Mechanics of Hearing, 2008
10th International Workshop on the Mechanics of Hearing
Keele University, July 27-31, 2008

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It is our pleasure to invite you to the 10th International Workshop on the Mechanics of Hearing, to be held at Keele University, in the UK, from July 27 to July 31, 2008.

The aim of the workshop is to promote the integration of innovative theoretical and experimental research, and to advance our understanding of the mechanics of hearing (for a little history on this series, click here).

As with its predecessors, this workshop will provide an intimate setting to present and discuss the most recent findings and theories of peripheral auditory function. The workshop will bring together leading researchers working at the molecular, cellular and systems levels, using biological, mathematical and engineering techniques. Graduate and post-doctoral students will also find this a unique opportunity to discuss their work and ideas.

To ensure high-quality scientific interaction, the number of oral presentations has been limited to 42, with priority being given to innovative and comprehensive results. Each talk will be 20-25 minutes long, followed by 5-10 minutes of discussion. An additional 41 poster presentations have been scheduled; the posters will be used to present comprehensive studies as well as more preliminary reports by young researchers at doctoral and post-doctoral level. 

The proceedings of the meeting will be published by World Scientific, with individual contributions being limited to 6 printed pages (for all comprehensive studies, regardless of mode of presentation). The proceedings will also include abstracts of the more preliminary poster presentations (1-2 pages each), and of the open discussion session that will close the meeting.

Contributions relating to the mechanics of both mammalian and non-mammalian auditory systems, as well as systems featuring related mechanotransducers, have been proposed. The likely themes of the sessions will include:

  • Cochlear macro-mechanics, micro-mechanics, and homeostatic control

  • Hair cell mechanics

  • Otoacoustic emissions

  • Comparative studies (e.g. mechanotransduction in other systems) and middle-ear mechanics

In addition to the scientific programme, we intend to organise a programme of events for accompanying persons. Accompanying persons will also be welcome to the opening get-together, the half-day excursion, and the Workshop banquet (see below for costs).


We look forward very much to welcoming you to Keele in 2008.

Nigel Cooper and David Kemp (Workshop organisers)

We are grateful to the following organisations for financial support:           Website last updated: July 21, 2008.         This page last updated: July 21, 2008 (NPC)