International Year of Sound 2020-2021

Importance of Sound
for Society and the World

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.

9 September 2023


To encourage Member Societies to continue the momentum to undertake innovative outreach activities, the ICA has established an annual award to recognize an outstanding outreach activity undertaken by a group, committee, or an individual member of a national Member Society or an International Affiliate during the previous year.

The award will be accompanied by an amount of € 1,000 and a certificate of achievement and will be presented in an appropriate ICA event.

In order that an application is eligible for receiving the award, it should be associated with an outreach activity which should be outside the usual membership base. The award will be based on the decision of a judging panel appointed by the ICA board and will be given for a period of 10 years starting 2024. In any one year the judging panel may decide to share the award across more than one application or decide not to award.

For details, go to the ICA announcement.


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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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


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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