Abstract Submission

To Submit a Abstract

You are invited to submit an abstract for consideration by the Scientific Programme Committee for participation at the 11th SA AIDS Conference Programme. The conference is scheduled to place at the Durban International Convention Centre from 20 – 23 June 2023.  

The theme of the conference is Act, Connect, and End the Epidemic.  Abstracts will be reviewed according to the following tracks:

Track 1: Epidemiology and Pandemics

Track 2: Basic and Clinical Sciences

Track 3: Social Behavioral Science

Track 4: Implementation Science

Track 5: Community Leadership and Advocacy

Track 6: Policy, Finance and Ethics

Track 7: Youth and HIV



  • Abstracts can only be submitted electronically through the 11th SA AIDS Conference website. Abstracts submitted to the conference secretariat directly through any other means will not be accepted for review. 
  • A confirmation email will be sent to you when your abstract has been received. Please refer to your abstract by number, title and presenting author in all correspondence regarding the abstract.
  • Please contact the Secretariat if you have not received confirmation that your abstract has been received.
  • All abstracts will be forwarded to the Abstract Review Committee for review. Notifications regarding status will be sent once the review process is complete.
  • Notices of acceptance or rejection of the paper will be sent to the primary author, with reviewer comments where applicable
  • The presenting author is expected to attend and register for 11th SA AIDS Conference by the communicated registration deadline and present the poster or oral presentation


The deadline for abstract submission is 17 February 2023 – All Abstracts must be received by the announced deadline. Abstracts received after the deadline will not be consideredThe Programme Committee is committed to having the Programme completed by March 2023. This will allow enough time for attendees to schedule their participation accordingly.

The on-line abstract submission system is user friendly.


Please draft your abstract according to the headings listed below of not more than 300 words in total. You may draft your abstract in text format only using a word processing software i.e. MS Word and then copy and paste the text in the abstract submission box. 

*Note that no graphic images, tables, graphs or columns should be submitted with your abstract.


You will be guided through the submission procedure. Please follow the instructions as shown on the webpage.

The submitted abstract should contain the following information:

  1. Background and Objectives 
  2. Method 
  3. Results
  4. Conclusion 

Step 1: Abstract Details

You will be required to complete the following fields:

Submission type
Was the same or similar talk given in SA or abroad
Abstract title

Author’s Mobile Number

Author’s Work Number

Short bio of author

E-mail address for nominated author (for reader queries and correspondence)

Abstract Text as per the guidelines below


Step 2: Submission of Abstract Content


Abstracts that report research findings should contain the following concise statements:

Background:         The description of the problem or the hypothesis, the study objectives

Methods:              Study methods used, or approaches taken

Results:                 Specific results in summarized form

Conclusions:         Statement about the main outcomes.


Abstracts for reporting on strategies / projects should contain the following concise statements:

Background:        Short statement summarizing the issue(s) addressed by the abstract     

 Methods              A brief description of the project, experience, program, or research

Results:                 A brief description of the results or lessons learned

Conclusions:        A brief statement of next steps / recommendation

The following fields will need to be completed under their respective headings:
Abstract Information

Abstract Title
Has the material presented in this abstract been published previously?
Preferred presentation: (poster or oral presentation)
Preferred track

Project Scalability: To scale the described project/activity described to a district /regional/national level, what are the requirements? (New or amended policies, operations, human resources, and financial implications)

Combined text in these fields should not exceed 300 words.

Abstracts can only be submitted in text format – no images or graphs should be included.


Step 3: Verification of information provided in steps 1 – 2.

All the details that have been provided in the abstract submission process will be presented for verification.