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Research SysMus19


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



Helga de la Motte-Haber is retired Professor in systematic musicology and an important personality/figure for the development of systematic musicology in Germany. Her academic work influenced the development and new conception of systematic musicology as an independent discipline through the implementation of empirical research methods and new fields of research such as musical understanding, musical judgment and use of music. She is co-founder of the German Society of Music Psychology, co-editor of the first yearbooks of this society and editor of the German six-volume Handbook of systematic musicology that represent this discipline in its whole breadth. In addition to the development of a universal art-philosophical approach, Helga was also committed to the establishment of sound art as an independent musical manifestation and the contemporary music as the object of investigation of systematic musicology.

Christoph Reuter is Professor in systematic musicology at the University of Vienna and since 2016 head of the musicological institute. His research interests include musical acoustics, room acoustics and psychoacoustics, timbre perception, music psychology, sound analysis/synthesis and music information retrieval, as well as music-related internet and software projects. He is currently involved in projects on crossmodal metaphors in timbre cognition and the history of colored hearing from 1812 until 1988.

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!

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