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 -- 7 December 2020

Student Competitions Updates

IYS International Student Competition - EXTENSION

The IYS Student competition was first launched in late 2019 with the deadline for submissions being the end of 2020. The enthusiasm and efforts of the competition organiser Sergio Luzzi and his team in Italy has been outstanding.

In view of the many challenges during the later part of 2020 it has been agreed to extend the deadline from end of December to end of April 2021. This allows for extra school terms in both the northern and southern hemisphere.

Updated information on the competition are available at Rules for the participation and submission details at: IYS-2020_Competition-Regulations.

The students of primary schools are asked to produce drawings inspired by the motto of IYS 2020 "Importance of Sound for Society and the World" and, possibly, by melody and refrain of the song "The Sound of The World". The students of high schools are asked to write a stanza of 4 verses (lines) in their mother tongue and/or in English, inspired by the melody and the refrain of the song "The Sound of The World" as well as by the motto of IYS 2020 "Importance of Sound for Society and the World".

Competitions organized by La Semaine du Son

In conjunction with the International Year of Sound, the partner organisation, La Semaine du Son, has launched a competition for tertiary students "2068, MAKE PLACE FOR SOUND!".

The aim of this competition is to encourage students specializing in space design to collaborate with students specializing in sound by developing thoughts on the sound design of our living spaces, beyond the question of noise control, in order to imagine the soundscapes of to-morrow’s public places. This competition is open for students of architecture, urban planning, landscape, design, art, engineering, audio engineering, music, engineering, design, etc.

Another competition for students by La Semaine du Son is on the theme "WHEN SOUND CREATES IMAGE".

Students are provided with a sound track composed by a well-respected film score composer and the challenge is to provide a video to complement the music.

Deadlines for both these competitions are currently end of December.

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

13 - 16 April 2021 Poland

XXIV Conference on Acoustic and Biomedical Engineering [rescheduled from 31 March - 3 April 2020 and 27-30 October 2020]

15 - 28 April 2021 Australia

Record a sound for International Noise Awareness Day

23 April 2021 Italy

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26 - 30 April 2021 Italy

Sounds of life / Life of sounds [rescheduled from 26-30 October 2020]

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International Noise Awareness Day, 28 April 2021

April 28, 2021, marks the 26th Annual International Noise Awareness Day, founded by the Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC) in New York, a leading nonprofit hearing healthcare organization since 1910. The goal of International Noise Awareness Day (INAD) is to raise awareness about the harmful effects of noise on hearing, health and the quality of life. We are honored to participate in The International Year of Sound with our shared goal of improving the understanding of the importance of sound in our lives and the deleterious effects of unwanted noise.

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Call for Papers

The Journal of the Acoustical Society is seeking contributions for a special issue, COVID-19 Pandemic Acoustic Effects.

It is the intent of this issue to quickly publish both specific and general pieces on in-air, in-water, and in-ground measurements of ambient sound (over as complete a frequency spectrum as possible), and the effects of the changed soundscape on people and animals. Time series and geographically differing looks over the lifetime of the event are especially desirable, if available.

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