WIC+ Travel Grant Summary – Sarah Quinn, 2023 International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science

Thanks to the WIC+ Professional Development grant, I was able to attend the International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science in Brisbane, Australia this summer. This was my first time attending an academic conference, and it was fulfilling in many ways. I had the opportunity to network with a ton of scientists, including many international researchers and collaborators I had never met in person before.  I also spoke with representatives from companies that work on HIV diagnostics and treatment, further confirming my interest in a career in biotech or pharma. Presenting my poster also led to a lot of constructive conversations on my work. In addition to the basic science area I presented in, this conference also included researchers in clinical science and public health, as well as members of the community living with HIV. Getting to learn from and present to people of such diverse perspectives was an incredibly valuable experience and gave me a more wholistic understanding of the field across the entire care continuum.