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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ICA has announced to its Member Societies and International Affiliates that the year 2020 will be the International Year of Sound. The letter from ICA President Michael Taroudakis and a document with additional details are reproduced here. iysIYS 2020 will provide an opportunity to promote to the world the importance of sound in all aspects of our life. Organizations are encouraged to consider outreach activities and to be innovative. A lasting legacy from the International Year of Sound in 2020 will be the development of education programs that highlight the importance of sound and in particular promoote best practices in the utilisation of sound and preservation of hearing health.
The organizers have received 1530 impressive abstracts for ICA 2019. They are happy to announce very exciting plenary lectures given by renowned experts. Please find here the abstracts and biographies: www.ica2019.org/technical-program/plenary-lectures/. EAA (supported by HEAD Genuit Foundation) will offer 10 Best Paper and Presentation Awards to young researchers who will present an oral paper or a poster as first author. Details for application are published at www.ica2019.org/technical-program/plenary-lectures/.
All over the world, people, organizations, and governments will commemorate the 24th Annual International Noise Awareness Day (INAD) on Wednesday, April 24 2019. 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. You can start with a video about INAD 2017 Sounds of my place on the website of the European Acoustics Association.
The winner of the 2019 ICA Early Career Award is Jérémie Voix. Professor Voix works at the Univérsité du Québec in Montréal, Canada, and is the current President of the Canadian Acoustical Association. He will receive his award at the Opening Ceremonies of ICA 2019 in Aachen, Germany.