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September 16, 2018


Conference Information and Updates

International Society for Quality-of-life Studies


Happiness in a Multicultural World

Granada, Spain

September 4-7, 2019


The International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) is holding its 17th Conference in the city of Granada, Spain. The 17th ISQOLS Annual Conference will be co-organized by ISQOLS and the Universidad de Granada from September 4th-7th 2019 (Thursday to Saturday) in Granada, Spain. The ISQOLS 2019 Conference will offer a forum for discussion of the research findings concerning quality of life, well-being, and happiness.
The theme of the Conference is Happiness in a Multicultural World. Many cultures have been dwelled in Granada during history, and many cultures do coexist peacefully right now. Taking this into consideration, we would like that the Conference would be an inspiration for happiness and quality of life towards peace and tolerance and understanding between different peoples.

Call for abstracts

Call for Abstracts, Posters, Symposia, and pre-Conference Workshop Organization
Abstracts dealing with scientific research or best practice examples in all areas in quality-of-life, well-being and happiness are highly welcomed. The following topics and tracks are provided as an illustration:
Topic 1: Cultures and the History of Well-being
Tracks: Understandings of well-being. Well-being across cultures. History of well-being. Religion, spirituality and well-being.
Topic 2: Well-Being in the World and in Regions
Tracks: Arctic Circle. Africa. Asia. “Takashi Inoguchi Endowed Track on Quality of Life and Well-being in East Asia”. “Mahar Mangahas Endowed Track for the Advancement of Quality of Life and Well-Being in Southeast Asia”. Oceania. Middle East. Latin America. Caribbean. North America. Western Europe. Eastern Europe.
Topic 3: Well-Being in Different Populations
Tracks: “The Daniel Shek-Wofoo Foundation Endowed Track for the Advancement of Adolescent Quality of Life Research”. “The Kenneth C. Land Endowed Track on the Advancement of Quality of Life and Well-Being of Children”. Disabled. Elderly. “The Elizabeth Eckermann Endowed Track on Gender and Quality of Life”. Migrants. Refugees. The Poor. The Rich. “The Ronald E. Anderson Endowed Track on the Alleviation of Human Suffering”.
Topic 4: Methodological Issues in the Study of Quality-of-life, Happiness and Well-Being
Tracks: Big data. Causality issues. Composite indices. Conceptualizations. Database handling. Measurement of quality-of-life. Modelling. Psychometrics. Qualitative research. Quantitative methods. Surveys.
Topic 5: Applied Research in Well-Being 
Tracks: Business and marketing. Education. Environmental. Financial. Health. Housing and neighbourhood. Pharmacology and health care. Recreation and using of leisure time. Traveling and tourism. Urban planning and policies.
Topic 6: Disciplinary Approaches to Well-Being, Happiness and Quality-of-life
Tracks: Anthropology. Biology. Ecology. Economics. Education. Medicine. Neuroscience. Philosophy. Political science. Psychology. Sociology. Social work.
Topic 7: Promoting Well-Being: Public Policy and Development
Tracks: “The Rhonda G. Phillips Endowed Track for the Promotion of Community Development and Community Well-Being”. Human development. Poverty alleviation. Sustainable development and sustainability. Social development. "The M. Joseph Sirgy Endowed Track on Well-Being and Policy".
Topic 8: Beyond GDP. New Understandings and Measures of Progress 
Tracks: Measuring the performance of societies. New understandings of progress in societies and how to measure it.
Topic 9: Philanthropy. Volunteerism and Well-being
Tracks: Volunteerism. Altruism. Philanthropy.
Abstracts will be submitted to the different topics of the conference. Abstracts must be submitted by the presenting author. The presenting author of accepted abstracts must be registered for the conference to be included in the conference program. Submitting authors should choose one topic in which they want to submit the abstract. They are requested to carefully check the entire list of topics to ensure they submit to the most appropriate topic.
Deadline for the abstract submission is December 20th, 2018. Notification of acceptance will be e-mailed to the presenting author by February 15th, 2019.
Early bird submission31st October. If you send the abstract during October you can have an answer concerning the committee decision before 30th November.
We are looking forward to receiving your contributions.
Submitting authors should choose if they want to submit an abstract for Oral presentation, Poster, Symposia, or pre-Conference Workshop. Click here for submission instructions.

