IAS Educational Fund

Context

The rapid pace of scientific discovery in care for people living with HIV and AIDS requires clinicians and HIV service providers to remain continually up to date on research developments and best practices. The International AIDS Society (IAS) has launched the IAS Educational Fund to provide educational and training opportunities to frontline HIV professionals.

The IAS Educational Fund makes scientific fora and continuing education opportunities more accessible to our members. This is accomplished by:

  • Organizing IAS Educational Fund meetings around the world to provide access to the latest science
  • Providing scholarships to clinicians and HIV service providers to attend the IAS conferences (International AIDS Conference and IAS Conference on HIV Science)
  • Making the content of IAS conferences accessible to a wider audience

IAS Educational Fund scholarship recipients © IAS/Marcus Rose

IAS Educational Fund meetings

To make scientific fora more accessible to our members, their communities and the HIV workforce, the IAS convenes smaller scientific symposia around the world targeted at healthcare workers, advocates, and policymakers. Through these smaller scientific meetings, the IAS Educational Fund provides access to the latest science and opportunities to question how that information impacts local epidemics. To build these meetings, the IAS partners closely with local academia, research institutions, and civil society organizations who ensure the discussion are adapted and contextualized for the locations where the IAS Educational Fund meetings are hosted.

Scholarships

In 2016, more than 2,000 people showed their interest in the IAS Educational Fund scholarship programme by submitting their application and we supported more than 130 clinicians and 80 advocates to attend AIDS 2016 with a full scholarship. These awards enabled participants not only to attend AIDS 2016, but also to take away what they learned and present that knowledge back home. This is an essential step in ensuring that the research and implementation breakthroughs presented at AIDS 2016 moved from meeting halls into communities.

Applications for the IAS Educational Fund Scholarships for IAS 2017 will be open from 3 April to 18 April 2017. For more information on the application process and criteria, please visit the IAS Educational Fund Scholarships page.

Cloud-based, remote-access to AIDS 2016 conference materials

To make the content of AIDS 2016 accessible to a wider audience, most AIDS 2016 sessions have been made available for online access after the conference. The IAS Educational Fund team has put together two roadmaps for AIDS 2016 dedicated to clinicians and other healthcare providers and advocates with educational and inspiring sessions:

To make AIDS 2016 content accessible to French speakers, the IAS Educational Fund is happy to provide several sessions subtitled and transcribed in French on this page.

Additionally, Clinical Care Options (CCO) and NAM Publications (NAM) were official providers of online scientific coverage for AIDS 2016 and produced the following materials:

  • Capsule summaries
  • Downloadable slides
  • CME-certified faculty analysis of key studies on HIV treatment and prevention
  • News reports
  • Conference bulletins
  • Conference highlights

Free to access, CCO materials are available here and NAM materials are available here.

  • Clinical Care Options
  • Nam Publications

Sponsors

The IAS Educational Fund is made possible through an educational grant from ViiV Healthcare and financial support from Gilead Sciences.