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We are very pleased to host the International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology (SysMus) at the Department of Media Psychology of the SRH Hochschule der populären Künste (hdpk) from 10-12th September in Berlin, Germany.

The SysMus is a series of international conferences organized by students for students of systematic musicology. This kind of conference offers the opportunity for students to gain first experience in presenting and discussing their own research projects together with international students and researchers of the field of systematic musicology.

SysMus is dedicated to represent the diversity of topics and methods in the field of systematic musicology. Therefore, submissions addressing any of the following subjects are particularly welcome:

  • systematic musicology
  • music perception
  • music cognition music psychology
  • music therapy music modelling
  • music information retrieval
  • music sociology
  • music education
  • music technology
  • music and culture
  • Musical acoustics
  • music philosophy
  • music theory and analysis



All submissions (oral or poster presentation) will be made in the form of abstracts which gives you the opportunity to describe the motivation for your work and the methodology used, as well as providing detailed results and conclusions.

The abstracts should be no more than 400 words (references excluded) in length, be written in English, and address one of the conference topics listed above. All submissions will be considered for both spoken paper and poster presentation categories. However, the author can indicate a preference for either spoken or poster presentation in the submission form.

We will start accepting submissions on February, the 1st 2019.

Submission Deadline: April, 1st 2019.

Oral presentations

Oral presentations will be allocated slots of 20 minutes, with 15 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes for discussion.

Poster presentations

Poster presentations will have designated time slots and presentation spaces that will not overlap with any other activity.

Important Dates


Feb 1stAbstract submission open
Apr 1stAbstract submission Deadline
June 1stNotification of acceptance
July 1stRevision of Abstract Deadline
Sep 10-12th12th SysMus in Berlin, Germany



We will start accepting submissions on February, the 1th 2019.

Submission Deadline: April, 1th 2019.

Spoken Presentations

Spoken presentations should be maximum 15 minutes in length and will be followed by 5 minutes for discussion. As a presenter, you are required to carry out a technical check in the room where you are presenting. Please perform a technical check and meet your chair 15 minutes before your session starts. If you have handouts, please distribute them before your talk. If something goes wrong with the equipment during your talk, please ask the technical assistant to fix it.

WiFi is available but the connection might become rather unreliable when a large number of users are connecting to the same access point. Please avoid depending on an Internet connection for your presentation.

We will inform you about the available technical equipment in time.


Poster Presentations

We recommend that the maximum metric paper size is DIN A0 (84 cm × 119 cm, OR, 33.1 × 46.8 inches). We expect posters to be displayed in portrait orientation (height greater than width). You may print your poster in other (small) page sizes and assemble your poster as you wish on the poster boards that we will provide. Please take into account the size of your fonts and the level of magnification.

All poster presenters are required to bring their own poster(s) and we recommend printing them in advance prior to travel. But there are also some copy shops close to the conference venue where the posters can be printed.

Presenters will be responsible for mounting and removing their own posters. At least one author of each poster must be available during the timetabled poster sessions.

Stay tuned!

For more Information you can reach us at sysmus2019@gmail.com.