Call for Abstracts for the IAAO 12th International Research Symposium

April 5-6, 2018 - Prague, Czech Republic

The International Association of Assessing Officers is proud to announce that the 12th International Research Symposium will be held April 5-6th, 2018, at the Boscolo Prague Hotel in Prague, the capitol and largest city of the Czech Republic. On April 4th, prior to the International Research Symposium, the IAAO will also conduct a pre-symposium technical workshop.

The IAAO was accepting abstract submissions for programs for the symposium. The deadline to submit abstracts was October 6th, 2017.

The International Research Symposium is an annual event offering an exploration of the intersection of public policy and mass appraisal standards, guidance, and implementation challenges. Our focus remains on the exchange of knowledge and emerging trends for continuous improvement of land administration and property tax systems world-wide.

The international application of IAAO Standards and those of partner organizations will continue to be demonstrated in wide-ranging presentations offering both practical application and practitioner lessons learned in the implementation of sound tax policy and global governance. Presentations will continue to highlight emerging technologies in the development of land administration systems, how to deal with unique properties, and the latest innovations in mass appraisal modeling.

The 12th IAAO International Research Symposium is a premier opportunity to continue to share government ideas and implementations in property valuation and land administration systems. The goal is continual discovery and sharing of emerging industry best practices from the latest research and innovations created by leaders from across the world.

Benefits of Participating

Participants in the 10th International Research Symposium held in Amsterdam in 2016 discovered that there is considerable similarity in problems and concerns among their counterparts in other nations. These similarities create a common language across property valuation jurisdictions and land administration systems for all practitioners.

It is really important to benchmark where one is both individually and as a country and to continually expand our knowledge of international best practices. I believe the symposium was a success and the principle of expanding international best practice came across loud and clear from our perspective.
- Greg Cowden, Professional Valuer of South Africa
Attendee describing 10th IAAO International Research Symposium, September 2016 in Amsterdam

Symposium attendees will leave with a greater understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of their own systems and the possibilities through innovation that can be achieved. The atmosphere of this unique experience is one of engaged conversation during presentations and continuous informal information exchange. 

The two-day symposium will feature the continued exploration of mass appraisal valuation and innovation featuring the topics initiated during previous symposiums. Topics will continue to include:
  • Automated valuation models (AVM’s)
  • Innovations using GIS technologies in valuation and land administration
  • Updated industry guidelines and standards
  • Implementation challenges facing governments and valuation administrators
  • Emerging issues in tax policy and the assessment industry spurred by our changing economy
  • Presentation submissions in other content areas are also welcome
Effective valuation and assessment of land and property is an essential element of a stable economy. This event is an opportunity to gather information on the latest developments in techniques and practice.
- David Magor, OBE, Executive Director, IRRV

Abstract Process

Selection process: Submissions will be reviewed by the IAAO Research Subcommittee comprised of IAAO members appointed by the IAAO President and President-Elect.

Abstract Submission Deadline: October 6th, 2017

You will be notified by November 13th, 2017 on the status of your submission. IAAO business partners are also encouraged to submit presentations. Presentation submissions by IAAO partners to the assessment industry that include jurisdictional implementations as a case study will be preferred. Dates could be subject to change.

Presenter expectations: All presenters are expected to sign a Presenter Letter of Agreement. Presenters must meet posted dates and deadlines. IAAO reserves the right to make adjustments to any session that does not meet deadlines. Presenters must use the PowerPoint template provided by IAAO.

A final slide presentation and a brief narrative of key points must be submitted to IAAO as a PDF by a date to be specified prior to the Symposium. Presenters will also need to bring the final presentation (PowerPoint) to Prague on a flash drive for use during their session.

Presenters will be given a discounted registration rate of $300, but please note: there will be a limit to the number of discounted registrations in each session. Online registration is still required.

All expenses including but not limited to: travel, hotel accommodations, and any meals that are not provided within the Symposium’s offerings are the sole responsibility of presenters and attendees.

Submitting an abstract

Online abstract submissions for the 12th IAAO International Research Symposium can be downloaded below. Please download the form and open in Acrobat or other PDF reader, complete, and click on the Submit button at the bottom of form. You must also download, complete, and return the 2018 Presenter Letter of Agreement (below), sign, and upload the completed form. After uploading the agreement and completing your online abstract submission, you will receive an email confirming your submission.

Abstract Submission Form     Presenter Agreement

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Please include the following with your online abstract submission:

List all presenters in the session including name, title including any designation(s), jurisdiction or company, email and telephone.

Title: Should not exceed 60 characters

Description for Program: This is a two to four sentence overview that reflects the content and would be suitable for publication.

Presentation Length: Presentations are expected to be about 30 minutes in length. Opportunities for 1 hour sessions are also available. Please specify which time slot your presentation is targeting. The final program agenda will include additional time for questions and answers after each presentation.

Describe your presentation format: format types include but are not limited to: lecture, panel discussion, round table, or a combination of types. Please specify which format your presentation will utilize.

Extended Abstract: Please provide a minimum of 300 words to include how the presentation relates to the assessment profession and specifically one of the topics areas listed above.

Engagement Description and Attendee Take-a-Ways: Please briefly describe how the session will engage attendees. Please describe the two most important things attendees will take from your session.

More Information

More information regarding the 12th IAAO International Research Symposium’s registration, hotel accommodations at the Boscolo Prague and the additional IAAO one-day optional Forum will be available soon.

For any additional questions regarding abstract submissions, please contact Margie Cusack at or 816-701-8123.