15th Congress of the European Federation of Sexology

This congress is normally attracting a variety of professions working with sexual rehabilitation, education, therapy and treatment that of sexual dysfunctions, public sexual health and prevention of sexual dysfunctions. Furthermore the congress addresses themes relevant for those working with victims of rape and/or incest. Of increasing importance is gender incongruence as a theme. Thus we welcome doctors of all specialities including gynaecology, oncology, urology, psychiatry, endocrinology, plastic surgery, general medicine. Furthermore anthropologists, journalists, midwives, physiotherapists, nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists, philosophers, policemen, psychologists, psychotherapists, religious leaders, social workers, speech therapists, teachers and many, many more.

Welcome Letter

It is an honor and pleasure for The European Federation of Sexology (EFS) to welcome you to the 15th EFS Congress that has now been postponed to 10-13 June 2021. This congress will be organized jointly with the Danish Association of Clinical Sexology (DACS) in the beautiful city of Aalborg where you will be swiftly be carried to another culture with the Danish hospitality.
The EFS and DACS will deliver a high quality congress which hopefully will turn out to be a memorable event both scientifically and socially. As we believe that the scientific success of a congress depends on the contributions of the delegates, we hope that many of you will be able to get actively involved in the congress.
The programme will cover a wide range of new clinical and research topics including challenges faced regarding sexual rights,sexual health and sexual disorders.The theme of the congress reflects the central motive of the event that is embracing differences and diversity and promoting sexual health and rights as one of the main human rights.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Aalborg to establish closer professional and social links where you will meet old friends and make new ones following the long term isolation caused by the devastating pandemic.

Cordial regards,

Mehmet Sungur
President of the European Federation of Sexology (EFS)
Professor of Psychiatry, Istanbul Kent University, Istanbul
President of the Turkish Association for Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapy (TACBP)
Former President of European Association of Behaviour and Cognitive Psychotherapy (EABCT)
Past President of the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy (IACP)
Diplomate, Founding Fellow Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT), ACT Certified Supervisor, Trainer and Consultant
Beck Institute International Advisory Committee Member
World Confederation of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies Board Member
President of the European Federation of Sexology (EFS)

Welcome Letter

Dear Colleagues,

Our biannual congress moves towards the north of Europe to Aalborg in Denmark in 2021 where you can be assured that you shall be made to feel most welcome by our hosts from the Danish Association for Clinical Sexology.
We hope that you can explore and enjoy Nordic hospitality with our joint congress sharing culture, knowledge and experiences from across the breadth of modern sexology. Diversity and inclusion are essential components of our education, practice and advocacy today and we shall be championing this message during our promotion for the congress and throughout our time together in Denmark.
It is our sincere intention to include you into our programme in whatever way that you would hope for and to meet with you personally during our next congress in 2021.

Kevan Wylie 
Immediate Past President European Federation of Sexology

Welcome Letter

It is my pleasure to inform you that the meeting is planned to take place in Aalborg, Denmark, June 10th – 13th 2021. Aalborg is considered to be one of the best 25 small cities in the world, at factors such as the quality of public transport, lively metabolism and progressive local government, among other things, according to Monocle’s inaugural Small Cities Index.

The European Federation of Sexology has over 50 active societies and also individual members. The society hosts a congress each other year in which new scientific results are presented within the fields of urology, gynecology, psychiatry, endocrinology, general medicine and psychology.
The society is working for interdisciplinary exchange of new knowledge among health professionals and mental health workers regarding sexology and sexual health. EFS also works for educating young colleagues in the field of sexology by promoting courses and exams directed at qualifying a new generation in sexual medicine and psychosexology.
The advent of chapter 17 in the diagnostic manual ICD-11, ratified by the WHO general assembly in May 2019, places sexual health in a central position in the totality of human health issues. The profession of sexology has been one main contributor to the understanding and the implementation of sexual health.
During the congress interesting discussions arise among the international participants and networking is a valued part of these meetings.
We aim at having 450 participants from the whole world.
The congress venue will be in Aalborg Culture and Congress Center in the heart of Aalborg. The Congress Center is ISO 20121 certified meaning that sustainability is in our minds.

Best regards

Astrid Højgaard
Chairwoman of The Organising Committee

Welcome Letter

Dear Delegates,

On behalf of the Danish Association of Clinical Sexology, I am proud and pleased to welcome you all to Aalborg.
We are very pleased to host the EFS conference in Aalborg, Denmark
We sincerely hope that as many sexologists as possible from all over Europe – from north to south and from east to the west Europe countries will participate in the conference, and that it will result in more collaboration in projects and research around Europe. In addition, we hope that the partnership between the organizations in the south and the north will get closer in the future.
I am personally very happy to welcome every one of my colleagues around Europe in Aalborg and I am sure it will be a great conference for all of us.

All the best

Tonny Bønløkke Hertz
President of DACS
Danish Association of Sexology
Specialist in sexology counseling (authorized NACS)
Member of NACS board
Member of the scientific committee for the 2021 EFS conference
Specialist in Chemsex
Work in AIDS Fondet
Social Worker