23rd August 2019 – 27th August 2019 all-day Asia/Kuala Lumpur Timezone
Pullman Kuching
1A Jalan Mathies
93100 Kuching, Sarawak
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The PAQS 2019 Congress is currently calling for abstracts for both industry and academic presentation submissions.  We are seeking papers that will provoke debate, stimulate discussion, offer new ideas, learning and encourage the dissemination of research findings. Technical submissions from the industry professionals are encouraged on current or future projects, methodologies and technologies.  We are encouraging academic submissions based on research outcomes and developments.

Please ensure you read all information on this page prior to submitting your abstract.

Types of Submissions

  1. Technical presentations

Technical presentations are encouraged from industry professionals on current and future projects, methodologies and technologies.  For this category, an extended abstract needs to be submitted after the abstract acceptance, for inclusion in the conference proceedings

  1. Academic paper presentations

Academic paper presentations should be based on research outcomes and developments. For this category, a full paper needs to be submitted after the abstract acceptance, for inclusion in the conference proceedings.  All full papers will be double-blind peer reviewed




Leading from the Future

  • Research
  • Education
  • Training

Emerging Technologies

  • Automation
  • Block Chain
  • Big Data/Internet of Things
  • Artificial Intelligence

Human Wisdom

  • Exemplary Virtues (Dignity, Nobility, Integrity)
  • Revolutionary Innovations (Disruption, Red Ocean, Blue Ocean)

Sustainable Excellence         

  • Economic
  • Social
  • Environmental

Suitable submissions not covered by the above themes may also be considered.


Abstract Submission Guidelines


The maximum word count is 300 words (excluding title, authors/affiliations and keywords).

When submitting the abstract, the following must be stated:

  • Presentation Title (this will be used for printing in the final programme)
  • Abstract type (Technical/Academic)
  • Appropriate congress programme theme

The submission should be an original work and has not been published or submitted for consideration of publication. 

We accept more than one abstract/paper submissions from an author, but a registrant can only present up to two papers at the conference. 

At least one author is required to register with the conference and pay the appropriate registration fee by the registration deadline in order to be included in the conference proceedings.

The decision to accept an abstract is at the discretion of the Programme Committee

Send your abstract in Microsoft Word format (utilising the abstract template)

All the authors’ names and affiliations must be included and listed in the order they wish to appear in the text

Submit abstract to abstracts@paqs2019.com; closing date for submission of abstracts is 26 February 2019.


Any Questions?


If you have any questions, please contact PAQS 2019 secretariat

Tel: +603 7954 8358   Fax: +603 7955 0253   Email: secretariat@paqs2019.com

Further details at http://www.paqs2019.com/ 

The PAQS–Iwata Foundation 2019 Travelling Scholarship Competition

The Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors established the PAQS-Iwata Foundation in 2008 for the purpose of promoting the QS profession and the professional development of young quantity surveyors in the PAQS region. The Foundation is now sponsoring an international essay competition for young members from PAQS member countries.

The competition winner will receive travel airfares, 3 nights’ accommodation and full registration for their attendance at the next PAQS Annual Congress which will be held from 26th to 27th August 2019 in Kuching, East Malaysia.

Entries for the competition are now being accepted and will close on Monday, 3rd June 2019. Properly completed essays should be emailed to the PAQS Secretariat at secretariat@rism.org.my

Entries will be judged by an international PAQS-Iwata Foundation panel who will announce the result by 21st June 2019. The panel’s decision is final.

The topic for the essay competition for 2019 is:
“The need for human wisdom in managing emerging technologies in our profession”

Conditions of entry:
1. Entrants must be 40 years of age or younger and be a member of their national QS/Cost Engineering institute (all grades of members are eligible).
2. The essay must have a cover sheet showing the entrant’s name, residential address, email address and the member institute/association to which they belong.
3. The length of the essay is to be between1,000 to 1,500 words and essays must be typed in accordance with the below rules.
4. All competition entrants agree to give the PAQS copyright for their essays.
5. Any plagiarism by an entrant will result in disqualification of the entry.
6. Entrants agree that if they win the competition, they will attend the PAQS Congress (and present their paper if invited to do so by the Congress committee).
7. The award is not transferable and not convertible to cash.
8. The winner agrees to write and submit a one (1) page report on their attendance at the PAQS Congress to the PAQS Secretary within 4 weeks of attending the Congress – this report may be published in the PAQS Newsletter and member journals/newsletters.
9. Entries must be emailed to the PAQS Secretariat at secretariat@rism.org.my by the closing date.
10. PAQS member institutes will be asked to translate essays into English where they have been submitted in another language.

Rules for essay writing and submission – entries are to be:
1. typed in a MS Word compatible program
2. with type font being Arial size 11
3. lines are to be double spaced
4. Headings are to by Arial size 16, centred and bold
5. Sub headings are to be Arial size 12, left indented and bold
6. Footnotes and referencing is to be in accordance with the Harvard system eg:
Smith, T. and Tang, H. (2006). The rise of globalisation in the QS profession. Australasian Journal of Quantity Surveying Vol 4 Issue 2, pp 34-36.

The PAQS-Iwata Foundation has been named in honour of Mr Toshiyuki Iwata (1914 – 2014) who although in his eighties, attended many PAQS Congresses during the very early days of the association. He attended a few congresses well into his nineties. During the 13th PAQS Kuala Lumpur congress in 2009, he gave a televised congratulatory message to the 2009 PAQS-Iwata Foundation essay winner.