In collaboration with
Australian Music & Psychology Society (AMPS)

ISPS 2019


Melbourne | Australia
16 | 20 July 2019

Convened by
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
University of Melbourne

Centre for Performance Science
Royal College of Music | Imperial College London

Important dates
20 January 2019: Paper/poster abstract submission deadline, via EasyChair
01 February 2019: Notification of submission decision
15 March 2019: Article submissions open for Frontiers Research Topic
15 April 2019: End of early registration
16 July 2019: Start of ISPS 2019
31 December 2019: Article submission deadline for Frontiers Research Topic


Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

The Conservatorium is situated at the Ian Potter Southbank Centre, Sturt Street, Southbank, Victoria 3006.

For further information on the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and the University of Melbourne, see

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Call for Papers

The Call for Papers is now closed.

Updates and amendments to current abstract submissions must use the following templates:

Structured Empirical Abstract for Spoken or Poster Presentations
Structured Theoretical Abstract for Spoken or Poster Presentations
Symposium Submission

Conference publication

Building on the publication of articles from ISPS 2013, ISPS 2015 and ISPS 2017 in Frontiers in Psychology, the journal is will host a Research Topic in the specialty section Performance Science for ISPS 2019 presenters.

To qualify, the first (or corresponding) author must be a registered presenter at ISPS 2019, and the manuscript should be submitted to the journal for independent peer-review between 15 March and 31 December 2019. Manuscripts that are accepted for publication following peer review may incur an article processing fee (reduced for Research Topic submissions), depending on the article type. For more information on the Frontiers open access policy and publishing fees, see

Note. The ISPS 2019 Research Topic replaces the Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science. As with ISPS 2015 and ISPS 2017, a proceedings volume will not be produced for ISPS 2019; however, published articles from all previous ISPS are freely available here.

Symposium Theme and Topics

The symposium theme is Optimising Performance. 

Presenters are requested to submit proposals within one of the following eight topics:

  • Development & Learning (formal/informal learning, teaching approaches)
  • Proficiencies (performance skills & competencies, including practice, memory, improvisation, expression, interpretation, body movement)
  • Performance Practice (social/historical contexts, interactions and techniques)
  • Psychological (motivation, perception, behaviour, cognition, affect, identity)
  • Enhancements (methodologies for enhancing performance, physical and mental awareness)
  • Medical (health related issues, physiology, brain mechanisms, medical ailments)
  • Scientific (acoustical considerations of instruments/venues, instrument construction)
  • Innovations (emerging technologies, including simulation training programs, motion capture, online learning, technologies, virtual reality)

Abstract proposals from any field or discipline that involve Performance (performing arts, sport, psychology, aviation, surgery…to name just a few), are very welcome. As this conference is running in conjunction with the AMPS conference, presentations on research into any aspect of Music Psychology in general are also very welcome!

Structured abstract submissions can be made via the following link:

To log in to EasyChair, you will first need to ‘create an account’, and then ‘enter as an author’.

To read the Call for Papers, please visit:

Structured abstract submission templates for empirical and theoretical spoken presentations and posters, as well as symposium submissions, can be found at both links.

Graduate Student Awards

Graduate awards

The ISPS 2019 Committee is keen to encourage the attendance of students, as well as established researchers and practitioners. Therefore, the ISPS 2019 Graduate Paper Award will be offered to one graduate student to present a keynote paper at the conference.

In addition, delegates at the conference will be able to nominate one graduate student for the ISPS 2019 Graduate Poster Award from among those presenting at the symposium.

Furthermore, SEMPRE awards – determined based on the quality of submissions – are available (see below).



SEMPRE has very generously agreed to help fund attendance at ISPS2019 to a number of students and unwaged delegates. If you fall into either of these categories, and wish to apply for funding, please go to: and fill in the online form by the end of SUNDAY 17th of MARCH. If you have not filled in the online form by this day you will not be eligible to receive a SEMPRE award. You will be required to supply a scan of your student card, passport, driver’s licence, or other ID. You will also be asked to provide in Euros the estimated cost of travel, accommodation, registration, and other conference related costs.

This is also a good time to remind delegates that we will be offering students and EMCR delegates a host of development experiences and activities, such as workshops and ‘academic speed dating’. We therefore need your input on what would be the most beneficial for you, and we also need you to signal to us that you do fit into one of these categories, so that we can keep you in the loop.

So if you are a:

  • Student (full-time or part-time);
  • Unwaged delegate; or
  • Early or mid-career researcher/academic

Please fill in the survey (again, at:, so that we know who you are, and can keep you updated on specific events that concern you! This is also where students and unwaged delegates can put in an application (within the same survey) for a SEMPRE award.


Registrations are now open for ISPS2019 via

Full and one-day registration options are available:

Early Bird tickets for full registration (which include the Conference Dinner) are now available. This offer is available until 15 April 2019.

Please note that tickets for one-day registrations include lunch, but not the conference dinner. 

