Volunteer Opportunities


AAPS Seeks Ten Experienced Scientists to Lead the 2023 NBC Scientific Programming Committee!

AAPS will hold the National Biotechnology Conference (NBC) face-to-face in Philadelphia in April 2023. The NBC’s Scientific Programming Committee (SPC) will be responsible for selecting and developing the event’s scientific program, including the symposia, keynotes, and prologue.

The committee will be led by Chair Heather Myler, Ph.D.

AAPS is now recruiting, 1 Vice Chair, 3 Track Chairs, and 6 Sub-Track Chairs to complete the committee. Successful applicants will be organized into three-person teams and assigned to a specific track that they will then develop.

AAPS will determine the specific tracks, and the themes within the tracks, in consultation with committee members late in the summer.

Available Positions

AAPS is seeking volunteers for the following positions:





Vice Chair

This person will serve as Chair for the 2024 Meeting.

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Track Chairs

There are 3 Track Chairs; each oversees a single track.

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Sub-Track Chairs

There are 6 Sub-Track Chairs (2 per track).

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Requirements & Qualifications Include

  • Be a member in good standing at time of application. Contact membership@aaps.org with questions about your membership.
  • Maintain membership throughout your term of service, which ends after the meeting.
  • Use collaboration platforms to exchange information and participate in the committee, including Microsoft Teams and the AAPS Communities.
  • Attend monthly meetings.
  • Have a depth of expertise, and preferably influence, in a pharmaceutical discipline relevant to biologics and biotechnology.
  • Have knowledge of trends affecting biologics and biotechnology.
  • Have an awareness of key opinions held by leaders in the field.
  • Possesses excellent communication and facilitation skills, and be willing to:
    • Promote the submission of session topics through personal contacts and public statements.
    • Recruit specific speakers and facilitate the development of key sessions that complete the program.
    • Communicate with organizers throughout program development.
  • Attend the NBC in April 2023 in Philadelphia.

Time Commitment

Committee members will spend an average of 2-3 hours per month on this project, with period of more intense and less intense engagement depending on stage of program development. 

Ready to apply?
Submit your application online by 5:00 PM ET on June 2!
All applicants will be notified about their application status in July.

Participate in the Visiting Scientist Program!

The Visiting Scientist Program connects pharmaceutical scientists with students to share their knowledge and experiences. Volunteers may arrange to visit a college in-person or virtually.


  • Expose students to career opportunities in the pharmaceutical sciences.
  • Provide colleges and their faculty with access to scientists with working expertise.
  • Increase communication and foster information exchange between students and professionals working in the pharmaceutical sciences.
  • Convey to students and faculty the complexities, opportunities, challenges, and costs associated with drug discovery, development, production, quality control, and marketing.  

Experienced scientists from all disciplines related to the pharmaceutical sciences are invited to participate.

Learn more by reading the program description and guidelines.

Apply today!

Application for Scientists

Application for Colleges

The AAPS Student Program Support Committee will match scientists with colleges based on their applications and connect the two parties to arrange a mutually agreeable schedule for the virtual event or in-person visit. The committee will do its best to create a mutually beneficial match.


Email the AAPS Membership Department or call +1.877.998.2277 for assistance.

Submit Your Proposal 

Write a Cover Article for AAPS Newsmagazine 

Do you want to share your perspective on recent pharmaceutical science research, advancements, or news? Is it important for your career to write frequently? Write for AAPS Newsmagazine!

AAPS Newsmagazine is one of the highest-rated AAPS member benefits, and the scientific cover articles are the most read articles in the magazine. Cover articles appear in both the print and online magazine, are featured in the monthly email to members, and are highlighted in AAPS social media. Join 20+ years of authors who have shared their expertise and perspectives on some of the hottest trends in pharmaceutical science.

Cover Article Topics

Topics fall into five general areas: Preclinical Development, Bioanalytics, Clinical Pharmacology, Formulation and Quality, and Manufacturing and Bioprocessing. Find a list of specific topics for cover articles on AAPS Newsmagazine Online.

Ready to apply? Submit your application online.

Short-Term Volunteer Opportunities

Are you interested in volunteering, but you don't have a lot of time to spare? We offer a variety of opportunities including knowledge-sharing, resume counseling, offering feedback, and student chapter visits.

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AAPS Communities Volunteer Opportunities

Join an AAPS Communities team to enhance members' networking, discussions, and knowledge-sharing.

We are seeking volunteers to be Member Engagement Managers within the communities to engage members in the online community platform. This position is open to any community member who is interested in volunteering.


  • Stimulate interest, enthusiasm, and energy in the online community platform.
  • Drive online discussions by posting new questions to build member engagement.
  • Manage discussions by ensuring that all messages receive a response.
  • Moderate discussions and library files to ensure that the community guidelines are respected.
  • Flag posts that violate the Code of Conduct and notify the community chair and AAPS communities staff if this occurs.
Member Engagement Managers will work closely with other community volunteers to achieve the community’s goals.

Term: Minimum of 1 Year

Time Commitment: Time dedicated to engaging members in the online community platform is flexible and may be conducted based on your availability. Member Engagement Managers will be invited to monthly, one-hour community leadership teleconferences as well as quarterly, one-hour training webinars. Attendance at PharmSci 360 is encouraged to promote the community and engage conference attendees.

Ready to apply? Submit your online application.

Make sure you’re signed up as a community member by updating your membership profile. You may join as many communities that are of interest to you.

If you have any questions, email Maria Nadeau, senior manager, communities & leadership, or call +1.703.248.4709.