We are happy to share this invitation from our colleagues in Hamburg:

Dear colleagues and friends of music medicine and music therapy,

Welcome to our second festival congress „Science & Sounds – where Music meets Medicine“ in Hamburg. The subject of this congress is „Pain“: the focus is on various facets of pain, its origins and therapeutic approaches using music, sound and rhythm for the treatment of pain. On the first day, renowned (inter-)national speakers and scientists from Medicine and Music Therapy will present and discuss this topic in an expert symposium. The second day is aimed at the interested public and will begin with insights into the transdisciplinary research activities of the Ligeti Center, which is still in its early stages, and the Centre for Music Medicine and Music Therapy at the University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf.

We are looking forward to two highly interesting days with an exciting exchange of expertise and new insights!

For the evening program we are delighted to collaborate with Steinway & Sons for a piano recital. We would also like to extend our gratitude to the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra for organizing a chamber music concert. Additionally, we are eager to hear from two musicians who have both overcome life-threatening illnesses with the help of music.

Sebastian Debus, Dorothee von Moreau, Ralph Spintge, Christian Zöllner


Expert Symposium – Friday, 06.09.2024 (in English)

Venue: UKE, Hörsaal Fritz Schumacher, N30, Martinistraße 52, 20251 Hamburg

9.00-9.30 Registration

9.30-9.45 Opening

9.45- 10.15 Acute Pain Experience: Mechanisms of Development, Modulation and Modification through Music (Christian Zöllner & Regine Klinger)

10.15-10.45 Harmonizing Headaches: Exploring the Efficacy of Music in Alleviating Headache Symptoms
(Hauke Basedau)

11.00-11.30 Music therapy for pain management (Joke Bradt)

11.30-12.00 Socioeconomic aspects of music-based interventions in pain medicine (Ralph Spintge)

Session 1: Pain Prevention in Musicians’ Medicine

Chair: Gabriele Rotter

13.00-13.20 Playing-related musculoskeletal pain in professional musicians (Anke Steinmetz)

13.20-13.40 Stronger Pain but Faster Habituation in Musicians Compared to Non-Musicians (André Lee)

13.40-14.00 Management and outcome of playing-related pain in musicians: A long-term follow up study in 123 patients (Eckart Altenmüller)

14.00-14.30 Panel discussion

Session 2: Music Intervention in Acute Pain

Chair: Christian Zöllner

15:00-15:20 Pain therapy in an interdisciplinary, multimodal setting (Melike Mentner)

15:20-15:40 TSR Trauma, Safety, and Resilience:
Pain Management within a Trauma-Informed Music Psychotherapy Model for Addressing Illness Burden in Oncology (Andrew Rossetti)

15:40-16:00 Integrating Music Therapy in Minimally Invasive Pain Procedures at an Orthopaedic Hospital in Ireland (Katie Fitzpatrick)

16:00-16:30 Panel discussion

Session 3 Chronic Pain – Follow up Interventions and Experiences

Chairs: Dorothee von Moreau & Karin Holzwarth

17:00-17:20 Music therapy for women with endometriosis (Trio). Research diaries as a method for develo- ping an aftercare program following surgery – a participatory research project (Carmen Ding)

17:20-17:40 “What do you need? And how can I help?”
The role of music and music therapy for people living with chronic pain (Hilary Moss)

17:40-18:00 Sounds of pain – Music therapy concepts in treatment of chronic pain (Christoph Salje)

18:00-18:30 Panel discussion

19:30 Evening program

Open Forum - Saturday, 07.09.2024 (in German)

Venue: Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg Harvestehuder Weg 12, 20148 Hamburg

09:00-09:30 Begrüßung (Jan Philipp Sprick, Ulrike Sych)

09:30-09:50 Vom Neandertal in den Konzertsaal: Warum wir ohne Musik nicht leben können (Eckhart Altenmüller)

09:50-10:30 Healing Sounds and Soundscapes – a Gestalt-psychological Perspective on Musical Soundscape Interventions (Georg Hajdu)

10:20-10:40 Vibrotactile Body Sound – Technologies, Design-Principles and Inspirations on How to Use (Thorsten A. Kern)

10:40-11:00 Ich denke, also übe ich – Potential mentalen Übens (Michael Peschka)

11:00-11:20 Wie klingt Schmerz? Musiktherapie in der Behandlung chronischer Schmerzen (Christoph Salje)

11:30-12:30 Forum – Meet the Expert: Interdisciplinary case discussion (in German)

Chair und Moderation: Sebastian Debus

Ab 13.30-16.30 Workshops and Information Desks

  • Musiktherapie bei einer chronischen Schmerzerkrankung (Carmen Ding)
  • Dispokinesis für Musiker:innen (Hans-Georg Spiegel)
  • ‚Und wie klingt dein Schmerz…?‘ – Impulse aus der musiktherapeutischen Schmerzbehandlung von Kindern und Jugendlichen (Julica Bendixen)
  • Schmerzfrei beweglich bleiben – ein Beitrag der Physiotherapie zur Musiker:innengesundheit (Julia Keyser)
  • Spielend gesund bleiben: Versuchsaufbau zur Visualisierung von Bewegungen beim Musizieren (Paule Donven)
  • Infostand der Musiktherapeutischen Instituts und Lehrambulanz des UKE

Ab 19:00 Closing Concert


Please register here: brahms-billroth-stiftung.de/tickets

Bank account details: MM Warburg & Co Brahms Billroth-Stiftung
IBAN: DE79291291991999616611
Reference: Science & Sounds 2024

More information: brahms-billroth-stiftung.de/flyer

Contact: info@brahms-billroth-stiftung

Cost for both days:

Medical staff/ärztliches Fachpersonal – 300,00€
Psychological professional/psychologisches Fachpersonal – 300,00€
Qualified therapeutic personnel/therapeutisches Fachpersonal – 210,00€
Nursing specialist/Pflegefachkraft – 210,00€
Students/Studierende/Retirees/Ruhestand – 120,00€
Students-Volunteers/Studentische Hilfskräfte – free
Students/Studierende HfMT – free
Speakers/Vorsicht und Referenten – free

Cost for one day:

Medical staff/ärztliches Fachpersonal – 135,00€
Psychological professional/psychologisches Fachpersonal – 135,00€
Qualified therapeutic personnel/therapeutisches Fachpersonal – 85,00€
Nursing specialist/Pflegefachkraft – 85,00€
Students/Studierende/Retirees/Ruhestand – 50,00€
Students-Volunteers/Studentische Hilfskräfte – free
Students/Studierende HfMT – free
Speakers/Vorsicht und Referenten – free