International Year of Sound 2020-2021


The International Year of Sound 2020-2021 is a global initiative related to the UNESCO “Charter of Sound” n. 39C / 59 to highlight the importance of sound in all its aspects, as well as scientific and technological developments in this sector.

The International Year of Sound will consist of coordinated activities at regional, national and international level under the coordination of the International Commission for Acoustics (ICA).

These activities will aim to stimulate, worldwide, an understanding of the important role that sound plays in all aspects of life. These dissemination and dissemination activities of the knowledge and implications of sound for society will also encourage understanding of the need for noise control in both the natural and urbanized environment and in the workplace.

In Italy, the activities are coordinated by the Acoustic Society of Italy (AIA)

To request the inclusion of an event in the program of Italian initiatives by the Italian Acoustic Association, fill in the following FORM (italian) and send it to the AIA secretariat (


April 28, 2020, 2020 Spring Studio Concerts – The soundscape

Date to be confirmed, May 14 – June 11, 2020, Constellation Sound, Series of sonic actions for Palazzo Strozzi

May 15, 2020, Description of a concert

Cancelled, May 30, 2020, Bat Night in Brescia

June 13, 2020, First Bat Night in Tarquinia

June 19, 2020, LIFE MONZA project final event

July 28 – August 13, 2020. Villa Pennisi in Musica

November 25-27, 2020, Waves

March, 3-4, 2021, SONIC HERITAGE: Sound and Multisensory Interactions in Immersive Virtual Reality and Cultural Heritage

April 28 2021, The Soundscape

Event postponed to April 26-31, 2021, October 26-30, 2020, Sounds of life / Life of sounds

October 2, 2020 – May 7, 2021, “Waiting for Matera…”

28/04/2021, 12/05/2021, 26/05/2021, 09/05/2021, Teknologhia – Conversations on Artistic Expression and Technology

Event postponed to May 24- 28, 2021, May 27-29, 2020 47th National Conference of the Acoustic Society of Italy online

Event postponed to June 2021, June 20-26, 2020, 17th Sound and Music Computing Conference (SMC 2020) and XXIII Colloquium of Musical Informatics (CIM XXIII)

Event postponed to June 21-23, 2021, June 22 – 24 , 2020, TCA2020 Measurement and control of noise

Event postponed to September 17, 2021,  The soundscape in the design of the city and buildings

2021 (all year long), Sounscapes 

Event postponed to  July 6-8, 2022 The Acoustics of Ancient Theaters

Event postponed to a future date, March 5, 2020, Beautiful Sounds – Positive sounds for happy places

Event postponed to a future date, March 18, 2020, The quality of listening in very reverberant historical and monumental environments – materials and sound diffusion techniques

Event postponed to a future date, March 20 – June 20, 2020, Sound Perspectives

Event postponed to a future date, June 23-27 , 2020, IV International Ecoacoustics Conference


A competition for students from all over the world is also organized as part of the International Year of Sound 2020-2021. The theme of the competition is “My world of sounds” or “My world of sounds”. Further information is available on the INAD page dedicated to the competition.