Countdown to Berlin 2024

September 18 - 21, 2024

About the 2024 Congress

Berlin 2024 will be a hybrid event - Participants will have the opportunity to take part both in person and online.
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The Future of Music and Arts in Medicine and Health will take place in Berlin, Germany, and online, September 18-21, 2024. This hybrid event will bring together medical and artistic experts, researchers, practitioners, and students from around the world, offering opportunities for collaboration and networking across continents and disciplines.  Additionally, pre and post-congress workshops, Special Interest Group meetings and other business meetings will enrich the program.

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We are now for Berlin 2024

Abstracts are now being accepted for:

  • oral papers (10 min plus 5 min discussion)
  • poster presentations (3 minutes)

We invite you to submit an abstract of original research, clinical methodologies, white papers, educational/training models, collaborative ventures, and innovative technologies on a variety of categories. For more information click on the link below.

Important Dates to Note

September 18, 2024

Workshops, meetings of Special Interest Groups, Committee meetings.

September 19-21, 2024

2024 Main Congress

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About Our Organizations: IAMM & ISfAM



The International Society for Arts and Medicine (ISfAM) was established in 2023 with the primary aim to highlight the important connection of arts and medicine. Our mission is to create a forum and hub for scientists, medical doctors, artists, therapists, as well as any individuals, organizations, and supporters working or interested in the field of arts and medicine. Our shared interest is improving and sustaining health through the arts including visual arts, music, dance, other performing arts, literature, and architecture. The International Society for Arts and Medicine (ISfAM) will foster growth, cooperation, education, policy advice, and visibility of the field.

President: Prof. Dr. Stefan Willich


The International Association for Music & Medicine (IAMM) is a registered non-profit organization formed in 2009 to encourage and support the use of music in medical contexts including research into the benefits of music, and its specialized applications in healthcare. IAMM is a global community of multi-disciplinary professionals and learners who work at the intersection of music and medicine/health. The organization currently provides virtual seminars, events, and interactive forums, in addition to an international conference every two years.

President: Prof. Dr. Suzanne B. Hanser

About The Conference Theme

The conference theme, "The Future of Music and Arts in Medicine and Health," embodies innovation and an interdisciplinary approach. It highlights the transformative potential of music and arts in healthcare and therapy.

This event explores the latest advancements at the crossroads of medicine, health, arts, and technology. Participants will engage in discussions on harnessing creativity for healing and the role of artistic interventions in holistic health.

The conference envisions a future where music and arts catalyze profound transformations in healthcare.

Berlin's Intersection of Arts, Medicine, and Health: The Iconic Brandenburg Gate

Our joint congress, set against Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate, serves as a metaphorical threshold. It invites delegates to a realm where music, art, medicine, and health converge. In Berlin, known for its pioneering mindset, this gathering seeks to synergize imagination and well-being. The event fosters dialogues exploring the interplay between music, arts, medicine, and health, aiming to chart innovative paths toward comprehensive progress.

Congress Main Topics

Building upon the success of previous IAMM conferences, this year's event is driven by the overarching theme, "The Future of Arts and Music in Medicine and Health." Inspired by the innovative spirit of Berlin, a city that harmoniously blends history and modernity, our congress aims to explore the dynamic relationship between arts, music, and healthcare.

With a diverse range of topics rooted in the therapeutic potential of artistic expression, the neurological underpinnings of music, and the cultural dimensions of healing, we invite you to join us in shaping the future landscape of arts and medicine.


The five main topics of our congress correspond to five plenary sessions on:

Therapeutic Outcomes of the Arts

Delving deep into the transformative potential of the arts within the medical sphere, this topic will encompass the multifaceted roles arts play, from traditional music and creative art therapy modalities to the emergent field of neuroaesthetics. Studies and real-world applications will showcase how arts-based interventions can not only alleviate physical pain but also act as powerful tools for emotional and psychological healing.

Neurosciences, Cognition, and the Arts

This topic will shed a light on the intricacies of the brain and its relationship with the arts. It will provide a comprehensive exploration of how the arts influence neural activities, shape our cognitive functions, and offer promising avenues for therapeutic recovery.

Innovations at the Intersection of Arts, Medicine, Health, and Technology

The future of healthcare beckons with an exciting confluence of arts, medicine, and technology. This topic will spotlight groundbreaking initiatives that harness the power of technology to redefine patient care. We will explore how blending artistic practices with the latest technological advancements can offer tailored therapeutic strategies and foster productive interdisciplinary dialogues, ultimately driving healthcare towards unprecedented horizons.

Music and Arts-based Interventions in Medical and Health Contexts

Music and arts are not just for entertainment; their therapeutic potential is profound and far-reaching. This topic will shed light on the diverse applications of music and other art forms in various medical contexts. We will explore how tailored interventions, from rhythmic entrainment to visual stimulation, can offer solace, healing, and rejuvenation across different patient demographics and conditions.

Artistic Expression and Cultural Perspectives in Healthcare and Community

Art is a universal language, yet it is deeply rooted in cultural nuances. This topic will explore the significance of acknowledging and integrating these cultural perspectives within healthcare environments. We will seek to understand the importance of considering diverse artistic expressions in therapy, the role of cultural sensitivity in patient care, and the potential benefits of an inclusive, globally-aware approach to health and well-being.

Our Venue: Berlin Charité

Image from: Imago Images/K. Hoefer
Source: Image from: Imago Images/K. Hoefer

Charité means charity or mercy in French. And this is exactly where the origin of the now world-famous Berlin hospital lies. Founded in 1710 as a house for plague patients, the Charité became really important when the university in Berlin began operations in 1810. From now on, research, hospital operations and teaching went hand in hand. Over half of the German Nobel Prize winners in medicine or physiology worked at the hospital, which today has over 3,000 beds at several locations in the German capital. 290 professors and over 8,000 students are involved in research, teaching and studying at the Charité. Today, a total of 13,000 employees look after the well-being of almost 800,000 outpatients and inpatients every year. World-famous and highly paid doctors such as Robert Koch, Rudolf Virchow and Ferdinand Sauerbruch worked here.

