- To promote international exchange
- To facilitate intercultural awareness
- To encourage interdisciplinary discussion
- To generate and share new knowledge
International | Intercultural | Interdisciplinary
The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) was founded in Nagoya, Japan, in 2009 as a research organisation, conference organiser and publisher dedicated to encouraging interdisciplinary discussion, facilitating intercultural awareness and promoting international exchange, principally through educational interaction and academic research. By creating opportunities for dialogue between 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.
This information exchange takes place through IAFOR’s academic events in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East. IAFOR’s interdisciplinary conferences are diverse and inclusive network hubs, where academics come from all over the world to generate, share and nurture new knowledge and ideas. IAFOR makes much of the content generated freely available to the world through its Open Access publications and audiovisual media repositories.
IAFOR is comprised of three entities:
- The IAFOR General Incorporated Association (Japan) is a social enterprise and non-profit entity registered under the laws of Japan.
- The IAFOR Research Foundation is a private nonprofit foundation, registered in the State of California and a 501(c)3 organisation under US tax code (application pending).
- The IAFOR Research Centre is housed in The Osaka School of Public Policy at Osaka University and the Centre’s funds are administered through Osaka University, a Japanese National University.
Governance & Academic Oversight
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors oversees the activities and operations of IAFOR, and ensures adherence to its mission. The Board has fiduciary and governance responsibility for the good operation and management of the organisation.
International Academic Advisory Board (IAAB)
The role of the International Academic Advisory Board is to provide advice and expertise in support of IAFOR’s mission and activities. Members are appointed by the President of IAFOR to one or more academic sections, depending on their individual area(s) of expertise. These academic sections are organised under the following divisions:
- Education & Language Learning
- Social Sciences & Sustainability
- Arts, Humanities, Media & Culture
Academic Governing Board (AGB)
The Academic Governing Board is the senior academic consultative body of IAFOR, and oversees all the academic research, publications and operations of the organisation. It is comprised of Division and Section Chairs, Vice-Presidents at large, the Chairman/CEO and the President, who is the Chairman of the AGB. Governors are drawn from the membership of the International Academic Advisory Board (IAAB), with the exception of the Chairman/CEO.
Executive Committee of the Academic Governing Board (Excom)
The Executive Committee of the Academic Governing Board is the senior academic executive body of the organisation, and is comprised of Division Chairs (Vice-Presidents), Vice-Presidents at large, the Chairman/CEO and the President. The Excom is engaged in the strategic direction of the organisation, high-level events and the development of new initiatives.
The Publications Committee oversees the production of the IAFOR journals and other publications such as conference proceedings and THINK magazine. The main role of the Committee is to develop and maintain international levels of best practice across all IAFOR publications, following the guidelines laid out by the global forum COPE, the Committee on Publication Ethics, in their Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. This involves supporting the journal editors in their work and providing guidance regarding publication ethics to all relevant actors, including contributors, reviewers and editors.