Thousands of researchers have gathered in Brisbane for the world’s largest and most influential HIV science conference, the International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2023). The event, held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, brings together over 3,000 members of the international research community to showcase global advances in HIV research.
Hosting this conference is a significant milestone for Australia, particularly as it accelerates the country’s goal of achieving virtual elimination of HIV transmission by 2025, with Australia’s rate of decline among the best in the world. The conference also highlights the role of science in infectious diseases and viral medicine in Australia and Queensland, with scientists from top research institutes actively contributing to the effort.
The focus will extend to the Asia-Pacific region, shedding light on the challenges and successes of the HIV response, especially concerning vulnerable populations in the area.
Brisbane’s bid to host the event was supported by the Queensland Government, ASHM (Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and Sexual Health Medicine), Tourism Australia, and Brisbane Economic Development Agency. The conference is one of 28 international conventions scheduled at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre during the 2023/24 Financial Year, showcasing the city’s commitment to cutting-edge scientific research and collaboration.