The goal of the AIDS 2014 Abstract Mentor Programme is to provide an opportunity for young and/or less experienced abstract submitters to ask for feedback from experienced abstract submitters. The programme is especially targeted at researchers from resource-limited settings who lack access to opportunities for rigorous mentoring in research and writing, for whom online distance education is proven to cost-effectively build research capacity.
The programme is completely independent of the abstract review and selection process and is entirely dependent on volunteer experienced researchers acting as mentors.
Mentors answer questions on practical issues, such as formal requirements of abstract writing and on the quality of the data collected.
Prior to enrolling in the Abstract Mentor Programme, it is advised to complete the Health[e] Foundation module 1: scientific writing: conference abstracts e-course. At the end of the post course survey, you will be given a code number. Please make a note of this code. You will be asked for it when you register for the Abstract Mentor Programme.
Some community and civil society organizations are also offering abstract mentoring services. More information will be available on those programmes shortly.