London calling for acoustics! Reflections from international acoustic conference, ICSV24

Summertime is acoustic conference time! They all seem to be clustered during a few months globally, which makes summer time rather intensive if you want to cover as much and many as possible. For me, my colleagues and Ecophon, the 24th International Congress on Sound and Vibration (ICSV24) in London, United Kingdom (23 – 27 July 2017) was another important one.

Arriving to London, the first thing you have to go for is the local cuisine and national dish – fish and chips. Tic the box and then over to acoustics.

Always try the local food!


Jian Kang (ICSV24 General Chair / University of Sheffield) opened up the conference by showing the large scope of this conference; 1265 submitted abstracts and 932 submitted full papers. More than 1000 delegates/participants from 54 countries around the world!

You of course only have the opportunity to enjoy a fraction of all the presentations live, and you focus on favorite subjects, so highlighting other papers is rather subjective and in line with which ones you could attend. And for me it was mainly room and architectural acoustics, psychoacoustics, school/office/healthcare acoustics etc. Hopefully I can dig more into that in other coming blogposts.

Breaks and lunches are important for relationship building and exchange of knowledge.


Anyway, but it was really nice to already day one attend Mike Barron’s presentation about Leo Beranek (#1091 T11 SS3 LEO BERANEK – A LIFE IN ACOUSTICS 1914 – 2016, