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.

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


30 March 2021:
Online submission portal open

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


On-site and electronic submissions are invited for:

Spoken papers
Poster presentations
Symposia and workshops

Detailed instructions for submissions will be available via here soon.

Submissions should be made electronically by 30 April 2021.

The official language of the conference is English.

Graduate awards

The Scientific Committee is keen to encourage the attendance of students, as well as established researchers and practitioners. Therefore, the ISPS 2021 Graduate Paper Award will be offered to one graduate student to present a keynote paper at the conference.

In addition, during the symposium, delegates will be able to vote for the highest quality poster presentation delivered by a graduate student. The student(s) with the highest vote tally will be given the ISPS 2021 Graduate Poster Award.

Review process 

Each submission will be reviewed anonymously by the Scientific Committee according to its originality, importance, clarity, and interdisciplinarity. Corresponding authors will be notified by email of the Committee’s decision by 30 May 2021.


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.


Full and one-day registration options will be available.

Online registration will open on 15 May 2021.

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