General Information

The Fast-Track Cities 2024 conference will take place October 13-15, 2024, at the Maison de la Mutualité in Paris, the city in which the global Fast-Track Cities network was launched on World AIDS Day 2014. Endorsed by the Mayor of Paris, the 10-year anniversary conference will convene the network of more than 550 Fast-Track Cities under the theme, “Equity in Action.”

The conference theme aims to underscore the catalytic impact achieved across the Fast-Track Cities network over the past decade in accelerating urban HIV, tuberculosis (TB), and viral hepatitis responses. The theme also emphasizes the imperative to sustain momentum generated for and re-double the political and societal commitment necessary to achieve all health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SGDS) by 2030.

The conference aims to share best practices in accelerating urban health responses, and explore opportunities to leverage the network to support integrated health responses. The conference is organized by the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC), in collaboration with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and the Fast-Track Cities Institute, Stop TB Partnership, and Coalition for Global Hepatitis Elimination.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

In addition to two high-level panels, the Fast-Track Cities 2024 conference program includes plenary sessions, panel discussions, and oral and e-poster abstract sessions. In addition, the conference will provide a space for collaborative development of innovative approaches to achieve optimal health outcomes in urban settings through thematic skills-building workshops and affiliated satellite symposia. Click here to access a downloadable PDF version of the conference program.

KEY DATES

Following are key dates related to the Fast-Track Cities 2024 conference:

  • Abstract Submission Deadline – June 14, 2024
  • Abstract Disposition Announcements – July 26, 2024
  • Standard Registration Deadline – August 16, 2024
  • Cancellation Deadline (with $75 penalty) – August 16, 2024
  • Discounted Hotel Room Reservation Deadline – first-come, first-served

REGISTRATION

Pricing Category
Deadline
Early
9 Feb. 2024
Standard
2 Aug. 2024
Late/Onsite
N/A
LMIC Non-Member $200 $275 $350
Member** $100 $175 $250
HIC Non-Member $275 $350 $425
Member** $175 $250 $325

*Check this list to determine which registration type is appropriate based on your country of residence.
**Member pricing refers to attendees living in a city that is a member of the Fast-Track Cities network. If you register under “Member” pricing but your city is not part of the Fast-Track Cities network, then you will be invoiced for the price difference ahead of the conference commencement.

Registration fees are listed in US Dollars and must be paid before the above deadline. Any registrations that are not paid by the respective registration deadline will be increased to the new registration fee 10 calendar days after the deadline.

Registration includes:

  • Participation in all conference events, including pre-conference
  • Conference bag and printed materials for onsite attendees
  • Access to the Fast-Track Cities 2024 conference app
  • Refreshments during morning and afternoon breaks

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

More information about discounted hotel reservations is forthcoming.

EXHIBITOR AND SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION

The Fast-Track Cities 2023 conference held in Amsterdam attracted more than 700 in-person attendees. The Fast-Track Cities 2024 conference will offer an opportunity to meet in-person with elected officials, public health department representatives, clinical and service providers, urban health experts, and civil society advocates from current and prospective Fast-Track Cities. There are a limited number of exhibitor and symposia spaces and sponsorship opportunities available for this conference. Contact Jonathon Hess, IAPAC Senior Director of Education, at jhess@iapac.org for more information on sponsorship opportunities.

COMMERCIAL SPONSORS

The Fast-Track Cities 2024 conference is made possible through generous support from corporate sponsors, among them Merck Sharp & Dohme and ViiV Healthcare. Additional corporate sponsor announcements will be made as sponsorships are finalized.

Schedule

October 13, 2024

TimeSessionRoom
9:00 AM - 11:00 AMSKILLS-BUILDING WORKSHOPS 1
Data-Driven Care: Driving Continuous Enhancement
Advocacy for Impact: Shaping Health and Social Policies
Digital Health: Data Analytics for Care Optimization
Social Impact: Unlocking Social Investments for Health
11:00 AM - 11:15 AMBREAK
11:15 AM - 1:15 PM SKILLS BUILDING WORKSHOPS 2
Behavioral Economics: Supporting Person-Centered Care
Promoting Integration: Interdisciplinary Care Collaboration
Policy Alignment: Enhancing National-Municipal Coordination
Lessons Learned: Insights for Pandemic Preparedness
1:15 PM - 2:30 PMLUNCH
2:30 PM - 4:30 PMSKILLS-BUILDING WORKSHOPS 3
Grassroots Leaders: Building Skills for Effective Advocacy
Cultural Competence: Bridging Gaps in Public Health
Engaging Community: Participatory Budgeting for Health
Storytelling for Change: Using Narratives to Drive Action

