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.


26 - 28 May 2021Italy

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 brief introduction to the soundwalk and the soundwalk itself. The soundwalk goes through the famous and fascinating “sassi” of the city of Matera, but also through lesser-known and touristic places. Specific techniques of sound enrichment will be applied in order to strenghten the soundscape of the “sassi” and to make participants re-experience sounds and habits of the past, as well as to valorize the identity and the soundscape of the most hidden and unknown place of the city.
Acoustic challenges for the next 10 years – Popular talks on hot topics in acoustics, will be aimed at introducing, in a popular and engaging form that can be appealing to high-school students and laymen, some of the “hot topics” in acoustics. In particular, the main talks, selected in order to be as multidisciplinary as possible, will be devoted to:
– Eco-acoustics in the Anthropocene era
– Sound and the city: designing urban soundscapes
– Tasting sounds: acoustic comfort in restaurants
– Virtually there: sound in virtual and augmented reality

At the end of the first day, a lecture/concert entitled Sound, space and music – a love story will be offered to the city. The lecture/concert will disentangle the complex relationship between sound, space, and music, pointing out mutual influences and showing how changes in performance spaces affected musical composition. Commented live performances will guide the participants through this long acoustical trip.

In the other days, technical and scientific sessions will be developed for Congress participants.

Location: Matera, Italy

Organisation Responsible: Acoustical Society of Italy (AIA)

Contact: Simona Senesi, at


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