International AIDS Society

Abstract Mentor Programme (AMP)

The Abstract Mentor Programme is now closed

Thank you for your interest in the IAS 2013 Abstract Mentor Programme. The programme is now closed. The deadline for IAS 2013 abstract submissions is the 24 January 2013. Click here for more information.

The goal of the IAS 2013 Abstract Mentor Programme is to provide an opportunity for young and/or less experienced abstract submitters to ask for feedback from experienced abstract submitters. The programme is especially targeted at researchers from resource-limited settings who lack access to opportunities for rigorous mentoring in research and writing, for whom online distance education is proven to cost-effectively build research capacity.

Background Information

The purpose of the IAS Abstract Mentor Programme is to provide an opportunity for young and/or less experienced abstract submitters to ask questions to more experienced researchers.

Over the years, the AMP has proven to increase the motivation of early career researchers as well as the submissions of abstracts from developing countries. Last year, a record breaking 582 abstracts were mentored, and nearly a quarter of mentored abstracts submitted for AIDS 2012 were accepted. Nearly 90% of abstract submitters told us they found the programme useful.

As one mentee said: “The mentor programme shed a lot of light onto how to improve what I submitted. Being a program officer in a government institution, these kinds of initiatives in resource-poor countries are never there to empower people with abstract writing skills or even general writing skills.”

The programme is completely independent of the abstract review and selection process and is entirely dependent on volunteer experienced researchers acting as mentors.

Become a Mentor

“The programe is very interesting, not only for the abstract mentors but also for the mentor. This is a good way to improve our knowledge in the field.” AMP Mentor, Mexico

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

We are looking for people with experience in abstract writing and a willingness to volunteer some time to provide online support to junior investigators and less-experienced researchers for IAS 2013.

To be a AMP mentor, you need to be able to demonstrate that they have had at least two abstracts accepted at international scientific conferences, and have co-authored at least one manuscript accepted by a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

If you meet these criteria and are willing to volunteer some time to support junior investigators and less-experienced researchers, we would love to hear from you.

Register your interest in being a mentor

Submit Your Draft Abstract For Mentoring

If you don’t have a lot of experience in writing scientific abstracts, a mentor can help you. We have a pool of expert mentors who can provide advice and feedback on how to write successful abstracts for each of the conference tracks.

Experienced abstract submitters can offer you feedback on your draft IAS 2013 abstract and answer your questions on practical issues, such as formal requirements on abstract writing and the quality of the data collected.

Abstract Mentor Programme Steps
  • Complete the IAS / Health[e] Foundation module 1: scientific writing: conference abstracts e-course by clicking here.
  • At the end of the post course survey, you will be given a code number. Please make a note of this code. You will be asked for it when you register for the Abstract Mentor Programme.
  • Prepare a draft abstract in accordance with the conference abstract submission guidelines.
  • If possible, ask a supervisor or colleague to review your draft abstract and give you feedback.
  • If available, use spelling and grammar check (e.g. Office Word Spelling and Grammar function).
  • Once you completed the IAS / Health[e] Foundation e-course log in to your conference profile and submit your draft abstract for mentoring.

General Rules
  • The draft abstract submitted to the mentor must follow the submission guidelines
  • Each delegate is allowed to submit 2 abstracts for mentoring.
  • Each submitted abstract is allowed 1 round of mentoring support.
  • The administrator of the mentor programme will return draft abstracts to the submitter if they do not follow the submission guidelines.
  • Mentors will help the abstract submitters by answering questions on practical issues and formal requirements on the abstract, research methods and analysis, as well as targeting tracks and categories.
  • Mentors will not make any changes for the abstract submitter.
  • Mentors cannot indicate if he/she thinks that the abstract is likely to be selected or not.
  • Questions submitted must be of a practical nature; e.g. “Is my introduction extensive enough?” “Have I described the method well enough?” “Is my conclusion clear?”
  • Any other questions regarding the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the virus itself, abstract submission and scholarships will not be answered



Key Dates

22 November 2012
Abstract Mentor Programme Opens

14 January 2013 (extended)
Abstract Mentor Programme Closes

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Please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page for more information on the Abstract Mentor Programme.

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