International Year of Sound 2020-2021

Sound and Society

Sound is omnipresent in our lives. Some sounds are useful, some are enjoyable. Some sounds are intrusive, some are hazardous


Past Top Stories

18 March 2022.   IYS 2020-2021 into the Future

With the arrival of 2022 came the end of International Year of Sound (IYS) 2020-2021. However the actions related to the IYS are not completed. There are a couple of events that have been postponed a number of times due to the pandemic, but the enthusiasm of the organizers remains and these will be held […]

24 December 2021.   Approaching the close of the IYS 2020-2021

As the International Year of Sound 2020-2021 approaches the end, we begin to review and consolidate what has been achieved over this two year period. The activities and resources that have been compiled on the website truly reflect the support and enthusiasm from the member societies and other organisations to embrace the concept and in […]

17 October 2021.   What may be the legacy of changing soundscapes during IYS 2020-2021

As the International Year of Sound 2020-2021 approaches the end, it is worthwhile to reflect just a little on this two-year period. When the year of 2020 was selected by the ICA for the IYS, there was not even a hint of the turmoil that the entire world would endure starting in this very year. […]

7 August 2021.   Evaluation of IYS Student Competition entries

A great many interesting and creative entries were received for the International Year of Sound (IYS) Student Competition. Determining the top entries was not easy and a careful process of evaluation was essential to ensure a fair outcome. This process is described here.

16 June 2021.   International Year of Sound and the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

The current year marks the second year of the International Year of Sound, which coincides with the first year of the United Nations Decade of the Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. The Decade that has just begun was associated by the United Nations with the marine environment, as a direct recognition of the importance of […]

31 March 2021.   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.

24 February 2021.   World Hearing Day, 3 March

The following message has been received from Shelly Chadha, Technical lead, Ear and hearing care at World Health Organization   The World Hearing Day 2021 on 3 March, marks the launch of the World report on hearing. Requested by WHO Member States, this report gives a very clear message: Hearing across the life course is […]

14 January 2021.   World Hearing Day and International Noise Awareness Day 2021

World Hearing Day, 3 March 2021, has the theme Hearing Care for ALL! This will mark the launch of the WHO World Report on Hearing, presenting a global call for action to address hearing loss and ear diseases across the world. In this year of 2021, the WHO has a massive call to action. All […]

20 December 2020.   “A World of Sound” to encourage kids into science

As part of the contributions to the IYS 2020-21, the UK Acoustics Network is editing a collection of articles on A World of Sound for Frontiers for Young Minds Collection aimed at an audience of ages 8-15. All items will be freely available and the part of the collection is described at There are […]

12 June 2020.   More than Baby Debuts: Ultrasound Is Used to Deliver Drugs, Treat Tremors

First used to sniff out submarines, technology expands biomedical acoustic uses. Ultrasound is probably most associated with a parent’s first glimpse of a baby in the womb. However, a new video from the Acoustical Society of America showcases the technology’s abilities to do more than just show images of our insides. This video is the […]

1 May 2020.   Wind Turbine Noise Study

A Health Canada study has found no evidence to support a link between exposure to wind-turbine noise and health effects reported by people living near the towering structures. The Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study, conducted over a four-month period in 2013, involved more than 1,200 residents in Southwestern Ontario and PEI whose homes were […]

7 April 2020.   Soundscape under Covid-19 and Wiki for Sound

This news story has two parts. The first part is an update on the initiative to improve Wikipedia content on acoustics, the Wiki4YearOfSound2020, led by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The second part describes a new initiative conceived by several international researchers to measure noise levels while we have unusually quiet […]

15 March 2020.   Coronavirus and the International Year of Sound

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic already leading to the postponement of several events being organized for the International Year of Sound, the IYS 2020 Steering Committee has issued the following statement: Dear Colleagues: It is very unfortunate that the spread of the coronavirus in the whole world coincided with the beginning of the International Year […]

21 February 2020.   The AIA program for the Year of Sound

A story of shared enthusiasm among people passionate about sound Since the very beginning of the International Year of Sound planning, AIA (the Acoustic Society of Italy) has been involved in organizing and coordinating a broad number of activities. The long-lasting experiences in being an active member of International associations, as well as in chairing […]

6 February 2020.   Spectacular Opening Ceremony

Grand Amphithéâtre of Sorbonne University After many years of preparation, the International Year of Sound 2020 (IYS 2020) was formally launched during a spectacular opening ceremony in the Grand Amphithéâtre of Sorbonne University on 31 January 2020. This monumental amphitheatre was inaugurated in 1889, and was registered as a historic monument in 1975. It was […]

16 January 2020.   Wiki4YearOfSound2020

For the International Year of Sound 2020 (#IYS2020), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, took the lead in designing the online event Wiki4YearOfSound2020, to facilitate the improvement of Wikipedia content related to acoustics, sound, human communication, music, noise its effects and control, and […]

26 November 2019.   Tickets now available for Opening Ceremony

For everyone interested in attending the IYS 2020 Opening Ceremony, tickets are now available. Go to the Opening Ceremony link for details.

29 March 2019.   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.  The International Commission for Acoustics has started preparations […]

9 April 2018.   Communication between whales by sound

Whales make use of an underwater channel to communicate over long distances, hundreds, even thousands of kilometers.

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