ensuring knowledge, enhancing quality
A 'not-for-profit' organisation,
run for pharmaceutical analysts by pharmaceutical analysts



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 building on Piccadilly in the heart of London.

The symposium will provide the opportunity for delegates to showcase their work and network with peers, academics and industrial scientists through podium and poster presentations. The symposium topic is interpreted in its widest sense to cover the application of physico‑chemical techniques to the characterisation or quality control of active substances and drug products. There will be prizes of £500 for the best oral presentation, £100 second prize and £200 for the best poster, with two highly-commended prizes of £100. This is the time to showcase your work to your peers to a friendly, sympathetic audience.

You do not have to be researching in pharmaceutical analysis to be eligigible, only carrying out analytical measurements in any associated field, eg method development, novel use of techniques, pharmaceuticals, material science, ADME, forensics/enforcement, process chemistry, therapeutic drug monitoring, in silico prediction, excipient characterisation, formulation, development etc.

For those selected to make podium presentations there is free registration and assistance with travel costs. For poster presenters there will some travel bursaries to help with travel costs.

Perhaps you do not have any work to present on this occasion but there will be great networking opportunities and also a 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 at the Careers Fair.

Registration for the symposium is discounted for bona fide students. JPAG will also cover registration and travel expenses (up to £75) for accepted oral presentations. Travel bursaries may also be available from JPAG for eligible applicants.

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

Information on presenting a poster or podium presentation and sample abstract

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

© Joint Pharmaceutical Analysis Group 2017
Website by Delta Consultancy Services