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Early Careers Group & UKAN+ The Art of Being a Consultant Thursday 21 March 2024 National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
Early Careers Group & UKAN+
The Art of Being a Consultant
Thursday 21 March 2024
National Oceanography Centre, Enterprise Way,
Southampton SO14 3ZH



The IOA Early Careers Group has joined up with UKAN+ EC SIG to create a special two-day conference; if you register to attend the Art of Being a Consultant you can attend FREE the Art of Being an Acoustician on Friday 22 March by ticking the box on the registration form.

The Art of being a Consultant is aimed at future acousticians looking to join ,or who have recently joined the acoustic consultancy world. The day will explore what being an acoustic consultant is, how to do the job and the rules around consultancy.

The Art of being an Acoustician is aimed at acousticians remaining in acoustics academic, research and policy making.


Registration and refreshments


Welcome & introduction – Meeting Chair, Josie Nixon, Early Careers Group Chair

Session 1


What is acoustics consultancy? – David Watts, Technical Director, AIRO


Negotiating Contracts  - Daniela Filipe, Director, DFC



Session 2


Doing the Job - Russell Richardson, Director, RBA Acoustics


IOA Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Consultancy - Angela Lamacraft, Senior Consultant, Sustainable Acoustics


Working with Teams – Mike Hewett, Managing Director, Acoustical Control Engineers & Consultants



Session 3


Writing the Report - Stephen Turner, Director, ST Acoustics and Immediate Past-President – Institute of Acoustics


Quality issues  - Ed Clarke, Director, Clarke Saunders Associates



Session 4


Rules of the Game – the Ethics of Consultancy – Robert Adnitt, Director, Adnitt Acoustics


Gaining Professional Recognition, CPD – Why it matters  - Paul Shields, Senior Lecturer, University of Derby


Discussion Session


End and visit to the Pub

As the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is located within the Port of Southampton and entry is via Dock Gate 4, Port Security require all visitors bring along with them their confirmation booking document and a valid form of photographic ID (Driving License / Passport). Please ensure you have this with you just in case you are required to show it.
There are a number of ways to reach the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton.
On Foot
NOC is easily accessible via lit pedestrian walkways from Dock Gate 4 and Dock Gate 5. It is approximately a 5-minute walk from both dock gates. Please take care when crossing roads in the dock area due to large moving vehicles.
By Cycle
NOC is well connected to the Southampton City Cycle Network. A dual use cycle way is available from Dock Gate 4. Covered cycle parking is available next to the main reception. Shower and changing room facilities are also available onsite. Please note that ABP request all cyclists use bike lights and wear high visibility jackets when cycling through the dock area after dusk.
By Rail
Southampton is less than one and a half hours from London by rail. South West Trains run approximately four trains every hour from Waterloo station, London to Southampton Central station. Southampton Central railway station is well connected to NOC via the UniLink Bus Service (see below), taxis and local pedestrian routes (approximately a 30 minute walk). A taxi rank is located outside both station entrances.
By Bus
UniLink: There is a Uni-Link Bus service (U1C City Centre & NOC), which starts at Southampton Airport, travels to Southampton Central railway station then travels directly to NOC. Current fares: £2 single £3.50 return (return tickets allow unlimited travel all day on all Uni-Link services).

Quayconnect: A bus service that runs from Southampton Central railway station via Asda and West Quay to Town Quay (alight at the first stop on Town Quay), it is approximately a 15-minute walk to NOC from Town Quay. 

By Road
By car the NOC has direct links from the M3, M27 (W) or M27 (E). From Central London, join the M3 and leave at Junction 14 (the M3 splits east and west at this point but you can take either direction for the slip road to the A33 into Southampton). Follow signs to Dock Gate 4 and the Waterfront for approximately 6 miles. 
CAR PARK (No parking is available on the NOC campus)
Ocean Cark Park, 1 Channel Way, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 3QF
776 spaces over six levels, Ocean Car Park has already been awarded the coveted Safer Parking Scheme The postcode for your sat nav is SO14 3TJ. 
Moxy (preferential rate with this link)
Grand Harbour using this link and entering the word EVENT into the promo code: 

Premier Inn


Cancellations are payable in full. In most cases it will be possible to transfer your registration to another person. If you book to attend in person and switch to online you will not be eligible for a refund.
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:  NOC is fully accessible for wheelchairs. 
ACCESSIBILITY: The IOA are committed to accessibility, please email to outline your needs so that we can support you.
PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEO: Please note that photographs and/or video may be used for Institute of Acoustics publicity/marketing.
SPEAKERS: please note that some presentations may be recorded and placed on the IOA YouTube account.
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.



21 March 2024
Event Fee(s)
Event Fee(s)
Students £50.00
IOA & UKAN+ Early Careers £50.00
Researchers £50.00
IOA & UKAN+ Members £192.00
Non-Members £316.00
IOA Sponsors £154.00
The Art of Being An Acoustician £0.00
Gluten Free
Other (please email details)
Event Fee(s)
Students £50.00
IOA & UKAN+ Early Careers £50.00
Researchers £50.00
IOA & UKAN+ Members £192.00
Non-Members £316.00
IOA Sponsors £154.00
The Art of Being An Acoustician £0.00
Gluten Free
Other (please email details)