French award for Keith

Professor Keith Attenborough, IOA Education Manager, has been awarded the "Médaille Etrangère" (Foreign Medal) 2013 by the French Acoustical Society (SFA) in recognition of his " wide contribution to acoustics and his numerous collaborations with French acousticians".
Keith, who helped organise the highly successul joint IOA/SFA conference in Nantes in 2012, will be presented with the medal at the French Acoustical Congress in Poitiers (22-25 April) when he will give a plenary lecture on "Using audio-frequency waves at porous and rough surfaces".

Final wind turbine notes published

The IOA has published for consultation the final two supplementary guidance notes (SGNs) to support its A Good Practice Guide to the Application of ETSU-R-97 for the Assessment and Rating of Wind Turbine Noise (the GPG).

The notes cover sound power level data (SGN 3) and noise propagation over water for onshore wind turbines (SGN 6). They can be viewed below. The closing date for the receipt of comments is Friday 31 January 2014.

Welcome to the IOA Blog

Happy New Year! Welcome to the Institute of Acoustics blog.


I’m thrilled to introduce this blog which will be written by a member of the IOA Young Members’ Group (YMG) or Publications committee each month. We will use this opportunity to cover a wide range of topics over the following months in line with the Institute’s aim to maintain and improve science and engineering education, research and practice.


Praise for IOA noise courses

Tim Briggs, the new president of IOSH, the world's biggest health and safety membership organisation, has praised the IOA's competency certificates.

"I gained the Certificate of Competence in Workplace Noise Risk Assessment five years ago. I found it tough, but I felt I had a worthwhile qualification as a result," he said.

A senior lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University, Mr Briggs is responsible for managing undergraduate and postgraduate health and safety courses accredited by IOSH.


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Russell Richardson new Council secretary

Russell Richardson is the new IOA Council Honorary Secretary. He succeeds Nigel Cogger who has stood down as a result of moving to France and retiring from the English Cogger Partnership.

Russell studied electro-acoustics at the University of Salford, graduating in 1995. After a few years of working in acoustics consultancy he returned to the academic world to undertake research into the subjective response of audiences in concert halls at London South Bank University.

Certificate of Proficiency in Anti-Social Behaviour etc (Scotland) Act 2004 - Noise Measurements

The ASBA course is approved by the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) and the Institute of Acoustics and relates to the implementation of the noise provisions of Anti-Social Behaviour Act in Scotland. It is designed to enable successful candidates to make and report the required noise measurements in a competent manner. For those without a prior qualification in acoustics and noise measurement recognised by REHIS and the IOA it is a five-day course.

Certificate Course in Building Acoustics Measurements

This five-day course provides a basic knowledge of the methodology for measuring and reporting sound insulation and aspects of room acoustics, together with relevant provisions of key standards and guidance. There is an examination on the final day of the course.

Students take the certificate at an accredited centre. Usually attendance at the centre is required for the four days preceding the examination and on the examination day which includes a practical test.

Information on accredited centres and the syllabus is available through the links below.

Certificate Course in the Management of Occupational Exposure to Hand Arm Vibration

This five-day course seeks to enable course delegates to appreciate the nature of Hand-Arm Vibration hazards in the workplace and the need to protect employees from hand-arm vibration syndrome and to advise and assist employers to meet their legal duties under relevant health and safety law, in accordance with current guidance from the Health and Safety Executive.


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