10th IAS Conference on HIV Science | 21-24 July 2019 | Mexico City, Mexico

Abstract Mentor Programme

The Abstract Mentor Programme (AMP) is a free mentoring initiative offered by the International AIDS Society to help young or less experienced researchers improve their written abstract skills and increase the chances of presenting their research.

The programme primarily offers support to researchers from resource-limited settings with the aim to strengthen abstracts before submitting to IAS 2019 in order to increase the chance of being accepted into the conference programme.

The AMP is completely independent of the IAS 2019 abstract review and selection process.

Submit your draft abstract for mentoring

Submissions for abstract mentoring are now open until on 7 January 2019.

If you lack experience in writing scientific abstracts, our pool of expert mentors will provide advice and feedback on how to develop successful abstracts and increase your chances to present at IAS 2019. Do not miss out on a chance to improve your writing skills and present your research at the world’s largest open scientific conference on HIV and AIDS.

The following mentoring services are included:

  1. The JIAS/Health[e]Foundation e-course on abstract writing for scientific conferences
  2. A maximum of two reviews by expert mentors. You can choose to:
    • Submit two abstracts for one review each, or
    • Submit one abstract for two consecutive rounds of review

Become a mentor for IAS 2019

The continued success of the AMP rests on the invaluable contributions of our dedicated team of volunteer mentors, who generously share their knowledge and experience in abstract writing.

These experienced researchers answer questions on practical issues, such as formal requirements of abstract writing, the quality of the data collected, or the methods applied.

The following criteria is required to become an abstract mentor:

  • At least two abstracts accepted at international scientific conferences within the last five years
  • Co-authorship of at least one manuscript accepted by a peer-reviewed scientific journal within the last five years
  • Willingness to volunteer some time (average time commitment is four hours)

Participants’ testimonies

“The AMP was a wonderful opportunity to obtain critical input from professionals on my abstract. The feedback ensures that the abstracts are scientifically sound, thus giving mentored abstracts a higher chance of being accepted for presentation. This programme is invaluable for resource-limited settings such as those in sub-Saharan Africa.”

Dr Borna Nyaoke-Anoke
Clinical Trial Manager, KAVI-Institute of Clinical Research, University of Nairobi, Kenya

“The AMP gives a good opportunity for early-career researchers, especially those from non-English speaking backgrounds, to work with experienced scientists and enhance their scientific presentation capabilities. The AMP has improved the quality of my abstract and reinforced my scientific research.”

Bin Su
Associate Professor/Researcher, Beijing Key Laboratory for HIV/AIDS Research, Center for Infectious Diseases, Beijing You’an Hospital, Capital Medical University, China

Mentors’ testimonies

“Having been both a research mentor and mentee, I have found mentoring relationships to be have excellent examples of mutually beneficial professional relationships. The mentoring program provides the privileged insight into similar research and programs worldwide. Offering technical and editorial suggestions to improve the quality of abstracts also allows me to sharpen my research and programmatic skills. Thanks to the AMP, distance is no longer an obstacle to scientific growth!”

Dr Barbara Burmen
HIV Implementation Science Lead and Senior Research Officer, Kenya Medical Research Institute Center for Global Health Research

“As an early-stage investigator, I look for every opportunity to hone my own research analytical skills while also assisting others. The AMP provides an excellent avenue for me do both while getting to appreciate the quality of abstracts that are submitted from research around the globe. Aspiring investigators often just need an added level of support to take their ideas and make them shine. The programme helps us uncover research diamonds in the rough."

Dr Anna Joy Rogers
Research Specialist, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, USA

Sign up to become
a mentor

From 29 October 2018 to 1 January 2019

Submit your abstract for mentoring

From 26 November 2018 to 7 January 2019


Visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more information on abstract mentoring.

Contact the Abstract Mentor Programme team

[email protected]