Suggest Programming

Where does AAPS programming come from? From YOU.

All programming at AAPS' Annual Meeting 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 AM | WorkshopsOne-Day Facility Hosted Event | Additional Information  

2017 AAPS Annual Meeting (AM) Program Committees are no longer seeking proposals for Sunrise Sessions, Sympoia, Dialogue and Debates, Scientific Forums, Short Courses, or Workshops. The submission site will reopen for Hot Topic proposals as follows:

  Submission Site Opens   Submission Site Closes
AM May 12, 2017 June 15, 2017
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


  • 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 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.)

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.

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 Annual Meeting and Exposition
November 12–15, 2017
February 24, 2017 Organizers Notified of Status of Proposal
May 12, 2017 Hot Topic Submission Site Opens
June 14, 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


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AAPS is not currently accepting proposals for workshops. Starting in April 2017, we will begin accepting proposals for the spring of 2018.  

 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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