The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) is pleased to announce its first Symposium in Australia. The Society, celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2017, has been a haven for sexual science and is excited to extend its reach to Australasia as we look to the future. We cordially invite you to join us in February at the beautiful Parramatta campus of Western Sydney University for 2 days of extraordinary speakers, including Sam Winter, Juliet Richters, Anthony Lyons, and Philip Tromovitch, and concurrent sessions on the current state and future direction of sexual science in the Australasian region.



At the 2017 SSSS Australasian Symposium, we are seeking to be challenged by emerging and innovative research and practice from researchers, educators, and clinicians from a diversity of fields pushing the boundaries of sexual science. Concurrent session submissions will be considered from all areas of sexuality including anthropology, communication, education, natural sciences, medicine, media/film, psychology, public policy, public health, religion, sociology, and other related disciplines. Of particular interest are submissions focused on multidisciplinary perspectives on innovative regional sex research and considered perspectives on the future of sex research down under.


We are no longer accepting Abstracts for Concurrent Sessions.

Please see below for registration details. 



Join us in 2017 for the SSSS Australasian Symposium in Sydney, NSW, Australia


Program Co-Chairs:




                Philip Birch, PhD





Christopher M. Fisher, PhD



Plenary Speakers:




Anthony Lyons

Anthony Lyons is Associate Professor in the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University. He has held previous appointments as Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne and as Lecturer in Psychology at Newcastle University in the UK. He leads national research programs investigating the health and wellbeing of marginalised and stigmatised populations, with a major focus on the mental health of LGBT populations and people living with HIV. He also conducts research on sexual health in marginalised and general populations. His work is multidisciplinary, bringing together both Public Health and Psychology. Anthony has published 70 journal articles, book chapters, and monographs. His research has been cited more than 1,000 times in the academic literature and has been featured widely in the media, both in Australia and internationally.





Juliet Richters



Professor Juliet Richters has worked for over 30 years in sexual health research and education. Her work includes national and local surveys of sexual behaviour and attitudes, in-depth interview studies, and theoretical work on the sociology of sexual practice. Topics include family planning, condom use, circumcision, sexual practices, and prevention of sexually transmissible infections including HIV, and groups studied include gay men, backpackers, young people, prisoners, lesbian and bisexual women, and the population in general. Juliet leads our national sex survey, the Second Australian Study of Health and Relationships, and also a large qualitative study of women’s experiences and understandings of contraception in relation to their sexual lives.





Philip Tromovitch



Dr. Philip Tromovitch holds degrees in East Asian Studies, Computer Science, and Human Sexuality Education.  Known primarily for his meta-analytic work with Dr. Bruce Rind and Dr. Robert Bauserman, Professor Tromovitch is currently working on the Multinational Life Experience and Personality Project (MLEPP), a multi-study research project whose principal focus is examining potential causal links between early sexual experiences and adult personality and mental health.  Although born in the United States, Professor Tromovitch is a permanent resident of Japan and is affiliated with the Harris Science Research Institute of Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan.






Sam Winter


Sam Winter recently moved from Hong Kong, where he had taught and researched at the University of Hong Kong for 30 years. He now heads up a small sexology team at the School of Public Health at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. A psychologist by training and professional experience, he teaches, researches and publishes in trans health and rights. He also works with trans clients. He has worked with WHO (on the current ICD-11 proposals), with UNDP (their 2012 Lost in Transition report), and with UNESCO (tools for examining homophobia and transphobia in schools). He is a board member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and was on the authoring team for the Standards of Care (SOC-7). He was one of the commissioned authors for a recent series on transgender health published in the Lancet. He does advocacy work regionally and worldwide, working with Asia-Pacific Transgender Network (APTN), Global Action for Trans* Equality (GATE), and other groups.






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