All prices are in Australian dollars (AUD). 

* Student Registration is available to students undertaking a university degree who are employed for no more than 50% of a full-time salary. A valid student card or any documentation proving student status must be brought with you to the conference for verification at registration.


Looking for accomodation in Melbourne? There are many great places to stay, and being in the heart of Melbourne’s Southbank district means that there are an abundance of fantastic choices right on our doorstep. We are also located a short walk – or even shorter tram ride – away from the Melbourne CBD, which is also brimming with accomodation options, ranging from student hostels to 5 star hotels.

For delegates who wish to be close to the action, and who would prefer apartment-style accomodation while in Melbourne, we have been able to secure discount rates at two of the closest and best hotels:

Quest Southbank is a stone’s throw away from the Conservatorium building, and is fitted with all of the ammenities that you will need for your stay, including fully equiped kitchen and laundry facilities. You can book via their website:, and use the promo code ‘ISPS2019’ (in the promo/corporate code box). Further information about their special offer to conference delegates can be found here, while a fact sheet is also provided for your convenience. This is an excellent option for delegates who want to be as close as possible to the conference location, as you can be there in less than 5 minutes.

Quay West Melbourne is Southbank’s only 5 star hotel with apartments, located on the banks of the Yarra River. It provides delegates with fully equiped kitchens and laundry facilities, ensuring your stay is a relaxed and comfortable one. You can book using this link (click on ‘Book Here’): please do not change any preloaded codes – just select your arrival and departure dates, and then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on ‘Search’. The conference discount will be automatically applied, and the University of Melbourne rates with the discount will be displayed. This is a great option for delegates who don’t mind walking 10 minutes to the Conservatorium, but who would like a little bit of added luxury, such as buffet breakfast and a beautiful heated indoor pool.

The conference organising team in Melbourne have visited these locations, and can highly recommend both of these options. If you have specific accomodation needs that you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact Solange:

We look forward to welcoming you all very soon to our beautiful city!


We are delighted to announce that the inaugural Performance Science Development Day will launch the 2019 symposium on the 16th of July!

The Performance Science Development Day will kick-start the 2019 Conference of the International Symposium on Performance Science (ISPS), incorporating the Australia Music & Psychology Society (AMPS) conference.

Our event aims to provide postgraduate, early and mid-career researchers the opportunity to:

  1. Network with peers, as well as national and international leaders in the field, to establish and solidify meaningful professional relationships.
  2. Participate in professional development training tailored to their specific needs.

This one-day event includes three components: networking opportunities, panel discussions and workshops, and cultural activities.

The day’s focal activity will be our fast-paced academic ‘speed-dating’ networking event, which will allow emerging researchers to discuss their research and areas of interest with prominent established researchers from Australia and internationally in an informal and supportive setting.

To solidify the ties formed throughout the development day, a suite of social events is programmed for the evening, which will culminate in a cultural exploration of the music and performance practices of Indigenous Australian musician, William Barton.

A unique feature of the ISPS is its interdisciplinary nature; this development day will allow attendees from diverse disciplines to connect with each other, with the aim of driving forward future collaborations and innovations. It is our hope that the Performance Science Development Day will enable collaborative peer-based learning and mentorship between emerging researchers, as well as foster ongoing and meaningful ties with leading international researchers in performance science fields.

Further information regarding the full conference program will be released in June 2019.

Conference Dinner

Conference Dinner at The National Gallery of Victoria

We are delighted to announce that the ISPS Conference Dinner will be held on the evening of Thursday the 18th July 2019 in The Great Hall at the National Gallery of Victorian (NGV). A ticket to the conference dinner is included within the price of your full registration (both regular and student registration tickets), and additional tickets for day-pass holders and guests can be purchased through the ISPS registration page.

During the conference the NGV will be exhibiting Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality | Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape as part of their Winter Masterpieces Exhibition. We strongly encourage all interested delegates to visit the exhibit and the NGV’s permanent collection during their stay in Melbourne.

For further information on the National Gallery of Victoria click here.

The NGV is situated within 5 minutes walk of the Conference location. A map can be found here.

Images courtesy of the National Gallery of Victoria.

Keynote Speakers

Featured Keynote Performer


William Barton


For two decades, William Barton has forged a peerless profile as a performer and composer in the classical musical world, from the Philharmonic Orchestras of London and Berlin to historic events at Anzac Cove, the Beijing Olympics, to his recent contribution to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. With his prodigious musicality and the quiet conviction of his Kalkadunga heritage, he has vastly expanded the horizons of the didgeridoo — and the culture and landscape that it represents.

In 1998 and at 17 years-of-age, William Barton realised a lifelong dream when he was invited to perform with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, but the full, rapturous embrace of the classical music world came in 2004, when Tasmanian composer Peter Sculthorpe unveiled his Requiem with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and guest soloist, William Barton.

