13. February 2017



Conference program

Find all the information about the conference schedule, incl. pre-conference workshops.


Find all the information about different registration fees.

Educational Grants

ISQOLS 2017 is proud to give away 12 educational grants.

Conference dinner

Conference dinner will take place on a mountain hut, Friday 29th.

Conference program

The International Society for Quality-of-life Studies (ISQOLS) is holding its 15th Conference from September 28th to 30th 2017 in the beautiful city of Innsbruck, Austria. The conference’s theme is “Quality-of-life: Towards a Better Society”. ISQOLS conferences provide a space for scholars to present their research findings on quality-of-life, well-being, and happiness, as well as to discuss their relevance for policy making. ISQOLS gathers scholars from all corners of the world, from many 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.

Abstract submission is now closed. Nearly 500 abstracts considered for oral or poster presentations were submitted. 

Notification of acceptance was e-mailed to the presenting authors by March 30th, 2017 together with detailed information and guidelines. 

You can check the status of your abstract within your conference account.

The presenting author of accepted abstracts must be registered and have paid the respective registration fee to be included in the final conference program (registration and payment deadline for inclusion in the program: June 15th, 2017 - end of early bird fee).



The Happy Film @ ISQOLS 2017

Renowned graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister turns science on himself to determine if a person can influence their own happiness. Under the supervision of experts, he pursues 3 controlled trials of Mediation, Therapy, and Drugs, grading himself along the way. But real life creeps in and confounds the process: Art, death, sex, friendship, and love proof to be impossible to disentangle. By becoming the subject of a film at once so soaring and mundane, Stefan’s journey gives the rare opportunity to see our most basic human preoccupations in sharp focus and high relief– the questions many of us yearn to answer. His visually unique designs and aesthetic philosophies mark a journey that travels closer to himself than ever intended.

We are thrilled to have Stefan Sagmeister present to introduce his movie and take part in the post film discussion about "personal happiness and societal wellbeing" and "how art can play a role in enhancing societies".

Wednesday, September 27 @ 8 pm (after the welcome reception). 

Please sign up for your free movie ticket in your conference account (first come - first serve, spaces are limited).


Conference dinner

Conference dinner will take place on a mountain hut. This is a special occasion to experience Tyrollean culture, please register for the conference dinner in your conference account (first come, first serve - spaces are limited).
Buses will bring us on Friday to a beautiful valey. The cable car will then take us up to a mountain hut, where the conference dinner will take place. Please bring a light coat (or similar with you), it might be fresh at night.


The conference registration includes:

* access to the conference venue 
* access to all keynote lectures, lunch lectures, parallel sessions, symposia and poster sessions
* pre-conference workshops (Wednesday, first-come, first-serve)
* welcome reception (Wednesday)
* coffee breaks (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
* lunch provided (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
* printed conference program
* confirmation of participation (e.g. to claim continued education units)
* electronically published abstract booklet

     early bird
paid until 15.06.2017
   late registration
paid until 22.09.2017
   on site
28. - 30.09.2017
    ISQOLS member*  Non-member   ISQOLS member*  Non-member   ISQOLS member* Non-member
regular fee    350 €  450 €   450 € 550 €   500 € 600 €
student§ || retired    250 € 310 €   310 € 370 €   360 € 420 €
 developing countries#   250 € 310 €   310 € 370 €   360 € 420 €
conference dinner1   45 € 45 €   45 € 45 €   55 € 55 €

* membership fee ISQOLS 2017 paid
§ maximum age 27 years and proof of academic status required
# proof of residency required
1 limited space available (first come, first serve)

Educational Grants

ISQOLS 2017 is proud to award 12 educational grants# in the amount of 500€ each to early career researchers from developing countries.

We congratulate all early career researchers and are looking forward to their presentations.

  • Choiden Sonam, Economics of happiness: Insights into the Gross National Happiness in Bhutan, Bhutan
  • Yu Eilo, Generation Gap of Development: Comparative Studies of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao, China
  • Ashraf Reem, Well-being of Disadvantaged Children in Elementary Education in Private Schools as result of School Choice, India
  • Kim Hyeonjoung, The impact of working hours on workers\' happiness: differential effects depending on gender, Korea, Republic of
  • Fu Xiwen, Political Trust and Subjective Well-being: Evidence from China, China
    Bhavnagar Tithi, Demographic Variables, Subjective Well-Being and Satisfaction with Life: A Case from India, India
  • Wilson Angelina, “I love and need my children”: Relational patterns among older individuals in Southern African samples, South Africa
  • Balyejjusa Senkosi Moses, Inequality in Somali Refugees’ Wellbeing: the role of socio-culturally mediated Agency, Uganda
  • Mncwango Bongiwe, Satisfaction at work: South African workplace regime in global comparison, South Africa
  • Charles-Leija Humberto, The happiness of sharing time with others, Mexico
    Ramirez Viviana, Wellbeing and relationships in public policy: officer-recipient relationships in Oportunidades-Prospera, Mexico, Mexico
  • Hernández Bazán Freddy, Inequality and well-being in Latin America. A subjective well-being approach to the effect of country-level inequality and relative position measures on individual well-being, Ecuador

#Educational grants will will be handed over at the meeting. Conference registration refunds are not permissible for grant recipients.