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Non-Abstract Driven Sessions



In addition to abstract-driven sessions, the conference will offer non-abstract driven sessions which will address a variety of current viewpoints and issues. The format and focus of these sessions will vary.

Plenary Sessions

Plenary sessions will feature some of the world’s most distinguished AIDS researchers, scientific leaders and clinical specialists. Plenary Sessions will bring together all conference delegates at the first session of every morning.

Special Sessions

Special sessions feature presentations by some of the world’s key research leaders, high-level international AIDS Ambassadors and policy specialists. These sessions, 60-minutes long and held midday, are highly engaging for all delegates.

Bridging Sessions

Bridging sessions connect the four tracks to provide an opportunity for multi-disciplinary, multi-perspective dialogues on cutting-edge topics of common interest. Through interactive formats, speakers share knowledge and perspectives on the particular issue selected. Speakers highlight linkages and synergies between different areas of expertise.

Symposia Sessions

Symposia sessions address critical issues that defy simple solutions. Focusing on a single, clearly defined topic or issue, speakers and delegates will share experiences, contribute relevant research findings and brainstorm ideas to identify possible ways forward. Sessions will also report on new findings and announce forthcoming research and new initiatives.

Rapporteur Summary Session

A rapporteur summary session will be held immediately before the closing session. The summary session will synthesize the presentations made during the week, focusing on critical issues addressed, important results presented and key recommendations put forward. In addition, rapporteur teams will publish daily reports and session summaries on the conference website.

Professional Development Workshops

The workshops will be designed by the Scientific Programme Committee (SPC) and selected facilitators. Workshops will cover all tracks and include several cross-cutting issues and themes. Delegates will be able to participate in targeted workshops that will promote and enhance opportunities for knowledge transfer, skills development and collaborative learning.

The workshop programme is aimed at increasing the capacity of delegates to implement and advocate for effective, evidence-based HIV and AIDS policies and interventions in their respective communities and countries. Workshops may be 90 or 180-minutes in duration and will be held concurrently with abstract and non-abstract driven sessions.

Meet the Experts

Introduced at the IAS 2013 conference in Kuala Lumpur, the ‘Meet the Expert’ sessions will bring experts together to meet with small groups of participants to discuss, face to face, the challenges and opportunities presented by the HIV response.