International AIDS Conference

The International AIDS Conference is the largest conference on any global health issue in the world. The first conference was held in 1985 during the height of the AIDS epidemic. The conference is held biannually in different locations across the globe. The 2018 conference will be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands and previous locations include Durban, South Africa; Melbourne, Australia; and Washington, D.C among others. The conference represents the intersection of science, advocacy, and human rights.  Speakers include scientists, public health workers, political figures, religious leaders, artists, and clinicians.

The AIDS epidemic has continually been stigmatized and thus as young advocates we believe that education is at the root of destroying prejudice. For this reason, we established the Warner Hall Service Travel Grant to send Warner Hall members to the conference along with our faculty advisor, Dr. David Wessner, using a portion of the funds we raise through our various annual events. We have been lucky to send girls to the 2014, 2016, and 2018 conferences so far. The attendees are asked to share their experiences through blog posts, social media posts, and through an on-campus education event.