International Year of Sound 2020

The International Year of Sound is a global initiative to highlight the importance of sound and related sciences and technologies for all in society. The International Year of Sound will consist of coordinated activities on regional, national and international levels. These activities will aim to stimulate the understanding throughout the world of the important role that sound plays in all aspects of our society. As well, these activities will also encourage an understanding of the need for the control of noise in nature, in the built environment, and in the workplace.

Extension of IYS into 2021 -- due to Covid-19 restrictions, the following decisions were made by ICA in March. For a full report on the extension, please see

Sound plays an important role in all human activities and applications of acoustics are found in almost all aspects of modern society. Subdisciplines include aeroacoustics, audio, signal processing, architectural acoustics, bioacoustics, electro-acoustics, environmental noise, musical acoustics, noise control, hearing and psychoacoustics, physical acoustics, speech, ultrasound, underwater sound and vibration. Sound is an essential part of communication between humans - in the form of speech, as a sound of warning, and also in music and creative sounds. However there is a concern about too much sound, which then becomes noise and needs to be controlled to ensure acceptable and safe living and working environments.

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Upcoming Events

23 - 26 April 2020 United States

USA Science and Engineering Festival: International Year of Sound booth [postponed]

23 April 2020 France

Workshop for children: Sound in all its forms [postponed]

28 April 2020 Italy

2020 Spring Studio Concerts – The soundscape

28 - 30 April 2020 Argentina

International Sound Week 2020 in Tucumán [postponed]

Top Story

7 April 2020.   Soundscape under Covid-19 and Wiki for Sound

This news story has two parts. The first part is an update on the initiative to improve Wikipedia content on acoustics, the Wiki4YearOfSound2020, led by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The second part describes a new initiative conceived by several international researchers to measure noise levels while we have unusually quiet […]

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Founding Members

Acoustical Society of America International Commission for Acoustics European Acoustics Association
International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration   International Institute of Noise Control Engineering

Silver Sponsors

HEAD-Genuit Foundation


Acoustics First Corporation International Institute of Noise Control Engineering CESVA
INCE - USA Saint-Gobain Ecophon

Supporting Organizations

International Union of Pure and Applied Physics International Science Council


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