International AIDS Society

Words of Welcome

Dear Editors and Journalists,

As planning for the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) gathers pace, the AIDS 2014 Communications Team welcomes you to the AIDS 2014 Online Media Centre. This page of the AIDS 2014 website is designed to assist you with your planning and coverage of the conference, and will provide media delegates attending AIDS 2014 and those covering the conference remotely with timely information about the conference programme.

AIDS 2014 is expected to convene over 14,000 delegates from nearly 200 countries, including 1,200 journalists. 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.

Hosting AIDS 2014 in Melbourne will make it possible for those across the Asia Pacific region to attend the conference and share their successes and challenges on a global level. This region has the largest geographic area and population in the worlds, 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. We hope that your media coverage will help us make AIDS 2014 another important milestone in the global response to the HIV .

On-site, a state of the art Media Centre will serve the needs of print, broadcast and radio journalists covering AIDS 2014. A multi-lingual communications staff will be available to assist journalists with editorial, technical and logistical support, rooms will also be available for interviews, and press conference rooms will be used for the official daily briefing and press conferences. Media kits, including new science fact sheets, programme highlights and speaker bios, will be available on-site and through the Online Media Centre.

Photographic coverage of the conference proceedings will be provided, with high-resolution photographs available for download on the Online Media Centre and homepage of the AIDS 2014 website. For examples of photography from the previous AIDS 2012 conference please visit: http://aids2012.smugmug.com.

We look forward to supporting your work in Melbourne. or to facilitating your coverage remotely. If we can be of assistance, please contact us at .

Kind Regards,

Siân Bowen
Senior Communications Manager
AIDS 2014