Forum to Explore Science of Sex, Relationships

May 30, 2013 - News Release

“The Science of Sex and Relationships” is the topic of a daylong research symposium to be held at the University of Guelph June 8.

Presented by the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and U of G’s Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, it’s intended to bridge the gap between sex research and relationship science, said Prof. Robin Milhausen, a sex educator and event co-chair.

“People tend to study sex and relationships as separate topics,” Milhausen said. “As researchers, these two groups don’t get together too often.”

Delegates will discuss how a satisfying sexual life reinforces a positive relationship and vice versa, Milhausen said. Researchers will also discuss their work and collaborations.

The symposium will be held in Rozanski Hall, Room 105, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Uzma Rehman, a psychology professor at the University of Waterloo, will give a keynote address on “Bridging the Gap Between Sex Research and Relationship Science: Current Status and Future Directions.”

Other talks include Brock University psychology professor Tony Bogaert discussing asexuality, and Jeffery Abracen, chief psychologist at Central District Parole, Correctional Service of Canada, on working with high-risk sexual offenders.

The event is open to the University community and general public; cost is $100. Attendees of the annual Guelph Sexuality Conference and students may register for a discounted rate.

More information is available online.

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