Before every AIDS conference there are a number of “pre-conferences” hosted by many groups.  Pre-conferences tend to be more specialized meetings that attract smaller numbers of participants than the conference itself.  They range in length from several days to less than an full day.  Some are open to the public, and some are invite-only. Nearly all require RSVP for admission.

Pre-conferences can be excellent opportunities to increase your competency in a specific topic area, do some focused networking prior to the start of the conference, or even share your work that may or may not have been selected for presentation within the conference or Global Village.  We will keep this page updated with a listing of pre-conferences.  If you are organizing one, or are aware of one that is not listed here, please let us know!

AIDS 2014 Pre-Conferences:

MSMGF Pre-Conference: Setting the Pace: Gay Men, MSM, and Transgender People in the Global AIDS Response

Saturday – Sunday, 19 – 20 July 2014 – Melbourne, Australia
The theme of this year’s event is “Setting the Pace,” in recognition of the central role that gay men, other MSM, and transgender people have played in responding to HIV since the first days of the epidemic. The International AIDS Society’s call for ‘stepping up the pace’ will not be possible without our continued leadership and proactive involvement.

International Indigenous Pre-conference on HIV & AIDS: Our Story, Our Time, Our Future

Thursday – Saturday, 17 – 19 July 2014 – Sydney, Australia

Abstracts and Scholarship applications close March 14!

The International Indigenous Pre-Conference on HIV & AIDS is a pre-conference to the International AIDS conference to be held in Australia for the first time ever in 2014. The Pre-Conference is an IIWGHA event, co-hosted by an Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Organising Committee.

Children and HIV: Start Early, Start Now–Integrated interventions for young children born into HIV-affected families

Friday & Saturday, 18 & 19 July 2014 — Melbourne, Australia

The symposium Children and HIV: Start Early, Start Now–Integrated interventions for young children born into HIV-affected families will examine proactive, integrated approaches that focus on early childhood and HIV. It will create a forum for service providers, donors, researchers, advocates and policy leaders.

Melbourne 2014 Youth Pre-Conference

Friday & Saturday, 18 & 19 July 2014 — Victorian State Library, Melbourne, Australia

Participant applications and workshop & presentation applications are open now!

The Melbourne Youth Force Pre-Conference provides a single platform to engage and unite AIDS 2014 youth delegates. There will be knowledge exchange and skills building workshops which will culminate in the creation of the Youth Action Plan, enabling all youth delegates to make their voice heard during AIDS 2014.

Sex Worker Pre-Conference

Friday & Saturday, 18 & 19 July, 2014 — Melbourne, Australia
Details TBC
Registration now open! 
Sex workers will come together to discuss, respond to and achieve a sex worker community analysis on core issues that can be progressed through both advocacy in the conference area, the networking zone, media and meetings surrounding the event and as part of future opportunities beyond the conference. There will be interactive skills building sessions, small group workshops exploring key themes and priorities for sex workers as well as local, regional and international presentations on critical components of the HIV and sex work response, new evidence and emerging themes. This 2 day Pre-Conference meeting is free for all sex workers, however registration is required.

Stepping Up In Faith: The Interfaith Pre-Conference to AIDS 2014

Friday & Saturday, 18 & 19 July 2014 — Catholic Leadership Centre, Melbourne, Australia
Registration is now open!
Workshop proposals are now being accepted

AIDS 2014 SYMPOSIUM: Social research and the response to HIV … legacy and future

Friday 18 July 2014 — William Angliss Institute Conference Centre, Melbourne, Australia
Registration is now open!
The ‘Social Research and the Response to HIV: Legacy and Future’ AIDS 2014 pre-conference event is co-sponsored and organised by the Centre for Social Research in Health (UNSW Australia) and the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (La Trobe University). It offers an opportunity both to take stock of past work and to consider the future. It will be of interest to social researchers, community workers and activists alike. Consisting of four interlinked sessions, the event will include (i) reflections on past legacy, (ii) discussion of new ideas and approaches, (ii) exploration of the interface between practice and research, and (iv) horizon scanning by leading social researchers working on HIV. Advance registration is required since places are strictly limited to 90 people. Expressions of interest in attending are currently being accepted.

Beyond Blame: Challenging HIV Criminalisation

Sunday, 20 July 2014 — Melbourne, Australia
Registration is now open!

This AIDS 2014 pre-conference meeting is for individuals and organisations working to end the overly broad criminalisation of HIV non-disclosure, exposure and transmission. The event is free of charge and open to all with an interest in HIV criminalisation.