Volunteer service provides a pathway for members to engage more deeply with the work of the Society, to connect with other members, and build a career-enhancing record of meaningful volunteer accomplishments. 

AES is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Most volunteer opportunities are available through the AES committee structure, through which members guide, inform, and support the work of AES staff in alignment with the strategic plan and annual budget.

The call for committee volunteers is announced in late spring each year. To apply, members are asked to complete an application outlining interests and expertise.


Because the number of available committee opportunities is limited, it is not always possible to accommodate all requests to serve. A list of members who are not placed on a committee during the appointment process will be kept on file for potential opportunities to serve on workgroups, task forces, or other volunteer efforts.

AES members can view the roles and responsibilities of each committee by logging in to myAES.  (need impexium link)

Use the drop-downs below to learn more about our volunteer structure, and to see a comprehensive list of councils, committees, workgroups, and taskforces. Click here to learn about our Board of Directors.

Councils arrow_drop_down
  • Council on Clinical Activities
  • Membership Council
  • Council on Education
  • Development Council
  • Research and Training Council
Committees arrow_drop_down
  • Corporate Advisory Committee*
    Supports relationship building and communication with pharmaceutical industry and device manufacturers.
  • Epilepsy Currents Editors*
    Contributing editors are asked to commit to survey current literature in their area of expertise and submit at least one suggestion for commentary for each issue of Epilepsy Currents. Contributing editors may also be asked to write commentary on topics in their area(s) of expertise.
  • Finance Committee*
    Establishes investment policy for AES funds; assesses goals for strategic, capital, long-term, and operating reserve funds; and works with investment advisors on oversight of funds.
  • Nominating Committee*
  • Research and Recognition Awards Committee*
  • Budget and Audit Committee (Board Committee)
    Responsible for development and recommendation to the Board of an annual budget and for oversight and acceptance of the yearly audit of the Society's finances and processes.
  • Governance Committee (Board Committee)
    Responsible for development and recommendation of policies related to governance structure and functions for the Society, as well as oversight for the volunteer appointment process.
  • Professionalism Committee (Board Committee)
  • Guidelines and Assessment Committee (Council on Clinical Activities)
    Oversees, provides methodological support of, and reviews evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and consensus statements. Reviews or develops other internal and external documents.
  • Practice Management Committee (Council on Clinical Activities)
  • Treatments Committee (Council on Clinical Activities)
  • Advocacy Committee (Membership Council)
  • Digital Advisory Committee (Membership Council)
    Provides advisory input on request with content organization and functionality of all AES digital platforms.
  • Membership Committee (Membership Council)
  • Early Career Epilepsy Specialist Committee (Membership Council)
  • Advanced Practice Provider Committee (Council on Education)
    Plans the content for the APP Symposium and Career Pathways: Interprofessional Careers session at the annual meeting. Encourages APP engagement and develops educational resources and other year-round education opportunities.
  • Annual Meeting Committee (Council on Education)
    Oversees and plans educational content for the AES Annual Meeting.
  • Annual Course Committee
    Plans educational content for the Annual Course at the AES Annual Meeting.
  • Epilepsy Therapies Symposium Committee
    Plans the content for the Epilepsy Therapies Symposium (a live, accredited activity).
  • Investigators Workshop Committee
    Responsible for the selection and review of the Investigators Workshops at the AES Annual Meeting.
  • Merritt-Putnam Symposium Committee
  • Pediatric Content Committee
  • Scientific Program Committee
  • Spanish Symposium Committee
  • Special Interest Group Oversight Committee
  • Epilepsy Fellowship Program Directors Committee
    Responsible for planning content for the annual Epilepsy Fellowship Program Directors Meeting (a live, two-hour, accredited activity).
  • Fellows/Junior Investigators Professional Development Committee
    Oversees the AES Fellows Program at the AES Annual Meeting and organizes career development sessions open to all attendees, including career pathways and career skills sessions.
  • Assessment and Examinations Committee (Council on Education)
    Develops AES assessment and examination items in accordance with the current American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology content blueprint.
  • CME Review Committee (Council on Education)
    Prospectively reviews educational content to ensure the content is fair, balanced, scientifically-rigorous, free from commercial bias, and meets the AMA definition of "continuing medical education."
  • EEG Course Committee (Council on Education)
    Plans content for the annual Resident EEG Course.
  • Interprofessional Education Committee (Council on Education)
    Plans the content for the Interprofessional Care Symposium (a live, accredited activity), which takes place at the annual meeting.
    • Psychosocial Comorbidities Committee
  • Online Education Committee (Council on Education)
  • Basic Sciences Committee (Research and Training Council)
    Represents the interests of the basic science community and provides input to the Society related to basic science research directions and activities. Committee activities aim to increase the visibility of basic science within AES, promote interactions between basic scientists and clinical epileptologists, promote opportunities for collaboration, and provide educational resources to the basic science community.
  • Clinical Research Committee (Research and Training Council)
    Seeks to proactively represent the needs of clinical researchers within AES.
  • Epilepsy Research Benchmarks Stewards Committee (Research and Training Council)
    Serves to track and promote progress related to the NINDS Benchmarks for Epilepsy Research. Stewards of this committee publish research progress reviews for the Benchmarks and may undertake additional activities to report on progress, assess opportunities and challenges, and promote research in Benchmarks areas.
  • Translational Research Committee (Research and Training Council)
  • Early Career Grant Committee (Research and Training Council)
    Manages AES early career funding programs and reviews research proposals to submit recommendations for funding to the Research and Training Council.

*Report directly to the Board of Directors

Workgroups arrow_drop_down
  • Q-Pulse Workgroup (Guidelines and Assessment Committee)
Taskforces arrow_drop_down
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce