International AIDS Society


The workshop programme is aimed at increasing the capacity of delegates to implement and advocate for effective, evidence-informed HIV policies and interventions in their respective communities and countries.

Workshops can be 90 or 180 minutes in length and in languages other than English.

Workshops have a limited participant capacity. Seating will be granted on a first-come first-served basis. Participants are encouraged to arrive 15-20 minutes prior to the start time.

Workshop Selections

AIDS 2012 received 576 workshop proposals for consideration, representing a16% increase over AIDS 2010. After intensive review processes, 40 workshop proposals (7%) were accepted for inclusion in the AIDS 2012 programme. Workshop proposals were initially reviewed by a team of nominated reviewers with each proposal scored by at least two reviewers. In late March, members of the Workshops Working Group met to review the highest scoring proposals and select the workshop sessions. The working group includes members of the Community Programme Committee, Leadership and Accountability Programme Committee and the Scientific Programme Committee.

The selection committee worked hard to select high-quality applications and ensure diversity among topics, regions and key affected populations.

Workshop Focus Areas

The AIDS 2012 workshop programme is grouped into three broad areas. These areas cover a range of content and teach specific skills that can be applied within the workplace or life setting. The main purpose of the grouping is to guide delegates to workshops that will best correspond to their needs. The workshops are grouped into scientific, community or leadership and accountability fields.

Scientific Development

These workshops will enhance skills development and collaborative learning around the latest scientific research, emerging technologies and breakthroughs in policy and programme that inform and guide the global response to the epidemic.

Workshops in this category will serve to (1) accelerate the scale-up of evidence informed combined approaches to HIV care, treatment and prevention; (2) highlight excellence in biomedical, epidemiological, behavioral, social, economic, political, and operational research and in multi-disciplinary science; and (3) discuss the impact of the HIV response on health and social systems, including the potential for HIV to transform health and development programmes for today and for generations to come.

The Scientific Development Categories follow the scientific track categories. For an expanded description of the scope and objectives of each scientific track, please click here.

Leadership & Accountability Development

These workshops provide a platform to learn innovative skills, critical for an effective response to the HIV epidemic, for new and current leaders. Participants will also develop and or enhance their skills on assessing and measuring commitments and actions of leaders.

The intention is to provide practical advice on best practice but, above all, to challenge individuals and organizations to consider the ways in which they go about developing leadership and accountability capabilities and what outcomes they hope to achieve by doing this.

Community Skills Development

Experience shows community involvement is an essential part of the response to combat the HIV epidemic. This series of workshops will showcase effective community empowerment programmes that are adding value to public health outcomes in HIV treatment, prevention, care and support.

Participating in these workshops will enable delegates to broaden their knowledge and skills to be able to implement effective programmes in their communities.

Workshop Levels

To maximize the potential of the conference platform in sharing experience and increasing knowledge and expertise of professionals working in HIV, each workshop topic will be classified according to levels of experience and expertise of the target audience. The purpose is to guide conference delegates in identifying and selecting the workshop session that will best meet their needs.

Foundation Level – For learners new to a career in HIV and health, these workshops are intended to build strong foundation skills and knowledge.

Intermediate Level – For mid-career learners who have a strong foundation, looking to further advance their professional expertise and become more effective team leaders; these workshops offers a robust selection of topics that will help delegates to specialize their focus, explore new areas and opportunities, or expand their skills to the next level of professional development.

Advanced Level – For those who have been working in HIV and health for years, and are looking for new, fresh approaches to fighting AIDS, and delivering on high-stakes’ projects. These workshops should allow delegates to build and nurture their talent, while increasing their own influence and marketability, and strengthening engagement with key experts at leading global health organizations.


AIDS 2012 Workshops

Submission Guidelines

Click here to access the Workshop Proposal Submission Guidelines.

Workshop Working Group

Quarraisha Abdool-Karrim, South Africa (SPC Co-Chair)
Pedro Cahn, Argentina (SPC)
Othman Mellouk, Morocco (LAPC)
Jesse Milan, USA (LAPC)
Allan Clear, USA (CPC)
Marama Pala, New Zealand (CPC)

Contact Details
Workshops Support Team