Calendar of Meetings and Congresses The purpose of the ICA is to promote international development and collaboration in all fields of acoustics including research, development, education, and standardisation International Year of Sound 2020-2021


 The ICA congratulates Jean Mattei on reaching 100 years of age on 21 September 2020 and recognizes his outstanding contributions to acoustics during the century. At the end of the sixties Jean Mattei became President of GALF (Association of French Speaking Acousticians which later became SFA, the French Acoustical Society). There he developed GAIE, the Industrial and Environmental Acoustics Group which would become Member of International-INCE. In 1969 he became a member of the ICA (International Commission of Acoustics, the seventh commission of IUPAP). He served as the Chairman from 1972 to 1975, and, in 1983 organized the 11th ICA Congress in Paris as General Secretary.


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 BM2020The ICA Annual Board Meeting was held online for the first time on 15 and 16 July 2020. It was an important opportunity to discuss not only the general affairs of ICA but also the difficulties that the scientific community is facing due COVID-19 pandemic.


 IYS 2020 and 2021
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, forcing organizers of events associated with the International Year of Sound 2020 to cancel, postpone or reschedule these events the ICA made a decision in March that the International Year of Sound would become a 2 year celebration. For a full report on the extension, please see This allows for postponed events as well as new events and activities to be included. Two major changes should be mentioned:

  • Extension of the deadlines for the submission of the proposals for the student's competition to the end of 2020 with the winners announced at the time of a major international acoustics meeting in 2021.
  • The ICA summary/overview event of the IYS will be rescheduled for a suitable international meeting late in 2021.
  • The IYS page has the full listing of the creative events and resources developed during the time of restrictions and those planned for 2021 plus the full details of the competition at the Student Competition tab.


     Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many conferences-symposiums and workshops scheduled for the 2020 are either cancelled or rescheduled. Please visit the Calendar of Meetings and Congresses page of our site for up-dated informations.


     hamiltonThe new President of the ICA, serving 2019-2022, will be Mark Hamilton. He was elected at the ICA General Assembly 11 September 2019. Jeong-Guon Ih will serve as Vice President. Michael Taroudakis becomes Past-President, Martin Ochmann will be Treasurer, and Antonino Di Bella will be Secretary-General. The new Board of the ICA was also elected -- see ICA Board 2019 - 2022.



     The The 23rd International Congress on Acoustics is over. ICA 2019 was held in Aachen, Germany, 2019 September 9-13, and was a great success. The congress was hosted by the German Acoustical Society (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Akustik, DEGA). Our special thanks go to congress chair Michael Vorländer, congress vice-chair Janina Fels, and technical program chair Martin Ochmann.
    Proceedings online are available here.


     The ICA Board has selected the Acoustical Society of America to host the ICA 2025. The congress will be held in the city of New Orleans, tentatively in the 3rd week of May 2025. The general chair will be Mark Hamilton and the technical program co-chairs will be Michael Haberman and Preston Wilson.


     World Hearing Day will be held 3 March 2020. Each year, the World Health Organization (WHO) organizes the World Hearing Day to "raise awareness on how to prevent deafness and hearing loss and promote ear and hearing care across the world". A brochure on the topic based on the best available evidence as well as advocacy materials such as posters, banners, infographics and presentations, among others will be available. If you would like to receive updates and information about the World Hearing Day, you can register by sending an email to


     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.


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