Terms & Conditions For Groups
These Terms & Conditions for Groups are valid for each group registration and every person registered as part of a group (hereinafter referred to as “group member”) to attend the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014), to be held in Melbourne, Australia from 20 – 25 July 2014 (hereinafter referred to as “the conference").
Group registration is only applicable to registrations of five persons or more. The company or organization requesting a group registration must nominate one group manager who will administer the group booking. It is the sole responsibility of the group manager to distribute all relevant conference information to the group members.
Group members can either be regular delegates or student/post-doc/youth delegates. All references to the age of a person, mentioned in this and other conference documents, refer to the age of that person as of 20 July 2014 (the first day of the conference), unless otherwise specified.
All references to a date or a deadline, mentioned in this and other conference documents, refer to the Central European Time Zone (CET).
Only fully completed registration forms will be accepted. The registration will only be confirmed upon receipt of full payment from the group manager/company making the group registration. If the full payment has not been received before the respective registration fee deadline
these registrations will be charged with the respective additional surcharge(s) once the nearest deadline has passed. If the maximum delegate capacity is reached, the conference organizers reserve the right to refuse additional registrations.
To be able to be registered as regular delegate, group members must be at least 18 years old. Group members may be asked to present an official identity card stating their age.
To be able to be registered as a student/post-doc delegate, group members must be at least 18 years old and present proof of fulltime enrolment at a recognized university or college at both the time of registration and during the conference. Student/post-doc identification must be kept available during all times at the conference. Student/post-doc delegates may be asked to present an official identity card stating their age.
To be able to be registered as a youth delegate, group members must be between 18 and 25 (inclusive) years old and must present a proof of age. Youth delegates may be asked to present an official identity card stating their age.
The registration fee for regular delegates and students/post-doc/youth delegates includes entry to all conference sessions, the exhibition and poster area, and the opening and closing session.
If the completed registration form, the payment in full and the required supporting documents (if applicable) are received on or before 2 May 2014, a conference bag and other conference materials (i.e. lanyard, conference documentation) are guaranteed. If the completed registration form and/or the full payment and/or the required supporting documents (if applicable) are received after 2 May 2014 (including onsite registrations), the conference organizers cannot guarantee that a conference bag and other conference materials will be available. All bags and materials will only be distributed onsite.
It is the responsibility of the group manager to inform the group members whether the name badge and the conference material is being picked-up and distributed by the group manager or individually by each group member. No name badges and conference materials will be handed out until payment in full has been received.
The AIDS 2014 Registration Department can not be held responsible for double registrations/bookings of a participant made by the group manager as well as the individual or another company/organization.
A payment order will be sent to the group manager after the AIDS 2014 Registration Department has received the fully completed group registration form or any additional orders. After receipt of payment the group manager will be provided with a registration confirmation and all information needed to process and handle their group. Group managers may be requested to present this registration confirmation onsite at the registration counter as proof of their registration and payment. A final registration invoice will be sent to th group manager after the conference.
Methods of payment
The registration fee must accompany all registrations. Payments should be made in advance and in USD only, using a credit card (up to a total amount of USD 7.000) or by bank transfer (for any amount).
Personal cheques, company cheques or Euro cheques are not accepted.
All bank fees and money transfer costs must be prepaid by the transmitter. Indicate your participant number, AIDS 2014 and the group manager company name as a reference on all bank transfers.
Group registration procedure
After the AIDS 2014 Registration Department has received the completed group registration form and payment in full, the group manager can either enter the details of the group members online in the group registration system or complete a pre-formatted group information template (excel spreadsheet) which will then have to be sent to the AIDS 2014 Registration Department together with any required supporting documents (if applicable). The group manager must make sure that all individualized mandatory data for all group members is provided.
The complete details for the group members must be provided no later than 27 June 2014.
Registration name change
Name changes must either be made online or by using the group information template. The group manager is requested to clearly mark the name change. Name changes received by 27 June 2014 are free of charge. After 27 June 2014, a handling fee of USD 65 will be charged for each name change. Name changes received after 11 July 2014 will be processed onsite.
Only name changes advised by the group manager will be accepted.
Notification of cancellation must be made in writing and sent to the AIDS 2014 Registration Department by email. The notification must include all relevant information regarding the bank account to which a possible refund may be remitted.
If the written notification of cancellation is received until 2 May 2014, 50% of the registration fee will be refunded. We regret that no refunds will be made for cancellations received after this date. Only cancellations advised by the group manager will be accepted. The cancellation will not be effective until a written acknowledgement from the AIDS 2014 Registration Department is received. A refund for any additional item (like the abstract book, the abstract USB memory stick, the carbon emission offset, any transportation ticket, the ASHM membership etc.) ordered can not be made.
