International Journal of Arts & Sciences (IJAS)

Academic conferences in a "study abroad" format

December 3-6, 2018

Your submission will be blind reviewed in one week
$395 Registration (includes 2 free day tours)
$595 Registration (2 free day tours + 1 Guest)
$295 Registration for 1-day attendance (no tours)


Once again, IJAS invites faculty and students for this unique Christmas conference spanning over Germany, France and Switzerland.
This conference will be held on the University of Freiburg campus (click here). The increasing size of this Christmas conference continues to outgrow the previous conference facilities and this is why we are moving to a newer section of the campus where the facilities are more spacious. An unplanned for benefit is the  proximity of our center to the train station Freiburg Messe/Universitat which is a 3-minute ride from Freiburg's main train station, Freiburg-Hbf.
This is a four-day package which consists of refereed research presentations in Freiburg in parallel with cultural programs in Eucor's educational region. IJAS will provide free private coaches from the Novotel Hotel in close proximity to Freiburg's main train station. For the first educational tour, the coaches will visit Alsace's Colmar (France) and Strasbourg (France). In the following tour, the coaches will proceed to Basel (Switzerland) and Bern (Switzerland). In their free time, the delegates could visit Freiburg on foot, its adjacent Black Forrest, and Europa Park - Germany's own Disneyland - less than one hour away.
For those who need a Schengen visa to enter Germany, the visa is valid for all three countries.

The Conference's Three Primary Aims

Click arrow (above) to see daily cultural program.
The IJAS Conference Series takes place annually in several cities across Europe and North America. The series has three primary aims.

The first aim is to provide opportunities for academics from a range of disciplines and countries to share their research both through the conference podium and IJAS' double-blind refereed publications. All IJAS conferences are inter- and multi-disciplinary.

The second aim of the Conference Series is to provide opportunities for academics to receive informal in-depth feedback through discussions, and to enable them to establish contact with professionals in other countries and institutions. The tours are the main way of "breaking the ice" away from the formalities of the conference hall, providing an informal setting for discussing different points of view. Even in an increasingly networked world of internet and satellite conferences, there is no substitute for personal interaction, what Edward R. Murrow calls "the last three feet of communication." It is individuals, not data streams, who must ultimately build the connections that in turn create lasting international research partnerships.

The third aim of the Conference Series is to introduce academics to educational premises in locations that are suitable for study abroad programs and which may meet their students' educational needs. IJAS draws its inspiration from the Fulbright Program, an integral part of the United States' foreign educational relations, where face-to-face exchanges have proven to be the single most effective means of engaging international publics while broadening dialogue between academics and institutions.

Gottenheim with its characteristic church spire rises out of the trees under Freiburg's and the Black Forest's gaze in the background.
Academics who opt for any or all of the cultural programs will be assigned a presentation slot on a different day to assure no conflict of schedule.

We invite abstracts, papers, and proposals in any of the following tracks: 

Mayor Kieber opening the conference.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities,
  • Business and Economics,
  • Teaching and Education, and
  • Technology and Science. 

The accepted submissions will be clustered around their common topics and areas of interest. As is typical of multidisciplinary conferences, the final program - released about three weeks before the conference - will mirror the research agendas of the delegates rather than a pre-conceived list of arbitrary topics.

It is up to each delegate how much to submit or publish. Some authors may publish only an abstract in the proceedings. Others may prefer to publish a full-length manuscript in the journal instead.

Delegates may also attend a conference without submitting or publishing any research.

Authors may deliver their work during the conference either as (i) a 15-minute oral presentation, (ii) a poster session, (iii) a panel, or (iv) a workshop.

The Man Who Started the Christmas Conference

Volker Kieber

Mayor of Bad Krozingen
Ex-Mayor of Gottenheim

Our Christmas conference is synonymous with the ex-Mayor of Gottenheim who each time welcomed IJAS' conference delegates to what became known as the best known multidisciplinary conference in Southwest Germany. A sleepy, little town on the larger outskirts of Freiburg, Gottenheim is an indispensable point on the famous Wine Route. Eventually, Gottenheim became too small to accommodate the increase in delegates, and in 2013 we moved this event to central Freiburg. As fate would have it, days before the 2013 conference, the Mayor switched from his Gottenheim post to the same post in larger Bad Krozingen following an election.

For German newspaper coverage of what was then the Gottenheim conference, click here and here (for 2012). For previous years' converage, click here and here (2011), here and here (2010), and here and here (2009).

Volker Kieber (front left) leading a group of visitors through the vineyards.

Submit Your Research

To submit an abstract for the Christmas conference, click here.

The most important dates to remember are as follows:

    • The conference will run from 3 to 6 December 2018.
    • Email your formatted manuscript to by 31 December 2018.
    • The proceedings and journals will be published in late April 2019.

Within a few days of receiving your online abstract submission, we will notify you of the reviewers' acceptance or rejection, for the conference.

If we inform you that it is an acceptance and you would like to publish your research, follow the model format
here and email us your formatted abstract or full manuscript in Microsoft Word. You may do so up to a few weeks after the conference.

Abstracts and summarized articles will be published in the proceedings entitled Conference of the International Journal of Arts and Sciences, in electronic format (ISSN 1943-6114).

Full length manuscripts may be published in the International Journal of Arts and Sciences(ISSN 1944-6934) or any of the refereed journals electronically available through our publishing consortium. The review process for the journals is slower and more demanding in its standards. Although both the proceedings and journals are refereed, research that meets the refereed standards for the conference and the proceedings may not meet the refereed standards for the journals. The selection of a journal, if any, for a particular manuscript is entirely at the discretion of the editorial board members following the reviewers' suggestions.

