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The 21st Conference of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies

August 21st – August 25th / Rotterdam, the Netherlands

The International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) is holding its 21st conference in the thriving city of Rotterdam, home of the Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organization (EHERO) and the World Database of Happiness. The theme of the conference is “Towards a People-First Economy and Society: A World to Win”. Confirmed keynote speakers are Jan-Emmanuel De Neve (Oxford University), Jan Delhey (Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg), Barbara Fredrickson (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Amanda Janoo (Wellbeing Alliance), and Ruut Veenhoven (Erasmus University Rotterdam).

This ISQOLS meeting will be completely in-person. Some of the keynote lectures will be made available online to ISQOLS members. There are plans for a virtual event later in the year for those unable to physically attend. 

ISQOLS conferences provide a space for scholars to provide their research findings on quality-of-life, well-being, and happiness, as well as to discuss their relevance for policymaking. ISQOLS gathers scholars from all corners of the world, from different disciplines, with different methodological and theoretical perspectives, and following different approaches, but with one common goal: generating research-based knowledge to contribute to the well-being in societies.

Call for Abstracts for Workshops, Special Sessions, Papers and Posters

Call for ISQOLS Festival: Training Sessions, Workshops and Roundtable Discussions

One afternoon of the ISQOLS conference will be dedicated to the ISQOLS festival. During the festival, there is ample opportunity to see old friends and we will organize meet & greets with the ISQOLS board and editors of the well-being and happiness journals. In addition, we welcome participants to organize training sessions, roundtables, workshops or anything beyond our imagination. All events should have a duration of 3 hours, although events of up to 1 hour are preferred. If you would like to organize a session, please send an e-mail to before November 15th.

Call for Special Sessions

There is the possibility to organize a workshop or a special session at ISQOLS 2023. Please send an e-mail to before November 15th if you would like to organize a workshop or a special session at the ISQOLS2023 conference. Subsequently, the symposium will be added to the online submission system. Please note that all participants in a special session 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 to which they want to submit the abstract.

Early bird submission: November 15th, 2023. If you send the abstract before November 15th you can have an answer concerning the committee decision before December 15th.

The deadline extension is February 15. Notification of acceptance will be e-mailed to the presenting author by February 28th, 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.


Please select topics relevant to your submission from the following list. Topics are typically used for assigning submissions to reviewers and for conference analytics.

Poster Session

Poster Session at ISQOLS 2023

General Tracks

(1) Theoretical Advances in Well-Being, Happiness and Quality-of-Life (2) Methodological Issues in the Study of Quality-of-Life, Happiness and Well-Being: Data Collection and Models

(3) Well-Being in the World and in Regions (4) Well-Being in Different Populations

(5) Cultures and the History of Well-Being (6) Health and Well-Being

(7) Promoting Well-Being: Public Policy and Development (8) Beyond GDP: New Understandings and Measures of Progress

(9) Philanthropy, Volunteerism and Well-Being (10) Economics of Happiness

(11) Consumer Finance and Well-Being (12) Social Relations and Well-Being

(13) Promoting Worker Well-Being in Organizations (14) Well-being Statistics in Policy Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation

(15) Other Applied Research in Quality-of-Life (16) Qualitative Methods for the Study of Quality of Life

(17) Quality of Life and the Environment (18) COVID-19 and Well-Being

(19) The Use of Big Data and Machine Learning in Well-Being Studies (20) Equity and Well-Being

Endowed Tracks

Ronald E. Anderson Endowed Track on the Alleviation of Human Suffering Elizabeth Eckermann Endowed Track on Gender and Quality-of-Life

Takashi Inoguchi Endowed Track on Quality of Life and Well-Being in East Asia Kenneth C. Land Endowed Track on the Advancement of Quality-of-Life and Well-Being of Children

Mahar Mangahas Endowed Track for the Advancement of Quality-of-Life and Well-Being in Southeast Asia Valerie Møller Endowed Track for the Advancement of Quality of Life and Well-Being in Sub-Saharan Africa

Rhonda G. Phillips Endowed Track for the Promotion of Community Development and Community Well-Being Daniel Shek-Wofoo Foundation Track for the Advancement of Adolescent Quality of Life Research

M. Joseph Sirgy Endowed Track on Well-Being and Policy

Special Sessions

(A) GLO/EHERO Sessions on Happiness Economics (B) Geography of Happiness and Well-Being

(C) Towards a People-First Economy: The Role of Service Leadership Education (Daniel Shek-Wofoo Endowed Track) (D) Family Quality of Life and Human Development (Daniel Shek-Wofoo Endowed Track)

(E) GNH.Today - Big Data and Well-Being (F) Urban Socio-Economic Inequalities and Quality of Life in South America, Central Europe and East Asia 


If you have any questions regarding abstract submission, program, and travels to Rotterdam please contact:

If you have any questions regarding your registration, please contact:

Important links: 

2023 Conference Call for Abstracts
2023 Conference Lecturers
2023 Conference Registration Fees

2023 ISQOLS Conference Registration

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