These conferences are updated regularly. If no detail is provided on submission opportunities then the conference invitation has either not yet opened or has closed.


9th Triennial Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM)

17–23 August 2015 Manchester, U.K.:
Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, U.K.
Organisers: Jane Ginsborg (chair), Alexandra Lamont (co-chair)

Ninth Triennial European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM) Conference to be held at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK from 17 to 22 August 2015.

ESCOM supports and promotes empirical and theoretical research from a wide range of disciplines, including aesthetics, anthropology, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, composition, education, health and wellbeing, linguistics, music theory, music therapy, neuroscience, performance studies, philosophy, psychoacoustics, psychology and psychophysics. We expect the research to be disseminated at the Ninth Triennial Conference to be new and unpublished, and to have the potential for contributing to a better understanding of how music is perceived, represented and generated.


For more information please see the conference website or contact the Organising Committee at We look forward to receiving your submissions and encourage you to keep abreast of developments relating to the conference on the website and Twitter @ESCOM2015. Please also share amongst colleagues, students, and other interested parties.

Jane Ginsborg (Chair) and Alexandra Lamont (Co-chair)


Leipzig, Germany
17th – 19th September, 2015

Keynotes: Dr. Daniela Sammler (Max-Planck-Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Studies, Leipzig)
Prof. Matthias Vogel (University of Gießen, Germany)
Prof. Eric Clarke (University of Oxford, UK)
Scientific Supervision: Prof. Sebastian Klotz
Direction: Laura Neumann

The Institut fu?r Musikwissenschaft at Universität Leipzig (Germany) will host the International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology (SysMus), from 17th to 19th September, 2015. The SysMus conferences are annual, student-run events designed to allow advanced students in the field of systematic musicology – particularly those studying for PhDs or completing Masters’ degrees – to meet and discuss their research.Systematic musicology embraces a wide and diverse mix of epistemologies and methodologies from science and humanities in order to study the phenomenon of music in its general rather than specific manifestations.

Co-founded by Manuela Marin and Richard Parncutt in 2008, the SysMus conferences have been organized at different venues across the world (including Austria, Belgium, Germany, Canada, Italy, and the UK) and internationally renowned researchers working in various subfields of systematic musicology have attended SysMus as keynote speakers. More details on past and future SysMus conferences can be found onour website
Researchers are invited to submit proposals for oral or poster presentations in English. We also welcome panels gathering 3 to 4 speakers (max.) to present their research addressing one single topic.

Besides an abstract (c. 300 words), a separate, small biographical note (c. 150 words) is requested. The individual talks should not exceed 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for discussion. When applying for a panel presentation, the title, the name of the organizer and an abstract related to the panel (c. 300 words) should be included, followed by the individual abstracts and biographical notes of the panel members.

Only one proposal per person is allowed and all must be send in PDF to Please, specify if you are applying for an oral, poster or panel presentation and include your full name, institutional affiliation, postal address and telephone number in the email.

DO NOT mention your name on your abstract submission, as they will be subject to a blind peer-review procedure, conducted by the Scientific Committee.

Important Dates
– The submission deadline is the 30th of April
– Notification of acceptance will be announced individually by email on the 30th of June.
– Early registration for SysMus 2015 closes after the 31st of July

Proposed themes
Submissions on the following topics complementing and expanding experimental and empirical music research are particularly welcome:
– Audio cultures in a systematic perspective
– The cultural practice of musical instruments and music software
– Music and social cognition
– The ecology of music
– Music and mediation
– Systematic epistemologies of music
– Musical knowledge systems in a systematic perspective
– Music and the theory of social systems

More details on the conference, venue and registration will be announced on the website


2015 SEMPRE conference on Music and Health/postgraduate study day

Paper submission date now extended to 3rd Aug 2015

21–23 October 2015: Glasgow Caledonian University

Paper and poster submissions are invited for:

  • The study day on Wednesday 21st October. Submissions are invited from postgraduate students which focus on music psychology and/or music education, but which may encompass a variety of related disciplines. We particularly welcome interdisciplinary research. Submissions should take the form of a 200 word abstract which clearly describes the research area and its relevance to music psychology or music education. Undergraduate students, particularly those in their final year, are also strongly encouraged to attend the day.
  • The conference on Thursday 22nd October. Music is fundamental to human social life around the world, and there is growing evidence that music can have a profound influence upon health and wellbeing. Submissions are invited on research which explores the relationship between music and health, and which may encompass music listening, music performance, music therapy, community music or other topics which clearly relate to the conference theme. Submissions should take the form of a structured 300 word abstract, using the format:  Aims, methods, results, conclusions.

