Here are the final numbers for AIDS 2012:
- 23,767 participants, including:
- 17,066 delegates
- 1,904 media delegates
- 12,042 participants from the U.S.
- 851 scholarship recipients
- 991 volunteers
- 183 countries represented
- 12,433 abstracts submitted, 3,837 abstracts accepted (including late breakers)
- 194 sessions (84 non-abstract driven sessions, 60 workshops, 110 abstract-driven sessions)
- 19 plenary speeches
- 14 special sessions
- 265 Global Village activities
- 210 exhibits
- 185 satellite meetings
- 9 scientific prizes and awards
- 85,608 #AIDS2012 tweets (Sunday, 22 July – Friday, 27 July)
- 14,475 downloads of the AIDS 2012 mobile app
- 77,945 visits to www.aids2012.org (Sunday, 22 July – Friday, 27 July)
- US$27 000 in carbon offsets
By Marie-Capucine Penicaud, Towards an HIV Cure project manager
On 20 and 21 July, in the lead-up to AIDS 2012,theInternational AIDS Society (IAS) will convene a basic and clinical science symposium presenting the Global Scientific Strategy Towards an Cure.
The strategy was launched today by the IAS and its partners, following publication in Nature Reviews Immunology, amid renewed optimism from the world´s leading HIV/AIDS scientists that the future prospects for finding an HIV cure are increasing.
The symposium programme is articulated around the seven key priority research areas identified by a group of 34 leading HIV scientists and clinicians to develop the Global Scientific Strategy (see table). More...
Recognizing that an event of this scope could have a potentially negative effect on the environment, AIDS 2012 organizers have concrete measures in place to reduce or offset this impact as much as possible.
AIDS 2012 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) measures follow the IAS’s social responsibility policy, which is based on “the 4 R´s” principle of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Raise Awareness. More...
The AIDS 2012 Programme-at-a-Glance (PAG) offers a full, searchable schedule of all conference activities and is available here. The PAG allows you to view activities by day, location or roadmaps focused on specific areas of interest and create and save a personalized itinerary on your conference profile. The roadmaps include International AIDS Society activities, industry sessions, specific roadmaps on MSM and transgender populations, sex workers, sexual and reproductive health and rights, women, and youth, among others. Links to full abstracts, slides, speeches and online coverage will be added starting 21 July.
In order to enjoy the full interactive experience, you will need to download the free Microsoft Silverlight plug-in if you do not already have it from the following address: www.microsoft.com/getsilverlight/.
The AIDS 2012 Donation Programme is a vital aspect of this year’s conference and a key priority for conference organizers. The programme focuses on food and material donations to actively minimize conference waste. The project is being led in conjunction with the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, which currently has relationships with various donation and charity-based organizations within the District of Columbia.
The Washington Convention Center works with DC Central Kitchen (DCCK) to donate all leftover food from the venue’s various food outlets. More...
Young people will be making sure their voices are heard at AIDS2012. Over previous AIDS Conferences, Young People have comprised one of the most vocal and visible groups that attend the conference. HIV significantly affects young people. In the U.S., people aged 13 to 29 accounted for 39% of new HIV infections in 2009. Globally, an estimated 3,300 young people between 15 and 24 become infected each day. More...
In order to enable communities that cannot attend AIDS 2012 in Washington, D.C., to take advantage of the education and science presented at the conference, conference sessions will be recorded free of charge for organizations active in the HIV/AIDS response and can be downloaded and screened at organizers’ discretion. These sessions are typically followed by moderated discussions with local or regional experts to examine how the session content can be used to strengthen the HIV/AIDS response. Conference hubs may also feature workshops and trainings in addition to the conference sessions. Conference hubs should facilitate discussion and debate among stakeholders, potentially leading to the development of a comprehensive plan for future action at the local or regional levels. More...