The Gold Medal Award 2021

The Gold Medal is the most prestigious honour awarded by the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS). A maximum of five medals are awarded at the WAS Biennial Congress.

Nominations may be submitted by anyone experienced in the field and should be supported by two other persons who are known to WAS.

An individual cannot nominate themself.

The system is confidential. The person who is being nominated should not be approached for information nor should be advised of their nomination at any stage.


The nominator should provide a nomination letter (in English) that includes the following:

  • Name, gender and country of the nominated person.
  • Current, or most recent, position of the nominee, (this may be paid, honorary or voluntary work).
  • A brief review of the nominee’s lifelong achievements in the field.
  • Reasons why the nominee is worthy of the award.

Letters of support (in English) from two other people who are known to WAS and are familiar with the nominee’s achievements.

A copy of the nominee’s Curriculum Vitae (Résumé) with English translations of the titles of papers published.


Documented evidence of lifelong achievement within the field of Sexology. This encompasses either professional or voluntary work in any area of sexual health, sexuality education, research, counselling, the promotion of sexual rights or any other area pertinent to human sexuality. The Committee encourages broad representation, inclusive of a variety of disciplines, countries, personal background and gender. Documents should be submitted electronically to the Chair 2021 Gold Medal Award Committee, Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale, PhD, MA, BA:

CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS: June 15, 2020 a 12:00 AM (midnight), Eastern Time (EST).