International AIDS Society

Professional Development Workshops

The professional development workshop programme aims at increasing the capacity of delegates to implement and advocate for effective, evidence informed HIV policies and interventions in their respective communities and countries.

Workshops can be 90 or 180 minutes in length and in languages other than English.

Workshops have a limited participant capacity. Seating will be granted on a first-come first-served basis. Participants are encouraged to arrive 15-20 minutes prior to the start time.


AIDS 2014 will offer 50 high-quality, targeted workshops that will promote and enhance opportunities for knowledge transfer, skills development and collaborative learning. Twenty of the workshops are designed by the Conference Programme Committees, and the remaining thirty workshops have been selected from proposals submitted by delegates through the AIDS 2014 website. The proposals were reviewed by an independent reviewing committee, and each proposal was assessed by at least two reviewers. The final selection was conducted by the AIDS 2014 Professional Development Workshop Working Group, composed of members selected from the programme committees and the conference coordinating committee.

Workshop Focus Areas

The AIDS 2014 workshop programme is grouped into three broad areas. These areas cover a range of content and teach specific skills that can be applied within the workplace or in life settings. The main purpose of the grouping is to guide delegates to workshops that will best correspond to their needs. The workshops are grouped into one of three areas - scientific, community or leadership and accountability.

Scientific Development

Workshops enhance skills development and encourage collaborative learning around the latest scientific research, emerging technologies and breakthroughs in policy and programme in order to inform and guide the global response to the HIV epidemic.

Workshops in this category will serve to (1) accelerate the scale-up of evidence informed and combined approaches to HIV care, treatment and prevention; (2) highlight excellence in biomedical, epidemiological, behavioral, social, economic, political, and operational research as well as in multi-disciplinary science; and (3) discuss the impact of the HIV response on health and social systems, including the potential for effective HIV programmes to transform health and development programmes for today and for generations to come.

The Scientific Development Categories follow the scientific track categories. For an expanded description of the scope and objectives of each scientific track, please click here. \

Leadership & Accountability Development

Workshops provide a platform for new and current leaders to learn innovative skills which are critical for an effective response to the HIV epidemic. Delegates will develop and enhance their ability to assess and measure commitments and actions of leaders in their own communities.

The intention is to provide practical advice on best practice, and to challenge individuals and organizations to consider ways in which they go about developing leadership skills and accountable processes. The workshops seek to understand such practices and examine what outcomes are possible for an effective, transparent and coordinated HIV response.

Community Skills Development

Experience shows that community involvement is an essential part of the response to combatting the HIV epidemic. This series of workshops will showcase effective community empowerment programmes that are strengthening public health outcomes in HIV treatment, prevention, care and support. These workshops will emphasize the importance of building skills and capacity in relation to peer-driven programmes and services that are run 'by and for' people living with HIV and key affected communities.

Participating in these workshops will enable delegates to broaden their knowledge and skills in mobilizing key affected populations and local communities to implement effective and sustainable programmes. By sharing the successes of global community responses to HIV, workshops will emphasize the importance of building partnerships and strengthening networks between civil society, policy makers and health professionals.

Workshop Levels

Workshop topics are classified according to levels of experience and expertise of the target audience. The purpose is to guide conference delegates in identifying and selecting the workshop session that best meet their needs.

Foundation Level – For learners new to a career in HIV and health, these workshops are intended to build strong foundation skills and knowledge.

Intermediate Level - For mid-career learners who have a strong foundation, looking to further advance their professional expertise and become more effective team leaders; these workshops offer a robust selection of topics that will help delegates to specialize their focus, explore new areas and opportunities, or expand their skills to the next level of professional development.

Advanced Level – For those who have been working in HIV and health for years, and are looking for new, fresh approaches to the HIV response, and delivering on high-stakes’ projects. These workshops should allow delegates to build and nurture their talent, while increasing their own influence and marketability, and strengthening engagement with key experts at leading global health organizations.


Workshops Programme

Workshops Working Group

Prudence Mabele, South Africa (CCC)
Claire Gasamagera, Rwanda (CPC)
Annie Madden, Australia (CPC)
Annmaree O’keeffe Australia (LAPC)
Sheila Tlou, UNAIDS (LAPC)
NweNwe Aye, Myanmar (SPC) Stefano Vella, Italy (SPC)

Webinar Materials

How to submit a workshop proposal
28 November 2013

Visit the AIDS 2014 webinar page to watch the video and to download the PowerPoint presentation.

Contact Details
Workshops Team