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.



As a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many organizers are having to reschedule or cancel their events. Listed here are the current changes.

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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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

31 March 2020 Poland

Noise Awareness Forum [postponed]

The main focus of the Noise Awareness Forum is to highlight the importance of sound and related sciences and technologies. Our aim is to encourage sector and industry experts to share and exchange information about the latest innovations, sector potential and opportunities as well as highlight environmental and societal challenges. We aspire to initiate and […]

1 - 3 April 2020 Canada

The acoustic properties of the 5-string banjo [postponed]

The University of Alberta Sound Studies Institute hosts a series of talks with Dr. Joe Dickey, physicist and bluegrass musician. Dr. Dickey is the author of the seminal paper on the acoustical physics of the 5-string banjo. During his visit to the U of A, Dr. Dickey will host an academic presentation on the acoustics […]

6 April 2020 France

Scientific concert of the Ophonius Band [postponed]

For the attention of middle and high school students in the Lyon area. This show presents the physical phenomena of acoustics, based initially on the perception that the spectator may experience. The physical phenomena at the origin of this perception are then analysed thanks to “live” experiments and multimedia supports (photos, videos, animations) commented by […]

23 - 26 April 2020 United States

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

Hands-on demonstrations and interactions with scientists and professionals to learn about the many areas and applications of acoustics.

23 April 2020 France

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

An intergenerational workshop. What is sound? This workshop will present how sound is produced, how it propagates in its environment and how it is perceived.

28 - 30 April 2020 Argentina

International Sound Week 2020 in Tucumán [postponed]

International Sound Week 2020 in Tucumán, is being organized by the Argentinian Acousticians Association (AdAA) and by the Group of Sustainable and Healthy Habitat (FAU UNT – CONICET). It will be held in the city of San Miguel de Tucumán on April 28 to 30, 2020. Activities are popular and educational for the general public. […]

29 April 2020 Singapore

Workshop on International Noise Awareness Day [postponed]

The Society of Acoustics(Singapore) will expand its International Noise Awareness Day (INAD) seminar into a full day workshop to commemorate the Year of Sound 2020.

29 April 2020 Mexico

¡Hagamos ruido contra el ruido! [postponed]

INTERNATIONAL NOISE AWARENESS DAY 2020 To conduct a day to raise awareness of the problem of environmental noise or noise pollution among children in 3rd and 4th grade through creative and recreational activities as triggers for raising awareness about the noise pollution problem.

29 April 2020 Brazil

INAD BR – 25ª International Noise Awareness Day, Brazil [postponed]

1st Hush City Soundwalk Brasil with the objective of listening to the sounds of the city in search of peaceful and / or quiet areas, to be mapped and evaluated by the free mobile app Hush City – Portuguese version to be launched on the same date. National action with participation of ProAcústica Associated Companies […]

3 - 6 May 2020 Norway

The Baltic-Nordic Acoustics Meeting BNAM 2020 [postponed]

BNAM is the biennial Baltic-Nordic Acoustics Meeting (BNAM), organised by one of the national member societies of the Nordic Acoustics Association (NAA) on behalf of the NAA. In 2020, the conference takes place in Oslo, Norway on 3-6 May at the Clarion Hotel Oslo. The conference programme consists of key-note lectures, invited and contributed papers […]

13 May 2020 United States

Hands-on Workshop: Wiki4YearOfSound2020 [postponed]

For the International Year of Sound the Acoustical Society of America 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 […]

26 - 28 May 2020 Poland

36th Symposium on Hydroacoustics [postponed]

The Symposium on HYDROACOUSTICS is the only conference in Poland where representatives of science dealing with issues of underwater acoustics and users of hydroacoustic systems meet. It has been organized regularly for over 30 years. The symposium is an opportunity to present the latest achievements in all major areas of hydroacoustics and to promote and […]

20 - 26 June 2020 Italy

17th Sound and Music Computing Conference (SMC 2020) e XXIII Colloquio di Informatica Musicale (CIM XXIII) [postponed]

SMC is an international event organized yearly since 2004 by the Music Computing Network (SMCN), an association that includes researchers, professionals and musicians interested in scientific and technological applications in the fields of computing, electronics, acoustics, arts and music. In the days before the conference, a Summer School aimed at Master or PhD level students […]

23 - 26 June 2020 Italy

IV Ecoacoustics Congress [postponed]

