Dear CROI Community:

I write on behalf of my CROI 2023 co-chairs, Drs Jim Hoxie and Diane Havlir, to update you on plans for CROI 2023. This in-person meeting will be in Seattle from February 19 to 23, 2023. There are some exciting developments to be aware of as you make your plans to attend.

CROI 2023 Programme

Based on your feedback, the structure incorporates the ‘traditional’ (pre-COVID) approach along with some of the innovations introduced in recent CROI meetings

  • Pre-conference workshops for trainees and others at all stages of their careers
  • Plenary lectures by leading scientists
  • Oral presentations with state-of-the-art science in HIV, hepatitis, tuberculosis, and now SARS-CoV-2 and monkeypox virus
  • Themed discussions drawing major poster presentations together around a particular topic
  • Poster presentations and daily Poster walks, led by Programme Committee members, provide a curated approach to key issues
  • Interactive sessions emphasizing Q&A and audience engagement around contemporary topics of debate or concern

Invited Sessions for Epidemiology and Public Health

The programme’s Epidemiology and Public Health track features presentations you won’t want to miss. Some of the highlights include:

  • Clinical Trials Workshop talks on Platform Trials and Unpacking Modelling Studies (Sunday, February 19, 2023)
  • A plenary lecture by Ambassador John Nkengasong on 20 Years of PEPFAR: Looking Back, Striding Forward (Monday, February 20, 2023)
  • Oral abstract sessions including Antiviral Strategies for HIV Treatment and Prevention; HIV and STI Prevention: New Tools and Approaches; and Optimizing the HIV Treatment Cascade (February 20, 21, and 22, 2023)
  • Interactive sessions on Delivering on the Success of Injectable PrEP and Science Communication in the Age of Misinformation (Wednesday, February 22, 2023)

The full CROI 2023 programme is available here.

Conference Venue and Networking Opportunities

With the return to an in-person CROI, many attendees are eager for the opportunity to connect with colleagues and friends again, face-to-face. Our new conference venue is the Summit at the Seattle Convention Centre adjacent to the former Washington State Convention centre that you may remember from previous CROIs. This stunning, brand-new conference centre is designed with numerous breakaway spaces that help support networking. If you want to set up a larger formal meeting during CROI 2023 we are continuing our support of Affiliated and Proximate Activities.

CROI Backpacks

The annual CROI backpacks are legendary, and the 2023 edition will make an outstanding addition to your collection. To commemorate the many iconic backpacks from past CROIs, we ask you to submit your a photo of your favourite backpack at CROI or “out in the wild” here.

We look forward to having everyone back together in person and seeing you carrying your backpack around CROI 2023 in a few months! Look for an email from announcing the opening of registration in the next week.


Kind regards,

Landon Myer
University of Cape Town
Co-Chair: Epidemiology and Public Health, CROI 2023