October 14, 2024

TimeSessionRoom
8:00 AM - 8:45 AMSATELLITE SYMPOSIA
8:45 AM - 9:00 AMBREAK
9:00 AM - 9:15 AMCONFERENCE WELCOMEThéâtre
Fast-Track Cities: Reflecting on a Decade of Progress and Impact
9:15 AM - 10:30 AMHIGH-LEVEL PANEL SESSION 1Théâtre
Equity in Action: Driving Health Equity through Shared Responsibility
10:30 AM - 10:40 AMBREAK
10:40 AM - 11:40 AMPLENARY SESSIONS 1
Collaborative Care: Interdisciplinary HIV Testing and Linkage to Care
Fast-Track ART: Leveraging Rapid HIV Treatment Initiation for U=U
Fast-Track PrEP: Navigating Pathways for Rapid HIV PrEP Scale-Up
Community-Driven: Facilitating Long-Term Engagement in HIV Care
11:40 AM - 11:50 AMBREAK
11:50 AM - 12:50 PME-POSTER SESSION
12:50 PM - 1:00 PMBREAK
1:00 PM - 2:15 PMLUNCH SYMPOSIUMThéâtre
2:15 PM - 2:30 PMBREAK
2:30 PM - 3:30 PMORAL ABSTRACT SESSIONS 1
Thematic Session
Thematic Session
Thematic Session
Thematic Session
Thematic Session
Thematic Session
3:30 PM - 3:45 PMBREAK
3:45 PM - 5:00 PMORAL ABSTRACTS SESSIONS 2
Thematic Session
Thematic Session
Thematic Session
Thematic Session
Thematic Session
Thematic Session
5:00 PMADJOURN
5:30 PM - 6:30 PMSATELLITE SYMPOSIA

October 15, 2024

TimeSessionRoom
8:00 AM - 8:45 AMSATELLITE SYMPOSIA
8:45 AM - 9:00 AMBREAK
9:00 AM - 10:15 AMPANEL SESSION 1Théâtre
From Silos to Synergy: Bridging Urban Health Initiatives
10:15 AM - 11:30 AMHIGH-LEVEL PANEL SESSION 2Théâtre
Fast-Track Health: Investing in Urban Health into 2030
11:30 AM - 11:45 AMBREAK
11:45 AM - 12:45 PMPLENARY SESSIONS 2
HCV-Free Cities: Strategies, Progress, and Challenges
Zero TB Cities: Scaling Up Responses for TB Control
Integrated Approaches: Improving Mental Health
Innovative Inclusion: Community-Led Risk Reduction
12:45 PM - 1:00 PMBREAK
1:00 PM - 2:15 PMLUNCH SYMPOSIUMThéâtre
Human First: Ending HIV Stigma as a Human Rights Priority

Sponsored by IAPAC and Fast-Track Cities Institute
2:15 PM - 2:30 PMBREAK
2:30 PM - 3:30 PMCLOSING PANELThéâtre
Fast-Track Cities 2023: Charting a Future Course
3:30 PMADJOURN

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Venue and Accommodations

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Fast-Track Cities 2024 will be hosted at the Maison de la Mutualité (24 Rue Saint-Victor, 75005 Paris, France). IAPAC is securing discounted rooms at hotels within walking distance to the conference venue. Please check back regularly for updates.

Submit an Abstract

The Fast-Track Cities 2024 conference abstract submission portal is open. The deadline for abstract submission is 5:00 pm ET, June 14, 2024. Abstract dispositions will now be announced by July 28, 2024.

The conference organizers are encouraging abstract submissions across multiple types of research domains, including:

  • Behavioral science
  • Clinical research
  • Community participatory research
  • Health economics
  • Implementation science
  • Operational research
  • Public policy

Abstracts accepted for presentation at the Fast-Track Cities 2024 conference will be presented during the conference’s oral abstract and e-poster sessions. Abstracts must be submitted online by 5:00 pm ET, June 14, 2024.

KEY DATES

Following are key dates relevant to abstract submissions:

  • Abstract Submission Deadline – June 14, 2024
  • Abstract Disposition Announcements – July 26, 2024
  • Deadline to Withdraw Abstract/Change Presenting Author – August 23, 2024

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

As noted above, abstract submissions are encouraged in a wide variety of specific domains, including:

  • Behavioral science
  • Clinical research
  • Community participatory research
  • Health economics
  • Implementation science
  • Operational research
  • Public policy 

CLINICAL

  • Diagnostic and monitoring tools
  • Antiretroviral therapy in adults
  • Comorbidities associated with HIV
  • Clinical issues specific to gender
  • Clinical issues specific to pediatric/adolescent HIV
  • Clinical issues specific to key population

COLLIDING PANDEMICS

  • Continuity of HIV services
  • Continuity of TB services
  • Continuity of HBV services
  • Continuity of HCV services

PREVENTION

  • Treatment as prevention
  • Post-exposure and pre-exposure prophylaxis
  • Combination HIV prevention