In the case of overpayment or double payment, refund requests must be made in writing and sent to the AIDS 2014 Registration Department by email no later than 25 July 2014. A handling fee of USD 65 will be charged.
Refunds will be made in the same form as the original transaction. For original payments made by bank transfer, the cancellation notification must indicate a bank account to which a refund may be remitted.
Credit will not be given for unattended events or early termination of attendance.
If you have opted for your group members to share their contact details, you or your group members can opt-out at any time by contacting the AIDS 2014 Registration Department. Notification of cancellation must be made in writing and sent to the AIDS 2014 Registration Department by email.
Cancellation of the conference
In the event that the conference cannot be held or is postponed due to events beyond the control of the conference organizers (force majeure) or due to events which are not attributable to wrongful intent or gross negligence of the conference organizers, the conference organizers cannot be held liable by group members/group managers for any damages, costs, or losses incurred, such as transportation costs, accommodation costs, costs for additional orders, financial losses, etc.
Under these circumstances, the conference organizers reserve the right to either retain the entire registration fee and to use it for a future conference, or to reimburse the group member/group manager after deducting costs already incurred for the organization of the conference and which could not be recovered from third parties.
Modification of the programme
The conference organizers reserve the right to modify the programme, which is published as an indication only.
Lost name badge
The conference name badge must be worn at all times during the conference. Access to the conference facilities will not be granted without a proper name badge. If a group member loses, misplaces or forgets the name badge, a handling fee of USD 65 will be charged for a new name badge. Upon handing out a new name badge, the lost badge will be deactivated and become invalid. The group manager is responsible for advising the group members on the conference policy for lost name badges.
Letter of invitation
Group members requiring an official Letter of Invitation from the conference organizers can request one through their group manager or by contacting the AIDS 2014 Registration Department. To receive a Letter of Invitation, the group member must be registered and any required supporting documentation (if applicable) as well as payment in full must be received for the entire group.
The Letter of Invitation does not financially obligate the conference organizers in any way, nor does it guarantee an entry visa to Australia. All expenses incurred in relation to the conference are the sole responsibility of the group manager/group member.
It is the sole responsibility of the group manager/group member to take care of his/her visa requirements. Group members who require an entry visa must allow sufficient time for the application procedure. Group members should contact the nearest Australian embassy or consulate to determine the appropriate timing of their visa applications. All visa applications should be submitted to the authorities no later than two months before travelling to Australia (i.e. before mid-May 2014).
Group member’s contact, passport and registration details will be shared with the Australian immigration authorities to assist in the immigration process. However, the conference organizers and/or the AIDS 2014 Registration Department will not directly contact embassies and consulates on behalf of group managers/members.
The registration fee minus a handling fee of USD 65 will be refunded after the conference if the visa was applied for in time and proof is shown that a visa could not be granted even though all requested documents were submitted. A refund for any additional items ordered can not be made. Refund requests must be made in writing and sent to the AIDS 2014 Registration Department, by email, no later than 25 July 2014.
Data protection and sharing of contact details
The IAS will collect and store all personal data for the preparation and execution of the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) and future IAS and AIDS conferences. Data protection is warranted in accordance with the Swiss Data Protection Act and the Tele Service Data Protection Act.
In order to facilitate border entry and visa applications, the IAS will share contact details of group members with the Australian immigration authorities.
The full contact details including the email address of Australian and New Zealand delegates who have booked the ASHM membership will be forwarded to ASHM.
In addition, the IAS periodically shares contact details of delegates/group members with third parties that may use these details to contact delegates/group members regarding activities at the conference or other communications which may be of interest. Therefore data might be passed on to third parties unless otherwise explicitly indicated by the delegate/group member/group manager in the registration form.
Conference Embargo Policy
In the case of AIDS 2014, as with most scientific/medical conferences, all conference abstracts are released to delegates and media under a strict embargo policy. A detailed breakdown of the embargo variations for different types of abstracts is available on the AIDS 2014 Conference Embargo Policy page
All regular delegates, presenters and media are asked to respect this policy.
IAS Principles and values of conference participation
By attending the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014), delegates agree to comply with the IAS Principles and Values of Conference Participation
. The full policy is available on the conference website
and onsite at the registration counter.
The conference organizers shall be held liable in the framework of a duty of care as a respectable businessman according to statutory provisions. The liability of the conference organizers - for whatever legal reason - shall be limited to intent and gross negligence. The liability of commissioned service providers shall remain unaffected by this. The delegate shall take part in the conference at his/her own risk. Oral agreements shall not be binding if these have not been confirmed in writing by the IAS.
Fulfillment and jurisdiction
This contract is subject to the law of Geneva, Switzerland. The terms of this contract shall be fulfilled in Melbourne, Australia and, in the event of any legal claims arising from either party, Geneva, Switzerland shall be the sole court of jurisdiction.
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