International Year of Sound 2020


The International Year of Sound 2020 is a global initiative 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 – IYS 2020 is a global initiative related to the UNESCO “Charter of Sound” n. 39C / 59.

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).


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

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

Event postponed to September 23 – 25, 2020, May 27-29, 2020 47th National Conference of the Acosutic Society of Italy

May 30, 2020, Bat Night in Brescia

June 13, 2020, First Bat Night in Tarquinia

June 19, 2020, LIFE MONZA project final event

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

June 22 – 24 , 2020, TCA2020 Measurement and control of noise

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

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

Event postponed to the end of June – early July 2021, September 2-4, 2020 The Acoustics of Ancient Theaters

October 26 – 30, 2020, Sounds of life/Life of sounds

November 25-27, 2020, Waves

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 (