International Year of Sound 2020

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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26 March 2020 France

Making quieter aircraft is not a utopia [postponed]

A general public lecture on Cycle les transports du futur (Air transportation of the future). Making quieter aircraft is not a utopia.

26 March 2020 France

Noise Awareness Day [cancelled]

As part of the “section régionale du grand nord”(SRGNO) of the French Acoustical Society (SFA) activities, the Noise Awareness Day has been organized every year since 2016. This event is co-hosted by INSA HAUTS-DE-FRANCE (ex. ENSIAME), IEMN-DOAE and C3T. This noise awareness day is intended for the general public. This day welcomes more than 200 […]

24 March 2020 Netherlands

Most silent area in nature [postponed]

It is the provinces that must create quiet areas, protect and maintain peace there. That is why all provinces are invited to take part in a competition. The province with the quietest area receives a prize that can be used in this area, and where people can unwind. You will hear where that is on […]

23 March 2020 Denmark

Akustikkens dag 2020 (Danish Acoustical Society annual meeting) [postponed]

The annual meeting of the Danish Acoustical Society with lectures, networking, visits. IYS2020 will be highlighted to all members.

21 March 2020 Australia

Translating Ambiance: Designing Sound, Light and Air in Urban Spaces

Ambiance design creates small, localised environments that provide sites of restoration and experiential difference from the everyday noises and hubbub of the city. The event will include a curated set of conversations running concurrently with an in-situ installation. Hear a talk from sound-artist Jordan Lacey, and Shanti Sumartojo (MADA), on the meaning of ambiance in […]

20 March 2020 Spain

Poetry and interactive sound: Project Conjuntos UC3M [postponed]

Carlos III University celebrates the World Poetry Day with a meeting of projects that put together sound, poetry and technologies. The interdisciplinary platform “Conjuntos” (supported by Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation) tries to establish dialogues between arts and sciences. One of the main laboratories of the platform is called Dispares, where two people from different […]

20 March 2020 Uruguay

La Música como puente entre saberes (Music as a bridge between knowledge) [postponed]

On the occasion of the International Year of Sound that is celebrated in 2020, some academic groups that have been working together propose a launching activity to put the subject in public discussion. It is proposed that the first activity of the year focuses on the axes of art and science, so the activity to […]

20 March 2020 United Kingdom

Birdsong Identification Training 2 [postponed]

Baker Consultants Ltd (Matlock UK), will be delivering a Birdsong Identification training session to Citizen Scientists supporting the Ingleborough Soundscape Project, on 20th March 2020. The session will enable individuals taking part in bird surveys, to identify common species, both resident and migrants, unseen in a crowded woodland environment. As well as learning how to […]

19 - 20 March 2020 India

Health Effects of Intense Sound and Protection Measures

Main emphasis of the event will be to invite school children and others and plan for awareness program on health effects of intense sound and protection measures.

18 March 2020 Italy

The quality of listening in very reverberant historical and monumental environments – materials and sound diffusion techniques [postponed]

Frequently, historical or monumental indoor environments are used for seminars, conferences, assemblies of other public or private initiatives where the quality of listening is of primary importance. Usually, such environments are characterized, for geometric or material reasons, by acoustic conditions not suitable for these requirements, because of the sound reverberation, and their use is consequently […]

16 - 19 March 2020 Germany

DAGA 2020 [cancelled]

The annual German Conference on Acoustics – DAGA – takes place in Hannover this year and celebrates its 50th conference anniversary. Around 1300 participants from all parts of Germany and beyond, from the whole range of economic and scientific backgrounds, will join this event to attend sessions, present papers, network, meet colleagues and keep on […]

16 - 18 March 2020 Japan

ASJ Spring meeting

Annual meeting of the Acoustical Society of Japan, including a special session and demonstration related to IYS2020.

