It is our great pleasure to welcome you here in Barcelona to participate in the 15th European AIDS Conference organised by the European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS).
We have done our best to offer an exciting scientific programme, composed of state-of-the-art plenary lectures and abstract-driven sessions presenting the latest research in the field of HIV medicine, and to stimulate discussions as well as educational exchanges. We are proud that nearly 900 abstracts have been submitted from over 70 countries. The CCIB serves us as a high-quality, modern conference venue.
We are very pleased that the 17th International Workshop on Co-morbidities & Adverse Drug Reactions in HIV is again affiliated with this EACS conference to address issues together concerning long-term care which are of common interest. New special topic sessions will give an ideal platform to highlight important issues from different interdisciplinary angles, e.g. PrEP, hepatitis co-infection, tuberculosis, gender, standard of care or the prospects of cure. Needless to say that we took up the Meet the Expert sessions newly introduced at the 2013 EACS Conference again in this year’s programme to allow in-depth discussions about clinically challenging problems.
This year, our Society is organising a Networking Event taking place on Thursday evening (October 22). All delegates are welcomed and attendance requires a separate registration.
The EACS has been implementing its new governance structure to optimise its work and broaden participation in its activities, with the aim to respond better to the evolving European HIV epidemic. The first edition of the EACS Biennial Report shows the strong development of our Society.
The publication of the guidelines is one of the key missions of the EACS. We invite you to download the App or the PDF version of the new 8.0 EACS Guidelines to be presented during the conference.
One of the key goals of the EACS through this biennial European conference is to promote an interest in HIV clinical research amongst young researchers / clinicians from across and beyond Europe at an early stage in their career. The EACS Scholarship programme is now named in memory of Joep Lange and Jacqueline van Tongeren. This year, 76 delegates have been granted a scholarship. They are the next generation of HIV experts.
We would like to take the opportunity to thank all those who worked so hard to make this conference a success – the Scientific and Programme Committee, the EACS Governing Board and Regional Representatives, the EACS Secretariat, the community representatives, K.I.T. Group, our conference organiser, the distinguished lecturers, session conveners, the partners from joint meetings, the partners from industry, and last but not least, you as an active participant.
It is our special privilege and great pleasure to welcome you to the 15th EACS meeting in Barcelona. We wish you a stimulating exchange across disciplines and across nations.
Prof. Manuel Battegay
EACS Conference Co-Chair
Prof. José M. Gatell
Local Conference Co-Chair