Scientific Committee

Objectives of the Scientific Committee (2017-2021)

The Scientific Committee (SC) represents a range of disciplines, including public health, psychology, basic science, clinical and health sciences, human rights, sociology, education, medicine, and political sciences. The Scientific Committee is working towards a new membership and configuration of the scientific tracks after the Prague Congress. The Scientific Committee is responsible for recommending invited lectures and symposia, calling for presentations, selecting abstracts and creating and finalizing the Congress scientific program, and editing and publishing the Congress Proceedings in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Beyond the organization of the scientific program, the Scientific Committee contributes to and assesses the scientific validity upon which WAS statements are created and elaborated and advises and works in liaison with the WAS Officers and the Sexual Rights Committee (SRC) when taking part in global discussions and decisions. Also, the Scientific Committee aims to facilitate and further develop scientific activities among WAS member organizations, among others by coordinating a newly formed network in sex research.

Members 2017-2021

Chair:  Alain Giami (France)

Vice-chair:  Erick Janssen (Belgium/United States)


Sexual Rights & Ethics

Tommi Paalanen, Finland
Tomoko Saotome, Japan

Social & Behavioral Sciences

Terry Humphreys, Canada
David Paternotte, Belgium

Clinical Sciences & Therapy

Denise Medico, Canada, Switzerland
Patricia Pascoal, Portugal

Basic Science

Jim Pfaus, Canada

Sexual Medicine

Mijal Luria, Israel
Béatrice Cuzin, France

Public Health and Public Policies

Kenneth Rochel de Camargo, Brazil


Osmo Kontula, Finland                                                                                                                                                  Lin Myers Jovanovic, USA


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