ISPS 2021

Montreal | Canada
27 | 30 October 2021

Convened by
Schulich School of Music
McGill University

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

In collaboration with
Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in
Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT) 

Call for Papers

The next International Symposium on Performance Science will be hosted by the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, Montreal, on 27–30 October 2021.

The ISPS 2021 theme, Performance Health and Wellbeing, is intended to encourage discussion and debate on connections between performance, wellbeing and society. Specific research topics, fields of study, and methodological approaches have been left open intentionally to encourage interdisciplinary exchange.

Submissions detailing original research are invited from all performance disciplines, offering new perspectives from across the arts and sciences.

Submit an abstract for ISPS 2021 »

We intend to offer both on-site and online presentation options, although the former will depend on possible restrictions on public meetings and international travel in place at the time of the event. 

Key dates

30 April 2021:
Paper/poster abstract submission deadline

15 May 2021:
Online registration portal open

30 May 2021:
Notification of submission decision

15 June 2021:
Article submissions open for ISPS 2021 Research Topic in Frontiers

30 June 2021:
End of early registration

27 October 2021:
Start of ISPS 2021

31 December 2021:
Article submission deadline for ISPS 2021 Research Topic in Frontiers

The official language of the conference is English.


Building on the publication of articles from ISPS 2013, ISPS 2015, ISPS 2017, and ISPS 2019 in Frontiers in Psychology, the journal will host a Research Topic in the specialty section Performance Science for ISPS 2021 presenters. To qualify, the first (or corresponding) author must be a registered presenter at ISPS 2021, and the manuscript should be submitted to the journal for independent peer-review between 15 June and 31 December 2021.

To learn more about the specialty section Performance Science, see

Note. The ISPS 2021 Research Topic replaces the Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science. A proceedings volume will not be produced for ISPS 2021.


Registration costs will be determined based on on-site or online participation. The former will depend on possible restrictions on public meetings and international travel in place at the time of the event.

We are working to ensure that costs will not be a barrier to attending ISPS. We will be offering ‘early bird’ registration options, as well as discounts for students.

Online registration will open in May 2021.


Aaron Williamon, co-chair
Royal College of Music, London (UK)

Isabelle Cossette, co-chair
McGill University (Canada)

Andrea Creech
McGill University (Canada)

Krzysztof Dąbrowski
Medical University of Warsaw (Poland)

Solange Glasser
University of Melbourne (Australia)

Fernando Gualda
Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

Christine Guptill
University of Ottawa (Canada)

Isabelle Héroux
University of Quebec, Montreal (Canada)

Fabrice Marandola
McGill University (Canada)

Frédéric Marin
University of Technology, Compiègne (France)

Caroline Palmer
McGill University (Canada)

Véronique Richard
Laval University (Canada)

Gary Scavone
McGill University (Canada)

Laura Stambaugh
Georgia Southern University (USA)

Caroline Traube
University of Montreal (Canada)

Marcelo Wanderley
McGill University (Canada)

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