UCL Ear Institute


Basic Auditory Science 2019

9:00 am, 04 September 2019 to 5:00 pm, 05 September 2019

BSA annual conference 2019 4th - 5th September

The Basic Auditory Science 2019 meeting will be held at University College London, 4th-5th September 2019. The annual Ted Evans Lecture will be given by Professor Karen Steel.

Event Information

Open to



Prof. Jennifer Linden – UCL Ear Institute


Jeffery Hall and Elvin Hall
Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
United Kingdom


All talks will be given in Elvin Hall and all poster sessions will be held in the adjoining Jeffery Hall at the UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL.

The conference dinner will be held in the Jeremy Bentham Room on the main UCL campus, located at Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT.

Before the meeting, there will be a pre-meeting (optional and informal) welcome reception at the UCL Ear Institute, 332 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8EE.

Pre-Meeting Event: Tuesday 3rd September 2019

18:00-20:00 Welcome Reception (UCL Ear Institute)

DAY 1: Wednesday 4th September 2019

08:30-11:00 Registration with coffee, tea & refreshments (Jeffery Hall)

09:00-11:00 Poster Session #1 (Jeffery Hall) -- all posters (but presenting authors free to wander)

11:00-13:00 Talk Session #1 (Elvin Hall) -- Session Chair: Jennifer Linden

11:00-11:15 Welcome and Opening Remarks: Jennifer Linden

11:15-12:15 Ted Evans Lecture: Karen Steel FRS FMedSci, "What can mice tell us about human deafness?”

12:15-13:00 Poster Teasers (10 x 2min, multiple presenters)

13:00-14:00 Lunch (Jeffery Hall)

14:00-16:00 Talk Session #2 (Elvin Hall) -- Session Chair: Michael Akeroyd

14:00-14:20 Bas Olthof, "Multiple non-auditory cortical regions innervate the auditory midbrain”

14:20-14:40 Rhiannon Brook, "The developmental time course of minimum audible angle and localisation of speech in babble”

14:40-15:00 Felix Schneider, "Neural correlates of figure-ground segregation in anterolateral fields of the monkey auditory cortex"

15:00-15:20 Coffee break in Jeffery Hall

15:20-15:40 Katie Smith, "The formation of excitable microdomains in the auditory nerve follows a defined spatio-temporal pattern"

15:40-16:00 Emanuele Perugia, "What does the TEN test test at low Sensation Levels?"

16:00-18:00 Poster Session #2 (Jeffery Hall) -- odd numbers presenting

18:00-18:30 Business Meeting (Elvin Hall)

18:30-19:30 Drinks / Cash Bar (Jeremy Bentham Room)

19:30-22:00 Conference Dinner (Jeremy Bentham Room)

DAY 2: Thursday 5th September 2019

08:30-11:00 Coffee, tea & refreshments (Jeffery Hall)

09:00-11:00 Poster Session #3 (Jeffery Hall) -- even numbers presenting

11:00-13:00 Talk Session #3 (Elvin Hall) -- Session Chair: Deborah Vickers

11:00-11:20 Wiebke Lamping, "A coding strategy to remove temporally masked pulses and its effect on speech perception by cochlear implant listeners"

11:20-11:40  Masa Švent, "NMDA receptors modulate presynaptic function and Ca2+ dynamics in the dorsal cochlear nucleus" 

11:40-12:00 Alex Billig, "Distinct contributions of primary and non-primary auditory cortical fields to regularity processing"

12:00-12:20 Coffee break in Jeffery Hall

12:20-12:40 Adrian Jacobo, "Notch-mediated polarity decisions in lateral line hair cells"

12:40-13:00 Kerry Walker, "Local variance in auditory cortical tonotopy across species arises from complex frequency receptive fields"

13:00-14:00 Lunch (Jeffery Hall)

14:00-16:15 Talk Session #4 (Elvin Hall) -- Session Chair: Christian Fullgrabe

14:00-14:20 Roshni Biswas, "Assessment of pan-European prevalence of tinnitus using a standardised set of questions across countries"

14:20-14:40 Hannah Maxwell, "Reduced expression of nitric oxide synthase in the parahippocampal region in rats with tinnitus"

14:40-15:00 Navid Banafshe, "Auditory pathology in Klhl18 mutant mice"

15:00-15:20 Coffee break

15:20-15:40 Maria Bitner-Glindzicz Memorial Talk and Poster Prize Presentation: Sally Dawson

15:40-16:00 Ray Meddis Memorial Talk and Poster Prize Presentation: Ian Winter

16:00-16:15 Closing Remarks: Jennifer Linden


To register for the meeting, please use this UCL online store link: Basic Auditory Science 2019 Registration. All presenting authors of abstracts must be registered for the meeting. You may also register for the meeting without having submitted an abstract.