The deadline for submissions for the study day and conference has been extended, and is now Monday August 3rd 2015. Please submit abstracts to Dr Don Knox, conference organiser at


The conference panel are delighted to announce the conference will be held at the Technology and Innovation Centre, 99 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RD.

Registration fees

The conference registration fee covers attendance on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd October, lunch, conference materials including electronic proceedings, and attendance at a civic reception hosted at Glasgow City Chambers on Thursday 22nd.

SEMPRE members, students, unwaged GBP 45 (proof required upon registration), Standard rate GBP 90, Registration will be via online payment, and this facility will be made available in Aug/Sept.

The SMHN meeting on Friday 23rd will be free to attend for anyone attending the SEMPRE events on the 21st and 22nd, however numbers may be limited subject to availability. This one-day event, aimed at music practitioners, healthcare professionals, academics and interested members of the public, will be programmed separately and consist of invited presentations highlighting current research and practice in Scotland around improving health and wellbeing with music.

Further details on registration, accommodation and other conference information will be made available via the GCU and SMHN websites:



SYMPOSIUM: Tenth anniversary of BRAMs (Montreal)

Tenth anniversary symposium of the International Laboratory for Brain, Music, and Sound Research
October 22 & 23, 2015

Over the last decade, BRAMS has grown and prospered to become one of the well-recognized groups worldwide for research on music, speech, and human auditory cognitive neuroscience. In this anniversary symposium, we have invited several prominent scientists to help us think about where the next ten years of research should be taking us. To that end, we will cover novel topics including genetics, education, aging, and social neuroscience.

The anniversary event will also feature a session organized by the Erasmus Mundus program in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience, featuring faculty and student presentations from this network representing ten European countries, Canada, and the USA.

Registration is required

Full conference poster (including speakers) available here:


The 14th Annual Auditory Perception, Cognition and Action Meeting (APCAM 2014)

Thursday, November 19th (at the Hilton Chicago Hotel) in Chicago, Illinois.

APCAM is a one-day satellite meeting affiliated with the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society. The goal of APCAM is to bring together researchers from various theoretical perspectives to present focused research on auditory cognition, perception, and aurally guided action. APCAM is a unique meeting in its exclusive focus on the perceptual, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of audition. Another unique aspect of APCAM is that it recently has become a FREE EVENT FOR ALL ATTENDEES.

The Organizing Committee welcomes not only empirical, but also general theoretical and methodological submissions on a variety of auditory topics, including (but not limited to) the following areas:

Localization, motion perception, and spatial cognition
Object, event, and pattern perception
Aurally guided action and navigation
Auditory scene analysis
Timing and attention
Pitch, loudness, and timbre perception
Music perception, cognition, and performance
Comparative auditory processing
Behavioral neuroscience
Memory and source identification

Submissions should include an abstract of 300 words or less, the title of the proposed presentation, names and institutional affiliation information for all contributing authors as they should appear in the conference program, as well as e-mail contact information for the primary/submitting author.

Abstracts should be submitted online by following the Submit link on the APCAM website (; this submission portal is expected to become active prior to the end of June. Authors also can communicate directly about submissions with the Chair of the Organizing Committee at

Each submission also should indicate whether there is a preference for an oral or poster presentation. The committee will make every effort to accommodate presentation preferences, though it may not be possible to honor all requests. Given the limited number of oral presentations, authors traditionally have only been permitted a single oral presentation. If there are more accepted abstracts with an oral presentation preference than there are available presentation slots, preference will be given to papers judged to represent the strongest contributions, as well as to participants who did not deliver an oral presentation at the immediately preceding APCAM.

Additionally, the Organizing Committee welcomes proposals representing either a cluster of 3-4 related abstracts or a possible (45- to 60-minute) panel discussion on a unified topic. Related abstracts can be submitted separately, along with a separate abstract (still 300 words or less) from the coordinating author. Proposals for panel discussions will only require this latter type of abstract. The abstract from the coordinating author should indicate the motivation for, and the nature of, the proposed session, including a brief overview of the fundamental issue(s) that it hopes to address. A listing of contributing authors for the session also should be provided, along with a brief statement about what each author will discuss. Such abstracts are expected to be included in the printed program if a proposal is accepted. Preference will be given to proposed sessions that cut across research domains and that have important theoretical implications and/or practical applications. Additionally, panelists for proposed sessions should be selected based upon their areas of expertise, and thus their ability to actively contribute to the discussion. Panel discussions should be designed to allow for at least 10-15 minutes of questions/participation from the audience either at the end of the session or interspersed throughout the panel discussion.