13 March 2020 United Kingdom

Birdsong Identification Training 1

Baker Consultants Ltd (Matlock UK), will be delivering a Birdsong Identification training session, to Citizen Scientists supporting the Ingleborough Soundscape Project on Friday 13th March. The session will enable individuals taking part in bird surveys, to identify common species, both resident and migrants, unseen in a crowded woodland environment. As well as learning how to […]

12 - 14 March 2020 Spain


T3chFest is the conference on innovation of new technologies. It will take place on March 12, 13 and 14 in Leganés (Madrid, Spain). The audience consists of both students and technology professionals and each field of technological innovation is represented in the event with around 3 talks. In this edition, 10 activities will introduce Sound […]

12 March 2020 France

Draw your sound

Everything you always wanted to know about sound: how it is formed, how it spreads, how it is measured. Workshops for adults and children. Several interactive experiments (with tablets) will allow you to discover the applications of Fourier analysis developed more than 2 centuries ago. We will discover that Fourier is omnipresent at the heart […]

11 - 14 March 2020 United Kingdom

See the Sound! Exhibit at The Big Bang Fair

The Mathematics of Waves and Materials research will have a stall at the Big Bang Fair, where visitors can explore the mathematics of sound waves and find out how we can use maths to reduce noise and improve our quality of life!

7 March 2020 Italy

The soundscape from Savannah to song [postponed]

The soundscape from Savannah to song, Saturday first part, 10.00 – 13.00 Sounds of Earth. Sound and communication in the animal kingdom second part, 14.30 – 17.30 Origin of song and language. Evolution of the soundscape Humans lived within a natural soundscape until neolithic, that is for 94% of the time of our life on […]

5 March 2020 Italy


After the success of the initiative “NOISE AND THE CITY – L’ANIMA SONORA DELLE CITTÁ” and “A QUIET PLACE – UN POSTO TRANQUILLO”, acoustics experts, doctors, designers and philosophers of sound are again meeting in Palazzo Vecchio in Florence to talk about how an environment can be considered of quality thanks to the presence of […]

3 - 15 March 2020 Spain

Sound Week Madrid

V International Congress sound and audio-visual space. 3rd-5th March 2020 UAM, La casa Encendida, Madrid – Laboratory of Space Concert- 3rd-4th March 2020, MNCARS Madrid – Mixer, collective session ( Body, space, sound, image, technology) 7th March Madrid. – Other events. The Congress “Sound and Audio-visual space” has a scientific part, but there are two […]

3 March 2020 International

World Hearing Day #JASAchat

Join the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America on Twitter on March 3 at 2 PM EST for a JASA Twitter Chat using #JASAchat. In honor of World Hearing Day, the editors of the Special Issue: Noise-Induced Hearing Loss: Translating Risk from Animal Models to Real-World Environments will lead a discussion on one of […]

2 - 20 March 2020 United Kingdom

Seeing Sounds Workshops

Outreach workshops in local secondary schools

27 - 28 February 2020 Italy

V Giornata dell’udito – 5th hearing day [postponed]

Study and information event about hearing health, bringing together all the leading experts in the field in Rome, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Health. There will be two days of meetings, conferences, data presentations and conferences to which all the leading Italian experts on the subject of hearing health are invited. The event […]

25 February 2020 Singapore

Digitization of Urban Noise and Sound in a Smart Nation [postponed]

This public workshop is to create awareness of how the latest digital technologies are providing new approaches that can ease the operational process for public agencies and citizens to better understanding our surrounding aural environment and providing intelligent digital alternatives in sensing and mitigating urban noise.

