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September 11, 2014

Press notice

Berlin, September 2014


Re: The Quality of Life Conference, Sustaining Quality of Life across the Globe

The International Society for Quality of Life Studies is holding its 12th international conference in Berlin, Germany. The 4-day meeting, organized by the largest international science association for quality of life research – ISQOLS - established in the mid-nineties, is the biggest gathering of the multi-disciplinary research community in the field. Over 250 researchers, practitioners and politicians are discussing recent developments and future challenges around the conference theme, Sustaining Quality of Life across the Globe. Featured keynotes will be given by prominent fellows, such as Andrew Clark, Paris School of Economics; Richard Lucas, Michigan State University; and Dan Haybron, Saint Louis University.

The policy relevance of a good life will be discussed in a public plenary discussion lead by ZEIT journalist Petra Pinzler, Minister of State Helge Braun, former Italian Labour and Social Affairs Minister Enrico Giovannini, former head of the World Database of Happiness Ruut Veenhoven, Prof. Alex Michalos, University of British Columbia, and Gert Wagner, DIW Berlin.

ISQOLS awards 2014:

The RESEARCH FELLOW AWARDS for substantial contribution to QOL research will be awarded to:

CAROL GRAHAM, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and College Park Professor at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. She is also a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn.

TAKASHI INOGUCHI, President of the University of Niigata Prefecture, Japan

MAHAR MANGAHAS, Professor (em.) of Economics at the University of the Philippines, Vice-President for Research of the Development Academy of the Philippines, and UNICEF Consultant on Social Indicators for the Governments of Malaysia and Indonesia.

The DISTINGUISHED QOL RESEARCH AWARD in 2014 for a lifetime and substantial contribution to QOL research is awarded to:

FERRAN CASAS, Professor of Social Psychology, University of Girona, Spain.

For a significant accomplishment by an organization (private or public sector organization) to the development and use of QOL measures in serving its constituency is awarded to the:

WORLD HAPPINESS REPORT, Edited by Professor John F. Helliwell, of the University of British Columbia, Lord Richard Layard, Director of the Well-Being Programme at LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance; and Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the
Earth Institute at Columbia University, Director of the SDSN, and Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General.

The DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD in 2014 for a outstanding service to the Society in a leadership position  is awarded to:

FILOMENA MAGGINO, Professor of Social Statistics and Multivariate Statistical Analysis. President and co-founder of the Italian Association for Quality-of-Life Studies (AIQUAV). Past-president of ISQOLS. Editor-in-Chief of Social Indicators Research journal (Springer).

The conference is being held at the


Press contact: (English and German)
Denis Huschka, ISQOLS Executive Director
Tel: +49 (0)152 5459 0402
Email: ed@isqols.org

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