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Young Pharmacists Group

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Are you interested in connecting with young pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists from around the world who are also seeking new networks, professional innovation, friendship and support? If so, then FIP’s Young Pharmacists Group (YPG) is for you! When you become an individual member of FIP, you can become a YPG member for free if you: are under 35 years of age or, have graduated from your first pharmacy degree in the past 5 years. Joining FIP YPG will connect you with young colleagues in over 80 countries! Want to learn more about the benefits of being a YPG member? Click here

YPG Objectives, vision, mission

The YPG is a network of motivated young pharmacists inside FIP. The group was officially established in 2001, but young pharmacists have been a part of FIP for many years. Our objectives are to facilitate connections and networking, so that new ideas can be shared, and to open doors to information and new possibilities. 

Our aim is to encourage young pharmacists to be actively involved in international pharmacy and within FIP. YPG’s goal is to connect pharmacists and foster leadership within FIP’s 8 different sections that focus on pharmacy practice and the different special interest groups (SIGs) that focus on pharmaceutical sciences. Many of our YPG members are already active in FIP’s Boards, sections and special interest groups.

We also aim to support young pharmacists from around the globe who have limited resources either for professional organisation involvement or for their own research (see our “Grants & opportunities” page). In addition, YPG tries to give its members career development support.

How we work

The YPG Assembly Meeting is held every year at FIP’s World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. At this meeting, the strategy and budget for the year ahead is approved. Any congress delegate can attend the meeting, but only YPG members are eligible to propose a motion, vote or stand for election to the steering committee.

The YPG Steering Committee is elected every year and consists of the (1) Chairperson, (2) Public Relations Officer and (3) Project Coordinator. The functions of the steering committee are the following:

  • Maintain internal communication between and provide support to the YPG members of FIP
  • Coordinate the planning of the activities for YPG members during the annual FIP congress
  • Appoint coordinators and liaisons as deemed appropriate 
  • Manage the financial responsibilities as defined in the current documents
  • Attend FIP congresses and events where possible

Our current steering committee is:

  • Carolyn Dewart, USA, Chairperson 2018-2019, Bio
  • Diana Ching, USA, Public Relations Officer 2018-19, Bio
  • Sherly Meilianti, Indonesia, Project Coordinator 2018-19, Bio
YPG steering committee
From left: Diana Ching (Public Relations Officer 2019-2020, USA),
Carolyn Dewart (Chairperson 2019-2020, USA), Sherly Meilianti
(Project Coordinator 2019-2020, Indonesia)

Get involved!

Any young pharmacist who is a member of the YPG can run for election. Candidates do not need to be present during the election which takes place during the FIP annual Congress, but are highly encouraged to attend. Being actively involved in the leadership of YPG is an unforgettable and rewarding experience. It’s an opportunity to work with new friends from around the world and get gain a unique insight into the world of FIP and international pharmacy.

Subcommittee members must be willing to dedicate at least a few hours each week to YPG. Most of our work is done online, so you will need access to the internet. The steering committee meets twice during the year, once in March (normally at FIP headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands) and once in September (at the location of the FIP Congress). Details on how to apply for the 2019-2020 YPG Steering Committee and descriptions of the roles will be posted here closer to the FIP congress 2019 in Abu Dhabi.

If you would like to find out more about YPG, follow us and our activities on social media, or send us an email at


Last update 17 October 2019

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