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We are very pleased to host the International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology (SysMus) at the Department of Media Psychology of the SRH Hochschule der populären Künste (hdpk) from 10-12th September in Berlin, Germany.

The SysMus is a series of international conferences organized by students for students of systematic musicology. This kind of conference offers the opportunity for students to gain first experience in presenting and discussing their own research projects together with international students and researcher of the field of systematic musicology.

SysMus is dedicated to represent the diversity of topic and methods in the field of systematic musicology. Therefore, submissions addressing any of the following subjects are particularly welcome:

  • Systematic musicology
  • Music perception
  • Music cognition
  • Music psychology
  • Music therapy
  • Music modelling
  • Music information retrieval
  • Music sociology
  • Music education
  • Music technology
  • Music and culture
  • Musical acoustics
  • Music philosophy
  • Music theory and analysis

More information about SysMus can be found on the corresponding websites.


Important Dates


Feb 1stAbstract submission open
Apr 1stAbstract submission Deadline
June 1stNotification of acceptance
July 1stRevision of Abstract Deadline
Sep 10-12th12th SysMus in Berlin, Germany



Invited Speakers

All submissions (oral or poster presentation) will be made in the form of abstracts that gives you the opportunity to describe the theoretical background of your work and the methodology used, as well as providing detailed results and conclusions (if the evaluation is already completed). The abstracts should be no more than 400 words (references excluded) in length, be written in English, and address one of the conference topics listed above. All submissions will be considered for both spoken paper and poster presentation categories. However, the author can indicate a preference for either spoken or poster presentation in the submission form.

Oral presentations

Oral presentations will be allocated slots of 20 minutes, with 15 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes for discussion.

Poster presentations

Poster presentations will have designated time slots and presentation spaces that will not overlap with any other activity.

All abstracts will be submitted via an online system in this link.

The acceptance of the submissions will be determined by anonymous peer review. For this reason, researchers should not refer to their own names within the submitted abstracts. Researchers may only apply as first author once.

Submission Deadline: April, the 1st 2019.



Spoken Presentations

Spoken presentations should be maximum 15 minutes in length and will be followed by 5 minutes for discussion. As a presenter, you are required to carry out a technical check in the room where you are presenting. Please perform a technical check and meet your chair 15 minutes before your session starts. If you have handouts, please distribute them before your talk. If something goes wrong with the equipment during your talk, please ask the technical assistant to fix it.

WiFi is available but the connection might become rather unreliable when a large number of users are connecting to the same access point. Please avoid depending on an Internet connection for your presentation.

We will inform you about the available technical equipment in time.


Poster Presentations

We recommend that the maximum metric paper size is DIN A0 (84 cm × 119 cm, OR, 33.1 × 46.8 inches). We expect posters to be displayed in portrait orientation (height greater than width). You may print your poster in other (small) page sizes and assemble your poster as you wish on the poster boards that we will provide. Please take into account the size of your fonts and the level of magnification.

All poster presenters are required to bring their own poster(s) and we recommend printing them in advance prior to travel. But there are also some copy shops close to the conference venue where the posters can be printed.

Presenters will be responsible for mounting and removing their own posters. At least one author of each poster must be available during the timetabled poster sessions.

Registration will start soon!

This year we are fortunate to receive support from the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM), The Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research (SEMPRE) and the German Society for Music Psychology (DGM), who are generously offering awards and travel grants respectively. Details of these, including how to apply and deadlines, are outlined below.


ESCOM is generously offering two awards of 200 EUR each:

ESCOM award for best student contribution

The goal of this award is to support promising young researchers in music cognition, and more generally in systematic musicology. It is based purely on academic quality and is independent of how the speaker travels to the conference (see below).

All abstract submissions are automatically considered for this award. The hosting committee will select a group of finalists, who will be notified along with acceptance to the conference. These finalists will be asked to send us a CV and a scanned copy of the participant’s student card. These finalists’ presentations will be evaluated by the hosting committee, who will choose a winner to be announced during the closing ceremonies.

ESCOM award for best student low-carbon presentation

This award is for a student presenter who makes the most effort to reduce their carbon footprint to travel to the conference. If you would like to be considered for this award, email the committee at sysmus2019@gmail.com with subject “ESCOM low-carbon award” by June 30th, 2019 that contains your CV and a copy of your student card and of course an outline of your plan of travel. This can be taking a train, a coach, hitch hiking, sailing or cycling. These are just a few ideas, but feel free to get creative in how you implement them. Perhaps plant some trees, get other lab members, friends and colleagues involved, or challenge yourself to travel zero-carbon and zero-waste?

The hosting committee will select the three low-carbon solutions they feel both reduce emissions the most and are creative. These finalists will be notified by July 15th, 2019. During our closing ceremonies, the finalists will be invited to give a short presentation on their journey to the conference and we will have an audience vote to determine the winner! The recipient of the award is expected to show evidence of their mode of travel as a condition of receiving the award. For all awards, ESCOM requests written confirmation that the work was presented; once received, funds will be transferred directly to the recipient’s bank account. 


SEMPRE is once again generously offering travel grants to participants of the SysMus19 conference series. There are typically more applicants than there are funds available, and these grants are competitive.

If you would like to be considered for this award, email the SysMus19 committee at sysmus2019@gmail.com with subject “SEMPRE Travel Grant” by June 30th, 2019.


DGM is offering five travel grants each 150 EUR. Prerequisite is a talk or a poster at the conference. Being a member of the German Society for Music Psychology is not a prerequisite, but members are preferred, when awarding a travel grant. If you would like to be considered for this award, email the treasurer of the DGM, Franziska Degé (franziska.dege@ae.mpg.de) a short application text that also indicates your current status (full-time student, part-time student and unwaged delegate) by June 30th, 2019.

You can reach us at Email: sysmus2019@gmail.com

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SysMus 2019 is supported by: