This year, Melbourne is hosting the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014), the world’s largest health conference with an expected 14,000 delegates this year. It is the first time the event is being held in Australia. Designed to unite leading scientists, health care professionals, policy makers, community organisations and people living with HIV, the theme of AIDS 2014 is 'Stepping up the Pace', emphasising a move towards an HIV/AIDS-free generation. Importantly, there has been a strong focus placed on global youth, recognising that such a massive task cannot be achieved without youth empowerment and leadership. A workshop is being held for high school students, organised by Monash, Burnet, WEHI, GTAC and YEAH!