Criteria for candidates

The IAS is committed to sustaining a skilled, diverse and gender balanced Governing Council with a wide range of competencies, and to the greater involvement of people living with HIV (GIPA) in all aspects of its work. People living openly with HIV, women, young investigators, and basic and non-clinical scientists who fulfil the below criteria are particularly encouraged to consider standing for election.

A candidate for the IAS Governing Council needs to:
  • Be a person working professionally in the field of HIV and AIDS
  • Have been a paid-up member of the IAS for at least two years
  • Be able to demonstrate leadership in their field
  • Be able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to the integrity and general suitability requirements, and the vision, mission and values of the IAS
  • Be able to demonstrate knowledge of HIV and AIDS organizations, societies and networks within their region, as well as engagement with them
  • Be committed to devote significant time and energy required to discharge their duties as Governing Council members and be prepared to:
    1. Actively participate in and contribute to a number of conferences and meetings managed by the IAS
    2. Become involved in IAS committees, thematic working groups, resource mobilization, as well as in IAS conferences (for example, as a chair, member, speaker, point person, etc.).
  • Be nominated by two members of the IAS (other than themselves), who must have been IAS Members for at least one year
  • Agree to the nomination.

In order to ensure geographical representation from across the regions, only one member per country can be elected to the Governing Council. Therefore, members in countries that are already represented by the remaining regional representatives in each region cannot be nominated to run for election*. In terms of assigned seats in the regions, at least one of the vacant seats in the United States and Canada region needs to be filled by an IAS Member from Canada and in Latin America and the Caribbean at least one seat needs to be filled by a member from the Caribbean.

Reflecting the current IAS priorities, the IAS also seeks to ensure that adequate and diverse thematic expertise within the field of HIV and AIDS is represented on the Governing Council. For the 2020 IAS Governing Council elections the IAS Nomination and Election Committee, appointed by the Governing Council, has identified the following thematic areas where gaps may occur due to members stepping down from the Governing Council:

  • Vaccines
  • Paediatrics and adolescents
  • Community representative with a scientific background**

For more information about the Governing Council and the election procedures, see the IAS Bylaws, IAS Governing Council Terms of Reference, IAS Governing Council Election Procedures and the IAS Principles for Campaigning and Elections.

*Except for the United States and Canada region, where both countries shall be represented. IAS Members in the following countries will not appear on the list of potential nominees in the 2020 IAS Governing Council elections, due to the one member per country rule: Brazil, Côte d’Ivoire, India, Italy, South Africa, Thailand and Ukraine.
**Basic and translational, clinical, epidemiology and prevention, social and behavioural, implementation, or political science background.