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Young Pharmacists Group

YPG benefits documentJoin us!

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 less than 5 years ago from your first degree in pharmacy or the pharmaceutical science (irrespective of Bachelors, Masters, PhD, or PharmD degree conferral). Joining FIP YPG will connect you with young colleagues in over 100 countries! Want to learn more about the benefits of being a YPG member? Click here

YPG objectives and mission

FIP for young pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists.

The YPG is a network of motivated young pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists within FIP. The group was officially established in 2001, but young pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists 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.


The mission of YPG is to promote the goals of FIP by encouraging the young members of the Federation to participate in FIP projects and activities. In so doing, YPG aims to develop individuals who can act as agents of positive change at local, national, and international levels, both in the profession and in society. YPG’s goal is to connect our members and foster leadership within FIP’s eight 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 and pharmaceutical scientists 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 also gives 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 with at least 90 consecutive days of FIP YPG membership 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) President, (2) President-Elect, (3) Secretary, (4) Chairperson of Projects, and (5) Chairperson of Public Relations. The functions of the steering committee are to:

  • 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, liaisons and other subcommittees 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:

  • Sherly Meilianti, Indonesia, President 2020, Bio
  • Renly Lim, Australia, President Elect 2020 Bio
  • Grace Naa Ardua, Ghana, Secretary 2020 Bio
  • Ayodeji Matuluko, Nigeria, Chairperson of Projects 2020 Bio
  • Funmbi Okoya, Nigeria, Chairperson of Public Relations 2020 Bio
FIP YPG Steering committee

From left to right: Ayodeji Matuluko, Renly Lim, Sherly Meilianti, Grace Naa Ardua and Funmbi Okoya.

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 the first or second quarter of the year (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 2021 YPG Steering Committee and descriptions of the roles will be posted here closer to the FIP congress 2020 in Seville.

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

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Last update 9 March 2020

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