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The Numbers

Posted 30 juillet 2012, 10:09 , by Conference Secretariat

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  (Sunday, 22 July – Friday, 27 July)
  • US$27 000 in carbon offsets


Global Scientific Strategy Towards an Cure to be Presented at Pre-conference Symposium

Posted 20 juillet 2012, 04:53 , by Conference Secretariat

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...

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Raise Awareness at AIDS 2012

Posted 04 juillet 2012, 08:24 , by Conference Secretariat

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...

AIDS 2012 Donation Programme

Posted 08 juin 2012, 07:24 , by Conference Secretariat

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.

Food Donations
The Washington Convention Center works with DC Central Kitchen (DCCK) to donate all leftover food from the venue’s various food outlets. More...

Building a Programme that Can Turn the Tide on HIV

Posted 17 mai 2012, 04:16 , by Conference Leadership

By Anouk Rey, International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference Director

AIDS 2012 comes at a defining moment in the HIV epidemic, but it can only play a pivotal role in turning the tide on HIV if it has a strong programme.  Built by a diverse group of more than 1,500 reviewers and committee members from a record number of abstract submissions and programme applications, the conference programme is shaping up to deliver on that promise.

With the announcement  that the conference programme-at-a-glance will go live on the AIDS 2012 website on June 8 we wanted to provide an in-depth look at how the conference programme is put together. More...

AIDS 2012 Youth Programme

Posted 30 mars 2012, 08:21 , by Conference Secretariat

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...

Conference Hubs: Bringing AIDS 2012 to Your Community

Posted 14 mars 2012, 07:53 , by Conference Secretariat

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...