We are excited to welcome you to SysMus21 in Aarhus, Denmark (and virtually), on 3-5 Nov 2021! SysMus conferences (International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology) are annual student-run events designed to allow advanced bachelors, masters, and PhD students in the fields of systematic musicology and music science to meet and discuss their research. They provide the opportunity to present scientific work to peers in a professional, yet informal, setting. Due to generous funding from Novo Nordisk Foundation, the conference fee will be very low — we expect less than 60 EUR. We invite presentations in the form of live talks, virtual talks, and poster presentations (details below).

SysMus is dedicated to represent the diversity of topics and methods that are summarized under the umbrella term ‘systematic musicology’. Therefore, submissions addressing any of the following subjects are welcome (but not limited to these): Music perception, music cognition, music therapy, music modelling, music information retrieval, music sociology, music education, music technology, music and culture, music philosophy, music theory and analysis.

We are pleased to announce this year’s keynote speakers: Jonna Vuoskoski (RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion, University of Oslo) and Nori Jacoby (Computational Auditory Perception research group at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt). Additionally, Peter Vuust (Center for Music in the Brain, Aarhus University) will give a welcome talk. A satellite event (“Music in the Brain”) is scheduled for 2 Nov.

Please check out our conference website ( and connect via Twitter (!

 What to submit

Submissions are due on June 1st, 2021.

Full details:

Please submit two abstracts via the submission system (

1. Short Abstract

The short abstract is limited to no more than 100 words and should briefly describe the motivation, main findings, and implications. It should explain the significance of the research at a level understandable to researchers outside the author’s own specialized field. This is what will go into the abstract book.

2. Extended Abstract

The extended abstract gives you an opportunity to describe the motivations for your work, the methodology used, as well as the results and conclusions in more detail. This is what will go into the conference proceedings. The word limit is 300-500 words, and extended abstracts follow the structure: Background, Aims, Method, Results, and Conclusion. The author can choose to indicate a preference for either spoken (live or virtual) or poster presentation in the submission form. Authors should avoid referring to their own names within the submitted abstracts, as acceptance will be determined by anonymous peer review.

Live and virtual presentations

Live and virtual presentations will be allocated slots of 20 minutes, with 12 minutes for the presentation, 5 minutes for discussion, and 3 minutes to prepare for the next talk. The amount of virtual presentations will depend on the COVID situation. We will try to be flexible in choosing the most suitable format and will try to provide the same flexibility for participants, while ensuring everyone’s safety.

Poster presentations

Poster presentations will have designated time slots and presentation spaces that will not overlap with any other activity. Poster presentations will be live and/or virtual – we will keep you updated.

Important dates

1st June 2021: Submission deadline for short and extended abstracts

1st August 2021: Notification of acceptance & registration open

1st October 2021: Deadline for revised abstracts

3-5 November 2021: SysMus21 in Aarhus (and virtually)

Best regards,

SysMus21 Organizing Committee

(Signe Hagner (chair), Christine Ahrends, Jan Stupacher, & Niels Chr. Hansen)