The purpose of the ICA is to promote international development and collaboration in all fields of acoustics including research, development, education, and standardisation.


 The Board of the ICA with the support of the Acoustical Society of America(ASA) and the German Acoustical Society (DEGA) has established the ICA-ASA-DEGA Young Scientist Conference Attendance Grants (YS Grants) Programme to help young acousticians attend the 2019 International Congress on Acoustics. Applications are now being accepted for ICA 2019 to be held 9-13 September 2019 in Aachen, Germany. See application procedures for more information.

 ICA Member Societies are being advised that applications for the ICA Early Career Award are now being accepted. The ICA Early Career Award is presented at the Triennial ICA congress to an individual who is relatively early in his/her professional career (about 10-15 years of active career), who has contributed substantially, through published papers, to the advancement of theoretical or applied acoustics or both, and who has been active in the affairs of Acoustics through his/her National Society, other National Society(ies), Regional or International organizations. See application procedures for more information.

 The ICA has been working hard for many years to establish an International Year of Sound. Our focus is now on the year 2020. The ongoing efforts have been described in a recent editorial by IIAV President Jorge Arenas. See IYS editorial.

 International Noise Awareness Day: 25 April 2018
All over the world, people, organizations, and governments will commemorate the 23rd Annual International Noise Awareness Day (INAD) on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. The Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC) founded this yearly event in 1996 to encourage people to do something about bothersome noise where they work, live, and play.

 Planning is well underway for the 23rd International Congress on Acoustics. ICA 2019 will be held in Aachen, Germany, 2019 September 8-13. This congress is being hosted by DEGA, the German Society for Acoustics.



 World Hearing Day: 3 March
World Hearing Day is held on 3 March each year to raise awareness on how to prevent deafness and hearing loss and promote ear and hearing care across the world. With the theme “Hear the future”, World Hearing Day 2018 will draw attention to the anticipated increase in the number of people with hearing loss around the world in the coming decades. It will focus on preventive strategies to stem the rise and outline steps to ensure access to the necessary rehabilitation services and communication tools and products for people with hearing loss.

 La Semaine du Son: 20 January - 4 February 2018
The Week of Sound association aim is to encourage every human being to realize that the sound is a fundamental element of personal balance in his relationship to others and the to the world, in its economic environmental and social dimensions, as well as medical, industrial and cultural. It considers sound matters as an access door to the world. Health, environment sound, recording techniques and sound diffusion, the relationship picture and sound as well as music and sound expression are the five concerned main sectors.
The 15th edition of La Semaine du Son will be held from 20 Jan to 4 February 2018 with events around Paris and throughout France. This 2018 event will include the first events under the recent UNESCO charter for the week of sound.

 Planning a future international conference on an acoustics-related topic? Check with ICA on dates for other international events to avoid major conflicts.

 Financial support for small Specialty Symposia on Acoustics is available

 Grants are available to assist in the formation of new national acoustical societies. See Joining the ICA for more information.

Previous announcements can be found in the Announcement Archive.



Last updated December 2017 by Michael Stinson.

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