International Year of Sound 2020-2021

Event Calendar

The Year of Sound will be celebrated with events originating at the regional, the national, and the international levels. Here we list all events that have an acoustical outreach component in line with the goals of the Year of Sound.


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2 - 10 October 2020 United Kingdom

Sensoria Festival

Sensoria is the UK’s festival of music, film and digital. Based in Sheffield, the festival takes place 2 – 10 October and in 2020 will feature the theme ‘Sound Of The Crowd’. A wide range of activities will see Sensoria explore sound design in film and ‘sonic seasoning’, whilst also celebrating the human voice.

2 October 2020 Italy

Waiting for Matera …

Waiting for Matera is a cycle of free educational seminars, in webinar mode. The program includes 12 events that will be held on some fridays of each month during the lunch break, from 1.30 pm to 2.30 pm. It will start on 2 October 2020 and will end on 23 April 2021. We will start […]

5 - 9 October 2020 France

Underwater acoustics field camp

MSc students in hydrography and robotics are working on their research projects on the lake of Guerledan (Brittany, France) for one week. Local schools are pleased to participate in activities related to students projects during one afternoon. Dedicated activities for children from 6 to 12 years old are organized by researchers and MSc students (ex: […]

5 - 6 October 2020 Nigeria

ASON 2020

The 4th International Conference of the Acoustical Society of Nigeria will be a virtual event. The theme is “Acoustics and COVID-19 Pandemic”. Subthemes will address the effects and implications of COVID-19 on various areas of acoustics.

5 - 9 October 2020 Brazil

FIMUCA ÁUDIO – International Festival of Music at Home (Audio Edition)

Fimuca is an online Music Festival, totally free in its 3rd edition, with an emphasis on acoustics and audio. Registration will be open from September 28 to October 2 at The event will be in Portuguese between the 5th and the 9th of October.

7 October 2020 Poland

5th 3M R&D Conference “Safe and more efficient communication in noisy environment”

The annual 3M R&D conference is the place for sharing knowledge and developing of new ideas for better and safer workplaces. Scientists from universities, research institutes, R&D teams meet governmental decision makers, industrial experts, trade unions or end-users. Together we can develop new spaces for safety raising on the higher level. The conference is focused […]

9 October 2020 Canada

Acoustics Week in Canada [rescheduled from 7-9 October 2020]

One day online celebration of acoustics in Canada. Because of the COVID-19 situation, the Acoustics Week in Canada (AWC) originally planned for October 2020 in Sherbrooke (QC) will be postpone to AWC21 in October 2021. Nevertheless, CAA-ACA with Sherbrooke’s organizing committee has decided to set up a 1-day celebration on October 9, 2020 (see detailed […]

13 October 2020 Switzerland

The thin line between an analog and a digital signal: What we often ignore about the Nyquist-Shannon theorem [cancelled]

[originally scheduled for 5 May 2020, then rescheduled for 13 October 2020] The event is divided into two parts: a technical part about the thin line between an analog and a digital signal; and an “artistic” part that explains the topics of the technical part with musical excerpts and sound examples of analogic and digital […]

14 - 15 October 2020 Spain – 3th Acoustics Congress of Catalonia [rescheduled from 28-29 April 2020]

The Congress will consist of a series of workshops, panel discussions and networking opportunities around the environmental noise pollution, in particular, specific current effective solution for noise problems. The third edition of the Congress will focus on: – Sound insulation and acoustic comfort in buildings (residential, commercial, educational, sanitary,…) – Concepts related to acoustic quality […]

14 October 2020 United Kingdom

Hear for Tomorrow [rescheduled from 8 April 2020]

This event aims to raise awareness of the effect of music on hearing health through sharing the latest research and solutions. The meeting aims to cover the scale of the problem, what we now know, and what can be done. World leading specialists will deliver the cutting edge knowledge to help inform decision makers and […]

14 October 2020 Germany

Accessible Concert “International Year of Sound” with “the Mix”

This concert is part of the “International Year of Sound 2020-2021”. Musicians with and without handicap will be on stage, playing for a likewise mixed audience. “The Mix” plus and a surprise guest band, will rock the house. The rock music and appearance of “The Mix” moves. The band has a big and growing fan […]

19 - 21 October 2020 France

Quiet Drones [rescheduled from 26-27 May 2020]

Noise emitted by drones (UASs, UAVs) is becoming a major issue in residential and environmentally sensitive areas. The Symposium will provide a venue for researchers on drone noise to meet with manufacturers, users and those engaged in designing innovative applications for this new technology.

24 October 2020 Argentina

5th MOMUSI Music and Education Meeting in San Juan – Cuyo Region

The MOMUSI – music movement for girls and boys – is a non-profit organization that was born in 1996 for nuclear musicians, composers, authors, interpreters, teachers and other professionals from Argentina dedicated to the creation, transmission and diffusion of music for the youngers. Since its creation, MOMUSI is actively working on the recovery of sounds, […]

26 - 30 October 2020 Italy

Sounds of life / Life of sounds

On the occasion of the IYS the Acoustic Research Group of the Politecnico di Bari will organize a number of popular initiatives to promote the culture and the importance of sound in the society and in our life (the “Sounds of life” thread), as well as the knowledge of the way sound propagates and interacts […]

27 - 30 October 2020 Poland

XXIV Conference on Acoustic and Biomedical Engineering [rescheduled from 31 March - 3 April 2020]

The annual conference gives an opportunity to present latest research and exchange of experiences scientists from various research centers of Poland dealing with acoustics and biomedical engineering. The technical program included plenary lectures, invited, contributed and poster papers. The special session will be organized to celebrate the International Year of Sound 2020. An important event […]

2 - 4 November 2020 New Zealand

The Nature of Acoustics [cancelled]

The 3rd Combined Conference of the New Zealand and Australian Acoustical Societies.

