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The 22nd Conference of the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies

June 24 - 28 2024 / Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

 Theme: “Human Happiness and Wellbeing in an Uncertain World”

Call for Abstracts for Workshops, Symposia, Papers and Posters

Ever since the last ISQOLS in Granada in 2019, so much uncertainty has happened in the world - the pandemic, the invasion of Ukraine, geopolitical shifts secondary to the former, world global economic and social insecurity, and a lot of abrupt cultural and technological shifts especially with the advent of telework intra-pandemic and consumer level artificial intelligence in late 2022. ISQOLS Rotterdam in 2023 was a chance to reconnect and discover the shared values that all Quality-of-Life researchers espouse, and rediscover the wonder of real time, screen-free academic collaboration and the joy of spontaneous meetings of minds.

The next ISQOLS intends to further reinforce this focus on human happiness and wellbeing. Despite the uncertainties that are most certain to plague the world from now till June 2024, quality of life research continues unabated, and it is more imperative now then ever before in human history to shift the focus towards researching interventions at macro and micro level that can promote quality of life, and that remain resilient despite changing world values. As such, we welcome multidisciplinary approaches that explore these solutions using multiple lenses, and welcome multinational and intercontinental approaches that seek to bind together the unique experiences of disparate nations and cultures to strengthen the research evidence for quality of life studies. We hence are issuing a clarion call for workshops, symposia, and free papers that reflect these values.

Call for Workshops

On June 24th 2024, there is the opportunity to organize a workshop for conference participants. Workshops will be held at the university campus. Workshops can take different forms, such as a Q&A with Editors of scientific journals; policy roundtable discussions; skills and practice training. 

Please send an e-mail to if you would like to organize a workshop before November 15th.

Call for Symposia

There is the possibility to organize a symposium (i.e. special sessions) at ISQOLS 2024. Please send an e-mail to before November 15th if you would like to organize a symposium at the ISQOLS2024 conference. Subsequently, the symposium will be added to the online submission system. Please note that all participants in a symposium have to submit their abstract via this online submission system and all abstracts will still be subject to review by the scientific committee. 

Call for Abstracts for Papers and Posters

Abstracts for papers and posters dealing with scientific research or best practice examples in all areas in quality-of-life, well-being and happiness are highly welcomed and need to be submitted via EasyChair Abstracts have to be submitted by the presenting author. Submitting authors should choose one topic or symposium in which they want to submit the abstract. In case authors are not submitting to a specific symposium, they are requested to carefully check the entire list of topics (see below) to ensure they submit to the most appropriate topic.

Deadline for the abstract submission is December 22, 2023. 

The presenting author of accepted abstracts has to be registered for the conference to be included in the conference program. We are looking forward to receiving your contributions. 

Topics for the 2024 ISQOLS Conference

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. 

Important links: 

2024 Conference Malaysia

2024 Call for Abstracts

2024 Conference Venue and Accommodation

2024 Lecturers

2024 Conference Registration

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