Published: 11 July 2016

Updated: 06 April 2017


AQoL: Conference Background


Asia is the world's largest and most populous continent with a population of about 4.3 billion people in 2013. Hosting about 60% of the world population, and coupled with a high growth rate, it is imperative that Asia establishes an international research organisation which specifically focus on the well-being of the Asian communities, living in both the Asian and non-Asian countries.

Hence, the establishment of ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians), officially formalised on 20th October 2014, with its headquarters in Shah Alam, Malaysia. AMER (ABRAmalaysia) shall be the permanent secretariat for ABRAworldwide, currently represented by Egypt, Iran, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan and Turkey.

To mark the establishment of ABRAworldwide, the maiden international conference AQoL2014 (ABRA International Conference on Quality of Life) was held in Istanbul, Turkey, from 26-28 December 2014. The 1st ABRAworldwide Board Meeting was also held in conjunction with the conference.  To enhance the QoL conferences further, the AQoL to be held in non-ASEAN countries (except Malaysia) shall be the sister conference to the more established annual AicQoL, held in ASEAN countries. Both back-to-back QoL conferences shall form the  ASLI (Annual Serial Landmark International) Conferences on QoL.

After the maiden, the second AQoL was held in Izmir, Turkey from 09-14 December 2015. Due to unforeseen circumstances the third scheduled AQoL2016Istanbul, Turkey, 26-30 November 2016 was cancelled.