As of Friday 16th August, there was still availability of accommodation in UCL student housing for the conference (see below for more information). Conference dinner tickets were also still available, and can now be purchased separately using the same UCL online store link, even if you have already registered for the meeting. (Note however that conference dinner tickets purchased separately from registration incur VAT.)

To assist us with planning and catering, we would be grateful if you can register by 23rd August 2019.


A limited number of rooms in UCL student accommodation are available for 3rd and/or 4th September at a discount rate (£51.92/night). During the registration process, you will have the option of selecting accommodation for one or both nights subject to availability.

The accommodation is in John Dodgson House, which is easy walking distance (0.5 miles) from the UCL Institute of Education conference venue. Standard check-in time is 2pm to 11pm. Late check-in is allowed, but please contact John Dodgson House to confirm. Non-UK residents will be asked to provide passport information upon check-in.

You may also purchase additional nights of accommodation independently at standard (non-conference) rates, via the UCL residences reservation site.

Talk guidelines

Talks should be no more than 15 minutes long, with an additional 5 minutes allotted for question and transition time. You may either use your own laptop (note to Mac users: bring dongle!) or bring your presentation file in PowerPoint or PDF format on a USB stick for uploading to a laptop provided at the venue.

Advice for speakers with less experience giving conference talks: an excellent short talk often involves more preparation time than an excellent long talk! Practice giving your talk out loud (and with a timer). Walls, mirrors, and cats can be surprisingly helpful audiences. Colleagues are also useful.

Poster teaser guidelines

These guidelines are for those who have been invited to give a Poster Teaser (and have confirmed their willingness to do so). Poster Teasers are 2-minute talks intended to provide an advertisement for your work rather than a complete summary of what you've done. We encourage you to think of this as like a movie trailer, highlighting interesting background and/or exciting implications of your work. The aim is to inspire people to come to your poster to hear the whole story, not to give away the punch line. There's no restriction on the number of slides, provided the whole presentation lasts no more than 2 minutes.

All the Poster Teasers will be delivered in rapid-fire succession (exactly 2-minutes per person with no time allotted for questions) at 12:15-13:00 on Day 1 of the meeting. Please bring your presentation (in PowerPoint or PDF format) on a USB stick and upload it to the conference laptop by 10:30 on Wednesday 4th September (i.e., during Poster Session #1).

Poster guidelines

Posterboards are 1m in height and 2m in width. Please prepare posters in A0 landscape format.

All posters will remain up in Jeffery Hall throughout the meeting. Poster Session #1 (Day 1, 09:00-11:00) is free-form with no obligation to stay at your poster throughout the session. Poster Session #2 (Day 1, 16:00-18:00) is for presentations of odd-numbered posters, and Poster Session #3 (Day 2, 09:00-11:00) for presentations of even-numbered posters. Coffee breaks and lunches will be held in Jeffery Hall where the posters are, to encourage further discussion of the posters outside of the Poster Sessions.

Opinion poll

We would be grateful for your views regarding options for making future Basic Auditory Science meetings more inclusive to parents of young children. We have set up a (very brief!!) survey to gauge opinion. Please participate; it takes only a few moments.

Survey: Basic Auditory Science Meeting Timing and E-Conference Preferences

Abstract review process

The deadline for abstract submission was Monday 15th July 2019. The Programme Committee reviewed abstracts blind to author identity and institutional affiliation. All abstracts submitted to the meeting were considered for talks. Authors of top-ranked abstracts chosen for talks were contacted before the programme was finalised, to confirm their willingness to give an talk at the meeting.

Top-ranked abstracts that were not chosen for talks and that had a student or postdoc as presenting author were given a Poster Teaser spot and shortlisted for consideration for a Memorial Poster Prize. These Poster Prizes have been established by the UCL Ear Institute this year in memory of Professor Ray Meddis and Professor Maria Bitner-Glindzicz, two fixtures of the UK auditory science community who died in 2018. The Memorial Poster Prizes are each worth £250. The winning posters will be chosen from the shortlisted abstracts by a panel of judges based on the poster presentation at the meeting.