This conference will be held over two days, with the specialist groups listed below having a session plus the Rayleigh Medal 2021 keynote lecture. An awards dinner will be held on the first evening. You are encouraged to submit an abstract up to 250 words on any of the following or related topics, please indicate which group session it is submitted for.

Although it is planned that this conference will be held in-person, there is always the possibility that we will have to revert back to a virtual conference depending on the Covid situation in October. We are also discussing the possibility of recording presentations for the IOA Video Library.
Buildings Acoustics
Low frequency sound insulation
Pandemic-related session
Sustainable materials
Environmental Noise
Environmental noise and planning development in post Covid world
Noise policy developments, and devolved administrations
Best Practice application of NOAELs, LOAELs and SOAELs
Transportation noise modelling, Aviation noise management, what’s next?
Soundscape assessment, Sound demonstrations and auralisation in environmental acoustic design
Measurement and Instrumentation
Acoustic Imaging
Beamforming, holography -applications and technology
Sound intensity, particle velocity sensing
Source location, VR applications, source ranking and sound power
Underwater Acoustics
Measurement and modelling of underwater ship radiated noise
Noise and vibration control in ships
Environmental noise impact of shipping
Changes to marine environment in-air and underwater soundscapes, including, for example, COVID-19 impacts
Developments in underwater bioacoustics
The underwater acoustics of offshore wind turbine installation and operation
Transducers, measurement methods and signal processing
Musical Acoustics
Musical instruments in performance spaces
Acoustics of Musical Instruments
Music sound exposure
Musical performance spaces
Music and performance
Noise and Vibration Engineering
Best practice for industrial noise control and low noise design
Source mechanisms and transmission of noise and vibration
Health and safety aspects of noise and vibration.
Active control of noise and vibration
Assessment of sound quality and annoyance
Physical Acoustics
All areas of research
Theoretical developments (all methods)
Experimental measurements
Propagation and scattering
Applications to material characteristics
Acoustic metamaterials
Speech and Hearing
Speech intelligibility
Speech forensics and speech privacy
Hearing Aids and/or cochlear implants
Speech Technology : Speech Recognition, Speaker Identification and Test to Speech Synthesis systems
Hearing, vocalisations and production of other sounds in animals.
However, contributions on other topics relating to speech, hearing or bioacoustics will also be considered.
Early Careers Group


Please include title, author(s) and affiliations(s) and submit your 250 word abstract by email to by  Friday 28 May 2021 .

Full papers will be required by Friday  3 September 2021.  

All  presenters are invited to submit a paper for the proceedings.  



Accommodation can be booked direct with the Crown Plaza Hotel, call reservations on 012444 899900 or 01244 899931 to make your reservation, rooms are XX.XX B&B and will be available at this rate until XXXX, after this date the rate may vary.


Car parking at the hotel is complimentary, subject to availability. Delegates must register their cars on arrival. Once the hotel car park is full, there is a pay and display car park on the first floor level, and another car park across the road from the hotel.


IOA Key Sponsors: Key Sponsor benefits include free exhibition space at this conference and 1 person attending the conference and dinner for free. Extra exhibitors or delegates should register at sponsor rate £XXX.00 per person for two days which includes the dinner or £XXX.00 for one day, for day delegates dinner can be booked separately. Key Sponsors can also include an insert in the delegate bags.

IOA Sponsors: Sponsor benefits include either

(1)   reduced rate exhibition space which includes one free person attending the conference and dinner £XXX.00. Extra exhibitors or delegates should register at the sponsor rate £XXX.00 for 2 days or £XXX.00 for one day, for day delegates dinner can be booked separately. Sponsors can also include an insert in the delegate bags.

and/ or (2)  Sponsors can register one free person, there is a special box for this on the booking form.

Exhibitors: Exhibition fee which includes space and 1 free person including dinner £XXX.00. Extra exhibitors or delegates should register at members rate £XXX.00 per person. Exhibitors can include an insert in the delegate bag.

The exhibition spaces will be allocated on a first-come-first served basis. Each exhibitor will have a 6ft tressle table and chairs, and access to electrical power. We will have some table covers and extensipn leads if needed.

Set up and Break down times  will be posted shortly.


By Air

The nearest airports to Chester & Cheshire are Manchester International and Liverpool John Lennon, which are both about 40 minutes by road.

By Road

Main motorway links to Chester & Cheshire are through the M6, M56 and M53. 

By Rail

Chester is now only two hours from London where you can connect to local Arriva Trains services to the North Wales Coast. Crewe is the northern hub of the rail network with regular connecting services throughout the region. There are inward services from London, Scotland, Derby, Birmingham and the West Midlands.

Travelling to Chester & Cheshire by rail is an easy, relaxing, experience, with high speed trains leaving London every hour for Cheshire’s main line stations. Virgin Train's Best Fare Finder will give you the best value fares to Cheshire if you are flexible about when you can travel.

One of the best ways to see Cheshire is to do so by train. If travelling from the Wirral or Merseyside area, Merseyrail operates regular services to Chester. To book online or just to view Merseyrail schedules, visit the Merseyrail website 

Trainline is Europe’s leading train and coach app. Trainline work with 207 rail and coach companies to offer their customers travel to thousands of destinations in and across 44 countries in Europe.

If you’re looking to get out in to other parts of Chester & Cheshire, services operate daily across the region. To view more information, or plan your route, visit the Cheshire by Train website.

To check fares, train times and to book tickets visit National Rail Enquires

For hourly trains to and from Manchester and Chester throughout the day from Monday to Saturday and every two hours on Sunday plus the popular Music Trains visit The Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership




Cancellations are payable in full. In most cases it will be possible to transfer your registration to another person.


This rate applies to any member who is 35 or under, or in the first 5 years of their careers.


The registration form allows you to choose Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free diets, if you have any other requirements please email

HEARING ASSISTANCE : please email for information

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: please email for information

PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEO: Please note that photographs and/or video may be used for Institute of Acoustics publicity/marketing.

SPEAKERS: please not that some presentations may be recorded and placed on the IOA website.

Copyright. Papers that have been published in the IOA proceedings may be used by the authors for secondary purposes and published elsewhere. The source of the article has to be acknowledged and a link - if available, to the DOI of the article.

DISCLAIMER: Any views or opinions expressed on any matters by the presenters or participants during or in connection with this presentation are solely the views of the authors of the respective comments and/or opinions and must not be taken to be the views of IOA or any other organisation. IOA makes no representations, warranties or assurances concerning any information provided in these presentations and accepts no responsibility for the content and/or accuracy.





11 October 2021   through   12 October 2021
Trinity Street
Chester, CH1 2BD

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