March 2017 Newsletter of the Timing Research Forum

Dear all,
We are pleased to share the March 2017 Newsletter of the Timing Research Forum.

I. TRF Membership
We have now surpassed 500 members! We thank our members for their
support and welcome the new members to our community.

Website:                507 members (+11.7%)

ResearchGate:      205 followers (+33.2%)

Twitter:                   206 followers (+15.7%)

Facebook:             215 followers (+18.8%)

II. 1st Conference of the Timing Research Forum (TRF1)
We are pleased to share details of the 1st Conference of TRF and
announce the call for symposia and abstracts as below.





Date:           October 23-25, 2017
Venue:        University of Strasbourg, 22 Rue Descartes, Strasbourg, France
Conference Chairs:  Anne Giersch & Jenny Coull
Scientific committee:    TRF committee & conference organizers
Contact:  Anne Giersch –

Keynote speakers

Warren Meck, Duke University

Lera Boroditsky, UC San Diego

Sofia Soares, Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown

(Sofia will present her paper – Midbrain dopamine neurons control
judgment of time –, that was selected
by the TRF Committee as the ‘Best Timing Paper of 2016’).

Call for Symposia (deadline: May 1, 2017)

8 Symposia will be selected from submitted proposals. Each symposium
must be focused on a single topic and will include 3 oral
presentations of 20 minutes (+ 5 minutes questions) organized by a
chairperson, who can also be a presenter. There can be 4 oral
presentations if preferred, but the total duration of the symposium
should not exceed 1 hour and 15 minutes.  The chairperson is
responsible for submitting the symposium proposal and for recruiting
speakers.  Symposia on current topics and of a multidisciplinary
nature are encouraged.

Symposium proposals should include the following:
1. The name, contact information, and affiliation of the symposium chairperson.
2. Title
3. A brief abstract describing the symposium’s objective and topics to
be covered (maximum 500 words, references included).
4. Up to 5 keywords.
5.  The title of each presentation, with a list of proposed speakers,
their affiliations and contact information. For multi-author papers,
please underline the presenter.
6. A short abstract for each presentation (max 150 words with references)
7. Abbreviations must be spelled out in full at their first use. Do
not use abbreviations in the title. Use only standard abbreviations.

If your symposium proposal is not accepted, the abstracts will be
automatically re-considered for poster or oral presentation.

Call for Abstracts for Talks & Posters (deadline: May 1, 2017)

There will be two short oral sessions, each containing 6 presentations
of 12 minutes (+ 3 minutes for questions).
There will be two poster sessions, and around 15 posters will be
selected for oral blitz presentation (5 minutes).

Abstracts for poster and oral presentations should include the following:
1. A title that clearly defines the work addressed.
2. Name and affiliation of the authors.  For multi-author papers,
please underline the presenter and provide their contact information.
3.  An abstract describing the specific goal of the study, the methods
used, a summary of the results, and a conclusion.  The abstract should
not exceed 300 words (references included).
4. Up to 5 keywords.
5. Abbreviations must be spelled out in full at their first use. Do
not use abbreviations in the title. Use only standard abbreviations.
6. Do not add formatting. Italic, bold, tabs or extra spaces will not
appear in the final program.
7. Your preference of oral or poster presentation.
8. Specify whether you apply for a student travel grant (see below).

All selected abstracts and symposium proposals will be published in a
special issue of the Timing and Time Perception Reviews journal.
Abstract submission and registration will be coordinated via the
conference website. For any queries, please contact Anne Giersch at –

III. TRF Blogs

We have a number of new blog articles reviewing recent papers on
timing by a number of promising early career researchers. Please read,
share, comment and discuss! If you’d also like to contribute as a
blogger, please get in touch:

Bronson Harry, MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney:
1. Iterated reproduction task reveals rhythmic priors associated with
exposure to music –

Mukesh Makwana, Centre of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences,
University of Allahabad:
1. Controlling Time Perception using Optogenetics –
2. Meditation, Sense of Agency and Time Perception –
3. Image Contrast influence Perceived Duration –

Molly Henry, University of Western Ontario:
1. The phase of pre-stimulus alpha oscillations influences the visual
perception of stimulus timing –
2. Entrainment to an auditory signal: Is attention involved –

Ryszard Auksztulewicz, Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity:
1. Temporal predictability modulates putative midbrain activity:
evidence from human EEG –
2. The benefits and costs of temporal attention –
3. Neural encoding of time: the striatum vs prefrontal cortex –

Bowen Fung, University of Melbourne:
1. Time perception and the heart

IV. Blog your paper

We would like to invite TRF members to submit short summaries of their
recently published articles on timing. Articles should be no longer
than 500 words and not include more than one representative figure.

Please submit your entries after your paper is published by emailing
us at Submissions are open anytime and will be
featured on the TRF blog page –

V. Blog your conference

We would like to invite TRF members to write about their experience of
a timing conference/meeting/workshop that they have recently attended.
Submissions can highlight prominent talks/papers presented, new
methods, trends and your personal views about the conference. Pictures
may also be included. Submissions should be no longer than 1000 words.

Please submit your entries to within two months
from the date of the conference.

VI. Timing Meetings in 2017

Neurosciences and Music VI: Music, Sound and Health
June 15-18; Boston, USA

Rhythm Perception and Production Workshop
July 3-5; Birmingham, UK

European Society for Cognitive Science of Music
July 31 – Aug. 4; Ghent, Belgium

1st Conference of the Timing Research Forum
October 23 – 25; Strasbourg, France

For further details on these timing meetings, please visit –

If you are organizing or aware of any other meetings focused on
timing, please let us know at

VII. Contributions

TRF aims to host timing related resources, so that TRF’s website will
be the one stop for everything related to timing. Currently, the TRF
website has these resources: all members’ publications, timing related
special issues, and books on timing, a list of meetings focused on
timing, a list of timing related societies/groups, as well as code and
mentoring resources.

We ask all of you to contribute to these resources. Please send us
(email at any omissions that we might have or any
new information that should be added.

TRF is based on the idea of sharing information freely between its’
members so as to advance timing research and group collaborations.
Thus, we encourage all of you to share with us any of the above
resources that you might have and/or suggest new resources that we
should add and circulate within the community.

VIII. Suggestions

We thank all of you for supporting this community and hope that you
will continue to do so in the future. As we continuously emphasize,
TRF is meant to be open to all timing researchers with the aim of
sharing ideas and advancing the current state of the art. Thus, we are
open to any suggestions or ideas that will help TRF grow and advance.

We have already established many ways (website, mailing list,
resources etc.) to discuss the current state and the future of TRF and
these tools will become more active in the coming months. We look
forward to your feedback!

With best wishes,

Sundeep Teki, University of Oxford,


Argiro Vatakis, Cognitive Systems Research Institute,