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) 


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.

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. 

The official language of the conference is English.

Keynote Speakers

Nadia Azar, University of Windsor
Gerald Fried, McGill University
Margaret Osborne, University of Melbourne
Megan Popovic, Toronto Maple Leafs

Important Dates

30 September 2021: End of early registration
27 October 2021: Start of ISPS 2021
31 December 2021: Deadline for ISPS 2021 Frontiers articles


Registration is now open. Click HERE »

We are working to ensure that costs will not be a barrier to attending ISPS. We offer early (discounted) registration options, as well as options for students.

The following registration costs are based on online participation.

Early registration (by 30 September 2021) 

Standard: $155 (CAD), for online participation
Student: $50 (CAD), for online participation

Regular registration (from 1 October 2021)

Standard: $195 (CAD), for online participation
Student: $75 (CAD), for online participation

All delegates should first register for online participation. On-site participation will depend on restrictions on public meetings and international travel in place at the time of the event. Should on-site participation be possible, there may be additional fees for printing and catering costs; however, these will be posted well in advance of the event and will be, in any case, optional.

To qualify for student registration, delegates must be full-time students at the time of booking. Evidence of full-time student status will be required.

Please direct any questions to ISPS co-chairs Aaron Williamon and Isabelle Cossette.


Building on the publication of articles from ISPS 2013, ISPS 2015, ISPS 2017, and ISPS 2019 in Frontiers in Psychology, the journal is hosting 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 1 July and 31 December 2021.

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.


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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