With policy and science evolving at a rapid pace, opportunities for education, networking and the promotion of best practice are critical to enhance the global response to AIDS. Through its renowned conferences, the IAS provides an essential forum for a broad spectrum of HIV professionals to share their expertise and real-world experiences, and identify remaining knowledge gaps. 

The IAS organizes the world’s two most prestigious HIV conferences, each convened biennially in alternating years. The International AIDS Conference is the largest conference on any global health or development issue. First convened during the peak of the AIDS epidemic in 1985, this conference continues to provide a unique forum for the intersection of science and advocacy, and an opportunity to strengthen policies and programmes to ensure an evidence-based response to the epidemic. The conference also serves as a focal point to intensify political and financial commitments to AIDS. Additionally, the IAS provides the largest international HIV conference scholarship programme, to ensure those living with and affected by the disease are well-represented at the gathering. The next International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) will be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands (23-27 July 2018).

The IAS Conference on HIV Science features the latest HIV science, including basic, clinical and prevention research. It brings together a broad cross section of HIV professionals from around the world with a focus on implementation – moving scientific advances into practice. The last conference (IAS 2017) took place in Paris, France in July 2017.

New Civil Society Partner for AIDS 2016 and AIDS 2018

On behalf of the International AIDS Conference permanent partners, the International AIDS Society (IAS) would like to welcome the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) to be the new civil society partner for the next two International AIDS Conferences: AIDS 2016 and AIDS 2018. MSMGF will replace the existing partner, Sidaction, who has held the position for AIDS 2012 and AIDS 2014. Other civil society partners for AIDS 2016 are the Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (GNP+), International Community of Women living with HIV/AIDS (ICW), and the International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO).

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