International Symposium on Performance Science


Call for Papers


ISPS 2009

Performing Excellence

15-18 December 2009

Auckland, New Zealand

Convened by:

National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries

The University of Auckland

Centre for Performance Science

Royal College of Music, London

Following a highly successful inaugural conference in Portugal in 2007, the next International Symposium on Performance Science will take place at The University of Auckland on 15-18 December 2009.

Submissions are invited for unpublished papers, posters, and symposia on research from across the arts which explores the theme Performing Excellence.

The conference will bring together performers and researchers, artists and scientists, teachers and students for an interdisciplinary exchange. For this reason, specific research topics, fields of study, and methodological approaches have been left open intentionally. Those whose primary interests lie outside of the arts, but whose work nonetheless offers implications for the performing arts and/or for performing artists, are also encouraged to attend.

Keynote speakers:

Deidre Anderson

Chief Executive Officer of U@MQ,

Macquarie University (Australia)

Sylvie Fortin

Director of the Dance Health and Performance Center,

University of Québec at Montreal (Canada)

K. Anders Ericsson

Conradi Eminent Scholar and Professor of Psychology,

Florida State University (USA)

Lord Robert Winston

Professor of Science and Society,

Imperial College London (UK)


Submissions are invited for

- Spoken papers

- Poster presentations

- Symposia, workshops, demonstrations

Detailed instructions for submissions are available via the conference website, Submissions should be made electronically to by 1 April 2009.

Graduate award paper:

The conference Organizers and Scientific Committee are keen to encourage the attendance of students, as well as established researchers and practitioners. Therefore, the ISPS 2009 Graduate Award will be offered to one graduate student to present a 30-minute keynote paper at the conference. The award will include all conference fees and accommodation.

Information on how to submit a proposal for the Graduate Award is available at the conference website. (Unsuccessful award submissions will be processed automatically as regular conference submissions.)

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 15 May 2009.

Conference publication:

Accepted paper, poster, and symposia submissions will be published as 6-page papers in the Proceedings of ISPS 2009 (complete with ISBN), available in hardcopy at the conference and subsequently downloadable via the conference website. Details of the procedure and format for submitting published papers will be provided when authors receive notification of acceptance. Final papers for publication will be due on 1 September 2009.

Important dates:

1 March 2009    Online registration opens

1 April 2009       Submission deadline for papers, posters, and symposia

15 May 2009     Notification of submission decision

31 July 2009      End of early registration

1 Sept 2009       Deadline for final papers for the Proceedings of ISPS 2009

15 Dec 2009      Start of ISPS 2009

Additional information on the conference programme, venue, and registration costs is available on the conference website,

The official language of the conference is English.

Dr Aaron Williamon

Head of CPS

Centre for Performance Science

Royal College of Music

Prince Consort Road

London SW7 2BS

United Kingdom

Tel +44 (0)20 7591 4348

Fax +44 (0)20 7591 4381