TRF Newsletter June 2017

Dear all,
We are pleased to share the June 2017 Newsletter of the Timing Research Forum (TRF). This is a special newsletter edition as TRF turns 1 year old this month! We also have a number of updates regarding the 1st TRF Conference in Strasbourg, France. Exciting times!
It was exactly a year ago, in June 2016, that Argie and Sundeep formally announced TRF and its website – Since then, we’ve come a long way and have had the honor of bringing together and serving more than 570 members who share common research interests in timing and time perception. The incredible response confirmed our belief that there is a real gap in the scientific community for those who study how we (and other species) encode and perceive time in a number of domains, be it speech, music, vision, movement, etc. using a variety of methodological approaches at different levels of analysis (from single cell dynamics to macroscopic representations).
Time is a fundamental concept that has long been examined in various disciplines including philosophy, psychology, neurology, physics, computer science, robotics and, more recently, neuroscience. We formed TRF in an attempt to bring all this knowledge closer together through an open society focused on timing and time perception and serve as a platform to enhance the cross-fertilization across these diverse disciplines.
We have a long way to go until we solve the mystery of timing and we hope that working together as a community will help us get there sooner than later! TRF would like to thank its membership for supporting its mission and motivating us to support a vibrant and diverse timing research community!


TRF has a number of channels through which it communicates to its members and the wider scientific community. These include traditional platforms like the website and internal newsletters and mailing lists. We have also adopted the use of social media platforms, which are increasingly helpful in connecting researchers with similar interests and allow rapid sharing of information. TRF is very active on a number of platforms, including ResearchGate, Twitter and Facebook through which it circulates several items of interest including newsletters, community updates, conference, jobs, grants and publication alerts. If you are an active user on any of these networks, do follow us to receive and share news and updates related to timing research –
ResearchGate (271 followers)
Twitter (255 followers)
Facebook (300 followers)


In October 2016, we launched TRF Blogs (, a platform to publish, share and discuss reviews of recent articles on time perception. We have been lucky to have six highly motivated and talented early-career PhD students and postdoctoral researchers who have contributed 34 articles!
Thanks to their drive and commitment, the blog has become the de-facto platform to seek and understand the latest and most significant articles related to timing research. TRF would like to express its gratitude to the bloggers who have made it their mission to highlight, for the benefit of the TRF community, the cutting-edge in the field of time perception:
1. Mukesh MakwanaCentre of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences, University of Allahabad, India
2. Bowen J FungUniversity of Melbourne, Australia
3. Bharath Chandra TalluriUniversity Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany
4. Bronson Harry MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney, Australia
5. Molly Henry University of Western Ontario, Canada
6. Ryszard Auksztulewicz Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity, UK
If you are feeling inspired and would like to contribute to the blog as well, do get in touch!


TRF is proud to bring to its members’ the first conference dedicated to research on timing. The TRF Conferences will be held on an annual basis in various locations around the globe.
The 1st TRF Conference, announced in March, will be held in Strasbourg, France from 23-25 October, 2017. TRF is immensely grateful to the conference organizers, Anne Giersch and Jenny Coull who took on the initiative and have done an exceptional job, from shaping the conference program to setting up the conference website and coordinating the abstract and symposia submission and review process. A big virtual applause to Anne and Jenny!
TRF1 received an overwhelming 250+ abstracts, and within a few weeks of the abstract deadline, all abstracts, symposia and grant proposals have been reviewed and processed. We are truly excited and look forward to meeting all of you in Strasbourg (further updates on the conference in the next newsletter item).
We are also thankful to the sponsors of TRF1, which include a number of institutional and private sponsors from France, the EU, UK and Canada for supporting the inaugural TRF conference.



Dates:          October 23-25, 2017

Contact:   Anne Giersch –

Thank you to everyone who submitted an abstract for a poster, talk or a symposium. All abstracts have been reviewed and the resulting decisions have been communicated.
In case you have not heard from us regarding the status of your abstract, please do check your inbox (including the spam folder) before contacting us. Travel grant recipients will also be notified shortly (if not already).

The list of accepted symposia is provided below (in no particular order). We received an amazing set of symposia making it very hard for the reviewers to just select some of those. Thank you so much!

