A special welcome for Young Pharmacists and First Timers!

What is the First Timers programme?

This year FIP will once again host the First Timers Programme, where First Time Congress participants will be grouped with other First Timers and introduced to experienced pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists. Click here to download the 2013 First timer's guide.

How did it all start?

The First Timers programme started several years ago at the FIP Congress in Basel, Switzerland. The idea came about from some young pharmacists and FIP representatives who thought that this group of first time participants and eager colleagues needed some guidance when going to the congress for the first time.

When you go to a foreign country for a first international congress, we know that you definitely want to make the most of your experience! This was the reason we published the short newsletter back then about what FIP was and what it offered to members. Every year the programme has a different approach – in Istanbul we met with first timers in person and chatted. The year after in Lisbon, every first timer had an allocated mentor before the congress itself. Then, in Lisbon, we met together and created the groups with mentors who guided the attendees through the congress. In Hyderabad, the programme of a 15-minute briefing was very simple – short introduction of what FIP was and what FIP offered. With the great help of six experienced FIP Congress attendees – Sections´ representatives who had wonderful short speeches - we could give all the new attendees the rough picture of what they could expect from next few Congress days. First Timers were able to reach FIP representatives afterwards and the discussion was flowing! They all said it was great to meet with other friends from all corners of the world!

All are now welcome to join us at the FIP Congress in Dublin!

Why should you participate in the First Timers Programme?

This year we will have another positive change in the scenario! This year is very special for us as the FIP president, Mr. Buchmann, will greet the first timers. Moreover, the first timers will be able to meet not only experienced congress participants but also representatives from FIP Sections and Special Interest Groups. Therefore there will be a great opportunity for new attendees to exchange ideas, meet interesting people and become involved in FIP’s global network and the vast array of projects that FIP offers to all our Members!


Where will we meet?

All the first timers will meet before the Opening Ceremony on Sunday 1st of September from 12:30 to 14:00! More details on the where and what will follow. The meeting will be a pleasant and unforgettable experience for everyone!
How to join?
If you are interested in participating in the First Timers Mentor Programme, send an email to firsttimers@fip.org and let us know.

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YPG Awards

Each year YPG offers several awards for Young Pharmacists to attend the FIP Congress. These awards, such as the YPG Award for Professional Innovation and the Mike How Award are based on projects and initiatives undertaken by Young Pharmacists and judged on the criteria set out under the award guidelines. For more information  please visit the FIP Website here.