The Ecoacoustics Congress 2020 is the fourth in a series organized by the International Society of Ecoacoustics (ISE). The goal of the 2020 congress is to bring together scientists, natural resource managers, industry and artists to explore ways in which sound can deepen our understanding of the environment. Ecoacoustics arises from the union of acoustics, […]

12 - 16 July 2020 Czech Republic

The 27th International Congress on Sound and Vibration (ICSV27) [postponed]

The International Institute on Acoustics and Vibration (IIAV) organizes an annual world event, the International Congress on Sound and Vibration (ICSV), which combines all areas of acoustics, noise and vibration. The 27th Congress on Sound and Vibration (ICSV27) takes place in Prague (CZ) from 12-16 July 2020. Around 1000 participants from more than 50 different […]

15 - 18 September 2020 Brazil

Feicon Batimat & ProAcústica activities for the International Year of Sound em São Paulo, Brazil [rescheduled from 1 April 2020]

ProAcústica Space in the Feicon Batimat Fair. For the fourth consecutive year, ProAcústica is represented by associated companies in an exhibition and relationship area. ProAcústica Board and Administrative Council invite all to live the experience of the sound around: LIVE THIS WAVE!

23 - 25 September 2020 Italy

47° Conference of the Acoustical Society of Italy [rescheduled from 27-29 May, 2020]

The 47th Conference of the Acoustical Society of Italy will be held in Matera and, during the opening day, will host a number of popular initiatives to promote the culture of sound in the society. In particular, the key initiatives which will be advertised to high school and university students will be: Sounding Stones: a […]

13 October 2020 Switzerland

The thin line between an analog and a digital signal: What we often ignore about the Nyquist-Shannon theorem [rescheduled from 5 May 2020]

The event is divided into two parts: a technical part about the thin line between an analog and a digital signal; and an “artistic” part that explains the topics of the technical part with musical excerpts and sound examples of analogic and digital sound carriers. The event is aimed at the general public with the […]

14 - 15 October 2020 Spain – 3th Acoustics Congress of Catalonia [rescheduled from 28-29 April 2020]

The Congress will consist of a series of workshops, panel discussions and networking opportunities around the environmental noise pollution, in particular, specific current effective solution for noise problems. The third edition of the Congress will focus on: – Sound insulation and acoustic comfort in buildings (residential, commercial, educational, sanitary,…) – Concepts related to acoustic quality […]

14 October 2020 United Kingdom

Hear for Tomorrow [rescheduled from 8 April 2020]

This event aims to raise awareness of the effect of music on hearing health through sharing the latest research and solutions. The meeting aims to cover the scale of the problem, what we now know, and what can be done. World leading specialists will deliver the cutting edge knowledge to help inform decision makers and […]

19 - 21 October 2020 France

Quiet Drones [rescheduled from 26-27 May 2020]

Noise emitted by drones (UASs, UAVs) is becoming a major issue in residential and environmentally sensitive areas. The Symposium will provide a venue for researchers on drone noise to meet with manufacturers, users and those engaged in designing innovative applications for this new technology.

27 - 30 October 2020 Poland

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

The annual conference gives an opportunity to present latest research and exchange of experiences scientists from various research centers of Poland dealing with acoustics and biomedical engineering. The technical program included plenary lectures, invited, contributed and poster papers. The special session will be organized to celebrate the International Year of Sound 2020. An important event […]

9 - 13 November 2020 Mexico

ASA Fall meeting [cancelled]

The 180th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, planned for Fall 2020 in Cancun, Mexico, has been cancelled. Various outreach activities are planned.

7 - 11 December 2020 France

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

Forum Acusticum 7-11 December is a gathering of acousticians held every third year and is being organised in Lyon by the French Acoustical Society on behalf of the European Acoustics Association (EAA). Outreach events related to this conference are being organized by Centre Lyonnais d’Acoustique and include: February 4 / March 12 : Draw your […]

8 - 12 December 2020 United States

ASA Spring meeting [rescheduled from 11-15 May 2020]

The 179th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America will now be held 8-12 December 2020 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (The ASA Cancun meeting, originally scheduled for Fall 2020, is cancelled.) In addition to a full program of technical presentation, several outreach activities have been planned. These include two hands-on demonstrations for local students. Information […]

14 - 17 June 2021 Sweden

ICBEN 2021 [rescheduled from 15 -18 June 2020]

The 13th ICBEN Congress on Noise as a Public Health Problem will be held at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.

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