International AIDS Society

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International AIDS Society
Founded 1988; 30 years ago (1988)
Stockholm, Sweden
Headquarters Geneva, Switzerland
Key people
Chris Beyrer (President)
Number of employees
52 [1] (2016)

The International AIDS Society (IAS) is an association of HIV professionals, with 11,035 members from 160 countries working at all levels of the global response to AIDS.[1] IAS members include researchers from all disciplines, clinicians, public health and community practitioners on the frontlines of the epidemic, as well as policy and programme planners.

The IAS is the custodian of the biennial International AIDS Conference and the lead organizer of the IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention.

The current IAS President is Chris Beyrer. Past presidents have included Helene D. Gayle, Joep Lange, Peter Piot and Françoise Barré-Sinoussi. The IAS's headquarters are located in Geneva.


The IAS is a non-profit organization founded in 1988, with a mandate to organize the International AIDS Conference. Initially the IAS headquarters were in Stockholm, and Lars-Olof Kallings was the secretary general from 1988 until 2003.

In 2004, the IAS restructured its organization, expanded the number of professional staff and moved the headquarters to Geneva. The move was intended to strengthen organizational links with other health NGOs and (United Nations) multilateral agencies.


International AIDS Conference[edit]

The International AIDS Conference (abbreviated AIDS 2012, AIDS 2014 and so on) is the world's most attended conference on HIV and AIDS.[2] These conferences started in 1985 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. They were held annually until 1994 when they became biennial. The most recent conference was in Durban, South Africa, in July 2016.

The twenty-second conference is scheduled for Amsterdam in July 2018

The International AIDS Conference is the largest regular conference, and it provides a forum for the interaction of science, community, leadership, and the strengthening of an evidence-based policy and programmatic responses to the epidemic. The conferences also allow an opportunity to intensify political and financial commitments to AIDS, and include the largest international conference scholarship program in HIV/AIDS.

Joep Lange, a former president of the International AIDS Society was killed en route to the 20th Conference in Melbourne while on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shot down over Ukraine.

List of International Aids Conferences[edit]

Below is the list of International Aids Conferences and their venue:

International AIDS Conferences
Year Location Theme and link
I 1985 United States Atlanta, United States (no theme)
II 1986 France Paris, France (no theme)
III 1987 United States Washington, D.C., United States (no theme)
IV 1988 Sweden Stockholm, Sweden (no theme)
V 1989 Canada Montreal, Canada The Scientific and Social Challenge of AIDS
VI 1990 United States San Francisco, United States AIDS in the Nineties: From Science to Policy
VII 1991 Italy Florence, Italy Science Challenging AIDS
VIII 1992 Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands A World United Against AIDS
IX 1993 Germany Berlin, Germany (no theme)
X 1994 Japan Yokohama, Japan The Global Challenge of AIDS: Together for the future
XI 1996 Canada Vancouver, Canada One World One Hope
XII 1998 Switzerland Geneva, Switzerland Bridging the Gap
XIII 2000 South Africa Durban, South Africa Breaking the Silence
XIV 2002 Spain Barcelona, Spain Knowledge and Commitment for Action
XV 2004 Thailand Bangkok, Thailand Access for All
XVI 2006 Canada Toronto, Canada Time to Deliver
XVII 2008 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico Universal Action Now
XVIII 2010 Austria Vienna, Austria Rights Here, Right Now
XIX 2012 United States Washington, D.C., United States Turning the Tide Together
XX 2014 Australia Melbourne, Australia Stepping up the Pace
XXI 2016 South Africa Durban, South Africa Access Equity Rights Now
XXII 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges

IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention[edit]

The IAS also organizes the IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention. This conference occurs biennially and focuses on the biomedical aspects of HIV. It aims to bring together participants from around the world by providing an environment for researchers and clinicians to address current issues in HIV research, prevention and treatment. The conference was held in Buenos Aires in 2001, Paris in 2003, Rio de Janeiro in 2005, Sydney in 2007, Cape Town in 2009, Rome in 2011, Kuala Lumpur in 2013, and Vancouver in 2015.

Publications and other resources[edit]

The society financially supports the publication of the Journal of the International AIDS Society, an online, open-access, peer-reviewed medical journal covering all aspects of research on HIV and AIDS.

The IAS Online Resource Library is an online collection of abstracts and other resources from international conferences, as well as numerous other materials produced by the IAS launched in January 2010.

Other activities[edit]

The IAS works with other regional HIV/AIDS societies and networks to strengthen the capacity of HIV professionals to respond to the epidemic at the regional level. The society runs the Industry Liaison Forum, whose mission is to remove barriers to research investment by the pharmaceutical industry in resource-limited settings. The IAS also provides professional development and training opportunities for HIV professionals at both international and regional AIDS conferences through its education programme.


  1. ^ a b "Annual Report July 2016-2017". International AIDS Society. Retrieved 20 March 2018. 
  2. ^ 2008 UNAIDS Annual Report, p.13, WHO

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