At present, it is unclear whether the 2020 Conference on Music & Eye-Tracking will be able to continue as planned. We are currently discussing alternatives – e.g. postponing the conference, holding it remotely, etc. We will continue to post updates here in the coming months about the status of the conference. In the meanwhile, we ask that those who are interested in attending please continue to submit their abstracts by the original March 18th deadline. However, if more time is needed due to Covid-19 complications, we completely understand and are happy to accommodate late submissions; please just send us an email by March 18th with your intent to submit late so that we can plan our review process accordingly.  

Music & Eye-Tracking

What do eye movements, pupil dilation, and blinking activity tell us about musical processing?

A two-day conference organized by Elke B. Lange and Lauren K. Fink at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main, July 16–17 2020

Keynote Speaker 

Dr. Adriana Zekveld

Call for Abstracts

We are very pleased to announce this call for abstract submissions for the second workshop on “Music and Eye-tracking.” After the success of the first meeting in 2017, we would again like to invite researchers at the intersection of music research, neuroscience, and psychology, with the interest of using eye-tracking (measuring saccadic, pupil, or blinking activity) to yield insights about music processing, performance, and engagement. Additionally, we invite related basic auditory research and studies on visual-auditory interactions. Research applying eye-tracking in combination with other methods (e.g., motion tracking, EEG, etc.) is also very welcome. 

With this workshop, we hope to provide a platform for expert researchers at the intersection of music and eye-tracking to communicate with one another, to foster and enrich discussions about methods, and to continue refining models and theories of musical processing with insights from eye-tracking. We encourage researchers from other areas of cognition and emotion studies to join the interest in this complex question of investigation: what do eye movements, pupil dilation, and blinking activity tell us about musical processing?

The program of the first Conference on Music & Eye-Tracking can be found here.
Please also see the Special Issue on Music & Eye-Tracking in the Journal of Eye Movement Research which resulted from the first conference. 


To apply, download our submission template, please fill in all sections,
and email your submission to until March 18, 2020.

Selection Criteria

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by the Program Committee, with oversight from the Scientific Board. 

Registration Fees

There is no fee to attend the workshop. Please note that registration is prioritized for participants contributing with a talk or poster presentation. Only after June 15 is registration open for other interested attendees. Because of size limitations at our venue, seats are limited to 60 participants.


Travel expenses and accommodation have to be booked and paid separately by workshop participants. Please check whether you will need a visa for Germany! Applying for and obtaining the visa is your own responsibility. 

Recommendations regarding transportation and accommodation forthcoming. 

Scientific Chairs

Lauren K. Fink & Elke B. Lange 

Program Committee

Roberta Bianco University College London

Laura Bishop University of Oslo

Gilles Comeau University of Ottawa

Antoine Coutrot Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

Robert Duke University of Texas, Austin

Mounya Elhilali Johns Hopkins University

Jörg Fachner Anglia Ruskin University

Marek Franěk University of Hradec Králové   

Bruno Gingras University of Innsbruck,                              

Erkki Huovinen Royal College of Music, Stockholm

Johanna Kaakinen University of Turku

Satoshi Kawase Osaka University Graduate School of Human Sciences, Yamaha Music Laboratory

Bruno Laeng University of Oslo

Hsin-I Liao NTT Communication Science Laboratories

Miguel Mera City University of London

Stefan Münzer University of Mannheim

Kenneth Scott-Brown Abertay University

Heather Sheridan University at Albany, SUNY

Susana Silva University of Porto

Andreas Widmann University of Leipzig         

Clemens Wöllner University of Hamburg

Matthew Woolhouse McMaster University




The workshop will be conducted at the

Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics
Grüneburgweg 14 
60322 Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Important Deadlines

February 1, 2020
Submissions now being accepted

March 18, 2020
Submission Deadline

April 20, 2020
Participants notified of acceptance decision. Registration open for active participants.

June 15, 2020
Registration open for all participants

July 16, 2020
Conference begins