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Conference Programme Committees selected for the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014)

1st February 2013 - Geneva, Switzerland Preparation is under way for the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) which will take place in Melbourne, Australia, from 20 to 25 July 2014. Held every two years, the International AIDS Conference is the premiere gathering where all stakeholders in the global response to HIV meet to discuss progress and future priorities. The twentieth International AIDS Conference will have a strong focus on the epidemic in the Asia and the Pacific region and is expected to convene some 18,000 delegates from all over the world.

The AIDS 2014 conference organizers are excited to announce the members of the three Programme Committees who are key to the development of a robust conference programme: the Community Programme Committee; the Leadership & Accountability Programme Committee; and the Scientific Programme Committee:

Community Programme Committee

Committee Co-Chairs

Brent Allan, Australia
Khartini Slamah, Malaysia
Yolanda Simon, Trinidad

Committee Members

Claire Tuyishime Gasamagera, Rwanda
Marama Pala, New Zealand
Kate Thomson, UNAIDS
Tony Di Pede, Canada

Leadership & Accountability Programme Committee

Committee Co-Chairs

Annmarree O'keefe, Australia
Louise Binder, Canada
Sunil Pant, Nepal

Committee Members

Bill Bowtell, Australia
Mabel Bianco, Argentina
Sheila Tlou, UNAIDS
Svitlana Moroz, Ukraine

Scientific Programme Committee

Committee Co-Chairs

Gita Ramjee, South Africa
Joel Gallant, United States
Marian Pitts, Australia

Track A: Basic and Translational Research


Anthony Kelleher, Australia
Brigitte Autran, France

Track B: Clinical Research


Jenny Hoy, Australia
Stefano Vella, Italy

Track C: Epidemiology and Prevention Research


Andrew Grulich, Australia
Peter Godfrey-Faussett, UNAIDS

Track D: Social and Political Research, Law, Policy and Human Rights


John de Wit, Australia
Justine Sass, UNESCO

Track E: Implementation Research, Economics, Systems and Synergies with other Health and Development Sectors


Ashok Alexander, India
Naomi Rutenberg, United States

"Our committee members are leaders in the HIV response drawn from 14 countries. With such a wide array of expertise we are confident that AIDS 2014 will offer a conference programme covering the most pressing topics across the five different scientific tracks," said Sharon Lewin, AIDS 2014 Local Co-Chair, Director of the Infectious Diseases Unit, Alfred Hospital, and Professor of Medicine, Monash University. "Women represent 59% of the committees' members to ensure that topics specifically linked to the advancement of women's leadership and participation will be extensively covered by the AIDS 2014 Conference Programme".

In 2013 the Conference Coordinating Committee will regularly meet to develop the AIDS 2014 Conference Programme under the leadership of the two Co-Chairs, Professor Sharon Lewin and Professor Franoise Barr-Sinoussi, AIDS 2014 International Chair, International AIDS Society (IAS) President and Director of the Regulation of Retroviral Infections Unit at the Institut Pasteur in Paris.

Conference updates will be regularly communicated in the upcoming months.


Contact: Sian Bowen
International AIDS Society

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