In addition to abstract sessions, the conference offers invited speaker sessions that address a variety of current viewpoints and issues. The format and focus of these sessions vary.
The daily plenary sessions bring all conference delegates together at the first session of every morning and feature some of the world’s most distinguished HIV scientists, policy specialists and community leaders.
Special sessions are 60-minute lunchtime sessions and feature presentations by some of the world’s key leaders in research and implementation, high-level leaders from the political sphere, international ambassadors for HIV and AIDS, and policy specialists. These sessions represent key moments during the conference and provide an opportunity for high-level speakers to give unique insights into the HIV response and their field of work.
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 address critical issues that defy simple solutions. Focusing on a single, clearly defined topic or issue, speakers and delegates share experiences, contribute relevant research findings, and brainstorm ideas to identify possible ways forward. Sessions also report on new results, and announce forthcoming research and new initiatives.
A rapporteur summary session is held immediately before the closing session. The Lead Rapporteurs synthesize the highlights of the week, focusing on important results presented and key recommendations put forward. In addition, rapporteur teams publish daily reports and session summaries on the conference website and the online programme.
The abstract driven component of the conference programme offers the highest calibre of state-of-the-art knowledge and peer-reviewed research. Abstract driven sessions are either specific to one of the four tracks (A-D), or composed of abstracts from different tracks that focus on one theme.
Submitted abstracts go through a blind peer-review process, carried out by a panel of international reviewers, who are selected by members of the Scientific Programme Committee (SPC). Abstracts are presented by scientists, activists, policy makers, people living with HIV and others working in the field.
All abstracts selected for oral presentation are published as a supplement of the Journal of the International AIDS Society (JIAS), which is indexed in PubMed, Medline and Google scholar amongst others.
The JIAS is an open access journal that creates a platform for the dissemination of essential and innovative HIV and AIDS research. With an impact factor of 6.256*, it ranks among the top 10 infectious diseases journals and the top 25 immunology journals.
*2016 Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition – a Clarivate product.
Satellite symposia take place in the conference centre, but are fully organized and coordinated by the organization hosting the satellite. Conference organizers make satellite slots available for a fee, based on the room capacity and the time slot, and allocate slots based on the overall conference programme.
Submissions for satellites open on 1 December 2018.