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


 ICA 2022 The 24th International Congress on Acoustics, which will be held at Hwabaek International Convention Center (HICO) in Gyeongju, Korea from October 24 to 28, 2022. ICA2022 will offer the unique opportunity to learn about the study and latest researches as well as to exchange ideas and information on acoustics through plenary lectures, technical sessions, and poster Presentations. Further information is available on the Congress web pages.

The ICA-ASA Young Scientist Conference Attendance Grants and ASK Young Scientist Grant are available to help young acousticians attend the ICA International Congress on Acoustics. Please visit ICA YS Grants for more info


 IYS Competition The IYS Steering Committee announced the winners of the IYS 2020-2021 Student competition. The names of the winners and mentions are available on the page


 The ICA Early Career Award is a major international award that acknowledges excellence in a young acoustician. Member Societies are invited to submit nominations for the award. Individual members of a Member Society can self nominate too. Applications for the 2022 Early Career Award must be submitted by 15 December 2021.


 Financial support for small Specialty Symposia on Acoustics to take place in 2022 is available. The deadline for 2022 symposia applications is 30 October 2021.


 INAD The 26th International Noise Awareness Day takes place on 28 April 2021. Numerous initiatives will take place at local level, many of them organized by ICA members and affiliates. It will also be possible to find all the events on social media, following the hashtags #INAD2021, #NoiseHurts and #InternationalNoiseAwarenessDay. For more information, please visit


 ICA annual General Assembly
According to the 2019 revised Statutes, the ICA General Assembly will meet annually. At least one consultative and/or deliberative General Assembly is held every year if there are significant issues arising to discuss. In this case the General Assembly will be held soon after the annual Board meeting. Every third year the General Assembly holds elections for the Board and it will convene in connection with the International Congress on Acoustics. For 2020, the Annual General Assembly will be held online (only delegates appointment and online vote is required). The guidelines for the ICA Annual General Assembly with online voting procedure are available HERE.


 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.

     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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