15 March 2020
In view of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the IYS 2020 Steering Committee has made the following decisions:
- Extend the celebration of the IYS 2020 into the year 2021. This means that events originally scheduled for the 2020 can be rescheduled for the 2021 and still be part of the IYS 2020 celebration. This will also give the flexibility for the organizers of events yet to schedule to plan the event for 2021.
- Ask the organizers of the events proposed to celebrate the IYS 2020 to respect the measures and restrictions issued by the WHO and the Health Authorities in their own countries and where necessary reschedule the already planned events and conferences.
- Postpone the deadlines for the submission of the proposals for the students competition to the end of the year 2020. The evaluation of the proposals will be done in the beginning of the 2021 and the announcement of the winners will be in 2021 in association with a major international acoustics meeting in 2021.
- Cancel the plans for the ICA summary/overview event of the IYS 2020 which was to be scheduled during the 2020 ASA November meeting in Cancun and reschedule for a suitable international meeting in 2021.
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8 March 2020
The outbreak and continuing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting human activity worldwide. The International Year of Sound 2020 is not an exception.
It is an unfortunate fact that the beginning of the IYS 2020 coincided with the beginning of the spread of the coronavirus. This is a time of uncertainty for organizers of events. The IYS 2020 steering committee is considering several approaches to deal with the situation and to support the organizers of events. As decisions are made, they will be reported here.
In order to get the latest information available on individual events, please visit their websites or consult the announcements which have been made known to the IYS 2020 organizing committee and reported on this website.