28 November, 2011 (Washington, DC - United States) - Registration, abstract and programme activity
submissions for the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012), to be held from 22 to 27 July 2012 in Washington, D.C., open
December 1 online at www.aids2012.org.
More than 25,000 participants and 2,000 journalists from approximately 200 countries are expected to convene at the conference,
which is predicted to be a landmark event in the history of HIV and AIDS both in the United States and globally.
"Turning the Tide Together", the theme of the conference, emphasises that we have reached a pivotal moment in time and
that seizing this potential and actually turning the tide on HIV and AIDS will require commitment and action on many levels. The
conference will be an important and high profile opportunity to reflect on the tension between recent scientific advances which
could theoretically end the epidemic, and the current global economic crisis which threatens the funding necessary to implement
this scientific knowledge.
"In the last couple of years we have seen some incredibly important breakthroughs in science," said. Elly Katabira,
International Chair of AIDS 2012 and President of the International AIDS Society (IAS). "The results of the CAPRISA trial
presented at AIDS 2010 and the data from IAS 2011 proving beyond a doubt that treatment is prevention have shown us that we
now have the real potential to change the direction of HIV. Science has provided us with the tools, what we need now is a
global political and economic commitment to action. A turbulent economic climate must not halt funding for research and
The return of the International AIDS Conference to the United States after more than 20 years represents a victory for public health and
human rights and it is the result of dedicated advocacy to end the nation's misguided entry restrictions on people living with HIV.
"Hosting AIDS 2012 in the U.S will be an occasion to highlight the disparities in access to treatment and care which exist in the
country." said Diane Havlir, Local Co-Chair of AIDS 2012. "We hope for a broad and active participation from all of those
affected by the HIV epidemic, particularly people living with HIV and AIDS, policy-makers and key affected populations".
Together with delegate and media registration, 1 December is the opening day for online abstract submissions. Over half of all conference
sessions will be abstract-driven and all of the submissions will go through an extensive peer-reviewed process in order to guarantee the
highest caliber of state-of-the-art science. The online abstract submission closes on 15 February 2012 and reopens on 19 April 2012
for late breaker abstract submissions.
In addition to the conference sessions, AIDS 2012 will feature a set of workshops open to delegates. Workshops will fall under professional
development, community skills and leadership skills. Online submissions for workshops open on 1 December 2011 and close on 15 February 2012.
AIDS 2012 will host a Global Village, open to conference delegates and the general public, aimed at intensifying the involvement of
key affected populations and other stakeholders in the conference. The conference also presents a Youth Programme with the goal of
strengthening the participation of young people and youth issues in the conference through activities such as youth-driven
sessions. From today it is possible to submit applications for both the Global Village and the Youth Programme. Both the
submissions close on 15 February 2012.
With over 7,000 square metres of prime exhibition space AIDS 2012 offers both commercial and non-commercial organizations the opportunity
to showcase their products and services to a wide public. Exhibitor applications open on December 1 and close on 25 May 2012. Exhibition
space is limited so early bookings are strongly encouraged.
Various satellite meetings will take place in the conference centre during AIDS 2012. These satellite meetings are fully organized and
coordinated by the organization hosting the satellite. The satellite slots are available for a fee and the applications open on 1
December and close on 31 March 2012.
From 8 December online applications for scholarships will be open. The International and Media Scholarship Programme is open to everyone
around the world and is aimed at making the conference accessible to people from resource-limited settings and communities. Priority is
given to those whose participation will help enhance their work in their own communities. A limited number of scholarships will be
also available for media representatives.
More information on registration process and registration fees is available here: http://www.aids2012.org/Default.aspx?pageId=368
AIDS 2012 Key dates
1 December 2011
- Abstract submissions open
- Registrations open
- Accommodation bookings open
- Workshop applications open
- Global Village applications open
- Youth Programme applications open
- Satellites applications open
- Exhibition applications open
8 December 2011
- Scholarship applications open
1 February 2012
Abstract Mentor Programme submissions close
15 February 2012
- Abstract submissions close
- Scholarship applications close
- Workshop applications close
- Global Village applications close
- Youth Programme applications close
23 February 2012
- Registrations standard fee deadline
14 March 2012
- Hubs applications open
31 March 2012
- Satellites applications close
2 April 2012
- Volunteer applications open
19 April 2012
- Abstract submissions late breakers open
For more information visit www.aids2012.org/registration.aspx
About AIDS 2012
The International AIDS Conference is the largest gathering of professionals working in the field of HIV, including people living with
HIV and other leaders in the HIV response. It plays a fundamental role in shaping the global response to HIV and in keeping HIV and
AIDS on the international political agenda.
AIDS 2012 is convened by the International AIDS Society and the conference's permanent partners are the Global Network of People Living
with HIV (GNP+); the International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO); the International Community of Women with HIV/AIDS (ICW)
and the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
The U.S.-based Black AIDS Institute; the District of Columbia Department of Health (DOH); the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) of the
Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA); the National Institutes of Health (NIH); the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) at
the White House; and the U.S. Positive Women's Network (USPWN) are serving as local partners.
AIDS 2012: Join the conversation
Get the latest conference updates and share your thoughts and ideas through the Conference Facebook and Twitter. We are
tweeting - @aids2012 - and hope many of you will tweet along with us, using #AIDS2012
to keep the conversation going. Become a fan of AIDS 2012 on Facebook and stay in touch with the latest conference
updates and developments. Please visit www.facebook.com/aids2012 to
become a fan. If your group or organization is participating in AIDS 2012, we welcome posts of photos and videos of your work on
this page. Tell us why you are coming to Washington and what you hope to gain from AIDS 2012.
About the IAS
The International AIDS Society (IAS) is the world's leading independent association of HIV professionals, with over 16,000 members from
more than 196 countries working at all levels of the global response to AIDS. Our members include researchers from all disciplines,
clinicians, public health and community practitioners on the frontlines of the epidemic, as well as policy and programme
planners. The IAS is the custodian of the biennial International AIDS Conference and lead organizer of the IAS
Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, which will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from
30 June- 3 July 2013. www.iasociety.org | www.ias2011.org
For more information about this release:
Adina Ellis (Washington, D.C.)
U.S. Communications and Public Affairs
Tel: +1 (202) 442-8391
Sian Bowen (Geneva, Switzerland)&
Senior Manager, AIDS 2012 Senior Communications Manager
Tel: +41 22 710 0864
Lindsey Rodger (Geneva, Switzerland)
AIDS 2012 Communications and Media Officer
Tel: +41 22 710 0822
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International AIDS Society