ESMN member Dr. Laura Baams receives prestigious Van Emde Boas van Ussel Price

At the NVVS Spring Congress 2022 ‘Sexuality in the Spotlight’ in Utrecht, the Netherlands Scientific Society for Sexology (NVVS) presented the Van Emde Boas – Van Ussel Prize on Friday 25 March 2022 to Dr Laura Baams, assistant professor at the Department of Pedagogy and Educational Sciences at the University of Groningen. Laura Baams is member of the ESMN

ESMN Delphi study published in Sexuality Research and Social Policy

Recently, Joke Dupont and coworkers published a study on sexual health priorities within the countries affiliated with the European Sexual Medicine Network

The definition of sexual health evolves over time. As sexual health definitions and priorities are also context-dependent, there is a need to identify a diversity of sexual health challenges and priorities from a pan-European perspective.
We examined what a group of diverse experts in this area identifies as interdisciplinary, transnational priorities on sexual health using a Delphi method. In 2020, 93 participants from 29 countries took part in an online Delphi study. First, based on a three-round Delphi study, a hierarchy of priority topics was developed, comparing consensus rates across the items. Second, a qualitative content analysis of the participants’ responses to existing gaps and possible improvements in sexual health was administered.
An inventory of priority items was created. The panelists identified 37 priority topics, divided into 10 overarching themes. Consensus was reached based on quantitative measurements regarding the importance of the suggested priority topics relevant to sexual health, resulting in 23 implemented items in the list of priorities. Qualitative data from the experts informed us about possible
sexual health challenges and blind spots.

Dupont, J., Chollier, M., Meštrović, T., Quayle, E., Skrenes, A., & Dewaele, A. (2022). Towards a Transnational Sexual Health Research and Policy Agenda: the European Sexual Medicine Network Delphi Study. Sexuality Research and Social Policy (E-pub).

To see a preprint version, please click here: Dupont et al. Delphi study


Ukrainian researchers participation in COST activities

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New booklet on COST Actions against Covid-19

A new booklet was published about what COST Actions do against Covid-19, check out:

MEETING Working Group 4 in Porto, Portugal


Job Opportunity Portugal

Individual Call to Scientific Employment Stimulus

The Center for Psychology at University of Porto (CPUP) is welcoming applications from PhD holders in Psychology who wish to develop their scientific research at the University of Porto, Portugal.


CPUP brings together researchers from different areas of Psychology with a common interest in human behavior, mind and brain, in both health and disease. The overarching goal of CPUP is to produce world-class research and innovative educational and clinical applications, thereby contributing to the development of an inclusive society.

CPUP includes five research groups (RG) that share well-equipped labs to conduct basic and applied research:

See details of the application here:


The following reference levels applicants are considered:

  1. Junior Researcher: PhD holders for 5 or less years, with limited post-doctoral research experience in the scientific area of the application.
  2. Assistant Researcher: PhD holders for over 5 years and up to 12 years, with relevant curriculum in the scientific area of the application, and with limited scientific independence.
  3. Principal Researcher: PhD holders for over 12 years with relevant curriculum in the scientific area of the application, demonstrating some scientific independence for the last 3 years.
  4. Coordinating Researcher: PhD holders of a title of agregação or habilitação in Portugal, with a curriculum of high merit and demonstrating scientific independence and leadership in the scientific area of the application.

The call is open until 3 March 2022, 5 p.m. (Lisbon time).

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In Memoriam Prof. Ellen Laan, PhD

The ESMN regrets the passing of one of its members, Prof. Ellen Lane, PhD. For an In Memoriam by Prof. dr. Lori Brotto, PhD, President of the International Academy of Sex Research, please see:

In Memoriam Ellen Laan PhD by Lori Brotto, PhD, IASR President


New publication on COVID-19 effects on sexual desire discrepancy in couples

A group of ESMN members recently published a paper in Archives of Sexual Behavior on their multicountry assessment in cohabiting partnered individuals of changes in sexual desire discrepancy during the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the full paper click here: Štulhofer et al 2022 Arch Sex Behav