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Expressions of Interest to Host 2015 ISTR Asia-Pacific Regional Conference

Friday, January 31, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Robin Wehrlin
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Expressions of Interest to Host 2015 ISTR Asia-Pacific Regional Conference

The ISTR Asia-Pacific Regional Network seeks preliminary expressions of interest from colleagues and institutions throughout the Asia-Pacific region to organize and host the 9th ISTR Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, to be held in 2015. The ISTR Asia-Pacific Regional Network will decide on the host institution and location for the 2015 Asia Pacific Regional Conference during its meeting at the ISTR Conference in Muenster in July 2014.

ISTR Asia-Pacific Conferences have been held in Thailand 1999, Japan 2001, China 2003, India 2005, Philippines 2007, Taiwan 2009, Indonesia 2011, and most recently in Korea in 2013.  It is desirable that the opportunity to host the conference be shared across this diverse region from north to south and east to west. Hosting a conference provides an opportunity for strategic engagement of stakeholders and promotion of the third sector within the host nation and with its neighbours.

Hosting the conference requires in the first instance the identification of an eager and committed host institution that can access support from potential members of a local site committee. Members of the Asia-Pacific Regional Network volunteer as the regional academic committee. The host institution will need to have capacity for local and regional fund-raising to generate the funds needed to host the conference and be able to provide administrative support for the abstract review and programming process and for conference planning and implementation.

The ISTR Secretariat will manage the registration process.  A regional website has been launched at and is hosted by Osaka University, Japan.

ISTR President, Wendy Earles, is the ISTR Board contact person for expressions of interest on the ISTR 2015 Asia-Pacific Regional Conference.  Those interested should send their expression of interest in the form of a letter to Wendy at, copying Margery Daniels at

We look forward to receiving detailed expressions of interest from any interested colleagues and institutions in the Asia-Pacific region by April 30, 2014.

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