Brisbane will host the world’s largest scientific conference on HIV next year, with IAS 2023, the 12th IAS Conference on HIV Science, taking place from 23 to 26 July 2023.
Organised by the International AIDS Society (IAS), the conference will be held as both an in-person and hybrid event at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
“Bringing IAS 2023 to the Asia-Pacific region will re-energize our local response at a critical time,” said IAS president Adeeba Kamarulzaman, who is Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Malaya University in Kuala Lumpur.
“To make IAS 2023 accessible beyond our region, we will provide reduced rates for persons from low- and middle-income countries and will continue to offer scholarships for delegates with limited access to resources to make access as equitable as possible.”
Mark Butler, Minister for Health and Aged Care in Australia, said hosting IAS 2023 reflects Australia’s continuing commitment to the HIV response at home and beyond.
“We are committed to welcoming participants, especially those hailing from the regions most affected by HIV,” he said.
“Australia is among the few countries that surpassed the 90-90-90 targets by 2020 and has the elimination of HIV transmission in its sight. We are eager to share our lessons learned with the world.”
IAS 2023 Local Co-Chair Charles Gilks, who is Queensland Professorial Chair of BBVs and STIs at the University of Queensland, said Australia is a global leader in prevention research.
“As the host country, we will use the opportunity to shine a spotlight not just on Australia but also on the state of HIV in the Pacific and Southeast Asia region,” said Gilks.
“We need to utilize the momentum IAS 2023 will generate to revitalize the HIV response among our most affected neighbours and beyond.”