International Year of Sound 2020-2021

About the Year of Sound

The Year of Sound is an international celebration of sound and how it enters our lives in so many ways.

Organisational Structure for the International Year of Sound 2020

An array of exciting events and activities for the International Year of Sound 2020 will originate with the ICA centrally, the ICA Member Societies, groups involved with acoustics, and with La Semaine du Son. These are described in more detail on the Activities page.

Coordination of events will be an important part of the International Year of Sound, to keep everyone informed about what is being done across the world and to publicize the events. In this regard, several committees have been put in place:

  • Coordinating Committee with representation from all ICA Member Societies and International Affiliates
  • Liaison Committee to provide coordination between the ICA and the Semaine du Son organisations
  • Steering Committee to coordinate all activities of the IYS 2020 which will include events managed by the Coordinating Committee and the Liaison Committee

Additionally, activities organised by other groups (Affiliated Groups) will be publicized.

Coordinating Committee

The IYS Coordinating Committee is comprised of representatives from each ICA Member Society and ICA International Affiliate. Each member organisation/society was asked to designate a coordinator to be the primary contact with the ICA IYS steering committee. The coordinator will discuss with the organization/society the events/activities that can be undertaken during 2020 and will help to promote one or more aspects of acoustics. The list of representatives is presented below. Their email addresses can be made to appear by clicking on the buttons. In turn, clicking these links should launch an email, although how this happens will depend on the settings of your browser and computer; you can always copy and paste the email addresses into your email application.

Country Representative Contact
Argentina (AdAA)Gustavo Bassoclick here
Australia (AAS)
Austria (AAA)Manfred Kaltenbacherclick here
Belarus (BAS)
Belgium (ABAV)Secretary of ABAVclick here
Brazil (SOBRAC)Stelamaris Rolla Bertoli click here
Canada (CAA)Jérémie Voixclick here
Chile (SOCHA)Jorge P. Arenasclick here
China (ASC)Li Fenghuaclick here
Croatia (HAD)Kristian Jambrošićclick here
Czech Republic (CsAS)Ondřej Jiříčekclick here
Denmark (DAS)Lars Bramsløwclick here
Egypt (ASE)
Finland (ASF)Panu Maijalaclick here
France (SFA)Jean-Dominique Polackclick here
Germany (DEGA)Brigitte Schulte-Fortkampclick here
Greece (HELLINA)Andreas Florosclick here
Hong Kong (HKIOA)C.W. Lawclick here
Hungary (OPAKFI)Gergely Borsiclick here
Iceland (IAS)Kristín Ómarsdóttirclick here
India (ASI)Dinesh Kumar Aswalclick here
Indonesia (AAVI)
Iran (ISAV)Milad Jahaniclick here
Israel (IAA)
Italy (AIA)Sergio Luzziclick here
Japan (ASJ)Akio Andoclick here
Korea (ASK)Sung-Hwan Shinclick here
Latvia (LAA)
Lithuania (LAS)
Mexico (IMA)
Morocco (SMA)Mohammed Garoumclick here
Netherlands (NAG)Erik Roelofsenclick here
New Zealand (ASNZ)James Whitlockclick here
Nigeria (ASON)
Norway (NAS)Alain Bradetteclick here
Peru (SPeA)
Poland (PTA)Jerzy Wiciakclick here
Portugal (SPA)Vincent Debut
Jorge Patricio
click here
Russia (RAS)
Serbia (ASY)Miomir Mijićclick here
Singapore (SAS) Woon Siong Ganclick here
Slovakia (SKAS)
Slovenia (SDA)Mateja Dovjakclick here
South Africa (SAAI)
Spain (SEA)Antonio Pedreroclick here
Sweden (SAS)Krister Larssonclick here
Switzerland (SGA)Kurt Eggenschwilerclick here
Taiwan (TAA)
Turkey (TAKDER)Konca Saherclick here
United Kingdom (IoA) Paul Lepperclick here
United States (ASA)Keeta Jonesclick here
United States (INCE)Patricia Daviesclick here
Audio Engineering Society (AES)Magdalena Piotrowskaclick here
European Acoustics Association (EAA)
IberoAmerican Federation of Acoustics (FIA)Jorge Moreno Ruizclick here
Intl. Institute of Noise Control Engineering (I-INCE)
Intl. Congress on Ultrasound (ICU)
Intl. Commission on Biological Effects of Sound (ICBEN)Michael Smithclick here
Intl. Institute of Acoustics and Vibration (IIAV)Rupert Thornely-Taylorclick here
Western Pacific Acoustics Commission (WESPAC)

Liaison Committee

The International Year of Sound is working closely with La Semaine du Son (LSdS) with the goal to expand the opportunities for the activities of LSdS following coordination with more national organisations and will provide the opportunity for the expansion and continuation into the coming decades. The ICA and LSdS have created a Liaison Committee to coordinate the IYS 2020.

ICA: Michael Taroudakis and Marion Burgess

LSdS: Christian Hugonnet, Jean-Dominique Polack and Nicolas Lounis

Steering Committee

An ICA-IYS 2020 Steering Committee will be formed to coordinate all the activities of the IYS 2020, which will include events managed by ICA Member Societies and supporting Organisations. Members of this Committee will be representatives from all the ICA Regions.

Coordinators : Marion Burgess and Michael Taroudakis

Regional responsibility:

Europe/Africa: Michael Vorländer, Antonino di Bella, Antonio Perez-Lopez, Martin Ochmann, Sergio Luzzi
Asia/Pacific: Jeong-Guon Ih, Kohei Yamamoto, Michel Rosmolen
Americas: Mike Stinson, Fausto Rodrigues, Julio Cordioli, Mark Hamilton

Affiliated Groups

Does your group, committee, or organisation wish to hold an outreach or educational event during IYS 2020 to help raise awareness of the importance of sound in our lives? Let us know via the Event Form and we can include your events in our Calendar of Events.

  • United Kingdom Acoustics Network (UKAN)
    contact: Charlotte Swain

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