The topic of ISAAR 2021 is “The auditory system throughout life – Models, mechanisms, and interventions.” The concept is to consider this topic from different perspectives, including current physiological concepts, perceptual measures and models, electrophysiology and neuroscience approaches, as well as implications for hearing devices and new technical applications. Therefore, we invite contributions covering a wide range of areas within auditory and audiological research, including, for example, perceptual and physiological measures of auditory function, measures of hearing loss, auditory modeling, hearing-instrument signal processing, aided outcome measures, multi-sensory speech perception, communication in complex environments, advances in neurotechnology and cognitive auditory neuroscience.

Due to ongoing concerns about the health risks of the COVID-19 global pandemic and associated travel restrictions, ISAAR 2021 will be a virtual meeting. We aim to develop an exciting programme for both the presenters and the audience. As a result, we have designed the programme to consist of a traditional single-stream programme intertwined with shorter parallel sessions. The single-stream session will contain both the invited and contributed talks, whereas the parallel sessions will contain “poster-like” short presentations and interactive discussions, which we have arranged into specific topic areas.

The conference proceedings for 2021 will consist of the abstracts from all of the contributions to the conference, which is different from previous years where the proceedings consisted of manuscripts from a selection of the contributions. Authors who are interested in contributing a written account of their contribution are now encouraged to submit directly to the ISAAR 2021 Special Issue in Trends in Hearing, rather than to first submit a conference manuscript and then optionally also a journal manuscript. Details regarding submission requirements and deadlines for the special issue will follow. Previous special issues from ISAAR are viewable through the list of Trends in Hearing special collections.