BEHAVIORAL/SOCIAL

  • Behavioral science research
  • Social science research 

STIGMA

  • External/social stigma
  • Internalized stigma
  • Intersectional stigma

HOLISTIC HEALTH

  • Economic, food, and housing security
  • Mental and spiritual health
  • Health-related quality of life 

IMPLEMENTATION

  • Data generation/analysis/monitoring/measurement strategies
  • Intervention development, implementation, and outcomes
  • Dissemination/implementation of evidence-based approaches
  • Uptake and impact of innovative approaches
  • Operations research and demonstration projects
  • Health policy advocacy, implementation, financing, outcomes
  • Resource, structural, and service delivery issues and innovations 

HUMAN RIGHTS

  • Ethical, legal, political, economic, and societal drivers and responses
  • Interventions and strategies to improve health equity and outcomes
  • Approaches to eliminate gender-based and other inequalities 

STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT

  • Political and parliamentarian engagement
  • Clinical and service provider engagement
  • Community and civil society engagement
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Partnership frameworks and models

Particularly as applied to key and disproportionately affected populations:

  • Treatment naïve, treatment experienced
  • Individuals living with mental health challenges
  • Individuals living with HIV and comorbidities
  • Men who have sex with men
  • Transgender individuals
  • Women in high incidence areas
  • Pregnant women, women of childbearing age
  • Children and adolescents
  • Migrants and displaced populations
  • Homeless and/or marginally housed individuals
  • Female and male sex workers
  • People who use drugs
  • Incarcerated or recently released individuals

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION

Abstracts must be submitted online by 5:00 pm ET, June 14, 2024. Submitted abstracts will be considered for oral and poster presentations. Submitted abstracts should report information not previously published, or intended to be published, prior to August 23, 2024.

It is the responsibility of the presenting author to ensure accuracy of content, spelling, and presentation. Abstracts will be published as submitted, subject to reformatting that may be required by IAPAC.

ABSTRACT FORMAT

Abstract contents will be either research-based data using established scientific methods or demonstrate experience and information from individuals or institutions working in the field. Please follow one of two structured formats (A or B), indicating in bold the four parts of your abstract:

Format A: Data-Driven Abstracts

  1. Background: a concise statement of the issues evaluated
  2. Methods: the investigational model used
  3. Results: specific findings
  4. Conclusions: summary of findings, supported by results

Format B: Program Descriptions and Case Studies

  1. Introduction: a concise statement of the issues addressed
  2. Description: a description of the project, case study, experience, or intervention
  3. Lessons Learned: project results, implementation issues, and/or case study solutions
  4. Recommendations: further recommendations or next steps

GENERAL GUIDELINES

Following are general guidelines for individuals interested in submitting an abstract(s):

  • The abstract must NOT contain more than 300 words.
  • Acceptable abstracts shall contain a concise statement of the research, define the precise subject of the presentation, and be related to the main theme or a sub-theme of the conference.
  • Literature references and acknowledgements should not form any part of the abstract’s content. Figures and tables are acceptable.
  • The author is responsible for all grammatical and factual details. You may edit your abstract after it has been submitted.
  • All abstracts must be submitted in English. If you are not fluent in English, please attempt to have your abstract reviewed by a fluent English speaker.
  • The interdisciplinary nature of the conference delegates should be kept in mind when writing the abstract; thus, sub-specialty jargon should be avoided.
  • Define all abbreviations and concepts in your abstract at first use.
  • For therapeutic agents, only generic names may be used (trade names are not permitted).
  • All authors and co-authors must have an affiliation, city, state (USA ONLY), and country associated with their name.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION AND ACCEPTANCE

All abstracts must be submitted online no later than 5:00 pm ET, June 14, 2024. All submissions will be acknowledged upon successful submission via the site. Faxed or mailed abstracts will not be considered.

Please record your abstract number. The number assigned to your abstract when it is submitted online will be the abstract number referenced throughout the conference, including in the Program and Abstracts book. A notice of acceptance or rejection will be sent via e-mail no later than July 26, 2024. The disposition of each abstract will be sent via e-mail only to the submitting author identified on the submission form for that abstract. That contact will be responsible for sharing the disposition with all other authors of the abstract (including the presenting author).

Accepted abstracts will be in one of two categories:

  1. Oral Abstract presentation
  2. Poster Abstract presentatio

Presenting authors agree to register for and attend the conference as scheduled in oral abstract or e-poster sessions. Oral abstract presenters are responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses, as well as the applicable registration fees.

Please note that only the abstracts of paid conference registrants will be included in the final Program and Abstracts Book. Accepted abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings. Abstracts are considered official communication to IAPAC. Submission of an abstract implies permission to publish, and online posting, if accepted. A copy of any electronic presentation and handouts will be transferred to IAPAC.

