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Give your career a big lift up to the next level
Meet your future employer and showcase your work all in one day

Are you a Pharmaceutical Research Postgraduate with some interesting work you would like to showcase to peers and key decision makers in industry?
What if you could meet employers and key industry players and chat about possible opportunities?
At this new JPAG Pharmaceutical Analysis Postgraduate Research and Careers Symposium you can.

JPAG presents its inaugural pharmaceutical analysis symposium for postgraduate students and early career stage scientists. This will take place on Tuesday 28th November 2017 at the Royal Society of Chemistry, Piccadilly in central London.

The symposium will provide the opportunity for delegates to showcase their work, either as a podium or poster presentation, and to network with peers, academics and industrial scientists. This is the time to showcase your work to your peers to a friendly, sympathetic audience. Presentations that have been given at another conference within the last year are eligible.

There will be a prize of: £500 awarded for the best oral presentation and a £100 second prize.
There will also be a prize of £200 awarded for the best poster presentation and two highly-commended prizes of £100.

Early career stage scientists with less than 8 years postgraduate experience are eligible.

Submissions should relate to the use of analytical measurements to the characterisation or quality control of active substances and drug products. These include:
• method development
• the novel use of techniques
• pharmaceuticals
• material science
• forensics and enforcement
• process chemistry
• therapeutic drug monitoring
• in silico prediction
• excipient characterisation
• formulation and development
• any other related drug topic

If you are interested in presenting your work, please submit an abstract no later than Monday 31 July 2017.

Networking and Careers Fair
Perhaps you do not have any work to present on this occasion but there will be great networking opportunities. There is also the chance to visit the Careers Fair to meet with big industry pharma and other key contacts. This could be the event to give your career a lift to the next level and meet your future employer.

Registration and concessions
For those selected to make podium presentations, there is free registration and assistance with travel expenses (up to £75).
Registration for the symposium is discounted for all bona fide students. For poster presenters there will be travel bursaries to help with travel costs; travel bursaries may also be available for other eligible applicants.

» To register, click here then click on the BOOK NOW button.

» Information on travel bursaries can be downloaded here

Please submit an abstract for your podium or poster presentation.
1. Abstracts should include the following: Abstract title, Authors and affiliations (with the presenting author underlined), Objectives or Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusions and References. The abstract, including references, should not exceed one page of 12-point text.
2. Abstracts must communicate a clear scientific message and contain quantitative or qualitative data. Abstracts which promote any product or service will not be accepted.
3. All necessary approvals must have been obtained, including those from industrial sponsors, where appropriate, prior to submission. Any research communicated that required ethical approval must state that approval has been obtained from the relevant local ethics committee.
4. To submit an abstract, click on the SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT button below and complete the details. This will generate an e-mail. Attach the abstract to the e-mail as a Word document attachment and send the e-mail. The abstract will be acknowledged upon receipt and will be reviewed for acceptance.
5. By submitting the abstract the author agrees that the abstract will be made available at the event, and also on the JPAG website.
The corresponding author will be notified of the outcome by 1 September 2017.

» A sample abstract can be downloaded here.

Podium presentations
Presenters will be allowed 15 minute for the presentation and 5 minutes for questions.

Poster presentations
Posters should be prepared for presentation for display on a poster board 1800 mm high x 900 mm wide (portrait format) and preferably in A0 size. Posters must be clear and self-explanatory. Lettering must be readable at 2 metres (suggested minimum height of characters 8 mm, minimum line width 0.7 mm). Posters should be put up using Velcro or pins (not supplied) by 10.30 h on the day of the symposium and taken down by 17.00h. The presenter should be available at the poster board during the lunch and refreshment breaks.

Please keep the date in your diary and start planning your poster or presentation.

» Then when you are ready, you can SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT


Attention all researchers
Are you a PhD student, post-Doctoral Fellow or young scientist currently carrying out research on an innovative application of pharmaceutical analytical science?

If so, would you like the opportunity to win a prestigious award with a bursary of up to £1000 to attend a conference relevant to your area of interest?

Each year, the JPAG awards the Geoffrey Phillips Analytical Science Award. The 2017 Award will be made to the presenter of the best short paper in pharmaceutical analysis at the 8th APS International PharmSci Conference 2017, Monday 5th September at the De Havilland Campus, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Herts.

To be eligible the presenter should have equivalent of less than ten years post-graduate experience.

The terms and conditions of the Award can be found here.

Submission of abstracts for 2017.
Abstract submission is now closed.

The Geoffrey Phillips Analytical Science Award 2016
The 2016 Geoffrey Phillips Analytical Science Award was made to Mr Husain Naqi, University of Bath, at the JPAG symposium session at the APS International PharmSci Conference at the University of Strathclyde, on Monday 5th September.
His podium presentation was on The pharmaceutical analysis of seized ethylone–ecstasy mixtures.
Mr Naqi will be supported to attend a relevant conference of his choice by a bursary of up to £1000.

The runner-up was John Ogwu, De Montford University, for his presentation on Counterfeit medicines: rapid quantification of active pharmaceutical ingredients in tablet formulations.
Podium presentations were also made by Dr S. Assi, Bournemouth University; A. D’Angelo,University of Greenwich; Noorjahan Aibani, Ulster University; and Eleonora Paladino,Strathclyde University.

