- The International Commission on Acoustics (ICA) was instituted in 1951 as a subcommittee to the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP).
- New Statutes were adopted by the International Commission on Acoustics in Antwerp 1996 March 31 and were approved by the IUPAP General Assembly in Uppsala Sweden 1996 September 20. An information letter explaining the proposed changes to the status of the commission was circulated to acoustical societies 1996 May 10.
- The new ICA held its first General Assembly 1998 June 25 during the 16th Congress in Seattle where the By-laws of the new organization were adopted by the Member Societies. The Commission then became known as the International Commission for Acoustics.
- The ICA has also applied to become an Affiliated Commission of the International Union of Applied and Theoretical Mechanics (IUTAM). A motion in favor of Affiliation was carried unanimously at the IUTAM General Assembly Meeting held at the University of Stuttgart 1998 August 28-30.
- The ICA became a Scientific Associate of the International Council for Science ICSU, now International Science Council (ISC), in 2006.
To be the reference point for the acoustic community, becoming more inclusive and proactive in our global outreach, increasing coordination and support for the growing international interest and activity in acoustics.
The purpose of the International Commission for Acoustics (ICA), is to promote international development and collaboration in all fields of acoustics including research, development, education, and standardisation.
Means for the Commission to fulfill its mission are:
- (I) to maintain close contacts with national and regional acoustical societies and associations as well as other relevant professional organisations and seek consensus in matters of mutual interest; (II) to provide an information service on societies, congresses, symposia, etc., research and education organisations in the field of acoustics; (III) to take a pro- active role in co-ordinating the main international meetings within acoustics.
- to convene the International Congresses on Acoustics in accordance with the Commission’s guidelines and to act as the International Advisory Committee for these congresses.
- to sponsor or co-sponsor other topical and special international conferences normally in close cooperation with national and/or regional organisations and to give financial support (grants or guarantees), as a grant to organising committees for such meetings or as a travel grant to participants.