General Guidelines

Abstracts should contain the following four components:

  • Background: a concise statement of the issue under investigation or a hypothesis;
  • Materials & Methods: the experimental methods used (including the statistical analyses employed);
  • Results: specific findings (promises such as “to be completed” or “to be presented” are not acceptable, including statistical analyses;
  • Conclusions: a summary of findings that are supported by your results; concluding statements such as “the results will be discussed” are not acceptable.

Please note that abstracts cannot be accepted if tables, graphs, grant acknowledgements, or literature references are included. The maximum word count for the abstract body is 350 words.

Abstract submitters are strongly encouraged to use person-first language in their abstracts.

Abstracts are considered as official communications to the conference and will be treated confidentially. For those abstracts that are accepted, submitters agree to attend the meeting and present their abstract as scheduled. African Early-career Investigators for abstracts that are accepted for oral or mini-oral presentation will be eligible for travel and accommodation support.

We would like to advise abstract submitters to not pay registration until the decision regarding their abstract is known.

Co-submission with AIDS 2024

Co-submission of abstracts with AIDS 2024 is allowed. You can submit your abstract(s) to both INTEREST 2024 and AIDS 2024 as long as you comply with the AIDS 2024 embargo policy. The co-submission agreement does not apply to AIDS 2024 late-breaker abstracts.

Abstract Submission

Authors can submit their abstracts electronically using the button “Submit Abstract“. You will be redirected to the submission website. Please follow the step-by-step directions, which will enable you to upload the abstract. To ensure your abstract retains any special characters or formatting, the abstract must be in Microsoft Word format.

The abstract submission deadline is on Friday, 2 February 2024.


You can read the full terms and conditions here: Terms & Conditions

Categories for Abstract Submission

For purposes of review and programming, abstracts are divided into topical categories. Selection of the most appropriate category is important as it determines who reviews your abstract. The International Conference Committee reserves the right to reassign your abstract to a more appropriate category.

Abstract topics

  • Antiretroviral treatment and HIV care
  • Basic science and HIV cure
  • Community/civil society engagement
  • Emerging and re-emerging diseases including COVID-19 in Africa
  • Economics, innovative financing, development goals
  • Epidemiology
  • Health system strengthening
  • HIV Co-Morbidities (including hepatitis, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted infections, non communicable diseases and mental health conditions)
  • HIV prevention and new technologies (PrEP, vaccines, antibodies)
  • Implementation science, cost-effectiveness, and modelling
  • Information technology innovations for HIV (mHealth, electronic records, social media, etc.)
  • Key Populations: prevention and treatment challenges
  • Knowledge translation to policy and programming
  • Laboratory monitoring/diagnostics
  • Paediatrics and prevention of vertical transmission
  • Regulatory, ethical, and research conduct issues
  • Socio-behavioural research
  • Structural determinants and interventions including stigma discrimination
  • Women and HIV

Early-Career Investigators/Postdoc/MD

The registration fee will be waived for all candidates with an ACCEPTED abstract. IMPORTANT: Waived registration is offered to the presenting author of the abstract only.

We are pleased to offer a 50% discount on the registration fee for early-career investigators without an accepted abstract.

The applicant should either:

  • be 35 years of age or younger; or
  • be a Master/PhD student; or
  • have obtained a MD / PhD degree in the last ten years

An application form needs to be completed by a supervisor and received by the conference secretariat at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the conference.

The conference secretariat will contact the early-career investigator with instructions regarding registration for the conference once the application has been received.

The Joep Lange Award

The highest-scoring abstract submitted to INTEREST will be designated with the Joep Lange Award. In honor of the co-founder of INTEREST, Prof. Joep Lange, this special recognition for outstanding research is announced during the conference each year. The recipient receives free registration plus travel and accommodation to attend the next INTEREST.

The Charles Boucher Award

Professors Charles Boucher and Joep Lange co-founded the INTEREST conference in 2007 to bring together a multidisciplinary team of experts to share knowledge and establish partnerships with the ultimate aim of improving the life quality of people living with HIV across the African continent.

Charles’ love for teaching, particularly regarding educating young researchers, was well known. He was an outstanding mentor, always ready to give advice and encouragement, and his passion for science and love of education will remain with us forever.

It has been almost three years since Charles passed away, and this award at a conference so close to his heart, honours his memory and contributes to the phenomenal legacy of our friend and colleague.

The Charles Boucher Award recipient receives waived registration and all travel and accommodation costs to attend the next INTEREST conference are included.

Notification of Abstract Acceptance and Presentation Format

It is the responsibility of the corresponding/presenting author to inform all co-authors of the abstract’s status. Please notify the Conference Secretariat if you have not received notification by the second week of March 2024. If your abstract is accepted, one author is required to register for the conference and present the paper as scheduled. Guidelines for preparing your oral and/or poster presentations will be sent after your abstract has been accepted.

Abstract publication

Accepted abstracts will be published in the Abstract Book. All abstracts will be published in the INTEREST 2024 Abstract Book. Please note that the conference secretariat cannot be held responsible for any typing or language errors in the submitted abstracts.