Call for Abstracts for the IAAO 11th International Research Symposium

October 30-31, 2017 - Madrid, Spain

The International Association of Assessing Officers is proud to present the 11th International Research Symposium, October 30-31, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. The focus will be on the exchange of research and knowledge for continuous improvement of property tax systems worldwide. Prior to the International Research Symposium, the IAAO will also present an optional one-day forum on Oct. 29th.

The 11th IAAO International Research Symposium is a premier opportunity to share government ideas and implementations in property valuation and land administration systems. The goal is to discover emerging industry best practices from the latest research and innovations created by leaders from across the world.

Participants in last year’s International Research Symposium in Amsterdam 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 an exploration of mass appraisal valuation and innovation featuring the topics of:

  • Automated valuation models (AVM’s)
  • Innovations using GIS technologies in valuation and land administration
  • Updated industry guidelines for best practices
  • Implementation challenges facing governments
  • Emerging issues in tax policy and the assessment industry
  • Presentation submissions in other content areas are also welcome.

Selection process: Submissions will be reviewed by the IAAO International and Research Subcommittees made up of IAAO members appointed by the IAAO President and President-Elect.

Abstract Submission Deadline: February 20, 2017 - please don’t delay in thinking about what you would like to present and share!!

You will be notified by April 17, 2017 on the status of your submission. IAAO business partners are also encouraged to submit presentations. Presentation submissions by IAAO partners, consultants and suppliers to the assessment industry that include jurisdictional implementations as a case study will be preferred.

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 September 1, 2017. Presenters will also need to bring the final presentation (PowerPoint) to Madrid 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: As part of the submission process, please download the 2017 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.

Please include the following with your online abstract submission:

List all presenters in the session including name, 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 what are the two or three most important things attendees will take from your session?

Online abstract submissions for the 11th IAAO International Research Symposium can be downloaded from the IAAO website (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 Presenter Agreement (below).

Abstract Submission Form    Presenter Agreement

To use the submit button, download forms to computer prior to filling out.

More Information

More information regarding the 11th IAAO International Research Symposium’s registration, hotel accommodations 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.