International Year of Sound 2020-2021

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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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 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 April 2020 Italy

2020 Spring Studio Concerts – The soundscape [postponed]

From 15:00 to 17:30, at the P10 classroom of the Faculty of Letters, Conference on soundscape, with contributions from experts in the scientific, humanistic and artistic sectors. From 18 to 19:30, at the Auditorium “E. Morricone ”, via Columbia 1 – Rome. Concert with pieces of the type “Landscape sound” (Soundscape composition).

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 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 […]

11 - 15 May 2020 United States

ASA Spring meeting [cancelled]

The 179th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America was originally planned to be held 11-15 May 2020 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it was rescheduled to 8-12 December 2020, replacing the ASA Cancun meeting that had been planned for Fall 2020. With the continuing pandemic, it is being replaced with […]

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 […]

30 May 2020 Italy

Spring Bat Night in Brescia [cancelled]

Arcadia Naturalistic Center is organizing the SPRING BAT NIGHT IN BRESCIA on Saturday 30 May 2020, with a starting meeting at 8.30 pm in the headquarters of City District in via Milano in Brescia followed by a walk along the nearby historic center of the city. The Initiative, carried out with the patronage of the […]

3 June 2020 Ireland

Hush City Soundwalk [postponed]

Dr. Arch. Antonella Radicchi of the TU Berlin Institute for Urban and Regional Planning will be leading a soundwalk for citizens in Limerick which builds on the promotion of the Hush City app in Limerick. The participants will be guided in a soundwalk through quiet areas in Limerick and invited to collect data using the […]

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, […]

29 June 2020 United States

On-Line Welcome and Tutorial : Wiki4Year of Sound 2020 [rescheduled from 13 May 2020]

For the International Year of Sound the National Hearing Conservation Association is supporting a campaign to improve Wikipedia articles related to sound. This on-line activity is replacing the planned workshops. It will be held 2-3 pm New York time. The goal is to promote acoustics by providing freely accessible information to all. In the webinar […]

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 […]

6 August 2020 United States

Worship Space Acoustics: The Sound of the Sacred – Virtual Presentation [cancelled]

From clashing symbols to the whisper of burning incense, sound is essential to the worship experience. This talk will explore how the architectural design of a worship space helps or hinders the way religious programming is experienced. We will discuss how the sonic environment of a worship space affects the acoustics of spoken-word and music. […]

13 - 16 August 2020 United States

KISS 2020: The Sound of Science [postponed]

The Kyma International Sound Symposium — KISS 2020: “The Sound of Science” — is an intensive 4-day symposium highlighting the power of sound through lectures, scientist/composer collaborations, data sonification workshops, attentive listening sessions, and public outreach through seven open-to-the-public, live cultural performances. At KISS 2020 we will be giving sound our undivided attention and will […]

17 - 19 August 2020 Singapore

Digitization of Urban Noise and Sound in a Smart Nation [rescheduled from 25 February 2020]

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. Session 1 (17 August 2020) Sensing of Noise Sources […]

19 - 23 August 2020 United States

International Hearing Aid Research Conference (IHCON) [cancelled]

The purpose of this conference is to advance knowledge and to facilitate progress in hearing aid research and development through the exchange of current research findings and technical advances related to the treatment of hearing impairment with hearing aids and other technologies. Students may receive travel grants. New at the IHCON 2020 meeting will be […]

19 - 21 August 2020 Italy

EMUfestSABINA (Electroacoustic Music Festival) 3rd Edition [rescheduled from 3-5 July 2020]

Three days of electroacoustic music featuring Acousmatic pieces and Soundscape compositions, Visual music, live performances and sound installations. The aim of the event is to involve the people who live in the area in the culture of sonic arts.

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!

9 October 2020 Canada

Acoustics Week in Canada [rescheduled from 7-9 October 2020]

One day online celebration of acoustics in Canada. Because of the COVID-19 situation, the Acoustics Week in Canada (AWC) originally planned for October 2020 in Sherbrooke (QC) will be postpone to AWC21 in October 2021. Nevertheless, CAA-ACA with Sherbrooke’s organizing committee has decided to set up a 1-day celebration on October 9, 2020 (see detailed […]

13 October 2020 Switzerland

The thin line between an analog and a digital signal: What we often ignore about the Nyquist-Shannon theorem [cancelled]

[originally scheduled for 5 May 2020, then rescheduled for 13 October 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 […]

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.

2 - 4 November 2020 New Zealand

The Nature of Acoustics [cancelled]

The 3rd Combined Conference of the New Zealand and Australian Acoustical Societies.

