ESCOM11, 11th triennial conference of the European Society of the Cognitive Sciences of Music

11th triennial conference of the European Society of the Cognitive Sciences of Music

Theme: Connectivity and Diversity in Music Cognition

Locations: Sheffield, UK; Baku, Azerbaijan; Bogota, Colombia; Bengaluru, India; Vilnius, Lithuania; Bydgoszcz, Poland; TBC, South Africa

28-31 July, 2021

This conference provides an interdisciplinary and intercultural platform for the dissemination of most recent developments in music cognition research. To offer inclusivity to researchers whilst limiting the resource implications of this international gathering, the conference is organised across multiple hubs.

The main organising hub is Sheffield, UK. Co-organising hubs include hubs in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa (see locations).

This conference uses a semi-virtual conferencing format, which combines local presentations (at each hub) with global exchange and dissemination through interconnecting the hubs using virtual meeting technology.

Special features: Symposia contain presentations from different hubs addressing a specific topic or issue; Virtual focus groups are organised to discuss current research issues and to network internationally.

Call for papers will be available from January 2020.

Submissions of contributions are encouraged from researchers working in any area of music cognition, conceived in a broad sense including

  • Perception, cognition, performance, creating, education, learning, and development of music.
  • Interdisciplinary and intercultural research perspectives are particularly encouraged, integrating approaches from the humanities and sciences
  • Extended papers or thematic symposia addressing the conference theme of connectivity and diversity in music cognition

For further information, see the main conference website or contact the conference chair Dr Renee Timmers at r.timmers[at]


Until Jan 2020        Call for conference hubs (e.g. a hub in South or Central Europe)

Until Nov 2020       Call for papers

March 2021            Review outcomes

May 2021                Early bird registration deadline and preliminary programme

June 2021                Final conference programme

28-31 July 2021       ESCOM11 (28th evening, 29-31 full days)

Cross-European Summer School on Musical Ability

15-17 July 2020 in Finland, Italy, Poland and UK

This summer school will bring together expertise from scholars across Europe to address questions related to Musical Ability: What is musical ability? How do we assess it in research and education? What insights do different disciplines offer?

Attendees will participate in a local hub in Jyvaskula (Finland), Rome or Venice (tbc, Italy), Katowice (Poland) or Sheffield (UK). Presentations from experts working in the field of Music Psychology will be shared across the hubs, including discussion of theoretical and methodological aspects of research. Presentations in the morning are combined with working locally in groups on a research project in the afternoon.

Target audience:

Research training for MA and PhD students with an interest in cognitive and educational aspects of musical ability

Registration for the summer school is organised in two phases:

  • February – March: Submit expression of interest (motivation letter and brief CV)
  • April – May: Registration for the summer school after confirmation of a place

For further information visit the website: Summer School Website

Main contact: Dr Renee Timmers, e-mail:

This summer school is organised by the European Society of the Cognitive Sciences of Music and will use a semi-virtual conferencing format, aimed at reducing flying associated with conference attendance.