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ESCOM Webinar on Academic Career Development

January 31st 2023, 1pm-3pm (CET)

ESCOM launches a new initiative of Special Interest Groups (SIG), starting with a webinar on Academic Career development.

Register to attend here


Four speakers at different career stages will share experiences of their career paths through short inspiration talks, and a group discussion will follow, for us all to dialogue and share tips of how to navigate in the academic world.


More information to follow imminently.

Our webinar speakers

Peter Keller

Center for Music in the Brain, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University, Denmark

MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development, Western Sydney University, Australia


Peter Keller holds degrees in Music (BMus) and Psychology (BA, PhD) from the University of New South Wales in Australia. He is Professor of Neuroscience in the Center for Music in the Brain and the Department of Clinical Medicine at Aarhus University (Denmark), with a joint appointment in the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development at Western Sydney University (Australia). Previously, he held research positions at Haskins Laboratories and Yale University (USA) and the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (Germany), where he led the Max Planck Research Group for Music Cognition and Action. Past academic honours include an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship, a Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship at Durham University, a Visiting Professorship at the Central European University in Budapest, and a European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) Fellowship at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Keller has served as Editor of ‘Empirical Musicology Review’ and Associate Editor at ‘Royal Society Open Science’, ‘Psychological Research’, and ‘Music Perception’. His research addresses the behavioural and brain bases of human interaction in musical contexts. 

Vinoo Alluri

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad, India

Vinoo Alluri is an Assistant Professor at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad. She has a background in Electronics and Communication Engineering and did her Master's degree in Music Engineering Technology at the University of Miami. Following this, she did her PhD in Musicology at the University of Jyvaskyla. Her research spans the domains of Music Cognition, Music Information Retrieval (MIR) and Neuroscience. She also worked briefly as a post-doctoral researcher at the NEAD (Neuroscience of Emotions and Affective Dynamics) lab at the University of Geneva before returning to India and taking up her current role.

Margarida Baltazar

Centre of Excellence of Music, Mind, Body and Brain, Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Margarida has a master's degree in clinical psychology from the University of Lisbon, completed in 2009. After working as a psychologist with children and adolescents, she moved to Finland to start her doctoral studies in the University of Jyväskylä. Her thesis, defended in 2018, focused on affect regulation through music and its interplays with regulation strategies and musical mechanisms. Since then, Margarida has been working as a postdoctoral researcher in projects related to musical emotion regulation and well-being, emotional competences, and functions of music. 

Alessandro Ansani

Department of Philosophy, Communication and Performing Arts, Roma Tre University, Italy

Alessandro Ansani is a temporary research fellow at Roma Tre University, where he completed his Master's degree in Cognitive Science. He received his PhD in Psychology & Cognitive Science at Sapienza University. In his thesis, he empirically tested how soundtracks impact the interpretation of audiovisuals. His research involves themes such as the influence of music on moral judgments, body language of music conductors, and face perception. Alessandro collaborates with various research groups on other projects: e.g., Ethos theory of music (University of Victoria, Canada), Telicity and Boundedness in music (ÉNS, Paris), and perception of androgynous faces (Universidad Luis Amigó, Colombia).  

SI 2024

Special Issue, 2024: Call for proposals

Since 2013 Musicae Scientiae has published four issues every year, one of which is usually a special issue. The following special issues have appeared to date:


2013: Replication in music psychology (Ed. Timo Fischinger)

2014: Music and emotion – Empirical and theoretical perspectives (Ed. Geoff Luck)

2015: The AIRS test battery of singing skills (Eds. Helga Gudmundsdottir & Annabel Cohen)

2016: Music as emotion regulation (Ed. Suvi Saarikallio)

2016: Tracking the creative process (Eds. Nicolas Donin & Caroline Traube)

2017: Music, health, and wellbeing (Eds. Gunter Kreutz & Urs Nater)

2018: Virtuosity (Ed. László Stachó)

2018: Creative conceptual blending in music (Eds. Emilios Cambouropoulos, Danae Stefanou, Costas Tsougras)

2019: Expressive interaction with music (Eds. Micheline Lesaffre, Edith Van Dyck, Marc Leman)

2021: Social impact of music making (Eds. Brydie-Leigh Bartleet and Lukas Pairon)

2022: Identity and music (Eds. Karen Burland, Dawn Bennett and Guadalupe López-Íñiguez)


In 2023 the Special Issue will be entitled Supporting musicians’ growth: In memoriam Maria Manturszewska, to be edited by Maria Chełkowska-Zacharewicz, Julia Kaleńska-Rodzaj and Anna Antonina Nogaj.


