Navigating the conference (registration, roadmaps, session types, other facilities, tips on surviving the conference)
10 July 2014
The 20th International AIDS Conference organizers, in collaboration with their partners and with support from the International AIDS Society (IAS), invite you to take part in the upcoming webinar titled, “Navigating the conference (registration, roadmaps, session types, other facilities, tips on surviving the conference)”.
The objectives of this interactive webinar are to share with you some tips on surviving the conference and to give you the very last updates to better prepare your attendance to the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia.
This webinar is part of the AIDS 2014 Webinar Series, a nine-month capacity building and mobilization initiative that seeks to increase knowledge of, capacity for, and participation of young individuals, communities, leaders and scientists at AIDS 2014. For a schedule of webinars, please visit
Head of the AIDS 2014 Local Secretariat, Melbourne
Jelena has worked in events management for over six years and launched the IAS Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme in 2008. While managing logistical projects for the International AIDS Conference (attracting over 25,000 participants), the world’s premier gatherings on HIV and AIDS, and the IAS Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention Conference (attracting over 6,000 participants), Jelena was struck by the amount of waste that conferences of this scale can generate and the potential impact they could have on the local environment, not only ecologically but also socially and economically.
In response to this, Jelena launched a CSR initiative within the IAS and put together a working group representing all departments in the organization. The collective efforts of the working group and their creativity in rethinking their processes meant that the CSR initiative grew stronger with each conference. In May 2011, Jelena picked up the coveted
IMEX Green Meetings ‘Gold’ Award
at the annual IMEX Gala Dinner which recognized the CSR programme of the XVIII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010). AIDS 2010 was rated highest on all set evaluation criteria, which included minimizing environmental impact; economic indicators; commitment to change; commitment to community; commitment to conservation; pre-event and post event.
Jelena has relocated to Melbourne in February 2013 to set up and head the AIDS 2014 local secretariat in Melbourne. She leads a strong team of committed, dynamic and creative professionals to plan and run the upcoming conference and complement the Geneva headquarters.
Alessa von Westphalen
Local Office Coordinator – AIDS 2014 Local Secretariat
Alessa von Westphalen was one of the first team members to join the Local Secretariat in Melbourne in June 2013 taking on the role as Office Coordinator. She is mainly responsible for the running of the Local Secretariat but is also coordinating the Positive Lounge as well as being part of the CSR Team and assists wherever help is needed.
Alessa is originally from Germany where she studied Tourism and Event Management. After completing her degree Alessa worked for various event companies around the world. Before relocating to Australia in 2008 Alessa worked as International Hostess on board the Queen Mary 2 while travelling the seven seas for one year.
Before joining the AIDS 2014 team in June 2013 Alessa has worked for various hotels in and around Melbourne and has gained a thorough understanding of the local industry.