All the journals and proceedings are in electronic format since this makes it easier to disseminate the articles (click here for a sample article) to international scholars.
Authors will receive complimentary access to the online issue in which their work appears. One's research may not simultaneously appear in both our proceedings and journals.

Authors who prefer a hard copy may download an entire issue on their own computer and publish and order a hard copy of it from or any other online publishing service for their own personal use.
IJAS's articles are indexed/accessed in (i) WorldCat, (ii) Ulrich's serials directory, (iii) Proquest, (iv) Genamics, and (v) Google Scholar - click here.
There is no page limit on articles. We welcome both short and lengthy submissions. We don't impose a financial penalty on lengthy manuscripts.

Each registered author, irrespective of whether he or she submits a formatted manuscript for publication, will receive a Certificate of Participation at the conference.
Powerpoint Presentations
At the conference, the presentation room will be equipped with a laptop, a digital projector and a projector screen. The laptop will be set up for Powerpoint presentations. Linux and Mac users are asked to save their presentations in a compatible format.




A street in Freiburg. (Photo by Slack12)


Hotels and Guesthouses

Lodging facilities in Germany are impeccably hygienic. There is no need to spend a fortune for a good, clean room. 

The daily bus tours will depart from outside Novotel, the large hotel diagonally across from the main train station in Freiburg. The second closest hotel to this departure point is InterCity Hotel but this hotel sits atop the main train station and may not be as quiet.

For more lodging facilities, click here. The map shows hotels in the very heart of Freiburg.

For lodging we also recommend
 Search for lodging facilities in Freiburg (or Freiburg im Breisgau). Do not confuse with "Freiburg (Elbe)" or "Freibourg"!

How To Get There

The nearest international airport to Freiburg is Basel's Airport (BSL). Walk out of the airport through the French gate (as opposed to the Swiss gate). From there take the airport bus to Freiburg for about 35 Euros (round-trip). The bus ticket is purchased in cash from the bus driver. The bus journey is under an hour (see timetable).

An alternative route is to fly into Frankfurt's Airport (FRA) and board the two-hour ICE train -- Germany's fastest -- from Frankfurt's Airport to Freiburg. The round-trip train ticket, from Frankfurt to Freiburg, may be purchased from the airport, from the "DB" office close to the train station. From the USA, flights into Frankfurt are usually cheaper than flights into Basel.

Two other possibilities are to fly into Stuttgart (STR), Germany, or Strasbourg (SXB), France, and take the train to Freiburg.

Conference Registration Payment
Registration is open to everyone, not just to research presenters.
For all alternative ways of paying the registration fee, click here.
The adjacent button allows you to pay the $200 registration fee separately for your guest, if you so wish.
The registration fee does not include food and lodging.


$395 - Germany, France & Switzerland Conference Registration: 
Valid for all 4 days.

Valid for one person for all conference events, on and off conference premises.
Includes all tours.


$295 - Germany, France & Switzerland Conference Registration:
Valid for 1 day only.

Valid for one person, for one day only, on conference premises.
Does not include any tours.

$595 - Germany, France & Switzerland Conference Registration for 2 persons:
Valid for all 4 days
Joint registration for yourself and a fellow co-author or guest, valid for all conference events, on and off conference premises. Includes all tours. There is no such thing as a "free child" or "free spouse." Also, children under 6-years old are not allowed.
This option is not available for two authors with two or more research presentations.

In Case of Questions About...

your submission or the conference:

events sponsorship: 
the Proceedings:
International Journal of Arts & Sciences
Attn: Mark Bridge
Conferences Department
55 Farm Drive
Cumberland, Rhode Island 02864-3565

Dr. Joseph Bonnici
IJAS Conferences Coordinator
Vance Hall
Central Connecticut State University
1615 Stanley St
New Britain, CT 06050-4010

To submit your abstract to the reviewers, fill one of the above online forms. No particular format is required at this stage.

AFTER your research has been accepted, use the format
here and email your properly formatted abstract or paper as an attachment.


From Left to Right: Sanghee Kim, Jongki Kim and Jinsung Kim enjoy mulled wine in Alsace, away from Pusan's university campus in South Korea (2012).
"Hope, like the gleaming taper's light, adorns and cheers our way." Our delegates visiting Alsace (Dec 2010).

Livia Durac of "Petre Andrei" University of Iasi, Romania, during the opening of the conference presentations in Gottenheim (Dec 2010).

Stopping for a photo in our walk in Eguisheim, in the Alsace (December 2012).

During the Christmas (2010) conference, we also coordinated a visit for 14 academics from Singapore in cooperation with the groupís leader Academy Officer Ms. Lynn Koh Lee Leng (front row, 4th from right) and the Mayors of Botzingen and Gottenheim, Herr Dieter Schneckenburger and Herr Volker Kieber respectively. The group visited the Wilhelm August Lay School in Botzingen to witness best practices in education. IJAS facilitates group visits in conjunction with its conferences.

A choice of chicken, beef and pork bratwursts made everyone happy during our visit to Freiburg (April 2011). In the background a group of professors indicate their choice. In the forefront, it's all smiles from some of the 25 graduate students from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

We thank Samsiah Abdul Hamid (Universiti Malaysia Terengganu), Moses Samuel (University of Malaya), Yasser Hassan Hamed Farghaly (Assiut University), Jinsung Kim (Pusan National University) and John Cook (Governors State University)for the above photos.