1. Temporal Binding of Actions to their Effects: Underlying Mechanisms and Implications for Cognition, Perception, and Development

Organizers: Marc Buehner & Teresa McCormack

2. Timing, Neural Dynamics, and Temporal Scaling

Organizer: Dean Buonomano

3. Listen to your Heart: Our Inner Perception and Experience of Time

Organizers: Nicola Cellini and Giovanna Mioni

4. Embodied Timing : the role of Emergent and Predictive Timing mechanisms in the Voluntary control of Whole Body movements

Organizer: Yvonne Delevoye-Turrell

5. Timing and time perception in children

Organizer: Sylvie Droit-Volet

6. Perception: Continuous or Discrete?

Organizers: Michael Herzog

7. Timing and Conditioning: A Contemporary Overview

Organizers: Domhnall Jennings and Charlotte Bonardi

8. Temporal Prediction: Dynamics in Single Neurons and Networks

Organizer: Matthew S. Matell

9. Temporal organization of perceptual processes by motor-driven low- frequency neuronal oscillations

Organizer: Benjamin Morillon

10. Musical rhythm: Evolutionary and Cross-cultural Perspectives

Organizers: Andrea Ravignani and Nori Jacoby

11. Interrelations between the Representation of Time and Space

Organizer: Martin Riemer

12. Time Processing Deficits in Developmental DisordersOrganizer: Laurel J. Trainor

13. Neural Oscillations for Time Estimation

Organizer: Martin Wiener

14. Neural Entrainment as a Mechanism of Efficient Stimulus Processing

Organizer: Benedikt Zoefel

15. Circadian Rhythms in Health and Disease

Organizer: Valerie Simonneaux


We would like to remind everyone of the early-bird registration deadline of June 30. Please do register at the earliest to avail discounted registration. See the following link to complete your registration –


The conference website will soon be updated with a list of accepted symposia, oral and poster presentations as well as travel grant recipients. Due to the overwhelming number of abstracts received, the conference schedule will be updated to include parallel sessions.


We would like to encourage everyone who has received a confirmation of acceptance of their abstract to look into options for accommodation. A list of hotels is provided here –
For those who wish to consider alternative options, including hotel or house-share via Airbnb et al., we will shortly announce a TRF Slack channel to facilitate your search for roommates/house.


If any one needs a visa to visit France, please contact Anne Giersch for a letter of invitation.


IV. 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!

Bronson Harry, MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney:


Mukesh Makwana, Centre of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences, University of Allahabad:



Molly Henry, University of Western Ontario:


Bharath Chandra Talluri, University Medical Center Hamburg- Eppendorf


If you would also like to contribute as a blogger, please get in touch:


III. TRF Mailing List
Everyone is invited to share any items related to timing related positions, grants, news, or anything that concerns timing research with the TRF community via our mailing list.
Make sure to use plain text when sending these messages (i.e., no attachments or fancy formatting is allowed). Please keep in mind that the mailing list is monitored, and only the the items approved by the mailing list moderators will be circulated to our community. Looking forward to your emails!
Please email your items directly to


We 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 –


We invite TRF members to blog about their experience of a timing conference/meeting/workshop that you 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.
Please submit your articles (no longer than 1000 words) to within two months from the date of the conference you intend to highlight.


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 email us at and we will circulate via our mailing list, newsletters and social media channels.


TRF aims to host pertinent timing related resources, so that the TRF website acts as the definitive platform for everything related to timing research. The current resources listed on the TRF website include: (1) all members’ publications, (2) timing related special issues, (3) books on timing, (4) list of meetings focused on timing, (5) list of timing related societies/groups, (6) as well as code and mentoring resources.
TRF encourages open science and supports sharing of relevant information and knowledge between its members, with the aim to advance the field of timing research. We therefore invite you all to contribute to these resources. Please email us ( your suggestions for new resources for the timing community.


As an open academic society, we hope that you participate freely and support the TRF community in achieving its mission. As we like to repeatedly emphasize, TRF’s aim is to serve all timing researchers through open exchange of ideas, information and resources to advance the timing research community. We are open to receiving your suggestions or ideas that will help TRF grow and continue to deliver on its mission. We look forward to your feedback!


With best wishes,
Sundeep Teki

Co-Founder, TRF

University of Oxford


Argiro Vatakis

Co-Founder, TRF

Cognitive Systems Research Institute

Author: Argie