We are now accepting proposals for the special issue that is currently scheduled to appear in June 2024. Those interested are requested to send a proposal of no more than 1000 words describing:


  • the scope of the proposed theme

  • the authors and papers to be featured in the issue, within the constraints below

  • how manuscripts submitted by contributors for whom English is not their native language will be handled, in terms of their professional language editing.


Special issues can be no more than 60,000 words long. This represents 130-140 printed pages, so only 6-7 manuscripts can be accepted, in total.


Proposers should make a case justifying the dedication of a special issue to their particular theme and its topicality. Proposals should demonstrate that the special issue would have overall coherence. Those making proposals should highlight their existing editorial experience. If their proposal is accepted, they will be expected to identify reviewers who are both willing and able to review by the specified deadlines for each manuscript to be considered. Proposers will also be expected to act as guest editors for the special issue, to communicate with contributors with regard to revisions, and ultimately to be responsible for producing an issue containing a strong and coherent collection of articles. One member of the editorial board will be assigned to work with the guest editors in overseeing the refereeing process to ensure that the individual articles and the collection as a whole meet the quality standards of the journal.


Proposals should be submitted no later than 20 December 2022. The editor-in-chief will communicate her decision as to which of the proposals will be accepted in early January 2023.


It is imperative that guest editors should identify reviewers who are willing and available to review before manuscripts are submitted to the journal. The deadlines for the process from submission of manuscripts to submission of final copy to Production will be as follows:

  • Authors to submit manuscripts to Musicae Scientiae (MSX) via Scholar One portal by 1 June 2023.


  • GEs to check manuscripts and send to already-identified reviewers by 5 June 2023.

  • Reviewers to return reviews to MSX by 20 July 2023.


  • GEs to read reviews, request revisions and return manuscripts to authors by 1 August 2023.


  • Authors to submit revised manuscripts to GEs directly by 15 September 2023.

  • GEs to work with authors on revisions and ask authors to submit revised manuscripts to MSX by 31 October 2023.

  • GEs to send manuscripts to reviewers by 2 November 2023.

  • Reviewers to return 2nd reviews to MSX by 16 November 2023.

  • GEs to read reviews and work with authors to prepare all-but-final manuscripts. GEs to send them to EIC directly by 15 December 2023.

  • EIC to work with authors on final edits and request final copy to be submitted to MSX for formal acceptance Dec 2023-Jan 2024.

  • Final copy to Production 31 January 2024.

    Proposals should be sent electronically to the editor-in-chief: Professor Jane Ginsborg (

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ESCOM Special Interest Groups

Would you like to dialogue with your colleagues across the globe?


How can you find new colleagues interested in the same topics as you?


The European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM) is launching a new initiative of Special Interest Groups (SIG). The SIGs aim to advance dialogue among researchers interested in similar topics to support research collaboration, knowledge sharing and career development.

Please answer a quick survey to let us know which research topics and which formats (e.g. online chat/”coffee”breaks/seminars) would most interest you:

Envrironmntal Award 21

Environmental Improvement Award: Runner-up 2021

Our green and inclusive conferencing project, ICMPC2021 was nominated for the green impact national awards and has been chosen as the runner-up for the Environmental Improvement Award.


A huge thank you to Renee Timmers, Karolina Prusicka and Yuko Kure.

Honorary Member

We are proud to officially announce ESCOM's new honorary member, Professor John Sloboda at our most recent General Assembly during the ICMPC16-ESCOM11 conference.

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