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. Instead, there will be a virtual fall meeting Acoustics Virtually Everywhere 7-11 December 2020.

11 - 12 November 2020 Argentina

5th MOMUSI Music and Education Meeting in San Juan – Cuyo Region [rescheduled from 24 October 2020]

The MOMUSI – music movement for girls and boys – is a non-profit organization that was born in 1996 for nuclear musicians, composers, authors, interpreters, teachers and other professionals from Argentina dedicated to the creation, transmission and diffusion of music for the youngers. Since its creation, MOMUSI is actively working on the recovery of sounds, […]

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 […]

10 December 2020 Spain

Art and new technologies workshop: interactive sound [postponed]

The use of new technologies in art and sound is promoting the emergence of new materials and poetics for the artist; as well as new technological applications for the scientist. The main objective of this course is to experience an interdisciplinary creative process. Students will learn some of these new technologies to develop their own […]

19 - 21 March 2021 Spain

Poetry and interactive sound: Project Conjuntos UC3M [rescheduled from 20 March 2020]

Carlos III University celebrates the World Poetry Day with a project that puts 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 disciplines (artist […]

13 - 16 April 2021 Poland

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

26 - 30 April 2021 Italy

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

On the occasion of the IYS the Acoustic Research Group of the Politecnico di Bari will organize a number of popular initiatives to promote the culture and the importance of sound in the society and in our life (the “Sounds of life” thread), as well as the knowledge of the way sound propagates and interacts […]

3 - 5 May 2021 Norway

The Baltic-Nordic Acoustics Meeting BNAM 2021 [rescheduled from 3-6 May 2020]

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 2021, the conference takes place in Oslo, Norway on 3-5 May at the Clarion Hotel Oslo. The conference programme consists of key-note lectures, invited and contributed papers […]

26 - 28 May 2021 Italy

47° Conference of the Acoustical Society of Italy [rescheduled from 27-29 May 2020 then 23-27 September 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 […]

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. Today, after weighing all options and careful consideration, we are happy to announce that for the first time in our congress history the event “ICBEN2021” will be held digitally! The ICBEN 2021 organizational committee is […]

28 - 29 June 2021 New Zealand

Acoustical Society of New Zealand biennial conference [rescheduled from 15-16 February 2021]

This is the biennial conference of the Acoustical Society of New Zealand. Originally planned for February this year, we had to postpone at the last minute due to a Covid-19 lockdown. We look forward to welcoming three exciting keynote speakers to 100+ delegates to Auckland in June.

5 - 7 July 2021 Spain

Web Audio Conference 2021 [rescheduled from 9-11 December 2020]

The sixth Web Audio Conference (WAC) will be held from the 5th to the 7th of July 2021 at the Campus del Poblenou of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. WAC is an international conference dedicated to web audio technologies and applications. The conference addresses academic research, artistic research, development, design, evaluation and standards […]

14 - 15 September 2021 Poland

67th Open Seminar on Acoustics [rescheduled from 15-18 September 2020]

The Open Seminar on Acoustics is an annual conference organized by different divisions of Polish Acoustical Society. The Seminar covers all areas of acoustics and foresees plenary lectures, lectures in technical sections as well as poster presentation session. A special session will be organized to celebrate the International Year of Sound 2020. Alongside the scientific […]

17 September 2021 Italy

Soundscape in urban and building design [rescheduled from 4 September 2020]

How to protect our cities from noise? How to use sound as a design resource? How is noise different from sound? The event aims at raising awareness of the importance of sound in the built environment and in the integration of human activities with the natural landscape, especially the Alpine one. The goal is to […]

6 - 8 July 2022 Italy

The Acoustics of Ancient Theatres [rescheduled from 1-3 September 2021 and from 2-4 September 2020]

The Symposium on The Acoustics of Ancient Theatres, the second on this topic after the one held in Patras (Greece) in 2011, aims to bring together experts to present and discuss all aspects related to the acoustic properties of these monuments which are often still used for public performances including opera, drama, speech and music. […]

28 - 31 August 2022 Brazil

FIA 2020 [rescheduled from 20-23 September 2020 and 23-26 May 2021]

The Ibero-American Acoustics Congress is a series of biannual events organized by FIA (Ibero-American Acoustics Federation), which seeks to promote the exchange of experiences between researchers, academics, students and professionals from Ibero-American countries working in Acoustics, Vibrations and related areas. The event seeks to create an environment for discussion among people involved in the production, […]

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