International AIDS Society

Words of Welcome

Dear Colleagues,

The convening of the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia, in July 2014 represents a tremendous opportunity to highlight the diverse nature of the Asia Pacific region’s HIV epidemic and the unique responses to it. Gathering in Melbourne, we will work together to strengthen our efforts across all regions and around the world, building on the momentum of recent scientific advances and the momentum from AIDS 2012.

The biennial International AIDS Conference is the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policymakers, people living with HIV and others committed to ending the epidemic. It will be a tremendous opportunity for researchers from around the world to share the latest scientific advances in the field, learn from one another’s expertise, and develop strategies for advancing all facets of our collective efforts to treat and prevent HIV.

AIDS 2014 is expected to convene over 14,000 delegates from nearly 200 countries, including up to 1,000 journalists. The conference will be held from 20-25 July 2014 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The International AIDS Society, the world's leading independent association of HIV professionals, with more than 16,000 members in 194 countries, is organizing AIDS 2014 in collaboration with international and local partners.

The Australian health policy response to HIV has been characterized as emerging from the grassroots rather than top-down, with a high degree of partnership between scientists, government and community. AIDS 2014 will be an important opportunity to share the benefits of such partnerships with other countries.

Hosting AIDS 2014 in Melbourne will also make it possible for those from across the region to attend the conference and share their successes and challenges on a global level. The larger Asia Pacific region has the largest geographic area and population in the world, dramatically varying levels of wealth, and a complex mix of structural and behavioural determinants of HIV risk, giving the experts from the region unique perspectives on the epidemic that will be of great value to their colleagues from around the world.

We are extremely pleased to partner with the City of Melbourne, the State Government of Victoria, the Federal Government of Australia and various scientific and community leaders from Australia, as well as from Asia and the Pacific, with long and impressive histories of leadership on HIV.

We look forward to a strong global partnership among science, leadership and community in building a conference programme that will take another step toward the end of the AIDS epidemic.

Françoise Barré-Sinoussi

Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, PhD
International Chair
President, International AIDS Society
Director, Regulation of Retroviral Infections Unit, Institut Pasteur,
Paris, France

  Sharon Lewin

Sharon Lewin, FRACP, PhD
Local Co-Chair
Professor and Head, Department of Infectious Diseases, Alfred Hospital
and Monash University
Co-Head, Centre for Biomedical Research, Burnet Institute,
Melbourne, Australia