A testimonial from a past Award winner
To find out how winning the 2014 Award helped one young pharmaceutical analyst in her career, read this testimonial...
My name is Amira Guirguis. I am a final year Ph.D. researcher at the University of Hertfordshire (Hatfield – UK), investigating the identification of new psychoactive substances using spectroscopic and computational approaches. It was a great honour to be awarded the esteemed JPAG's ‘Geoffrey Phillips Analytical Science Award’ at the 2014 APS PharmSci conference.

The JPAG's ‘Geoffrey Phillips Analytical Science Award’ has provided me with the privilege of presenting my research at both the ‘Analytical Symposium (Manchester – UK) and the Emerging Analytical Professionals Conference (Bristol – UK). This has offered me with the opportunity of networking with experts in my research field. The ‘Geoffrey Phillips Analytical Science Award’ has provided me with a monetary award that I used to attend The SCIX 2015 conference (Rhode Island – USA) and present my research internationally. The conference programme covered various interesting disciplines such as analytical and medicinal chemistry, biologics, forensics and the use of chemometrics. The sessions demonstrated the different aspects of analytical science. The conference has also included a large exhibition including suppliers of the latest spectroscopic instruments and devices. At the conference, I was able to interact, collaborate and network with peer scientists and researchers from both academia and industry, which has enhanced my personal and professional network and knowledge in my area of research as well as other areas of interest. At these three events, as well as in other events such as the Life and Medical Science conference (Hertfordshire – UK) and the NPS conference (Italy), I shared my experience in winning the Award and encouraged younger researchers in the audience to submit their research to the APS Conference.
As a pharmacist and an analytical scientist, I thrive to use my knowledge and research to improve our understanding of the analysis, profiling and dissemination of knowledge on new untested chemicals such as ‘Novel Psychoactive Substances’ and thereby develop better understanding and identification techniques that will prevent health harms and update professionals.


Are you a postgraduate researcher in pharmaceutical or chemical analysis? If so, did you know that you can now apply for a bursary which provides complimentary registration and assistance with travel costs to attend a JPAG meeting?

Under this scheme, JPAG offers FIVE bursaries for each of the JPAG symposia held during the year.
During the meeting you will have the opportunity to chat with other like-minded scientists, including speakers and JPAG committee members.

To apply, please send a brief statement on why you wish to attend to Dr Laura Waters (l.waters@hud.ac.uk), indicating which meeting you feel is most appropriate to your area of work and details of what you would like to present. Preference will be given to those who wish to present a poster. A full list of future meetings can be found at www.jpag.org/

ELIGIBILITY. Postgraduate student bursaries are open to full-time postgraduate students (MSc and PhD students) registered at a school of pharmacy or chemistry in the United Kingdom.

Winners will receive a complimentary registration to attend a symposium and assistance with travel costs up to a maximum of £100 using the most cost-efficient means of transport. In exceptional circumstances this maximum may be exceeded. However, the applicant must make the request in advance to treasurer@jpag.org and receive specific agreement in writing before making any bookings.

Bursaries are not available to support attendance at joint events that are not organised by JPAG.


Presenting a poster
If you are planning on presenting a poster at a JPAG meeting, click on the following button to download some information on what you need to know and do:

Unless otherwise advertised, posters should be prepared for presentation for display on a poster board 1800 mm high x 900 mm wide (i.e. portrait format) and preferably in A0 size. Posters must be clear and self-explanatory. Lettering must be readable at 2 metres (suggested minimum height of characters 8 mm, minimum line width 0.7 mm).

Presenting a podium presentation
If you are planning on presenting a podium presentation at a JPAG event, please send an abstract for review. A sample abstract can be found below.

Sample Abstract
» A sample abstract can be downloaded here.

» If you want to do so, you can SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT

Geoffrey Phillips Analytical Science Award

Mr Husain Naqi, University of Bath, receiving the 2016 Geoffrey Phillips Analytical Science Award from Dr Dave Elder, Chairman of JPAG.

Podium presenters and assessment panel at the JPAG symposium.


2015: Claudio Vallotto, University of Warwick
Sterilization by γ-irradiation: evaluating the effects on pharmaceutical excipients
Mr Vallotto used his bursary to attend the 58th Annual Rocky Mountain Conference on Magnetic Resonance, July 17-21, 2016, Colorado

2014: Amira Guirguis, University of Hertfordshire
Investigation of legal high substances, common cutting agents and adulterants using portable Raman spectroscopy

2013: Dahlia Salman, Kingston University
Optimising home chemotherapy through analytical research; the physicochemical stability of Mesna using LC-MS/MS and NMR

2012: Dr Jonathan Moffat, University of East Anglia
Photothermal infrared microscopy; a novel method for the analysis of single particles of pharmaceutical materials

2011: Dr Laura Waters, University of Huddersfield
Drug-micelle interactions using calorimetric analysis

2010: L Almeida e Sousa
The use of photocalorimetry to assess the photostability of nifedipine solutions

2009: Isobel Cook
A study of vial headspace moisture in an entire freeze-dried batch and the factors affecting moisture content variability

2008: Louise Ho
THz-pulsed imaging analytical technique for tablet film coating: monitoring the unit operation and process scale-up

2007: Dr Claire Martin
The electrical impedance analysis of nutraceutical formulation stability in the frozen state

2006: Dr Bronwyn Grout Pfizer R and D

2005: J Axel Zeitler University of Cambridge
Temperature dependent terahertz pulsed spectroscopy of carbamazepine tablets

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