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Important message regarding COVID-19 and the

International Society for Quality-of- Life Studies (ISQOLS)

18th Annual Conference (August 25 – 28, 2020)

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies has decided to cancel the in-person 2020 Annual Conference that was scheduled to take place August 25-28 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. 

To support research in quality-of-life and happiness studies in these exceptional times, ISQOLS and the conference committee have organized several options for our accepted authors to present their research, network with others, and exchange ideas. Accepted authors can choose from any of the options listed below. Presenters must be active 2020 ISQOLS members. Please make sure your ISQOLS membership is current by visiting and logging on to your membership profile.

We have created a special repository website to collect projects, papers, presentations and sign-up forms for optional webinars. This is a google site that might require a gmail address for access and submissions. If you have any issues accessing the website or submitting materials, please email Jill Johnson (Executive Director for ISQOLS):

Please submit your research on our conference repository website: 

Access the ISQOLS Virtual Conference Repository Website Here

Once you have submitted your research, you can view it and other research projects on our Conference Forum: 

Access the ISQOLS Conference Forum Here (can only be accessed by current ISQOLS members)

If you have any questions, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions and Answers page or email

Access the Virtual Conference Frequently Asked Questions Page Here

Message from ISQOLS Rotterdam Conference Chair: Martijn Burger

Due to the escalating COVID-19 pandemic we unfortunately have to cancel the Annual Conference of the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies previously scheduled to take place in Rotterdam on August 25-28. Given where we are in the pandemic, it seems unlikely that we can run a successful conference in Rotterdam with large keynotes, a reception and dinner, and many participants traveling long distances to attend. We received well over 500 abstracts and dozens of special sessions contributions and would like to thank all contributors for the effort they have put in this conference. We hope to host an ISQOLS meeting in Rotterdam in 2022. The next scheduled ISQOLS meeting will take place in Burlington, Vermont, United States in 2021.

To support research in quality of life and happiness studies in these exceptional times, we are working on developing an online mini-conference to be held later this year, specifically focusing on COVID-19 and well-being and we will organize some of the special sessions that were submitted to the ISQOLS 2020 conference online. Read more regarding the call of papers for the COVID-19 workshop here. More details on the special sessions will follow shortly (for those who applied to one of these).

Best wishes,

Martijn Burger

Conference Host Chair 



The International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies(ISQOLS) is an international society whose purpose are to promote and encourage research in the field of quality-of-life (QOL) studies. Established in 1995 by a group of academic colleagues who have long engaged in quality-of-life research, ISQOLS became an interdisciplinary and professional home that binds scientists doing quality of life or well-being research in the basic and applied social and behavioral sciences.


The Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organization (EHERO) is a scientific institute where happiness is studied. Happiness is defined as the subjective enjoyment of one's life as a whole. The mission of EHERO is to contribute to greater happiness for a greater number of people. EHERO does this by providing evidence based knowledge about happiness, with the aim of promoting better informed choices throughout society, be it at the level of governments, organizations or individuals. EHERO provides knowledge in three ways: 1) by gathering existing knowledge, 2) by developing new knowledge and 3) spreading knowledge. EHERO is based in the Erasmus School of Economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Erasmus University Rotterdam ( Erasmus University Rotterdam (Dutch: Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam [is a public university located in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The university is named after Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus, a 15th-century humanist and theologian. Erasmus University Rotterdam is a world-class research university. It is globally recognised for high-quality education and research, and it ranks 70th in the Times Higher Education World Rankings 2019.

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