Martin Clayton is Professor in Ethnomusicology in Durham University. He studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, where he obtained degrees in Music and Hindi (BA, 1988) and Ethnomusicology (PhD, 1993). His research interests include Hindustani (North Indian) classical music, rhythmic analysis, comparative musicology and early field recordings, British-Asian music and Western music in India. He previously worked at the Open University, and has taught a wide range of ethnomusicological courses at numerous other UK universities, besides contributing to OU teaching materials, and worked as Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago. He was a member of the Music sub-panel for the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, and for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
Thomas Fritz studied biology at the University of Darmstadt, making a diploma thesis at the Max Planck Institute for Neuropsychology. He continued studying fine arts at the Kunsthochschule Berlin,making a PhD thesis and continued research at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, the Institute for Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music (IPEM), Gent, Helmholtzcenter for Cultural Techniques Berlin, and at he department of Nuclear Medicine, University of Leipzig, He was Group leader of work group “Music evoked brain plasticity” at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Science, Leipzig and visiting professor in “Empirical Music Research” at the Institute for Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music (IPEM), Gent.
Elvira Brattico is Professor of Neuroscience, Music and Aesthetics at the Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University, Denmark, and Co-Director of the Center for Music in the Brain (MIB), a center of excellence of the Danish National Research Foundation, affiliated to Aarhus University and to the Royal Academy of Music Aarhus/Aalborg, Denmark. She studied at the Cognitive Brain Research Unit, Institute of Behavioral Sciences, University of Helsinki, where she obtained a PhD in Psychology in January 2007. In 2007-2009, she worked as postdoctoral researcher at the EU Project Tuning the Brain for Music. From 2009 to 2013, she directed the Aesthetics module of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Music Research. In 2012-2015 she worked at the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Computational Science, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland, and at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki before moving to Denmark in June 2015. She teaches imaging genetics, experimental musicology and neuroaesthetics in Finland, Denmark and Italy. Her work has been published in over a hundred papers, of which over 80 published in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. Her main interests cover music-induced neuroplasticity, neuroaesthetics, and individual differences in auditory processing.
ESCOM, the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, an international non-profit society with the aim to support theoretical, experimental and applied research in the cognitive sciences of music. The society disseminates knowledge of music perception and cognition, and encourages European and international cooperation within the fields of cognitive sciences of music. The organization is represented by the following keynote speakers: Jane Ginsborg and John Sloboda – Past-Presidents of ESCOM.