Past updates


EMIS is still open until 30 June, so keep up the recruitment work!

We are all getting ready for the end of the recruitment period, when a lot of the background work starts: data cleaning, the first analyses, the drafting of summary tables and reports. With a complex study like EMIS, these will be released over a period of several years.


After several rounds of negotiations and sustained efforts, a round of announcements and ads were distributed on Hornet in Russia, Türkiye and Ukraine causing a measurable bump in the number of participants.


Sustained advocacy efforts by a large coalition of community organisations yielded a successful campaign for recruitment on the dating app ROMEO across the entire EMIS region. The campaign resulted in several thousand new participants. As a token of our appreciation, EMIS have made a donation to the PlanetRomeo Foundation that helps community organisations mainly in the Sub-Sharan African region.


Recruitment campaigns have been going strong in all countries of EMIS. Here are some more examples of what different organisations have been posting and publishing to reach even more participants.

The two campaigns organised with Grindr 4 Equality were particularly successful and yielded several thousand new participants.


Some more examples from the different national campaigns. EMIS-2024 is a mammoth venture, so it doesn’t move fast. But when it moves, it rolls!


EMIS-2024 is rolling out slowly but steadily. Here are a few examples from our community partners’ social media feeds.


“So what is taking so long” – you ask, and you are quite right. Putting EMIS-2024 together was already a daunting task with near 50 different partners, 35 languages and 50 countries, and a complex funding structure that relies on contributions from an impressive consortium. However, rolling out EMIS-2024 to all the affected communities is even more challenging, and it does take time. We are trying to make sure that everyone in the groups concerned can have the chance to reply to the survey. This is why we will keep EMIS-2024 open at least until the end of April 2024.25.02.2024

Your voice – our strength! Most partners have received the link or links that they can use for promoting EMIS-2024 and for recruiting participants from across Europe. Due to some technical complications, tracking participants from different countries is somewhat cumbersome. The EMIS team will nonetheless provide regular updates by email on how recruitment progresses. An online tracking tool is not available this time.


Most partner organisations across Europe have received their links to EMIS, and recruitment can start for real.

There is, however, a recurrent question regarding the survey: Can the participants go back in the survey if they want to correct a previous answer? This is not possible, unfortunately. The option of going back would involve collecting cookies from participants, which we cannot do for privacy reasons. The survey must remain completely anonymous, and so no identifiable cookies are allowed as these would be associated with the participant’s IP address.


Finally! We are rolling out EMIS-2024 across Europe, starting with a comprehensive campaign in Germany. The invitation to participate will be shared on social media, in print media of interest for the target groups: gay and bisexual men who have sex with men, and trans persons. Follow this link for direct access to the survey:


All visual identity materials for EMIS-2024 have been developed and are being compiled into a package that can be sent to the recruiting partners. The visual materials, snippets and other elements have been devised in a way that they can be combined and compiled by all participating partners in any way they like. Different language versions of the recruitment text and the tagline Your Voice, Our Strength can be added by the partners in a format that suits them best.


Plans for a national launch of EMIS-2024 in Germany are solidifying. Promotion and recruitment will start through the social media channels of Deutsche Aidshilfe, IWWIT, and Robert Koch Institute on Sunday, 18.02.2024. All partners from across Europe will be invited to share, repost and retweet posts from the German campaign, which will feature messages and the invitation to participate in German and English.