Abstract Submission

The submission must be done electronically where the first step is to create an account. Please read and follow the instructions below to submit your abstract(s) online.

Abstract submission starts on June 15th 2024.
Deadline for abstract submission is September 15th 2024 (11:59 pm CEST).

Abstracts for paper presentations, posters, workshops, roundtables, symposia and our special interdisciplinary “bridges”-format are invited in all areas relevant to music therapy practice and research embraced by the theme: Bridges.

All abstracts (max 250 words including references) will be subjected to blind peer-review by the Scientific Committee and coordinated and scheduled by the organising committee.

The review will assess the following criteria:

  • relevance in line with the topic,
  • practical and theoretical implications for music therapy,
  • quality of empirical work and theoretical foundation,
  • clarity of ideas and structure,
  • novelty and originality.

Please note

The conference offers professionals and researchers the opportunity to meet in person, present, engage, share and communicate. To encourage this, it will not be possible to present online or to register for just one day.

To ensure that as many high quality diverse presentations as possible are accepted, the Scientific Committee will only consider one abstract for a paper presentation from each speaker and a maximum of two abstracts in the other categories.

All selected speakers are required to attend the live conference in Hamburg. Speakers must register separately for the congress via the online registration and pay the participation fee (Early bird rate ends on 28th February 2025). All abstracts should be submitted and presented in English.

Presentation Formats

The following presentation formats are available at the EMTC2025

  • Paper Presentation
    20 min of presentation and 5min of discussion.
  • Poster Presentation
    The poster should be printed out in the classic way or presented as a digital poster with a technical device (you may even provide headphones and audio recordings). There will be poster presentations on three conference days, in which each poster will be briefly presented in one minute.
  • Roundtable
    90 minutes with various shorter presentations of max. 15 minutes and at least 30 minutes in which the audience is involved in the discussion.
  • Symposium
    90 min.
    Option 1: Submit a case report or an analysis of a clinical case. The organising committee will help assemble similar case reports to a symposium.
    Option 2: Submit a full symposium with chair, introduction and case reports.
  • Workshop
    90 min. workshops focus on practical experimentation. Theoretical content should be reduced to the essentials.
  • special interdisciplinary “bridges”-formats (55-90 min)
    55-90 min that can be freely organised. Either through special discussion formats or by inviting colleagues from other disciplines.
Presentation Topics
  • Practice
  • Training
  • Research
  • Theory

Please include a short biography (no more than 50 words) for the Book of abstracts, indicating your professional experience, current position, affiliation, and main areas of interests.

Acceptance and Notification

Following the peer review process, the inclusion of papers in the conference programme will be decided, based on the above criteria for review by the Scientific Committee.

Authors will be notified of the acceptance or rejection of their paper by email by 10th January 2025. Before submitting an abstract, it is not necessary to register for the conference itself. All presenters whose abstracts have been accepted must register for the entire conference before early bird registration closes on 28th February 2025.

In order to ensure a balanced programme, the conference organisers may suggest that a presentation be assigned to a different type of presentation than the one originally submitted. Presenters will be informed by e-mail if necessary.

Ethical guidelines for conference contributions

It is essential that the European Music Therapy Conference adhere to the standards of good ethical and scientific practice. Respect for person’s rights and human dignity must be present in all conference contributions in relation to material or individuals. This applies not least to the use of clinical audio or video material. We kindly ask all presenters to respect The Ethical Code of the European Music Therapy Confederation.


Call for submission opens

  • June 15, 2024

Deadline for abstract submission

  • September 15, 2024

Registration opens

  • November 1, 2024

Notification of acceptance or rejection

  • January 10, 2025

Deadline for Early bird Rates

  • February 28, 2025

Congress Dates

  • July 23-27, 2025