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.

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

5 April 2020 United States

Sounds of the Ocean

6 April 2020 France

Scientific concert of the Ophonius Band [postponed]

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]

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15 March 2020.   Coronavirus and the International Year of Sound

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic already leading to the postponement of several events being organized for the International Year of Sound, the IYS 2020 Steering Committee has issued the following statement: Dear Colleagues: It is very unfortunate that the spread of the coronavirus in the whole world coincided with the beginning of the International Year […]

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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



Sponsors

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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