On behalf of EFS ,it is an honor and pleasure for me to invite and welcome you to the 15th EFS Congress that will be held virtually on 11-12 June 2021. Unfortunately, the negative impact of COVID-19 have been profound changing the daily routine of our lives. Therefore we had to follow a different path to maintain our biannual congress by organizing it virtually to ensure the participants’ safety without leaving anyone behind and perhaps with further International engagement.
Despite all the odds, I have no doubt that EFS will deliver a high-quality scientific programme which hopefully will turn out to be a memorable experience as this will be the first time that our congress will be held virtually. I believe that the scientific success of a congress depends on the contributions of the delegates and therefore I hope that many of you will be able to get actively involved in this congress.
The program will cover a wide range of clinical and research topics that will be presented in different forms such as debates ,lectures, roundtables, workshops, symposia and poster sessions including themes such as challenges faced regarding sexual rights and safety during unprecedented times of the COVID-19. The theme of the congress, ”All About Connection”, reflects the importance of global cooperation and collaboration instead of personal isolation which is vital not only in difficult times caused by the pandemic but also in our normal daily lives, to which hopefully we will return soon.
Until we meet again face to face, we are looking forward to meeting you virtually to keep connected, to establish closer professional and social links, to reaffirm the continuous development of our community and to offer you a high-quality scientific program.
Stay safe and connected.
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