Acoustics Events in Focus 2020


IOA Events coming up



8-9 October 2020, Crown Plaza, Chester

This year’s annual conference, exhibition and awards dinner will be held in the ancient and historic city of Chester.   

The programme has sessions on environmental noise, building acoustics, noise and vibration engineering, measurement and instrumentation, physical acoustics, speech, hearing and bioacoustics, soundscapes, Early Careers Group and the future of road and rail modelling.  

This year the Rayleigh Medal Lecture will be given by Prof Robin Langley, the title of his lecture is “Analysis of vibro-acoustic systems for design in the presence of uncertainty”.


Hear for Tomorrow, 14 October 2020, Royal Academy of Engineering, London

Organised by the IOA and Hearing Conservation Association. This event aims to raise awareness of the effect of music on hearing health through sharing the latest research and solutions. The meeting aims to cover the scale of the problem, what we now know, and what can be done.

World leading specialists will deliver the cutting-edge knowledge to help inform decision makers and influencers on wellbeing and health issues for amateur players, professional musicians, casual listeners and festival goers! 

A keynote address will be given by Professor Kathleen Campbell of Southern Illinois University. The theme will be around her patented D-Met drug designed to reduce the effect of excessive sound exposure on hearing loss. The event is hosted by the Royal Academy of Engineering, supported by the EPSRC UK Acoustics Networking and the Institute of Acoustics running the inaugural Hearing Conservation Association meeting.


ICUA2020, International Conference on Underwater Acoustics -

The ICUA 2020 Conference Committee has decided that it is not possible to hold the conference in July. The Conference will now take place in June 2022 and discussions are taking place regarding a possible one-day virtual conference in June this year.  A one day virtual conference will be held on Wednesday 9 September 2020.


Reproduced Sound, Taking it up a level

17-19 November 2020 

The 36th Reproduced Sound Conference will focus on all aspects of electroacoustics, and will bring together practitioners, educators and students in an atmosphere with a friendly and enthusiastic 'buzz', which is a hallmark of past RS conferences. 

Call for Papers on all electroacoustic topics including the following:

Live Event and Stage Sound                 Immersive Audio

Acoustics in Rooms                             Speech Intelligibility

Audio System Design                          Measurement and Evaluation

Audio Signal Processing                      Cinema and Broadcast Sound

Installation Sound                               Case Studies

Loudspeakers                                     Microphones

Please send your abstract (150 words) for papers plus a short biography of up to 150 words to by Tuesday 30 June 2020 Final written papers for the Proceedings must be submitted by Friday 2 October 2020.



Check individual events for the latest information.


Forum Acusticum 2020, 20-24 April 2020 (new dates 7-11 December, 2020), Lyon, France

Due to the current sanitary situation, the organizing committee has decided to postpone the conference so that we can hold this event in a secure and serene atmosphere.

Therefore, the new dates for Forum Acusticum 2020 are December 7th- 11th 2020.

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13th ICBEN Congress on Noise as a Public Health Problem, 15-18 June, 2020 (postponed), Sweden


ICSV2020, International Congress on Sound and Vibration, 12-16 July, 2020 (postponed), Prague, Czech Republic


Inter-Noise 2020, Seoul, Korea, 23-26 August 2020 (e-Congress)


The 49th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering (Inter-Noise 2020) will be held in COEX Convention Center, Seoul, Korea.


12 Iberoamerican Congress on Acoustics (FIA 2020), 20-23 September, 2020, Brazil

(postponed to 23-26 May 2021)