The XI IASSCS Conference seeks to promote links between researchers, academics, advocates and activists by addressing the process of taking theory into practice, conceptualizing the meaning and significance of advocacy at the national and community level, and supporting and advancing the implementation of sexual rights.

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Here is important information for every conference delegate:

  • There is no free wi-fi access to Internet available on the campus area.
  • The university will provide, for conference delegates only, two computers (one in each building) with access to internet for free.
  • For delegates willing to have Internet access on their personal devices, there are SIM-cards available at Telephone shops like DTAC, AIS, True (both at the airport and in the university surroundings). The prices may vary, depending on the speed (the average price is 15USD/7 days).
  • All conference rooms have air conditioner, sound equipment, lightning equipment, ecran and data projector.
  • The conference takes place on Building 2 and Building 3, College of Public Health Sciences (CPHS), Chulalongkorn University.
  • Conference registration will start on Wednesday, July 12 and will finish on Thursday, July 13. The registration process will take place on Building #3, Ground Floor.
  • All coffee breaks, lunches and brunch will take place on Building #3, Ground Floor.

Preliminary Programme

Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce the keynote speakers that will join us during the IASSCS conference.

Sara Abu Zaki

Sara Abu Zaki is a Project Coordinator at Marsa, a sexual health center in Beirut, Lebanon. Her work is focused on approaching medical and nursing faculties in Lebanese universities to cooperate on enhancing sexual health education, and conducting research on sexually transmitted infections especially among youth and LGBTQ individuals in Lebanon. Her current position and past experience at the National Mental Health Program and the American University of Beirut Medical Center have helped shape and reinforce her firm belief in health equity and the importance of inclusion in health and any other aspect of life. She holds a BA in Economics and a Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics.

Georges Azzi

Georges Azzi is a sexual rights and HIV/AIDS activist. He is a co-founder of HELEM, the first LGBT organization in the MENA region; board member and founder of MARSA, a comprehensive sexual health clinic in Beirut, Lebanon; founder and currently executive director of the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality (AFE), based in Lebanon. AFE’s mission is to encourage and support activists working for sexual rights and gender equality in the MENA region. The organization works closely with activists across the MENA region.

Amara Pongsapich

Dr. Amara Pongsapich all her academic career at Chulalongkorn University and her positions included Director of the Social Research Institute (1987-93, 1997-2002), Vice President for Research (1993-96), and Dean of Faculty of Political Science (2002-2006).  After retiring, the University granted her with the title Professor Emeritus and in 2006-2009 she was the Director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies. She has acted as Board Member of the National Commission on Women’s Affairs of Thailand (1989-1992), Board Member of the UN International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (1990-1996) and Chair of the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (2009-2015). At present, she heads the World Bank Project titled “Safeguarding the Rights of Populations with Respect to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” focusing on LGBTI population in Thailand.

Nittaya Phanuphak

Dr. Nittaya Phanuphak M.D. is currently the Chief of SEARCH and the Chief of the Prevention Department at the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Center (TRCARC) in Bangkok, Thailand. She joined the TRCARC in 2002 to lead a country-wide prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) operational study.  She has gradually developed deep interest in the areas of HIV prevention and key populations, especially around the use of key population-centered approaches to enhance access to HIV testing, prevention and treatment. She started the country’s  first Test and Treat Study among 800 Thai MSM and trangender women (TGW) in 2012.  With support from USAID/PEPFAR, she currently leads the Community-led Test & Treat and PrEP Study for additional 3,000 MSM and transgender women who are enrolled through six community-based organizations in Thailand. 

Suen Yiu Tung, Ph.D.

Dr. Suen is Assistant Professor of Gender Studies, and Associate Director of the Gender Research Centre, Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, as well as Founding Director of the Sexualities Research Programme, the first research programme in Hong Kong dedicated to conducting rigorous, independent research on sexuality issues, with a focus on sexual orientation, gender identity, law and social policy. Prof. Suen serves as the Vice-chairperson and the youngest board member of AIDS Concern Hong Kong, the first non-government organization working on HIV/AIDS issues set up in Hong Kong 25 years ago.


