the conference

Our multidisciplinary conference participants shall present their research over a 5-day span, from 12 to 16 March 2018, at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). Each submission will be subjected to a double-blind review process thanks to dedicated reviewers (see list).

Most academic conferences are held in tourist hot spots. In promoting study abroad programs, we bring together tourism councils and university faculty on a platform that showcases both research and the location's potential for study abroad programs. This is reinforced by our parallel educational bus tours which augur well for research relationships across the disciplines and the setting up of international academic programs. Ours is a bold new world which writes off traditional research silos as outdated.


This conference is set up for those who feel comfortable expressing their thoughts and research in a multidisciplinary setting. In contrast, in the traditional academic conference format, where most of the delegates hail from the same discipline, researchers seek to demonstrate how they incrementally advanced knowledge in their field. As a result, presentations tend to be highly specialized in nature, interspersed with jargon, symbols and technical terms unique to the discipline. 

This structure and style of presentation falters in a multidisciplinary conference setting where a high percentage of the conference attendees lack the expertise and knowledge of the presenter.    As a result, presentations in a multidisciplinary conference should be modified and simplified to ensure that   the audience gains an appreciation for the speakers’ contribution.  Formal presentations utilizing  specific methods, analytics, language and scholarly references are more than likely to serve as a barrier to communication,  given that most members of the audience are not familiar with the  discipline. If you have never participated in a multidisciplinary conference, take a look at the format used by speakers in TED conferences. The speakers at TED do an excellent job in cutting across different segments in their audience and getting the message through to everyone by avoiding unnecessary jargon. They pounce on the most sophisticated insights and research and simplify them in communicating with the audience. This is what we professors are supposed to do in class in teaching our students. The challenge is to do the same thing in our multidisciplinary conferences. In the age of mass media, those who can't communicate, can't teach. And statistics show that they can't get their online research readers to go past the abstract, much less the first page. If you care to simplify in your communications, your story may be about to begin.


MYTH 1: The first myth about traditional conferences is that they foster the exchange of ideas and create future research partnerships inside the conference halls. Studies show that very little interaction occurs within the halls. According to one study, the ones who were more likely to interact were the smoking faculty who congregated outside.

listening to research

MYTH 2: Faculty go to conferences to listen to research presentations. Not so in Western conferences where faculty are free to come and go as they please. In Vegas, many faculty spend more time at the casinos than listening to presentations. Our bus tours compete with the casinos in the quest for their time and intellect.

conference format

MYTH 3: The old conference format will continue to dominate academia. False! Get your research from the internet and go where the internet can't. Meet researchers from other fields in an informal cultural setting. At IJAS you break the ice and build human relationships within "the last three feet of communication."

Source: What is Wrong with the Outdated Vision of the Now in Academia