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European Federation of Sexology

EFS Mission

EFS recognizes sexuality as central to human life, health, well-being, and human rights.

EFS is the voice and the core network for professionals working in sexology in Europe.

EFS promotes excellent and ethical practice in education, knowledge, and skills to celebrate sexual health, intimacy, and diversity with compassion, free from prejudice and violence.

EFS HIstory

The European Federation of Sexology (EFS) was founded as a non-profit Association by Willy Pasini, together with the Maurice Chalumeau Fund from the University of Geneva in Switzerland 1991 following the Swiss Civil Code. The Founding Members of EFS are recognised as Willy Pasini, Robert Porto, Erwin Haeberle, Maj Brit Bergström-Walan, Piet Nijs, Gorm Wagner & Gilbert Tordjman.

The five Past Presidents of EFS are Willy Pasini (1988-1992), Robert Porto (1992-2006), Antonio Palha (2006-2010), Chiara Simonelli (2010-2017) & Kevan Wylie (2017-2020). The current president is Mehmet Sungur who started official duties on 1st July 2020.

The original statutes of the Federation from 1991 have been revised on three occasions in 2002, 2006 and 2016.

On 3rd September 2020 nine founding members met by telecall and agreed to establish EFS as a legally registered Association in Croatia. The participants were Mehmet Sungur (President EFS), Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad (General Secretary EFS), Kevan Wylie (Past President EFS), Goran Arbanas (Treasurer & Executive Committee Member based in Zagreb, Croatia), Helle Nygaard Gerbild. Evie Kirana, Filippo Nimbi, Francesca Tripodi & Tiina Vilponen.

Executive committee

It is in charge of and responsible for the management of the Federation, and of any form of activity in accordance with resolutions of the General Assembly

Mehmet Sungur

Turkey

Filippo Maria Nimbi

Italy

Charmaine Borg

The Netherlands

Kevan Wylie

UK

Tal Peleg-Sagy

Israel

Stefano Eleuteri

Italy

Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad

Norway

Patricia Pascoal

Portugal

Astrid Hojgaard

Denmark

Goran Arbanas

Croatia

Tiina Vilponen

Finland

Sam Geuens

Belgium

Officers

The executive committee includes 4 officers: President, President Elect/Past President, Secretary General and Treasurer.

President

Mehmet Sungur

Turkey

President Elect

Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad

Norway

General Secretary

Filippo Maria Nimbi

Italy

Treasurer

Goran Arbanas

Croatia

Scientific Committee

Takes part in realizing the scientific program for the EFS Congress, structuring monothematic courses to be offered to the Member Societies and drafting documents for insiders such as guidelines and e-books.

Chair: Sam Geuens

Belgium

Charmaine Borg

The Netherlands

Stefano Eleuteri

Italy

Patricia Pascoal

Portugal

Goran Arbanas

Croatia

Training and Education

Develops and proposes the European Standards for training in sexology at different levels (Sex Educator, Counsellor and Therapist), to accredit European courses, seminaries and trainings and to collaborate with the European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM) for the EFS & ESSM Certified Psycho-Sexologist (ECPS) exams.

Chair: Stefano Eleuteri

Italy

Tiina Vilponen

Finland

Chair: Sam Geuens

Belgium

Goran Arbanas

Croatia

Mehmet Sungur

Turkey

Congress committee

It is in charge of and responsible for the management of the congresses and events organized by the EFS

Chair: Mehmet Sungur

Turkey

Tiina Vilponen

Finland

Stefano Eleuteri

Italy

Goran Arbanas

Croatia

Patricia Pascoal

Portugal

Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad

Norway

Filippo Maria Nimbi

Italy

Liaison, Membership and Fundraising

Takes part in getting connected with members and other entities, defining collaborations and projects.

Chair: Astrid Hojgaard

Denmark

Goran Arbanas

Croatia

Tal Peleg-Sagy

Israel

Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad

Norway

Social Media committee

Manages social networks and media contacts for the broadcasting of scientific news.

Chair: Filippo Maria Nimbi

Italy

Charmaine Borg

The Netherlands

Last updated statute and addendum (e.g., bylaws)

i

Statutes modified 2002

b

Statutes 2006 final

Z

Statutes signed 2016 final