Congress Committee

Congress Co-Presidents

Suzanne Hanser -  IAMM

Stefan Willich -  ISfAM

Congress Organizing Committee

Anne Berghöfer

Margit Cree

Samuel Gracida

Jingwen Zhang

Scientific Committee

Mazda Adli
Eckart Altenmüller
Erik Bauman
Anne Berghöfer
Bussakorn Binson
Vera Brandes (Co-Chair)
Benno Brinkhaus
Ferol Carytsas
Xijing Chen
Amy Clements-Cortes
Karin Dannecker
Ayelet Dassa
Albert Dieffenbacher
Athanasios Dritsas
Jane Edwards
Calvin Eng
Mark Ettenberger
Iva Fattorini
Lukas Feireiss
Carsten Finke
Saoirse Finn
Urs Gruber

Andreas Hillert
Eva Bojner Horwitz
Yuji Igari
Sabine Koch
Bing Li
Joanne Loewy
Susan Mandel
Wolfgang Mastnak
Matt McCrary
Katrina Skewes McFerran
Melissa Mercadal-Brotons
Christiane Montag
Nsamu Moonga
Lutz Neugebauer
Benjamin O'Brien
Clare O'Callaghan
Thomas Ostermann
Katy Overy
Efthimios Papatzikis
Thomas Petschner
Adak Pirmorady
Marija Pranjic

Kezia Putri
Alison Rigby
Andrew Rossetti
Purvaa Sampath
Katharina Schmitt
Hartmut Schröder
Jalid Sehouli
Christos Sideras
Michael Silverman
Vivien Marcow Speiser
Cynthia A. Standley
Jeanette Tamplin
Patsy Tan
Julian Thayer
Patravoot Vatanasapt
Dorothee von Moreau
Cor Wagenaar
Stefan Willich (Co-Chair)
Claudia Witt
Lisa Wong
Claudia Zanini

Budget Committee

Gabriele Rotter

Fred Schwartz

Cooperating Organizations


Highlights From the Previous Conference - IAMM 2022

The previous IAMM Conference, held in 2022, was hosted in the historic city of Athens, Greece. A plethora of meetings and presentations from 140+ of the world's leading experts in the fields of Music and Medicine and Music Therapy took place, producing over 40 hours of educational content which were enjoyed live at the conference, and made available afterwards in the IAMM 2022 Conference Content Library.

Reproducibility, Transparency, and Lessons from Meta-research for Music Medicine

John P.A. Ioannidis, MD, DSc

There has been increasing interest in empirical studies to understand the replication and reproducibility of scientific research. With close to 200,000,000 published scholarly documents across science, there is tremendous potential to synthesize the available evidence and to appraise also how research practices are evolving over time...

Music and the Unconscious

Athanassios S. Fokas, PhD, MD

Visual perception is achieved via the deconstruction of a given percept followed by its reconstruction. I will refer to the unconscious reconstruction of the percept as its mental representation. About a third of second after an unconscious reconstruction, the brain informs itself of what the brain already knows. Namely, the unconscious informs consciousness of the given percept.

At this moment, the first ‘big bang’ takes place: awareness. I will refer to the conscious construction of the percept as its mental image. The generalization of this process gives rise to the first hypothesis: every conscious experience is preceded by an unconscious process....

Validation Of The Music Therapy Assessment Tool for Awareness in Disorders Of Consciousness (MATADOC) With The Coma Recovery Scale (Revised)

Dr. Wendy L. Magee, Temple University, Philadelphia

The Music Therapy Assessment Tool for Awareness in Disorders of Consciousness (MATADOC) is a standardized music-based assessment of awareness for adults with prolonged disorders of consciousness (PDoC). Assessing awareness is highly complex with this minimally responsive population. Auditory responsiveness is poorly assessed by existing PDoC measure protocols. Music has been found to boost arousal, attention and cognition in PDoC patients, and yet standardized assessments of awareness in PDoC use primarily verbal interventions. The MATADOC’s performance in comparison to the criterion standard assessment of awareness....

Research Findings On The Effects Of Music Therapy On Hospitalized Preterm Infants And Their Caregivers, In A Greek Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: A Pilot Study

Faiy An. Evaggelou & Lelouda Stamou

The presentation aims at presenting research findings on the importance of music therapy interventions in family centered prenatal care for preterm infants hospitalized in a Greek NICU. Research findings on the effects of music interventions on the infants’ vital bio-physiological functions and the emotional and behavioral benefits for both babies and their caregivers (mothers) will be analytically presented, from the first known and published research, in Greece. The effects of the....

Exploring the use of music and music therapy to address anxiety for women undergoing gynaecological and fertility treatments

Dr. Alison Short

Although focusing particularly on physical recovery, the cardiac rehabilitation journey must also address psychosocial issues for recovery and secondary prevention benefits. The music psychotherapy modality of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) effectively addresses this clinical need. Resulting from previous work, this presentation explores the way that the music itself resonates and amplifies effects within GIM practice for this clinical population. It systematically explores....

Relationships between rhythm perception and cognition in the healthy aging population

Aaron Colverson, Ph.D. candidate, University of Florida

Little is known about overlaps between aging, declines in rhythm/timing perception, and healthy cognition. Neurobehavioral function in regions associated with executive functioning (working memory, attention, inhibition, processing speed) decline as a result of age. This may include declines in precise and accurate rhythm/timing perception. This literature review highlights....