All submissions must be received online by 5:00 pm ET, June 14, 2024. It is strongly recommended that you do not wait until the last minute to submit your abstract(s). You may review/edit submissions from now until 5:00 pm ET, August 23, 2024. Abstracts may be withdrawn, or the presenter may be changed, until August 23, 2024.

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FAQ

When and where will Fast-Track Cities 2024 take place? 

The Fast-Track Cities 2024 conference will take place October 13-15, 2024, at Maison de la Mutualité in Paris, France. Click here to access the conference program. 

What is included in my conference registration? 

Registration includes 3-day access to the conference including all sessions and open satellite symposia. 

Click here to register online. 

When am I required to pay for my conference registration? 

Registration fees payments must be received on or prior to the deadline for a specific registration type (Early or Standard). If payment of a registration fee is not received by the stated deadline, the next higher category of registration fee will be applied/required to attend the conference. Prompt payment of registration fees based on the deadline schedule is encouraged. 

How do I download a copy of my registration receipt? 

Click here to login into your IAPAC account online. Once logged in, select “Dashboard,” then scroll to “Registrations” where you will find your conference registration if you have registered for the conference. 

Where can I find the conference program? 

A downloadable PDF version of the conference program is available under the “General Information” tab under the section “Conference Information”. The schedule may also be viewed by clicking the “Schedule” tab. 

Is the conference accredited for CME or CE credits? 

The conference will not be accredited for CME and CE credits.  

Where can I find information about abstract submissions? 

To learn more about online abstract submissions, including domains and general submission guidance, please click here to visit the abstracts submission portal. Note that the abstract submission deadline is June 14, 2024. 

How do I submit an abstract? 

Abstracts may be submitted until the deadline outlined under the “Abstracts” tab. To submit an abstract, you will need to select the “Abstracts” tab above and scroll down to and select “Submit an Abstract”. When adding co-authors, please be sure to include their appropriate affiliation as this will be reflected in the published abstracts book if the abstract is selected for presentation. When you are ready to save or submit your abstract, select the “Update” button. Incomplete abstracts (i.e., abstracts without a track selected) will only be saved to your dashboard but not submitted to the system. Completed abstracts will automatically be submitted once the “Update” button is selected. Please regularly check your dashboard to ensure you have not made multiple submissions of the same abstract. 

How do I edit an abstract I submitted? 

Abstracts may be edited until the deadline outlined under the “Abstracts” tab. To access your abstract, you will need to login to your IAPAC dashboard, scroll down to “Abstract Submissions”, and select the pencil icon next to the abstract you would like to edit. When communicating with staff about your abstract, please reference your abstract ID which will begin with “FTC”. If there are abstracts under “Abstract Submissions” that you do not intend to submit for review, please delete them by selecting the garbage bin icon next to the respective abstract. 

What is the word limit for abstract submissions? 

Abstracts are limited to 300 words. Note, the abstract submission portal includes numbers as words, but numbers are not considered words for submission purposes. The system will alert you if you are over the word limit. If you do not receive an alert from the system, then your abstract is still within the 300-word limit and may be submitted, even if the actual word count shows as over 300. 

Is there discounted hotel accommodation for conference attendees? 

Fast-Track Cities 2024 will be hosted at the Maison de la Mutualité (24 Rue Saint-Victor, 75005 Paris, France). IAPAC is securing discounted rooms at hotels within walking distance of the conference venue. Please check back regularly for updates. 

Are there conference scholarship opportunities for travel and accommodation? 

Due to budget constraints, scholarships for travel and accommodation are not available at this time.  

I am applying for my travel visa. Where can I request a letter of invitation to support my application?  

Click on the following link to request your official letter of invitation for visa purposes. Fast-Track Cities 2024 Invitation Letter Request 

Is there a conference app?  

Yes, there will be a conference app. A QR code for the conference app will be emailed to registered delegates in October 2024. 

Are there any hosted symposia or sponsorship opportunities? 

The Fast-Track Cities 2023 conference, held in Amsterdam, attracted over 600 in-person attendees. The Fast-Track Cities 2024 conference will offer an opportunity to meet in-person with elected officials, public health department representatives, clinical and service providers, urban health experts, and civil society advocates from current and prospective Fast-Track Cities. There are a limited number of exhibitor and symposia spaces and sponsorship opportunities available for this conference. Please contact jhess@iapac.org for more information on hosting a symposia or other conference sponsorship opportunities.

I still have questions, whom can I contact? 

For registration and general conference queries: events@ftcinstitute.org 

For hosted symposia and sponsorship opportunities: jhess@iapac.org 

For abstract-related queries: cmoore@iapac.org 

Please direct any questions about accessing the venue directly to the venue via email at contact@maisondelamutualite.com or by calling (France) 01 44 31 53 15 and reference the IAPAC Fast-Tack Cities conference. 



					

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