We hope you are inspired to get involved and make a difference! YOU CAN help drive the future of our Society.

► WHY?

Volunteering provides several benefits, including the opportunity to network with your peers around your professional background or interests. It also exposes you to trends and best practices within your profession and gives you leadership training and experience. Volunteering can be an excellent way to learn more about a particular role or sector, especially if you are changing your area of expertise.


AOCS offers many ways to get involved. There are opportunities for everyone, whether you are a student, just beginning your career, or a seasoned professional. You can donate your skills by serving on a committee, supporting us organizationally or helping with events like our annual conference.

YOU CAN contribute to your professional society. 
Have another idea? Contact Janet Brown.

I'm super busy, but want to contribute!

Expand your knowledge and see how much difference one person can make

Try one or more of these quick activities from the comfort of your chair.

  • Tell us your AOCS story
  • Your first experience; why you joined; why you love us; the famous person you met. We want to know!
  • Recruit a member
  • Help grow and support the association while letting your colleagues know about the resources AOCS offers.
  • Submit to our blog
    Share an article you wrote, a book review, regulatory issue, or industry trend are a few ideas. Email us at tips@aocs.org with your story or suggestion.
  • Post, share, and comment on our Social Media sites
    Facebook iconTwitter    Blogger   LinkedIn
  • Make your voice heard by voting in elections
    Society elections are held in November. Division elections are held in February. Section elections vary.

I want to be more involved!

Utilize existing skills or build new skills and gain expertise in an area slightly outside your professional circle.

Donate your skills to one or more of these projects and ad hoc committees.

  • Present your research
  • Opportunities abound to present your research and expertise through a talk or poster at any of our AOCS sponsored meetings.
  • Assist with program planning
    Know of a topic, training, or professional development that is needed within the community? Help develop a webinar, course, or session so your colleagues learn from your expertise.
  • Organize a session
    Have an idea for a session? Bring it to fruition by contacting the meetings department.
  • Publish your work
    Contribute a book chapter, submit a journal article, write an article for INFORM, or compose a white-paper for any of our interest areas, or submit a review paper on a topic of interest to our community.

I'm ready to lead!

Commit and influence the future of the Society.

Apply for a position in Governance:

  • AOCS Governance
  • From committees to the Governing Board these positions improve current Society activities and provide the opportunity to directly influence the direction of the Society.
  • AOCS Value Centers
  • Networking, Content, and Technical Services comprise the AOCS Value Centers. Each Center’s purpose is to identify over-reaching themes, initiatives, and opportunities that align with the Society’s strategic goals. We consider them “Think Tanks” for new initiatives, products, and services.

Complete our Leadership questionnaire to assist us in determining your interest, skills,  and experience.

Join one of our Working Committees:

  • Editorial positions
  • Have a strong background in literature? Consider being a journal article reviewer or content editor for any AOCS Press product.
  • Content development
  • Join the Books & Special Publications committee, assist with Methods development, or take the lead in editing a book. Contact the Publications department for a full listing of opportunities.
  • Technical Programming
  • Organize a course or provide programming and content for AOCS conferences. Provide expertise for technical committees, Uniform Methods, and Laboratory Proficiency Program.
  • Working committees and Common Interest Groups (CIG)
    Plan to commit a year and find your niche in one of these influential committees: Awards; INFORM; Lipid Library; Students CIG; Young Professionals CIG; Professional Educators CIG.
  • Division Leadership
    Plan meeting programs, Division activities and more. Each technical Division is field specific and provides members a forum for networking and collaboration within their specialty area.
  • Section Leadership
    Plan meeting programs, Section activities and more. Each Section is geographic region specific and provides members a forum for networking and collaboration within their geographic area.