International AIDS Society

Abstract Mentor Programme (AMP)

Abstract Mentor Programme submissions are now closed

The goal of the AIDS 2012 Abstract Mentor Programme is to provide an opportunity for young and/or less experienced abstract submitters to ask for feedback from experienced abstract submitters. The programme is especially targeted at researchers from resource-limited settings who lack access to opportunities for rigorous mentoring in research and writing, for whom online distance education is proven to cost-effectively build research capacity.

The programme is completely independent of the abstract review and selection process and is entirely dependent on volunteer experienced researchers acting as mentors.

Mentors answer questions on practical issues, such as formal requirements on abstract writing and on the quality of the data collected.

Over the years, the programme has proven to increase motivation and acceptances of abstracts from early-career researchers and from submitters from developing countries.

Abstract Mentor Programme Steps
  • Complete the IAS / Health[e]Foundation Module 1: Scientific writing - Conference abstracts > e-course by clicking here.
  • Prepare a draft abstract in accordance with the conference abstract submission guidelines.
  • If possible, ask a supervisor or colleague to review your draft abstract and give you feedback.
  • If available, use spelling and grammar check (e.g. Office Word Spelling and Grammar function).
  • Once you completed the IAS / Health[e]Foundation e-course log in to your conference profile and submit your draft abstract for mentoring.
General Rules
  • The draft abstract submitted to the mentor must follow the submission guidelines
  • Each delegate is allowed to submit 2 abstracts for mentoring.
  • Each submitted abstract is allowed 2 rounds of mentoring support.
  • The administrator of the mentor programme will return draft abstracts to the submitter if they do not follow the submission guidelines without mentoring.
  • Mentors will help the abstract submitters by answering questions on practical issues and formal requirements on the abstract, research methods and analysis, as well as targeting tracks and categories.
  • Mentors will not make any changes for the abstract submitter.
  • Mentors cannot indicate if he/she thinks that the abstract is likely to be selected or not.
  • Questions submitted must be of a practical nature; e.g. “Is my introduction extensive enough?” “Have I described the method well enough?” “Is my conclusion clear?”
  • Any other questions regarding the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the virus itself, abstract submission and scholarships will not be answered


Key Dates

17 November 2011
Abstract Mentor Programme submissions open

1 February 2012
Abstract Mentor Programme submissions close

Contact Details
AMP Team


AMP and Health[e]Foundation Forum

Join the Forum today and enter a dynamic community where you will be able to share your ideas, experiences and questions with mentors and participants of the AMP! Log in on the Health[e]Foundation (Username: HeFIAS, Password: Welcome) and access the Forum through the orange tab on the left-hand side of the page.