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Where does AAPS programming come from? From YOU.

All programming at AAPS' Annual Meeting and all AAPS workshops comes from proposals received from scientists like you!

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 | Workshops and Training Courses 

Submission Timelines and Sites 

2017 AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition
November 12–15, 2017

September 23, 2017 Late Breaking Poster Abstract Submission Site Closes 

For Annual Meeting program questions, contact Trish Smith at +1.703.248.4782 or

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Workshops and Training Courses

AAPS is seeking proposals for Workshops and Training Courses for the spring of 2018.

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. Your proposal should answer these two questions:
  • What will attendees leave this workshop knowing or understanding that they did not know before participating?
  • How will this improve their performance in their work?
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.

New! Year-Round Themes
AAPS is especially interested in, but not limiting, events related to the following themes:
  • Novel/Advanced Delivery Technology
    • Scope: Technology centered; formulation science, device, combination product, biologics, and/or product environment; macro and microscopic tools.
  • Translation of Molecule to Medicine
    • Scope: Risk assessment in the discovery process and how that changes the formulation strategy; how that is translated into the clinical program and the regulatory implications.
  • Emerging Modalities
    • Scope: Vaccines, gene therapy, vectors, hybrid molecules, combination therapies.
  • Predictive Modeling
    • Scope: In silico models; regulatory aspects.
  • Biosimilars
    • Scope: CMC scientists, regulatory paradigm, QbD. 
AAPS members have expressed an interest in these topics, and AAPS is now organizing programming to support them. 


Event Definitions: 

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, biography, and presentation handouts. Outcomes of workshops may be reported in a conference report, whitepaper, or blog postings.

Training Courses are a one or two day in-depth teaching course on a specific skill or area of interest to the pharmaceutical scientist. These training courses are targeted to a specific audience (beginner/intermediate/advanced) and limited to no more than 50 participants. There are multiple sessions with in-depth technical and scientific information followed by Q&A or small group discussions. The small group discussions may include case studies and real-life examples that will be used for the participants to evaluate and resolve. Speakers are required to submit an abstract, biography, and presentation handouts. Attendees expect to gain specific skills and knowledge outlined in the objectives of the course.

Proposal Format
The information listed below must be submitted via the attached form. Incomplete proposals will be rejected without consideration. If you have questions about completing this form, contact Elizabeth Scuderi at or 703.248.4789.

Components of a Workshop or Training Course Proposal 

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

Audiences must be specific in order to tailor a workshop to their needs. Consider the level of expertise, field of interest, and how you can assist in solving their problems when responding to this question. Responses that describe an unspecific group, such as “all members” or “students and experienced scientists” are an indication that the workshop proposal is not well-targeted and will be difficult to market.

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

  • What will a participant leave this event knowing that they did not know before arriving? 
  • How will this event improve their performance at work?
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, begin by considering the need or problem that your workshop will address. Specify what skills or knowledge you expect participants attending your workshop to be able to apply to their jobs after leaving the workshop. 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.

Engagement Tools
Include specific methods of audience engagement and interaction. For example, will you use break-out sessions to discuss important questions? Adults struggle to retain information that is delivered solely in lecture-format, so workshops that encourage interaction improve learning and the audience’s experience.

Proposed Agenda

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

Similar Meetings
Has there been (or is there currently) a similar meeting held in the last 12 months and if so, name and date of that meeting.


Submission due AAPS Staff Evaluation date Workshop Approvals for:
August 23, 2017 September 27, 2017 Workshops that occur in July—June 2018

Selection Process 

On respective dates, the Meeting Content Planning Committee (MCPC) will meet to review and evaluate each proposal. The Meeting Content Program Committee uses the following criteria when reviewing the proposals:

  • The topic is important, timely and relevant (this may include emerging trends, technology, global perspectives, or other content that is boundary pushing, thought-provoking and unique)
  • The session ideas, purpose, and learner outcomes are clearly focused and well-articulated
  • The qualifications and rationale for presenters clearly support the purpose and learner outcomes of the session proposal
  • The session proposal is organized, well-conceived, and well-developed
  • The format is interactive, promoting connection and networking rather than the traditional lecture and PowerPoint format; participants are encouraged to interact, share ideas, and learn in a variety of ways
Should you have any questions regarding the process, please contact me at or at 703.249.4789.

Requests for Meeting Cosponsorship

The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) will consider cosponsoring meetings, symposiums, and workshops primarily sponsored by other organizations. Requests for cosponsorship may be made by completing the attached form and forwarding it to the Senior Meetings Manager, Elizabeth Scuderi at

An AAPS member must be a member of the program organizing committee for the meeting or workshop. The AAPS assumes no liability through cosponsorship nor does it infer any obligation of funding or staff time for the meeting or workshop. The AAPS logo may be used to note AAPS's cosponsorship. The AAPS will list the cosponsored meeting on the AAPS website, in the AAPS Newsmagazine and may advertise the meeting via email broadcast.