Pre-Educational Course

The Pre-Educational Course is a very popular one-day event held immediately prior to the biennial European AIDS Conference. The focus is on providing practical clinical skills and advice.

The style has evolved over the years from didactic lectures to the use of contemporary case studies followed by an explanatory talk. The subject matter is continually updated to reflect emerging trends. 


Once the course content is approved by the EACS, a broad team of junior and senior doctors is mobilised. They take part by either presenting a case study or by providing subject overviews. The presentations are honed to deliver a compelling mix of interesting topics with relevant clinical messages. The course typically attracts around 400 participants.


In 2016, the Pre-Educational Course took place prior to the 16th European AIDS Conference (Milan, Italy), on Wednesday, October 25, and was chaired by Tristan Barber, Laura Waters, and Mike Youle.


This year, the Pre-Educational Course, chaired by Tristan Barber and Laura Waters, will be held before the 17th European AIDS Conference in Basel, Switzerland on November 6, 2019 from 09:30 to 16:00. It is aimed primarily at students, doctors in training or those at an early stage of their career, although all are welcome. A combination of short lectures and case based teaching from speakers across Europe will cover the following topics:


          - Chem sex: East and West

          - Non-AIDS respiratory issues

          - Dermatology in the modern era of HIV

          - Zzzzzzz: Sleep issues beyond efavirenz

          - Using new ARVs in real life


It will conclude with a session delivered by the EACS Young Investigators Network (YING).


Registration through the Conference website (First-come, first-served basis)





"It has been great to see course participants develop in seniority, both as clinicians and as EACS members working on projects within the Society.”
Dr Mike Youle

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17th European AIDS Conference

November 6-9, 2019 Basel, Switzerland

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