25 February 2020 Denmark

Audio Testing with SoundCheck by Listen

Learn how to measure audio quality of both simple and complex modern audio devices, in both R&D and production environments. Get to know the basics of SoundCheck; one of the world’s most popular audio test software systems, and learn about how to build a test sequence including recommendations for the equipment used. Additionally, you will […]

24 February 2020 United Kingdom

Parliamentary and Scientific Committee

The Institute of Acoustics will be presenting to the UK Parliamentary and Scientific Committee on the subject of Noise. They will give 3 x 15 minute presentations outlining both the positive and negative economic, social and health implications of sound. The presentations will be followed by a 30 minutes of questions. Further discussions will follow […]

20 February 2020 United States

Hands-on workshop: Wiki4Year of Sound 2020

For the International Year of Sound the National Hearing Conservation Association is supporting Wiki4YearOfSound2020, a campaign to improve Wikipedia articles related to sound. One can participate online, or by promoting the project, suggesting a topic that should be a Wikipedia article and improving or translating existing articles. The Wikimedia outreach dashboard allows anyone to contribute […]

13 February 2020 United States

US International Year of Sound Opening Ceremony

The Acoustical Society of America Washington DC Regional Chapter will be hosting the US International Year of Sound Opening Ceremony on Thursday, February 13th, 6pm – 9pm in the American Center for Physics (One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740).

1 February 2020 Indonesia

Adhiwijogo Acoustic Laboratory Open Day

Adhiwijogo Acoustic Laboratory is located in Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia. This laboratory has the most advanced acoustic facility in Indonesia including Anechoic Chamber and Reverberation Chamber. On 1st February 2020 we will open our Laboratory for public, especially for high school students. During the day, we will host laboratory tour to share and promote acoustical […]

31 January 2020 France

19:00 Opening Ceremony – doors open from 18:00

The Opening Ceremony of the International Year of Sound will be held on Friday, 31 January 2020. This event will take place at Le Grand Amphithéâtre, Sorbonne University, 47, Rue des Ecoles, 75005 Paris, France. The following links may be useful: Paris map campus map amphitheatre website For the Program (as of 21 January), click […]

31 January 2020 France


All those coming to Paris for the opening are invited to participate in a sound walk around the area near to the University. The start location will be at the entrance to Tour Zamansky, Campus Pierre et Marie Curie, Sorbonne, 4 Place Jussieu, 75005 Paris. Start time is 15:30 and completion time is approximately 16:30. […]

22 - 23 January 2020 Peru

Architectural Acoustics in Peru in the framework of International Year of Sound IYS2020

This event is auspiced by UNESCO-Peru (The Week of Sound 2020). It takes place several sesions with the topics centered on health problems because of Buildings. The Ministry of Housing will present the next Acoustical Building Code.

15 - 17 January 2020 United Kingdom

Physics in Food Manufacturing Conference 2020

Acoustic network stall at event. It is a two and a half day conference on Physics in Food Manufacture.

20 - 25 August 2019 Japan

Week of Sound in Japan

This event is comprised of a series of individual events. The detail is as follows: 1) Summer vacation family event – make your own musical instrument and your own sound- Date: Aug. 20, Place: Toshiba science museum, Kawasaki, cosponsored by the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers. 2) Public seminar “How to make a high-reality audio […]

29 March 2019 International

Declaration of 2020 as International Year of Sound

The International Commission for Acoustics has announced to its Member Societies and International Affiliates that an International Year of Sound will be held throughout the year 2020. It is hoped that the importance of sound in today’s world will reach every part of our planet in 2020. More details can be found in this news […]

1 January - 7 September 2019 France

La Semaine du Son 2019

La Semaine du Son (Week of Sound) in 2019 has many events and activities planned, mainly in France but also in Belgium and Lebanon. A complete guide can be found by downloading the Programme. The events include: 21 January 2019 – 3 February 2019: 16th Edition of La Semaine du Son. Many events and activities […]

17 April 2011 - 22 March 2019 International

Brief history of the IYS

Here are some of the key events leading up to the declaration of 2020 as the International Year of Sound: Year 2011 The ICA Board agrees on the concept of an International Year of Sound before the end of the decade. Year 2012 initial planning and preference for 2019. Year 2013 planning committee for discussions […]

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