The deadline for submission of abstracts and all program proposals is October 1. While this traditional deadline is very close to the conference date, all authors are expected to be notified about the status of their submission very rapidly after the submission deadline. Travel and reservation information can be located through the APCAM website (, which includes a link to details found on the Psychonomic Society site (

If you are interested in attending APCAM, but do not anticipate being a contributing author, then you can register simply by sending a brief e-mail that includes your name and affiliation to Contributing authors will be registered automatically, but are asked to indicate at the time of submission which authors are expected to attend the meeting. We look forward to receiving your submissions, and to seeing you in Long Beach.

Michael Hall
Chair, Organizing Committee, APCAM 2015
Director, Psychological Sciences M.A. Program
Department of Psychology
MSC 7704
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
office: (540) 568-7877


2nd Conference of the Australian Music & Psychology Society (AMPS)

AMPS 2015: The Art and Science of Music
7-9 December 2015

University of Western Sydney Parramatta City campus (7-8 Dec) and Parramatta South campus (9 Dec): Hosted by MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney (UWS)

Abstracts are invited for the 2nd Conference of the Australian Music and Psychology Society (AMPS) Inc. to be held Monday 7 December to Wednesday 9 December on the University of Western Sydney Parramatta City (7-8 Dec) and Parramatta South (9 Dec) campuses. AMPS 2015 follows the successful inaugural AMPS conference held at the University of Melbourne in 2013. The theme of AMPS 2015 is The Art and Science of Music.

The aim of AMPS 2015 is to bring together faculty and Honours, Masters, and PhD students whose research is at the intersection of music and psychology. For example, music performance, music perception and cognition, music composition, improvisation, digital media, music education, music therapy, music and dance, wellbeing and health, psychoacoustics, and computational models of music(al) processes.

The conference will include short (15 min) oral presentations, poster presentations, keynote addresses, a music and text performance by austraLYSIS and friends on the evening of 8 December (Riverside Theatre, Parramatta), and sessions for members of the community and professions allied to the arts, education, health, and science.

The MARCS Institute at UWS is hosting four conferences from 7 to 11 December. Confluence on Wednesday 9 December will be a constellation of the four conferences to encourage new connections across disciplines. Confluence comprises meetings of AMPS together with the Australian Linguistic Society (ALS), Australasian Language Technology Association Workshop (ALTA) and Australasian Document Computing Symposium (ADCS). Confluence will be held on UWS Parramatta south campus and include oral and poster presentations, keynote addresses including Prof Jane Davidson (University of Melbourne, VCA and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music), Prof Dr Sonja Kotz (University of Manchester and Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences), Prof Joe Wolfe (The University of New South Wales), a music and text performance by austraLYSIS, and a symposium on music and language, all designed to be of mutual interest and to optimise new interdisciplinary connections across the four conferences, the 300 delegates, and the disciplines of music, psychology, science and health, engineering, computing, design, acoustics, linguistics, and speech science.

AMPS 2015 will run Monday 7 December to Wednesday 9 December. Monday and Tuesday will be held on UWS Parramatta City campus and Wednesday on UWS Parramatta South campus (transport from Parramatta City to Parramatta South will be provided).

Submitting an Abstract

All submissions will be made through “EasyChair”. Go to
Once logged in, Click on “New Submission”

For oral and poster presentations, submit an abstract of up to 250 words together with title of the presentation, preferred format, 5 keywords (to assist with allocation to appropriate reviewers), and author names.

Proposals for a symposium on a specific theme should include a 250-word abstract that sets out the goals of the symposium and the titles and authors of the papers within the symposium. A 250-word abstract for each paper within the symposium will also need to be submitted.

Proposals for a workshop that would be of broad interest to AMPS as well as delegates of ALTA, ADCS, and ALS, should consist of a 250 word abstract outlining the goal, format, length, target audience and presenters involved with the proposed workshop. Workshops of interest across the four conferences would be scheduled for Confluence on Parramatta South campus, Wednesday 9 December.

Due Date for Abstracts: Abstracts due for oral presentations, poster presentations, symposia, workshops: 1 September 2015

Contact Details:

We look forward to seeing you at AMPS 2015!

AMPS Executive, Peter Keller and Kate Stevens
Organisors AMPS 2015


International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC) 2016

Dates: July 5 – 9, 2016
Location: Hyatt Regency, San Francisco
Conference chair: Theodore Zanto (UCSF)

The opening keynote address will be at 1 PM on the 5th, and the closing keynote will end at 6 PM on the 10th

Other important dates (tentative):
– Call for papers: July 2015
– Abstracts due: November 2015
– Abstract acceptance: February 2016
– Final abstracts due: March 2016
– Early registration deadline: April 2016

Further details will be communicated in the digest, and on the SMPC website (


If you hear of any conferences that may be interesting for music psychologists then please forward details to me: v.williamson- at-