Conference Practicalities


Le Palais des Congres de Paris
2 Place de la Porte Maillot, 75017 Paris


The main entrance to the venue is opposite Place de la Porte Maillot (marked on the map below with a pink star). This gives you direct access to Registration, the Plenary session room and Levels 2 & 3. Please ensure you use this entrance when attending morning satellite symposia.

The Palais des Congrès is easily accessible by metro or RER, from Metro Ligne 1 Station Porte Maillot or RER C Station Porte Maillot-Palais des Congrès. A few bus stops also surround the venue for bus lines: PC 1, PC 3 and 43, 73, 82, 244. For those who prefer cycling, a velib’ station can be found within easy reach, on Place de la Porte Maillot.


Traffic disruptions for the Tour de France

The Tour de France cycling race finishes in Paris on Sunday, 23 July. Traffic disruptions are expected, particularly if using land transport such as buses or taxis.

  • If you are travelling into Paris by taxi or car, we strongly advise taking the Boulevard Périphérique ring road and avoiding the centre. Be aware that the cycling route will enter Paris from the south.
  • If you are arriving at Paris Orly airport, speak with your driver to plan the best route.
  • Travelling within the city, the metro is the mode of transport expected to be least affected. Porte Maillot station will remain open throughout 23 July.
  • Road closures within the centre and around the cycling route will likely remain in force from 9:30 to 23:00 on Sunday, 23 July.

The maps below provide an overview of the route and affected areas.

Safety and Security

Delegate safety and security has always been a priority for the conference organizers. For each conference, we develop a robust and comprehensive security plan, working closely with security partners and local law enforcement agencies. The detailed security plan is underwritten and managed by a dedicated security team working in close liaison with the venue, private contractors and governmental agencies.

First Aid

A first aid room will be available during the conference in the Exhibition (Level 2).


Please contact [email protected] if you need any information or support. Once at the venue, please go to the conference Information Desk, located in Registration (Level 0), for any assistance.


A cloakroom will be available near the registration area (Level 0), at the entrance of Le Grand Amphitéâtre, but we encourage people to limit the number and size of bags they bring with them. Only modest-sized handbags and laptop bags are allowed within the venue (subject to search at the discretion of the conference organizers); anything larger must be placed within the cloakroom (subject to search and availability of space).

Conference Programme

Online Conference Programme

The programme is available via our Online Conference Programme,,  and also via the IAS 2017 Mobile App.

The Online Conference Programme features:

  • full session outlines
  • full abstract contents (once embargo is lifted)
  • list of posters presented daily
  • rapporteur summaries
  • session recordings, presentation slides and e-posters
  • *provided consent has been given
  • topic-focused roadmaps
  • a personalized itinerary builder.
Mobile App

The Mobile App is available free of charge on the App Store and Google Play.

Social Media

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Positive Lounge

The Positive Lounge is designed as a place of rest, support and networking for HIV-positive conference delegates. It provides opportunities to meet and talk with other people from across the globe in a relaxed and welcoming environment. The Positive Lounge will be located on Level 3.

Community Activist Liaison

The conference organizers provide support for dialogue and participation of activism through the Community Activist Liaisons (CAL). The CALs are available to provide advice and assistance during the conference and will be found in the Community Office on Level 3.

Interfaith Prayer and Reflection Room

A room will be available within the venue, located on Level 3.

Meals and Snacks

Fa In addition to the food outlets on Levels -1 and 0 of the Palais des Congrès, catering concessions offering light, nutritious snacks and beverages will also be available on Levels 2 and 3 of the convention centre. Items on offer will include sandwiches, salads, fruits and beverages.

Information Desk

For general inquiries related to the conference, a desk will be located in Registration (Level 0). All Lost and Found items will also be collected here.


Wi-fi will be available free of charge for delegates throughout the conference venue. There will also be an Internet Café, with power sources and Internet hook-ups (cabled and wireless), which is located in the Exhibition (Level 2).

Smoking Policy

It is prohibited to smoke anywhere within the convention centre.

Banking Facilities

One ATM can be found on Level 0, near the main entrance, and one on Level -1.

Certificate of Attendance

Participants who are entitled to receive a Certificate of Attendance will receive it by email from the Registration Department after the conference.