DEAR COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS,
“On behalf of ESSM, EFS, the Turkish Society of Andrology and Turkish Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapies (TACBP) - it's our pleasure to welcome you to the 16th Congress of the European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM), to be held in Istanbul from 29 January to 1 February 2014.
For the first time the annual ESSM congress will be joint by the biannual congress of the European Federation of Sexology (EFS) and The Turkish Association for Cognitive and Beha- vioral Psychotherapies.
Since four millennia Anatolia with Istanbul as one of the world's largest cities has been a cradle of multicultural civilizations, a melting pot of different cultures and religions integrating in an admirable way occidental and oriental history and traditions. Features and symbols of sexuality are present in many places of Anatolia and witnessed by books, shrines, statues and other cultural relics. The advancing science of Sexual Medicine is mirrored in the scientific programs of the annual ESSM congresses, and both the country and the venue hosting this event traditionally contribute to the success of this congress. We have no doubt that Istanbul, appointed as cultural capital city of Europe in 2010, and sharing the spirit of old and new European and Asian culture, will inspire both the science of the congress and the social program as well.
An innovative scientific program reflecting sexual problems of both sexes and beyond that addressing hot topics of sexuality will be developed by the scientific committee to update you in person, attending this memorable venue, and the whole scientific community with latest and exciting achievements in Sexual Medicine. The mixture of pioneers and leaders as well as new upstarts in the field of Sexual Medicine longing for recognition and success is finally the secret recipe of the permanent successes of the ESSM congresses.
In Istanbul ESSM and EFS will continue with its traditional and successful strategies to share science and practice oriented guidance in state of the art lectures, master-lectures, round-tables, workshops, podium and poster sessions presented or moderated by renowned experts and outstanding specialists in the various topics of interest. As in the past we will accentuate the educational program in the Istanbul congress by offering the meanwhile traditional ABC Master Course, running in parallel to the scientific program ,replenished by theme oriented instructional courses and workshops jointly offered by ESSM and EFS.
By tradition the ESSM and EFS congresses are not only the stage for high level science in Sexual Medicine and Sexology but also provide the opportunity to meet old and to become acquainted with new friends. We are very positive that the spectacular and historical environment of the ancient city of Istanbul with its multicultural flare will finally cast a spell over you, your spouses and your friends at latest when you feel the breeze blowing over at the Bosporus from Asia.
Carpe diem, take your chance and let's spend together memorable days in Istanbul you and your accompanying friends will absolutely enjoy.
Chiara Simonelli, President of EFS
Mehmet Sungur, Chairman of EFS 2014 Congress