Very early in the development of my professional identity, I learned about Ivan Bloch’s 1907 proposal for sexology: to develop “a scientific enterprise in its own right combining the methods and insights of natural and cultural sciences” (quoted by Haeberle in his Archives for Sexology). Integrating knowledge is one of the major challenges for many areas of human science, and for sexology, an indispensable tool that differentiates the approach from other disciplines.
I will present my personal journey to contribute to this goal, from my initial fascination with theories of everything, such as the systems theory, to the practicalities of implementing processes for education and clinical work in sexology. From training those interested in entering the sexology field, to the intricacies of integrating professionals of several disciplines in organizations that promote several aspects of the sexological endeavour. Integration in sexology remains a duty to be fulfilled, but in my view, we have advanced considerably. Transdisciplinary efforts have resulted in improvements in the efficacy of teams and problem solving challenges; my proposal is that sexology embraces more formally the transdisciplinary approach.
The Postuguese SexLab: background, projects, and findings. Sex Lab is a partnership between the Universidade do Porto,CINEICC (FPCEUC) and Universidade de Aveiro. The main goal is to conduct experimental