Submission Instructions

Oral presentation

Oral presentations typically describe original empirical research or meta-analyses and reviews.
Abstracts should include:
Title: 15 words or less
Author(s) details (name and affiliation): First name(s) followed by surname(s); Institution of affiliation; country. Authors should be no more than 10. The first author is the presenting author.
The body of the text should be no longer than 250 words and include:
Background: State the primary objectives of the study; including the main research questions; aims or theory.
Methods: Quantitative studies should include design, participants (including number of participants), and measures. Qualitative studies should include design; participants; methods of data collection and analysis. Review studies should include the method used to select the bibliography.
Findings: Quantitative studies should include a summary of the results; qualitative studies should include a description of the main findings such as the themes or categories generated.
Discussion: Conclusions and/or some discussion of the possible contribution to; or implications for the field. Note: it is not acceptable to state “results will be discussed”.
Please do not include a list of references at the end of your abstract.
There will be a book of abstracts edited with an ISBN. In order to facilitate the editing process, the abstracts should be sent in Word or Openoffice format (not a pdf).
Please use this document to prepare the abstract; it would facilitate very much the process of the edition of the book of abstracts.
All abstract that do not follow the previous specifications will be excluded for presentation.

Poster presentation

The abstracts follow the same format and instructions as those for oral presentations; see above. Those abstracts will also be included in the book of abstracts.


Symposia provide an opportunity for focused presentations of a particular topic. A symposium consists of 4 to 5 oral presentations (one of them can be a discussant) from different authors on a related theme. The authors should be from at least two different countries, preferably more.
The convenor must submit the symposium details (see below) and the symposium abstract indicating the running order of the sections. The convenor has to collect the abstracts of the participants and collect them all together with his/her own abstract (in the case he/she does not participate as a discussant).
The convenor has to submit a Word or Openoffice file following those details:
First page:
Symposium details: Title: 15 words or less.
Convenor details (name and affiliation): First name(s) followed by surname(s); institution of affiliation; country.
Chair details, if different than the convenor (name and affiliation): First name(s) followed by surname(s); institution of affiliation; country. There can be up to two chairs. The chair may be the same person as the convenor.
Discussant details: First name followed by surname; institution of affiliation; country.
After the presentations; the discussant provides an overview of the main issues (about 10 minutes) and facilitates a general discussion of the topic by the audience and the authors.
Symposium overview abstract (maximum 250 words) including:
Aims: four or five points that summarize what you expect the symposium to achieve.
Rationale: explaining why it is important to discuss this issue at this year’s conference.
Summary: outlining the symposium as a whole and integrating the individual contributions.
Timetable indicating the running order of the sections.
Second and following pages:
Abstracts for individual symposium presentations: Please follow the submission guidelines for an oral presentation for the format of the abstract. There must be only one abstract per page.
Please use this document to prepare the abstract; it would facilitate very much the process of the edition of the book of abstracts.

Pre-Conference Workshops

This category refers to workshops provided before the official opening of the conference.
A workshop provides an opportunity for a group of participants to achieve a specific goal or address a particular problem. It may be designed to train or educate participants in a particular research methodology or theoretical approach; or to address a specific problem; such as how to use particular research findings in policy making. A workshop can also be a useful way to develop a consensus on a particular issue. For example; the goal of the workshop may be to produce a position statement or policy on a particular topic; to identify priorities in a specific area or to develop theoretical perspectives or methodologies. It should have a clear structure and require active participation by everyone involved.
Contributors should state whether they prefer two or four hour conference workshop. The proposal must be submitted by the workshop convenor and must include:
Title: a title of 15 words or less.
Facilitator(s) details (name and affiliation): First name(s) followed by surname(s); Institution of affiliation; country.
There can be one or maximum two facilitator(s); but only one has the responsibility of the workshop. Facilitators should be experts in the topic.
Workshop overview abstract (maximum 250 words) including:
Objectives: up to four objectives; summarizing what you expect the workshop to achieve and issues to be addressed.
Activities: an indication of the activities that will be undertaken during the workshop.
Description of the intended participants.
The maximum number of participants for the workshop.
Conflict of interest: Facilitator(s) are required to disclose any potential conflict of interest they may have in relation to the content of the proposed workshop (this disclosure is not included in the word limit).
Please also note that: Conference workshops should focus on topics of the conference tracks and be of broad relevance to the field such as methods; scientific writing; intervention techniques and development strategies; evaluation strategies; theories; implementing research into policy or practice; critical reading; etc.



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