By the mid-2010s, despite a bare minimum of formal musical education, William Barton had won an ARIA Award for his classical album Kalkadungu, composed a world premiere work for members of the Berlin Philharmonic at Sydney Opera House, and unveiled his first-string quartet, Birdsong at Dusk, with the Kurilpa String Quartet and his mother Delmae Barton on vocals.

Today he holds honorary doctorate music degrees from the Universities of Griffith and Sydney, an adjunct professorship of music from the Queensland University of Technology, and has released five albums on the ABC Classics label. His most recent, Kalkadungu: music for Didjeridu and Orchestra, features predominantly his own compositions.

Keynote Speakers


Jane Davidson

University of Melbourne (Australia)

Professor Jane W. Davidson is Deputy Director of the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Associate Dean Research and Professor of Creative and Performing Arts at The University of Melbourne. Academic interests include: arts and health development across the lifespan; emotion, expression and historically informed performance practices; vocal studies and performance science. She publishes in the disciplines of music psychology, education and history of emotions, as well as reflective practice research. She has worked as an opera singer and director, collaborating with groups such as Opera North UK and the West Australian Opera Company. She has secured a range of research grants in both Australia and overseas and is currently Deputy Director of the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. She has held many positions in academic service including the Presidency of the Musicological Society of Australia and editor of the international journal, Psychology of Music.


Zach Hambrick

Michigan State University (USA)

Zach Hambrick is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Michigan State University, where he directs the Expertise Lab. Dr. Hambrick’s work focuses on the nature and origin of expertise in complex domains such as music, sports, and science. He is author of over 100 articles, chapters, and reviews, and has written for the New York Times, Scientific American, Slate, and Politico. He received his Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2000, and is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. He is co-founding editor of the Journal of Expertise and lead editor of the recent volume The Science of Expertise: Behavioral, Neural, and Genetic Approaches to Complex Skill.


Andrew Martin

University of New South Wales (Australia)

Andrew J. Martin, PhD, is Scientia Professor, Professor of Educational Psychology, and Co-Chair of the Educational Psychology Research Group in the School of Education at the University of New South Wales, Australia. He specializes in motivation, engagement, achievement, and quantitative research methods. He is also Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Education at the University of Oxford, Honorary Professor in the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney, Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and Fellow of the (Australian) College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists. He is Associate Editor of British Journal of Educational Psychology, Associate Editor of School Psychology International, Consulting Editor for Educational Psychology and serves on numerous international and national Editorial Boards (Journal of Educational Psychology; Educational Psychologist; Contemporary Educational Psychology; Learning and Individual Differences; Educational and Developmental Psychologist; Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools).


Mark Wiggins

Macquarie University (Australia)

Mark Wiggins is Professor of Organisational Psychology at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. He gained is PhD in Psychology from the University of Otago, New Zealand in 2001. Mark is currently the Deputy Director of the Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise, and Training at Macquarie University, and Director of the Macquarie University Integrated Simulation Hub. He is a Registered Psychologist with an endorsed area of practice in Organisational Psychology. Mark’s research and teaching interests lie in the assessment and development of expert performance, particularly in the context of cognitive skills such as diagnosis and decision-making. He has led a number of national and international research projects in domains including power system control, software engineering, medicine, and aviation. He has acted as an advisor to the United States Federal Aviation Administration, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, the Victorian Department of Infrastructure, the New South Wales Clinical Excellence Commission, the Australian Rail Track Corporation, and Transport for New South Wales.


Aaron Williamon

Co-chair Royal College of Music, London (UK)

Aaron Williamon is Professor of Performance Science at the Royal College of Music, where he directs the Centre for Performance Science. His research focuses on skilled performance and applied scientific initiatives that inform music learning and teaching, as well as the impact of music and the arts on society. Aaron is founder of the International Symposium on Performance Science, chief editor of Performance Science (a Frontiers journal), and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the UK’s Higher Education Academy. In 2008, he was elected an Honorary Member of the Royal College of Music.


Gary McPherson

Co-chair University of Melbourne (Australia)

Gary E. McPherson is the Ormond Professor and Director of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne. He has served as National President of the Australian Society for Music Education and President of the International Society for Music Education. His research interests are broad and his approach interdisciplinary. His most important research examines the acquisition and development of musical competence, and motivation to engage and participate in music from novice to expert levels. With a particular interest in the acquisition of visual, aural and creative performance skills, he has attempted to understand more precisely how music students become sufficiently motivated and self-regulated to achieve at the highest level.


Solange Glasser

Co-chair University of Melbourne (Australia)

Solange Glasser is a Lecturer in Music Psychology and Performance Science at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne. She studied violin performance and musicology at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Australia), before obtaining both a Licence and Masters in Musicology from the University of Paris IV – Sorbonne, and a Diploma of Orchestral Conducting from the Municipal Conservatorium of Paris XIX (France). Solange completed her PhD in 2018 under the supervision of Professor Gary McPherson, at the University of Melbourne (Australia). Her doctoral research examined the impact of synaesthesia and absolute pitch on musical development.

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