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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.


2017 NBC | 2017 AM | WorkshopsOne-Day Facility Hosted Event | International Event | Addition Information  

The 2017 AAPS National Biotechnology Conference (NBC) and the 2017 AAPS Annual Meeting (AM) Program Committees are now seeking proposals for Sunrise Sessions, Symposia, Dialogue and Debates, Scientific Forums, and Short Courses for 2017. In addition, Workshop proposals are being accepted for the Annual Meeting.

For a full description, including time allotted for each session, number of speakers and moderators allowed, and general format information, please click on the corresponding link below:

Components of a Proposal
Remember, if your proposal is accepted, your text will be used in its promotion. 

Proposed Title
An engaging title that will encourage attendees to read further. It should be unique, succinct and compelling in 75 characters or less.

Topic Area
In 600 words or less, describe the topic, technique or issue to be explored. Please include why this topic is pertinent to the industry and your past experience on the topic.

How does this relate to AAPS' programming areas?
AAPS' programming areas are:

  • Research and Discovery
  • Pre-Clinical
  • Clinical
  • Regulatory/FDA
  • Manufacturing and Post-Marketing Surveillance
  • Career Development
  • Other – please explain

Themes 

NBC

  • Bioanalysis and Biomarkers
  • Biosimilars
  • Emerging Topics
  • Formulation Development and Drug Delivery
  • Immunotherapies
  • Novel Therapeutic Constructs and Modalities
 
AM
  • Advanced Formulation Characterization Approaches
  • Patient-Centered Innovations in Healthcare Technology
  • Products for Pediatrics: It’s Not Child’s Play
  • Improving Inter-organization Collaboration
  • Cancer Moonshot: Emerging Modalities for Oncology 
 

 

AAPS Sections and AAPS Focus Groups 

Descriptions of each of these groups can be found here.

Learning Objectives
What are the three to five primary learning objectives an attendee can expect from this meeting/session? When developing these objectives, it can be helpful to begin with considering a need or problem that needs to be addressed. Your meeting/session is then a possible solution to the problem posed. Specify what skills you expect participants attending 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 session. Proposals with clear outcomes will have a better chance of being selected.

Content Outline
An engaging description of no more than 200 words that tells participants why your topic should matter to them. Think about the business concerns of your target audience and address them. What problem are you helping them solve?

Engagement
Engagement opportunities beyond Q&A during a program are not mandatory, but they are preferred as they improve the experience for participants and their recall later of that experience. Describe how you plan to engage participants during your presentation. For example, will there be a chance to team up with other participants, an opportunity to try a new skill, a case review that tests participants’ understanding, or other interactive elements? Including time for Q&A at the end of a session is standard, and not considered an engagement driver.

Target Audience
Define your target audience by drug development stage, scientific discipline, work role, career stage, or a similar specification. Sessions described as benefiting “everyone” are discouraged.

Knowledge Gap Identification
What gap in a pharmaceutical scientists’ knowledge does this program fill? Why do you believe this is a gap? (200 words or less.)

Biography
In 200 words, provide a brief biography of the lead organizer/moderator that focuses on why they are the right person to lead this program.

Proposed Speakers
Provide each speaker’s name, country of origin, and proposed presentation title. 

Additional questions for Short Courses and Workshops only:

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.

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

Review
The NBCPC and 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

To view examples of sessions that were accepted in previous meetings, please browse these online programs:

Detailed instructions on how to submit your proposal in Mira can be viewed here:

Submission timelines and sites:

2017 AAPS National Biotechnology Conference May 1–3, 2017

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 BledsoeA@aaps.org.

2017 AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition November 12–16, 2017

December 8, 2016 Program Submission Site Closes
February 1, 2017 Poster Abstract Submissions Site Opens
February 13, 2017 MCPC Selects Programs
February 24, 2017 Organizers Notified of Status of Proposal
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 SmithT@aaps.org.

 

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Workshops

If you are interested in submitting to the 2017 AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition November, please see the Annual Meeting information above.

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

Purpose
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 December 7, 2016.

On January 25, 2017 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 January 30, 2017.
Should you have any questions regarding the process, please contact Elizabeth Scuderi at ScuderiE@aaps.org 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 ScuderiE@aaps.org.

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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 Stacey May at mays@aaps.org.  

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