Volunteer Opportunities


AAPS Seeks Nine Experienced Scientists to Lead the 2025 NBC Scientific Programming Committee!


AAPS will hold the National Biotechnology Conference (NBC) face-to-face in Boston in May 2025. The NBC’s Scientific Programming Committee (SPC), under the leadership of 2025 Scientific Programming Committee Chair Prathap Nagaraja Shastri, Ph.D. will select and develop the event’s scientific program, including the symposia, keynotes, and prologue. 

AAPS is now recruiting 1 Vice Chair, 2 Track Chairs, and 6 Track Leaders 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 2026 Meeting.

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Track Chairs

2 Track Chairs; each oversees a single track.

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Track Leaders

6 Track Leaders (3 per track).

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Requirements & Qualifications Include
  • You must be a member in good standing to apply. Contact [email protected] 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.
    Depth of expertise, and preferably influence, in a pharmaceutical discipline relevant to biologics and biotechnology.
  • Knowledge of trends affecting biologics and biotechnology.
  • Awareness of key opinions held by leaders in the field.
  • Excellent communication and facilitation skills. Must be willing to:
    • Promote the submission of session topics through personal contacts, social media, and the AAPS Communities.
    • Recruit specific speakers and facilitate the development of key sessions that complete the program.
    • Communicate with organizers throughout program development.
  • Attend the NBC in May 2025 in Boston.
Time Commitment
Committee members will spend an average of 2-3 hours per month on this project, with periods of more intense and less intense engagement depending on the stage of program development.

Ready to apply?
Submit your application online by 11:59 PM ET on May 31!
All applicants will be notified about their application status in July.

Volunteer for the Rapid Fire Committee

Choose Rapid Fire sessions for PharmSci 360

AAPS will present more than 250 Rapid Fire Sessions at PharmSci 360. All will be selected by the Rapid Fire Committee! AAPS is seeking a Vice Chair, 5 Track Chairs, and 10 Track Leaders to serve on this committee.

Rapid Fires are quick, 10-minute presentations on the latest scientific topics that relate to the tracks and themes on which PharmSci 360’s scientific program is built. 

Members of the Rapid Fire Committee must:

  • Be AAPS members at time of application and maintain their membership through October 2024
  • Encourage scientists to propose Rapid Fire presentations
  • Select Rapid Fire presentations that relate to the tracks and themes of the event as established by the PharmSci 360 Scientific Programming Committee (SPC)
  • Recruit Rapid Fire speakers and moderators
  • Attend PharmSci 360 in Salt Lake City in October and help manage the Rapid Fire program on site 

Additional responsibilities and requirements are outlined in the descriptions for each role:

Ready to volunteer? Complete the volunteer form. The deadline to submit your application is 11:59 pm ET April 5.

AAPS Seeks Experienced Scientists to Lead Our
2024 PharmSci 360 Abstract Screening Committee!

The PharmSci 360 Abstract Screening Committee (ASC) manages the screening process for poster abstracts submitted for presentation at the 2024 PharmSci 360, which will be held October 20-23, 2024, at the Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT. 

Available Positions

AAPS members may apply for the following positions:

  • Vice Chair
  • Track Screening Chairs: 8 available positions
  • Track Screening Leaders: 8 available positions

Volunteer Requirements

  • Must be an AAPS member through October 23, 2024.
  • Must monitor the review process for Early Submission Screening, May 3-24, 2024, and the Late Breaking Submission Screening, July 19–August 9, 2023.
  • Must not be a member of another AAPS Committee.*

Additional specific duties are outlined in the Abstract Screening Committee Roles, Requirements, and Responsibilities policy (PDF). 

Apply Now!

Application Deadline: March 6, 2024, at 5pm ET.

Applicants will be notified about their application status in early April 2024

*Attention: AAPS members are prohibited from serving on more than one AAPS Committee at a time to ensure that many voices from the membership are represented in AAPS’ governance and in the selection of science and programming.

Members will not be considered for roles on other committees until their term is complete.

Members may participate in short-term volunteer activities (e.g., task forces, moderating a session, serving as a mentor) at any time, regardless of their service on an AAPS Committee.

AAPS Communities

Join a scientific or career-focused AAPS Community leadership team to enhance members' networking, discussions, and knowlegde-sharing.

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AAPS Community Ambassadors

Do you love to talk about your science? Then you should consider volunteering to serve as an AAPS Community Ambassador.

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Develop a Meeting Proposal

Share your meeting idea and AAPS can help you build an exciting event your colleagues want to attend.

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Develop a Webinar

Develop a webinar to deliver the latest information on pharmaceutical science topics without the need for travel.

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Visiting Scientist Program

Visit virtually or in-person with a college to share your knowledge and experiences with students.

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Write for AAPS Newsmagazine

Share a person story for the Members Voices column or a scientific article for a cover story.

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AAPS Mentoring Program

Become a mentor and share your knowledge and advice with a mentee.

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Thank You, Volunteers!

AAPS leadership and staff thank all of AAPS’ volunteers for their amazing contributions in advancing the capacity of pharmaceutical scientists to develop products and therapies that improve global health. Because of your support, AAPS members benefit from opportunities to learn, grow, and excel in their careers.