcomes of workshops may be reported in a conference report, whitepaper, or blog postings.

Proposal Format
Please note that the information listed below must be submitted through the online submission form. It is provided here only to assist you in planning your submission. The website format may differ slightly from the format listed here. Incomplete proposals will not be considered.

Components of a Workshop Proposal

Remember, if your proposal is accepted, your text will be used in its promotion. 

Title of the Session
An engaging title that will encourage attendees to read further. It should be unique, succinct and compelling in 50 characters or less.

AAPS Primary Section, additional Sections and Focus Groups
Descriptions of each of these groups can be found here.

Target Audience
Consider the level of expertise, field of interest, and how you can assist in solving their problems.

Event Description
Provide an engaging description that tells participants why they should attend this event and what they will gain.

Brief Committee Biography
A brief biography that focuses on why you or your panelists are qualified to lead this session.

Learning Objectives
What are the three primary learning objectives an attendee can expect from this meeting? When developing these three objectives, it can be helpful to begin with considering a need or problem that needs to be addressed. Your workshop is then a possible solution to the problem posed. Specify what skills you expect participants attending your workshop to learn/and or to be able to do in measurable, realistic, and time-bound terms. The description should engage the reader and promote interest. Learning objectives allow participants to assess what they will gain from attending your workshop. Workshops with clear outcomes will have a better chance of being selected.

Proposed Agenda
Please include proposed speakers, presentation titles, session times, and days in chronological order.

Similar Meetings
Is there or has there been a similar meeting held in the last 12 months and if so, name and date of that meeting

Selection Process
The deadline for proposals is October 12, 2016.

On November 16, 2016 the MCPC will meet to review and evaluate each proposal. Each proposal will be rated on:

  • Importance of the topic to the audience
  • Knowledge and experience of content leaders
  • Alignment between the title, abstract, and learning objectives
  • Achievability of the learning objectives based on the outlined format and delivery, and appropriate audience engagement
  • Evaluations from respective section and focus group peers

Organizers will be alerted to the status of their proposal by November 22, 2016.
Should you have any questions regarding the process, please contact Elizabeth Scuderi at or at 703.249.4789. 


 One-Day Facility Hosted Event 

AAPS will begin offering one-day seminars which will be hosted at pharmaceutical company facilities or on university campuses. Any member, focus group, or section wishing to hold a meeting of this type must complete the facility hosted seminar submission form and submit that proposal to AAPS staff 6–9 months in advance of the meeting. AAPS staff will forward the proposal to the program coordination committee for approval. For future information, please see the guideline document (DOC).  

Send facility hosted event submission form to Elizabeth Scuderi at

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International Events

AAPS is accepting submissions for any international meeting that AAPS would cosponsor. All submissions will be reviewed by the International Affairs Committee (IAC) for content, conflicts and timing. Please submit your submission no later than April 1 for the IAC to review on May 6 or by October 1 for the IAC to review at the AAPS Annual Meeting.

Send international meeting requests via the completed form below to Grace Jones at

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