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Program Features


Daily plenary sessions bring the entire conference together for invited talks on some of the most pressing issues facing the HIV prevention research field. Plenary sessions topics at HIVR4P 2016 include challenges in developing long-acting prevention and delivering combination prevention approaches, the latest scientific advances in understanding HIV transmission, and emerging issues in prevention trial design. Plenary sessions include award and scholarship presentations. Opening and closing plenary addresses feature keynote addresses by leading prevention research and policy experts designed to set the stage for and help summarize key lessons from the HIVR4P conference.

Oral abstract sessions

Oral abstract sessions include a series of six 10-minute presentations by, and five-minute Q&A sessions with, researchers summarizing new prevention studies, including key findings, implications for the field, and directions for future research on the topic. Oral abstract sessions are organized by topic and field of research.

Poster sessions

Poster sessions encourage discussion and debate of important scientific and clinical questions relevant to HIV prevention. At poster sessions, attendees are invited to visit poster presentations of research of interest, and to speak with the presenting author. Poster discussion sessions also include five-minute talks (followed by Q&A) with poster authors.


Symposia highlight cutting-edge scientific developments and challenges in the field in 90-minute sessions that include presentations by invited speakers, followed by a brief Q&A. Symposia topics may cover issues that span the HIV prevention field (e.g., standards of care in HIV prevention trials) or focus on a topic more specific to one particular form of HIV prevention research (e.g., structure-based design in HIV vaccine development).


Roundtable sessions are designed to highlight different perspectives on the same issue and to provide opportunities for debate and discussion around hot topics in the field. Roundtables include more time for moderated discussion and audience feedback than other session formats.

Meet the Expert

Meet the Expert sessions provide the opportunity for expanded dialog with key experts, including some plenary speakers. These sessions expand learning opportunities for conference attendees and allow for more in-depth discussion of critical topics at the meeting, as well as audience feedback to key presenters.

Networking lunches

Daily networking lunches provide early-career investigators and advocates with valuable opportunities for informal, in-depth exchange with experts representing a cross-section of research issues, implementation challenges, and HIV-affected communities. Seating is first come first serve for networking lunches. 


Rapporteur sessions summarize highlights of research presentations and discussion at HIVR4P. Rapporteur sessions are organized by conference track. They provide an excellent opportunity for conference attendees to catch up on sessions they may have missed, or simply to review key findings on topics of interest presented at the meeting.

Satellite sessions

Satellite sessions are independently organized programs designed to dive more deeply into key topics in HIV prevention, or to address topics or feature programs of particular relevance to the session organizers. Satellite sessions may be sponsored by research, advocacy, or community organizations, multilaterals, or governmental organizations. Satellites are held either on the opening day of the conference or on the morning following the conference. While satellite sessions are independently organized, they must be relevant to the HIVR4P program and approved by the conference secretariat.

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