Important message regarding COVID-19 and the
International Society for Quality-of- Life Studies (ISQOLS)
18th Annual Conference (August 25 – 28, 2020)
Dear ISQOLS community,
We want to ensure all of you that the 2020 ISQOLS Conference Committee and Leadership Team is carefully monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The health and wellness of our ISQOLS community is our first priority.
As of now, we are continuing to plan for the 18th Annual Conference to be held in Rotterdam, Netherlands from 25th-28th of August. Please also note that we will make a decision as to whether or not to officially proceed with the conference by June 15th.
As a precautionary measure, we have also extended the Early Bird Registration deadline to June 21st and the final registration deadline will be extended to July 15. We understand that many will want to wait until this deadline to make a decision on whether or not to travel, and we will be sure to send timely updates and notifications as we near these deadlines.
Additionally, please note that we have updated our refund policy:
* 100% full refund before June 30
* 50% refund, July 1- July 31
* no refunds after August 1
The decision on whether or not to proceed with our conference will depend entirely on how the situation evolves over the next several weeks and months. We will follow all guidelines and recommendations by local, national, and global authorities.
We thank you for your continued efforts, patience and support over the coming weeks and months as we navigate this unprecedented public health situation. We will do our best to communicate all of our actions and plans as they develop. If you haven't done so already, we encourage you to renew your ISQOLS membership or join us for 2020 at isqols.org/join, to ensure you will receive important updates, discounts, and access our many benefits and resources.
Please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
ISQOLS 2020 Conference Committee
ISQOLS Annual Conference: Rotterdam 25-28, August 2020
Van harte welkom!
The International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) is holding its 18th Conference in the city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The ISQOLS 2020 Conference will offer a forum for discussion of the research findings concerning quality of life, well-being, and happiness.
The theme of ISQOLS 2020 is Towards a People-First Economy: A World to Win. When we would like to truly improve quality-of-life, we need an economy that does not put shareholders above all stakeholders. Instead we need an economy in which economic growth is not seen as the ultimate goals but as a means to achieve a greater happiness for a greater number of people and in which the purpose of a company shifts from profit maximization to benefit of all stakeholders, also including employees, customers and communities. However, what will it take? Will governments lead us into the next era or will business do so? And finally, can capitalism work for the greater good, transforming the economy into a good and equitable economy, in which everyone can enjoy a good quality of life and feel the benefits of economic growth?
Please come and join us in Rotterdam for the ISQOLS Conference.
With best wishes,
Ming-Chang Tsai, ISQOLS President
Martijn Burger , Chair of the Local Organizing Committee
Jill Johnson, Executive Director ISQOLS
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 (www.eur.nl): 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.