Welcome to eNews for March. Here at ASHM, our education events are in full swing, as well as our conference planning — indeed I write to you from Cape Town where we are a key partner in delivering INHSU Africa 2020 in addition to some inaugural education workshops in South Africa delivered by ASHM. The organising committees for the Australasian Viral Hepatitis and Joint Australasian HIV&AIDS and Sexual Health Conferences for 2020 have been extremely busy for some time now. I am extremely impressed by the dedication of those who volunteer so much of their time and expertise to ensuring these events remains relevant and beneficial to our domestic and regional responses to BBVs and STIs.
Abstracts have opened and more information can be found here — we very much look forward to receiving your submissions from scientists, clinicians and our communities. For the joint conferences, we already have some great speakers lined up including Dr Chris Beyrer from Johns Hopkins University in the US and Dr Nittaya Phanuphak from the Thai Red Cross Research Centre in Bangkok. You can view the full list of keynote speakers here.
As ASHM navigates our 30th year of service in the BBV and STI sector we are aware that many of long-standing contributors, advisors and members are often retiring or sadly have passed away. Thus we have been prioritising mentoring new leaders in our sector and emerging talent. This is demonstrated for example on the organising committees for the ASHM-run conferences — veterans of the response are paired with more junior colleagues to ensure there are opportunities to engage with us and build their confidence and capacity.