NIME 2021 paper accepted

Last week the NIME 2021 conference their reviews of submissions and I’m happy to say that our paper ““NIME and the Environment: Toward a More Sustainable NIME Practice” was accepted. It was coauthored by fellow NIME environmental officers Raul Masu and Adam Pultz Melbye, along with NIME steering committee chair Alexander Refsum Jensenius.


This paper addresses environmental issues around NIME research and practice. We discuss the formulation of an environmental statement for the conference as well as the initiation of a NIME Eco Wiki containing information on environmental concerns related to the creation of new musical instruments. We outline a number of these concerns and, by systematically reviewing the proceedings of all previous NIME conferences, identify a general lack of reflection on the environmental impact of the research undertaken. Finally, we propose a framework for addressing the making, testing, using, and disposal of NIMEs in the hope that sustainability may become a central concern to researchers.

IDMIL with 13 contributions accepted

Our paper is one of THIRTEEN submissions that were accepted to NIME this year from the Input Devices and Music Interaction Laboratory (IDMIL). This is a record for our lab! NIME reported that 55% of submissions were accepted; for our lab, we had 13 out of 14. Congratulations to all, and we certainly look forward to a great conference!

Read more at NIME 2021 – 13 IDMIL contributions accepted!
IDMIL lab group photo
Last known photo of the IDMIL research team (Fall 2019). Back row: Edu Meneses, Takuto Fukuda, Ivan Franco, Christian Frisson, Marcelo Wanderley, Felipe Verdugo, Geise Santos, Vincent Cusson, Josh Rohs, Mathias Kirkegaard, Mathias Bredholt. Front row: Travis West, Anésio Costa, Johnty Wang, Alex Nieva, John Sullivan.

(2021). NIME and the Environment: Toward a More Sustainable NIME Practice. Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression.


John Sullivan
John Sullivan
Postdoctoral researcher

Postdoctoral researcher exploring research through design in the areas of music, movement, dance, and human-computer interaction.

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