Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Asian Conference on the Social Sciences 2017 (ACSS2017)

Dear Colleague,

The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) invites you to participate in the Asian Conference on the Social Sciences 2017 (ACSS2017), held Thursday, June 8 - Sunday, June 11, 2017.

Submit your abstract by January 19, 2017 to join IAFOR and delegates from around the world in the beautiful city of Kobe, Japan.

Registration includes admission to The Asian Conference on Aging and Gerontology 2017 (AGen2017), which is to be held alongside ACSS2017 as part of the same event. This gathering of academics at the intersection of nation, culture and discipline promises a unique environment for conversation, information exchange and networking.

Join us at ACSS2017 for interdisciplinary discussion around the shared conference theme of:

"East Meets West: Innovation and Discovery"

We hope that the broad nature of this theme will encourage the submission of works from a variety of interesting perspectives.

Keynote Speaker: Dr Toshiya Hoshino of Osaka University, Japan

IAFOR welcomes submissions to ACSS2017 from all over the world. We encourage you to join us in Kobe to share your research and knowledge in an international, intercultural and interdisciplinary setting. To submit an abstract for presentation or participate as an audience member, please visit the website or contact us for more information.

Final Submission Deadline: January 19, 2017
Submit your abstract:
Visit the conference website:

In conjunction with our global partners, we look forward to extending you a warm welcome in 2017.


***Join IAFOR at ACSS2017 and:

– Deliver your research findings to a global audience
– Have your work published in the Conference Proceedings and considered for the peer-reviewed, open-access IAFOR Journals
– Benefit from IAFOR's interdisciplinary focus by hearing about the latest research in the Social Sciences, Sustainability, Energy, the Environment, Aging and Gerontology, and more
– Participate in a truly international, interdisciplinary and intercultural event
– Take part in interactive audience sessions
– Network with international colleagues

**Register now to take advantage of Early Bird Registration and save over 20 percent. Early Bird Registration is open until February 21, 2017. Please see the registration page for details:

*If you have attended an IAFOR conference within the past year, or belong to an affiliated university or institution, we offer additional discounts in appreciation of your support. Please contact us at for details.


***Conference Theme: "East Meets West: Innovation and Discovery"

From natural phenomena and the results of climate change, through to pollution and societal traumas, migrations and war, the enormous challenges that face humankind and our environment are frequently daunting and difficult to comprehend. However, with every new challenge or disruption comes the opportunity for innovation and discovery. Whether inventing new technologies, implementing innovative systems, enacting better policies, legislation or governance, or ensuring greater cooperation and information sharing, responses are many and varied.

From incremental shift to radical change, from the local to the regional and from the national to the global, this international conference will focus on the challenges that demand a collective response. It will highlight the need to harness our abilities as scientists, policymakers, practitioners, engineers and educators to find multidisciplinary solutions in pursuit of the common goal of a sustainable world.

***Keynote Speaker: Dr Toshiya Hoshino, Osaka University, Japan

Dr Toshiya Hoshino is presently a professor at Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), Osaka University, Japan, and from 2015 to 2016 served as Vice-President (International) at the university.

From August 2006 to August 2008, he served as a Minister-Counselor in charge of political affairs at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations (UN). At the UN, he was a principal advisor to the Chair of the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) when Japan assumed its chairmanship.

He is a specialist in UN peace and security policies (conflict prevention, peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding), human security and humanitarian issues, security in the Asia-Pacific region, and Japan–US relations.

Dr. Hoshino serves as a board member of the United Nations Association of Japan, the Japan Association for UNHCR, the Japan Association for United Nations Studies, and the Okinawa Peace Cooperation Center, and as Vice-President, EU Institute in Japan, Kansai (EUIJ-Kansai), among other positions.


***About IAFOR

IAFOR welcomes academics from all over the world to our interdisciplinary conferences held in Japan, UK, Spain, USA and the UAE. Our events provide a unique international, intercultural and interdisciplinary environment in which to hear about the latest world-class research and network with leading academics, professionals and practitioners.

By facilitating dialogue between the world's academics and thought leaders, IAFOR has become a pioneer in providing the research avenues and visionary development solutions that are necessary in our rapidly emerging globalised world. We welcome you to engage in this expanding global academic community of individuals and network of institutions, and look forward to seeing you at one of our future events.

To learn more about IAFOR, please visit our website at For enquiries please contact

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