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Attending conferences is a tremendous opportunity to present research, exchange ideas and discuss with peers. Having one’s abstract selected is a major determinant to, not only attending but, participating at the conference. However, writing a conference abstract can be a challenge. By the end of this workshop, participants will know how to write and submit a well-written conference abstract and increase chances of acceptance. The main part of the workshop covers the practical aspects of writing an abstract, focusing on its structure and the content required in each section. The workshop also provides key take-home messages and offers examples to illustrate both good practice and common mistakes to avoid. Short exercises are used to enhance the learning experience, using audience participation and comprehensive handouts. In addition, participants learn the formal requirements that need to be met and how their abstracts are reviewed, scored and selected by the conference.

11:00
TUWS0401
Introduction
Marlène Bras, International AIDS Society, Switzerland
Slides
11:05
TUWS0402
How to structure your abstract
Marlène Bras, International AIDS Society, Switzerland
11:20
TUWS0403
How to correctly write each abstract section
Mark Wainberg, McGill University, Canada
Papa Salif Sow, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, United States
11:45
TUWS0404
How to avoid common pitfalls that result in the rejection of your conference abstract
Mark Wainberg, McGill University, Canada
12:05
TUWS0405
How are abstracts scored and selected
Marlène Bras, International AIDS Society, Switzerland
12:15
TUWS0406
Questions, answers and evaluation