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SEMPRE Graduate Conference 2019

SEMPRE Graduate Conference - Monday 25 March 2019

This one-day SEMPRE conference is for graduate students to present and discuss their own original research in music psychology, music education, and in the wider field of music and science. Graduate students from any institution are welcome to apply to participate

The conference will take place at the Faculty of Music of the University of Cambridge (UK) on March 25, 2019

Professor Martin Rohrmeier, director of the Digital and Cognitive Musicology Lab at the École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne, will be joining us as the keynote speaker.

Registration cost for attendees and presenters is £25 and includes lunch, coffee, and refreshments.   The deadline for registration for attendees and presenters is 18 March 2019 subject to places being available, up to a maximum of 70. Click here to register.

Accommodation is not provided, but please check the meet-cambridge website for some useful suggestions!

Research will be presented in one of three formats: 5 min flash talk, 25 min long talk, or poster presentation. Graduate students interested in presenting should submit a 300 word abstract. You may state your preferred presentation format. The Conference Committee will review all proposals and make final decisions on acceptance and presentation formats.

Proposals should be submitted in PDF format to Gabriele Cecchetti at by 11 January 2019. Please use “SEMPRE Graduate Conference 2019, Abstract” as your subject line, and state your student status and your institution.

If your abstract is accepted for inclusion, you may be eligible for a SEMPRE Conference Award. Interested applicants should attach the following information alongside their Abstract proposal:
(a) their nationality
(b) their country of current residence
(c) the amount of funding they are seeking 
(d) why other sources of funding are not available for them
(e) how participation in the Conference will assist them in their future research.

It has now been agreed that the Aubrey Hickman Award for best paper submitted may be made at this conference.  The Hickman Award consists of £500 and the possibility of publication of a full (6,000-8,000 words) version of the  paper in one of SEMPRE's journals (either Psychology of Music or Music & Science).  Applicants for this award should submit an extended abstract of 2000-3000 words to Gabriele Cecchetti at by the stated deadline of 11 January 2019.  For further details, see the SEMPRE webpage devoted to the award at

Timeline for presenters

  • 11 January 2018: Deadline for submitting abstracts
  • 1 February 2019: Conference Committee final decisions
  • 25 February 2019: SEMPRE Conference Award notifications
  • 18 March 2019: Deadline for registration
  • 25 March 2019: Welcome to the SEMPRE Graduate Conference in Cambridge!

Coordinator: Dr. Satinder P. Gill

Organisers: Carla Cao, Gabriele Cecchetti, Kaamya Varagur

Scientific Committee: Professor Ian Cross, Dr Emily Payne, Dr Mats Küssner

For further information, please contact Gabriele Cecchetti at