Gold Medal Award Nominations

WAS is pleased to announce the call for the prestigious Gold Medal Award nominations. This award is the highest honour bestowed by WAS and is presented at the WAS Biennial Congress.

Three Gold Medal Awards will be granted at the WAS Congress in November 2023.

We encourage anyone experienced in the field to submit nominations for this award. Each nomination should be supported by two other individuals known to WAS. It is important to note that individuals cannot nominate themselves, and the system is strictly confidential.

The person being nominated should not be approached for information, nor should they be advised of their nomination at any stage.

Additionally, a past recipient of the Gold Medal may not nominate their sponsors for the award for at least three award cycles.

To prepare the nomination proposal, the nominator should provide a nomination letter (in English) that includes the name, gender, and country of the nominated person, as well as their current or most recent position.

The letter should also briefly review the nominee’s lifelong achievements in the field and why they are worthy of the award. Additionally, letters of support (in English) from two other people known to WAS and familiar with the nominee’s achievements, as well as a copy of the nominee’s Curriculum Vitae with English translations of the published titles, should be included.

The selection criteria for this award will be based on documented evidence of lifelong achievement within the fields of Sexology, Sexual Health, Sexuality Education, Sexual Rights, Psychosexual Therapy, or Counseling. This includes professional and voluntary work in any area related to human sexuality.

The Gold Medal Award Committee encourages broad representation, including various disciplines, countries, personal backgrounds, and gender. Previous gold medal winners have predominantly come from the Global North, and we are encouraging nominations from the Global South.

Submit all documents electronically to the 2023 Gold Medal Award Committee Chair, Eusebio Rubio-Aurioles, at

Submission closes on May 15th, 2023, at 23:59 UTC.