samedi 17 avril 2021

International Symposium on Performance Science

27-30 October 2021, Montréal
Call for papers
ISPS 202
Performance Wellbeing

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 online presentation options, although the former will depend on possible restrictions on public meetings and international travel in place at the time of the event.

Important Dates

30 April 2021: 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


Submissions are invited for:

- Spoken papers
- Poster presentations
- Symposia and workshops

Detailed instructions for submissions are available on the conference website: Submissions should be made electronically by 30 April 2021.

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.

Conference publication

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.

The philosophy of Frontiers is that research is the product of an investment by society, and therefore, its fruits should be returned to all people without borders or discrimination, serving society universally and in a transparent fashion. This is why Frontiers provides online free and open access to all of its research publications.

The Frontiers specialty section Performance Science welcomes submissions of the highest quality of the following types: Book Review, Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis & Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge and Technology Report. Like most other serious open-access publishers, Frontiers maintains a high quality of service through an ‘author-pay’ model. As such, manuscripts that are accepted for publication following peer review may incur a publishing fee (reduced for Research Topic submissions), depending on the article type. For more information on the Frontiers open access policy and publishing fees, see

To learn more about the specialty section Performance Science, see or write to chief editor Aaron Williamon at

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; however, published articles from all previous ISPS are freely available at


Registration costs will be determined based on on-site or online participation. The former will depend on possible restrictions on public meetings and international travel in place at the time of the event.

We are working to ensure that costs will not be a barrier to attending ISPS. We will be offering ‘early bird’ registration options as well as discounts for students.

Online registration will open in May 2021.

The official language of the conference is English.

ISPS 2021 chairs
Aaron Williamon
Royal College of Music (UK)

Isabelle Cossette
McGill University (Canada)

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