Following the 2nd SIMM-posium in 2017, the 7th SIMM-posium will in 2022 again be organized at and by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, this time in a close collaboration with the Copenhagen based Rhythmic Music Conservatory and its Centre for Research in Artistic Citizenship (CReARC/RMC) and of course also with the research platform SIMM.

It will exceptionnally last 3 days in order to be able to include an extended session devoted to the outcomes of the AHRC/SIMM-funded international comparative research project developed since 2020 in 4 countries (UK, Finland, Colombia and Belgium).

This SIMM-posium will aim to be in-person (maximum registration 100), but it will also allow online attendance.
In order to preserve a lively and fully participatory dialogue, the number of participants will be restricted, based on written expressions of interest.
There will be provision in the programme for only up to 40 brief (10 minute) presentations of research or research-related work in progress (or critical reflections on research), which will be curated into thematic panels of four to five presentations followed by a plenary discussion.  Presentations of practice with no relation to research will be excluded.

The keynote speaker at the 7th SIMM-posium will be German sociologist Hartmut Rosa (see also SIMM-podcast episode #15).  During his keynote ‘Being in Resonance in Social Music Projects’ Hartmut Rosa will present his theory of being in resonance as a way for being in relationship to the world and how this can be of interest to people developing social and community music projects with diversely composed groups of participants.

Presentations on research concerning any aspect of making music’s social impact will be welcome, but a specific interest during this conference will concern the following topics:

  • Training for socially engaged musicians
  • Interprofessional collaboration
  • SIMM-practice during the pandemic
  • The practice of facilitation within SIMM-projects

Call for participants:

Expressions of interest should be sent no later than 15 April 2022 by email to Lukas Pairon (

This should include your name, institutional affiliation, current professional role(s) and a maximum 250 word statement of relevant professional experience and background (also including why you wish to attend this symposium).

Those wishing to make a presentation should additionally include a title and a 200 word abstract.

Participants are encouraged to organize panel sessions that make a distinctive and creative contribution to the SIMM-posium. In that case the maximum time allowed will be 90 minutes, consisting of up to six 10-minute presentations and a 30-minute discussion. One of the speakers should be nominated as a convenor, who will make the submission on behalf of the other speakers, including a 250-word description of the rationale and content of the panel session and a 200 word abstract for each participant’s presentation.

Successful applicants will be notified no later than 31 May, 2022, and will then be invited to register and pay the symposium fee.

The scientific committee for the 7th SIMM-posium is composed of: Brydie-Leigh Bartleet (president SIMM / director Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith University), Joanne Gibson (tutor Guildhall School of Music, London, UK), Luc Nijs (IPEM, Ghent University, BE / Associate Professor in Early Childhood Music Education, University of Luxemburg), Lukas Pairon (founding director SIMM / chair holder Academic Chair Jonet & Centre on social action & music making, Ghent University, BE), John Sloboda (research professor Guildhall School of Music, London, UK) and Maria Westvall (Centre for Research into Artistic Citizenship / CReARC, Copenhagen, DK)

The final programme of this 3-day conference will be communicated here the latest before the end of September 2022.


Registration fee for those selected to be present at the event in London will be 80€.  Those selected to participate and/or present at the symposium in London will also need to cover their travel costs, meals and accomodation.

Those who will attend and/or present online will be charged a nominal fee of 10€.