Time is an essential aspect of our daily lives, from running to dancing to remembering the past to experiencing rich multisensory events. Time is also central to many cognitive processes and neurological disorders. For many years, researchers have been studying timing and time perception from many different perspectives and using multiple methodologies and techniques. With recent technological advances, our understanding of how we perceive and estimate time is set to expand to new horizons.
True advancement, however, comes from multidisciplinary collaborations and the sharing of the knowledge and experience gained by each person, laboratory, department and institution. We envisage that a community that brings together all the researchers working on diverse aspects of timing and time perception will allow us to make significant progress in our understanding of time. Starting from our own small groups of researchers and inspired by the work of large research communities like TIMELY, we have established a highly collaborative and open academic society focused on timing research – the Timing Research Forum (TRF).
TRF is not tied to any particular individuals and organizations. It acts as a “freely existing and evolving” entity that will continuously develop according to the activities organized by its members. TRF has a permanent website and mailing list and will not charge any membership fees or other dues. Its expression and activity will be through annual conferences organized by a different team of researchers in a different country each year. We hope that TRF will be a self-funded and self-maintained community shaped by its members for the benefit of the entire timing research community.
Our main focus is the maintenance, continuation, and advancement of research on time through open science, discussions and collaborations, and the advancement and dissemination of the new knowledge thus created. We look forward to your active participation and working together to advance the state-of-the-art in the field of timing and time perception.