Kangwan Fongkaew

Dr. Fongkaew currently works as a lecturer in the Department of Communication Arts in Burapha University, Chonburi, Thailand. He has done research projects and academic publications in both English and Thai on gender, sexuality, LGBTIQ, media, youth popular, culture sexual & reproductive health and HIV/AIDS prevention. He has been serving as a researcher and consultant for several organizations such as UNFPA, UNDP, USAID, RTI and FHI 360.



Ryan V. Silveiro

Ryan V. Silverio is the current Regional Coordinator of the ASEAN Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression (SOGIE) Caucus. He has been involved in LGBTIQ activism in the Philippines for more than a decade where he helped organized pride marches in Metro Manila and conducted human rights education with youth activists. He has worked with human rights organizations such as the Philippine Human Rights Information Center, Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers and Child Rights Coalition Asia. His activism extends into the academe in his capacity as Senior Lecturer at the Department of International Studies of Miriam College in the Philippines where he teaches courses on gender, human rights and social research. He has co-authored publications focusing on children’s right to participation in ASEAN, human rights education, and migration and ICT. Ryan holds a Master of Arts in Human Rights degree obtained from Mahidol University, Thailand.

Bui Thanh Xuan

Bui Thanh Xuan is Researcher at the Research Centre for Nonformal Education of Viet Nam Institute of Educational Sciences (VNIES). She has been involved in a number of research projects and programs on gender-related issues, sexuality and reproductive health education in schools and non-formal educational institutions, which are managed by both Ministry of Education and Training and international organizations, NGOs in Viet Nam, such as UNFPA, UNESCO, PyD. Most recently, Ms. Xuan has participated as a key member in the MOET-UNESCO joint research project on School-Related Gender-Based Violence and SOGIE-based violence in Schools of Viet Nam. She is author and co-authors of several teaching manuals, learning materials, books, and articles on gender, sexuality, and sex education for adolescents, school students, and teachers.  Ms. Xuan has the Bachelor of Science in Educational Psychology from Ha Noi Teacher Education University, and the Master of Education from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Cianán B. Russell

As the Human Rights & Advocacy Officer at the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN), Cianán oversees the advocacy framework for APTN, organises regional consultations and capacity building workshops, leads the engagement with the United Nations human rights mechanisms, and collects and disseminates regional information about the state of trans rights and human rights processes in the region. Cianán received a Bachelor’s degree in 2004 from the University of Iowa and a Doctorate in 2008 from Purdue University. Before moving to Asia, they also worked on the teaching faculty at Georgia Institute of Technology in Chemistry. Cianán has expertise in qualitative and quantitative human subjects research methods, assessment, and international human rights issues. Cianán has worked in trans activism since 2001 in the US, Thailand, and regionally in Asia and the Pacific, and also serves on the Advisory Committee of Trans(Forming), a trans people of color-led organistion in Atlanta, GA, USA and on the Core Organising Team of the Trans Professional Association for Transgender Health.

Other Type of Participation

We are glad to announce IASSCS additional type of participations:

IASSCS Institutional Meeting: IASSCS will hold an institutional meeting, for Full Members only, on July 12, at 17:00 hrs.

Institutional Fair: The institutional fair is an opportunity for various local and international organizations and institutions to provide informational material and exhibit their publications and projects. We are glad to welcome Taylor and Francis, ARROW Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women, UNDP, WAS – World Association for Sexual Health and the Gender Studies Programme from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Additionally we welcome conference delegates to put their material in the free display table. The Institutional Fair will be located on the Ground Floor, Building #3.

  • IASSCS conferences would not be possible without the contribution of its Keynote Speakers, whose participation significantly contributes to IASSCS discussions in its different dimensions:


    Carmen Barossa, Cathy Cohen, Charles H. Klein, Doug Kirby, Shereen El Feki, Gary W. Dowsett, Gilbert Herdt, Jennifer Hirsch, John Gagnon, Juliet Richters, Lenore Manderson, Mara Viveros, Mary Crewe, Michael Kimmel, Nivedita Menon, Richard Parker, Rosalind P. Petchesky, Sealing Cheng, Sonia Correa, Vasu Reddy, Vera Paiva, among others.