International Year of Sound 2020-2021

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.

Update IYS -- 15 May 2020

Due to the restrictions imposed worldwide to reduce the spread of the Covid-19, the ICA made a decision in March that the IYS would become a 2-year celebration of sound. For a full report on the extension, please see The extension allows for both postponed events and new events and activities scheduled for the 2021 to be included in the list of IYS events.

Two major changes are related to the students’ competition and the IYS summary/overview event:

Over the recent months we have all become more familiar with the use of on-line meetings and teaching. It has also become clear that social distancing and restrictions on travel will continue for many more months. So rather than postpone many acoustics conferences and seminars, their organizers have decided to convert them into e-conferences. For the national and regional meetings this is a practical way to ensure continuity. For international meetings there is the additional challenge of different time zones meaning that some of the participants may need to participate in normal sleeping hours. However there are options being trialed such as duplicating interactive sessions within suitable time periods. We encourage participation in these events and for the inclusion of IYS outreach activities using various modes of communication and social media to promote them. For example the Wiki4YearOfSound2020, a campaign to improve Wikipedia articles related to sound, is hosting an on-line interactive welcome and tutorial on 29 June in place of a workshop.

The video 'Sounds of Our World' produced for the IYS with the support of I-INCE is now available in two versions:

There are many other web-based resources that are available for free download at the Resources tab of the IYS web-site.

Please ensure that you Contact Us to update listings and to add new activities and resources.

Marion Burgess and Michael Taroudakis

Co-Organisers IYS 2020-21

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 - 25 November 2020 Indonesia

The 1st Biennial International Conference on Acoustics and Vibration

24 November 2020 Spain


25 - 27 November 2020 Italy


7 - 11 December 2020 France

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

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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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