5 - 6 November 2020 Switzerland

SGA-SSA Fall Meeting 2020

Annual Fall Meeting of the Swiss Acoustical Society SGA-SSA in Thun, Switzerland with around 200 participants.

9 - 13 November 2020 Mexico

ASA Fall meeting [cancelled]

The 180th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, planned for Fall 2020 in Cancun, Mexico, has been cancelled. Various outreach activities are planned.

16 - 18 November 2020 United States

Noise-Con 2020

The annual conference of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE) originally scheduled for New Orleans in June this year has been re-scheduled for November, and will be fully virtual. Outreach activities will include public sessions related to noise in the ocean (a plenary), product noise ratings, and a special session on hand dryer noise.

17 - 20 November 2020 Chile

INGEACUS2020. International Congress on Acoustics and Professional Audio

INGEACUS is an online event whose main objective is to bring students and academics belonging to the Acoustics area together for four days. The event will include different sections such as workshops, plenary keynotes, and talks. Some of the areas to be covered on the congress include Architectural Acoustics, Digital Signal Processing, Professional Audio, Environmental […]

23 - 25 November 2020 Indonesia

The 1st Biennial International Conference on Acoustics and Vibration

ANV2020 GOES VIRTUAL Due to the latest developments in the COVID-19 pandemic with increasing travel restrictions and the uncertainty of worldwide participation, The 1st Biennial International Conference on Acoustics and vibration Organizing Committee has decided to move to online platform and cancel onsite conference. The virtual conference will still be held as initially scheduled on […]

25 - 27 November 2020 Italy


The lagoon and the Venetian ecosystem, consisting of the periodic cycle of waves in comparison and in relation to the sound environment. There will be an event addressed to the Institute, at the Music Conservatory, and open to the whole of Venice. Operational workshops will be organized with the students. A conference will be a […]

7 - 11 December 2020 France

Forum Acusticum 2020 [rescheduled from 20-24 April 2020]

Forum Acusticum 7-11 December is a gathering of acousticians held every third year and is being organised in Lyon by the French Acoustical Society on behalf of the European Acoustics Association (EAA). Outreach events related to this conference are being organized by Centre Lyonnais d’Acoustique and include: February 4 / March 12 : Draw your […]

7 - 11 December 2020 United States

Acoustics Virtually Everywhere

ASA will hold a fully virtual fall meeting in December that will include scientific sessions and administrative meetings. Virtual technology will support our typical oral, poster, and panel sessions. Interactive dialogue to replicate our in-person meetings will be available. Virtual technology can also support ways for social networking and hallway conversations to occur. A demonstration […]

9 - 11 December 2020 Spain

Web Audio Conference 2020 [postponed]

The sixth Web Audio Conference (WAC) will be held from the 9th to the 11th of December 2020 at the Campus del Poblenou of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. WAC is an international conference dedicated to web audio technologies and applications. The conference addresses academic research, artistic research, development, design, evaluation and standards […]

10 December 2020 Spain

Art and new technologies workshop: interactive sound

The use of new technologies in art and sound is promoting the emergence of new materials and poetics for the artist; as well as new technological applications for the scientist. The main objective of this course is to experience an interdisciplinary creative process. Students will learn some of these new technologies to develop their own […]

3 - 5 May 2021 Norway

The Baltic-Nordic Acoustics Meeting BNAM 2021 [rescheduled from 3-6 May 2020]

BNAM is the biennial Baltic-Nordic Acoustics Meeting (BNAM), organised by one of the national member societies of the Nordic Acoustics Association (NAA) on behalf of the NAA. In 2021, the conference takes place in Oslo, Norway on 3-5 May at the Clarion Hotel Oslo. The conference programme consists of key-note lectures, invited and contributed papers […]

23 - 26 May 2021 Brazil

FIA 2020 [rescheduled from 20-23 September 2020]

The Ibero-American Acoustics Congress is a series of biannual events organized by FIA (Ibero-American Acoustics Federation), which seeks to promote the exchange of experiences between researchers, academics, students and professionals from Ibero-American countries working in Acoustics, Vibrations and related areas. The event seeks to create an environment for discussion among people involved in the production, […]

26 - 28 May 2021 Italy

47° Conference of the Acoustical Society of Italy [rescheduled from 27-29 May 2020 then 23-27 September 2020]

The 47th Conference of the Acoustical Society of Italy will be held in Matera and, during the opening day, will host a number of popular initiatives to promote the culture of sound in the society. In particular, the key initiatives which will be advertised to high school and university students will be: Sounding Stones: a […]

14 - 17 June 2021 Sweden

ICBEN 2021 [rescheduled from 15 -18 June 2020]

The 13th ICBEN Congress on Noise as a Public Health Problem will be held at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.

1 - 4 August 2021 United States


The 50th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering will be held in Washington, DC, USA on 1-4 August 2021. We are hoping for a live, face to face event but we are prepared to hold the congress in virtual or hybrid mode depending on the COVID-19 conditions and travel restrictions. The Congress is […]

1 - 3 September 2021 Italy

The Acoustics of Ancient Theatres [rescheduled from 2-4 September 2020]

The Symposium on The Acoustics of Ancient Theatres, the second on this topic after the one held in Patras (Greece) in 2011, aims to bring together experts to present and discuss all aspects related to the acoustic properties of these monuments which are often still used for public performances including opera, drama, speech and music. […]

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