International Year of Sound 2020-2021


There is a wealth of information available on acoustics, sound, and the effects of sound

Online Resources

Some key online resources are listed below.

  • Sounds of our life
  • “Sounds of our life” is a film created for the IYS, produced by Antonio Fischetti and sponsored by International Institute of Noise Control Engineering (I-INCE) and made freely available for downloading and viewing. The 9-minute version can be downloaded in mp4 format (1.25 GB) or in mov format (10.4 GB) or viewed at A 2-minute version can be downloaded in mp4 format (351 MB) or viewed at Conditions: the film can be downloaded for free distribution but not for commercial purposes. Editing of the film, reproduction, or use of any part of it for any purpose without the permission of the ICA/IYS steering committee is not allowed.

  • Wiki4YearOfSound2020
  • Making information about acoustics freely available to everyone to celebrate the International Year of Sound 2020.

  • Explore Sound
  • The education and outreach site of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA).

  • IYS Video Series
  • In celebration of the International Year of Sound, the ASA is creating a series of videos highlighting various acoustics topics. These videos can be used to introduce someone to the amazing world of acoustics!

  • Acoustics Today Celebrating the International Year of Sound
  • This special issue of Acoustics Today has been produced by the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) for students, teachers, and leaders in industry, government, and academia to showcase the breadth of sound around us. The purpose of this special issue of Acoustics Today is to introduce the reader to some of the different areas of acoustics. The articles were chosen from the more than 300 that have been published in Acoustics Today over the past 15 years to represent not only diverse areas of interest in the ASA but also to highlight some of the issues that might be of most interest to the readers of this issue. We invite you to explore the Acoustics Today website (; all of our articles are open access and can be downloaded at no cost.

  • Human Sound
  • Physclips on speech and hearing, hosted by the University of New South Wales.

  • Acoustics and Vibrations Animations
  • Educational material by Daniel Russell.

  • Universo del Sonido de AcústicaUACh
  • The “Universe of Sound” project by the Instituto de Acústica of the Universidad Austral de Chile, a support tool for secondary school students and teachers who are studying sound. In Spanish.

  • So klingt meine Welt (Sounds of my World)
  • A YouTube video especially for children, produced by the German Acoustical Society (DEGA), showing the daily routine of a pupil and all the sounds around it – as result of a drawing and video contest.

  • Faszination Akustik – Eine Reise durch die Welt des Schalls (Fascination Acoustics – a Journey through the World of Sound)
  • A YouTube video produced by the German Acoustical Society (DEGA), showing important developments in acoustics during the last decades

  • ACOUCOU — an educational initiative
  • Acoucou is an online platform, where professionals, educators, students and other people interested in acoustics can find educational materials regarding various branches of acoustics. It is designed to serve as modern self-development tool for engineers as well as comprehensive solution for professional education in work environment.

  • ProAcústica Association — technical publications
  • Technical publications in acoustics (in Portuguese), including articles on basic acoustics, auditorium acoustics, acoustic quality in schools, and acoustics in residential buildings.

  • Discovery of Sound in the Sea (DOSITS)
  • DOSITS is an international, comprehensive, scientific resource on underwater sound, providing a synthesis of the latest peer-reviewed science in a form that is accessible for everyone, from students and educators, to reporters, the public, and natural resource regulators and decision makers. In addition to the web link, the DOSITS Team will again be hosting another webinar series in 2020 on topics related to underwater sound for the international decision-making community.

  • “Bundesrepublik Noiseland” (Federal Republic Noiseland)
  • After installing this free App on your smartphone, you can measure the actual loudness at your location and share it with all participants on an interactive map (in German).

  • World Report on Hearing from the World Health Organization
  • This Power Point presentation describes the World Report on Hearing. Additionally, you can view the video recording of the Webinar at which the report was discussing by clicking on this link.

  • Acoustics Ventilation and Overheating (AVO) Residential Design Guide
  • Produced by the ANC (Acoustics & Noise Consultants) trade association in the United Kingdom, this Design Guide is intended to be used by acoustics practitioners as well as all those involved in the planning, development, design and commissioning of new dwellings. It recommends an approach to acoustic assessments for new residential development that takes due regard of the interdependence of provisions for acoustics, ventilation, and overheating.

  • Poster on Acoustic Waves and Applications, prepared by UKAN
  • Everything vibrates and makes sound, from living cells in the human body to skyscrapers. This poster shows the range of frequencies and wavelengths for many different types of sounds. For more information on UKAN (the UK Acoustics Network) see Also, click to view an interview with New Scientist.

  • The sound of science – the SARS-CoV-2 virus as a piece of classical music
  • This news item from the International Science Council (ISC) describes a musical composition based on the protein chain structures within the COVID-19 virus. The ISC is a non-governmental organization with a unique global membership that brings together 40 international scientific Unions and Associations and over 140 national and regional scientific organizations including Academies and Research Councils. It is the only international non-governmental organization bringing together the natural and social sciences and the largest global science organization of its type.

  • The AECOM IYS website
  • A series of articles by AECOM acousticians to support the IYS2020 celebration and talk about acoustics and sound in a way that makes the subject accessible to wider audiences.

  • Tears of Joy: The Magic of HEARING
  • A TEDxSFIT video by Dr. Raj Shekhawat, explaining the importance of hearing.

  • Early history of international anti-noise actions
  • The first of a series of articles on the history of global noise control, by Walter Montano, hosted by Noise News International.

  • African Bioacoustics Community Conference 2020 – Presentations
  • The African Bioacoustics Community held a very successful on line conference in November 2020 (ABC2020). The community has agreed to make these high-quality research presentations presented by national and international researchers freely accessible as part of their efforts to make the field of bioacoustics research more accessible to students and researchers.

  • Introdução à Engenharia de Som I
  • A collaboration between three Brazilian Universities will host a series of international seminars on Acoustics, with guests from Latin America, Europe, and North America dealing with various topics related to Acoustic Engineering. The event will be broadcast live every Wednesday between 24/03 and 30/06/2021 at 12pm BRT. The event playlist can be accessed at Youtube:

  • International Noise Awareness Day (INAD) – Brazilian Branch
  • The Brazilian Branch of the International Noise Awareness Day (INAD) will carry out virtual activities throughout April 2021 on Instagram and Facebook to raise awareness about sound and its role in our daily lives. This year (2021) INAD’s theme is “Protect Your Hearing, Protect Your Health!” Access our links and help to share information about sound and health.

  • International Noise Awareness Day video
  • The Acoustics Research Institute (Austrian Academy of Science) organizes a public outreach event each noise awareness day. In 2020 and 2021 this event was cancelled, so it was decided for 2021 to produce this video (in German with English subtitles).

  • The Rest is Just Noise podcast
  • The Rest Is Just Noise is a monthly podcast exploring the relationship between sound and our cities. In each episode, our passionate and excitable hosts (three soundscape researchers) are joined by an expert guest from fields such as acoustics, architecture, and environmental psychology, to discuss their latest work and introduce our audience to the science, beauty, and noise of urban sound. Hosted by Andrew Mitchell, Tin Oberman, and Francesco Aletta (contact Supported by the UK Acoustics Network (UKAN).

  • Acoustic Experts Discuss the Role of Sound in Our Lives
  • Nancy Nadler of the Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC) interviews Michael Taroudakis and Marion Burgess, co-organizers of the International Year of Sound. They explain the importance of sound in all aspects of our lives.

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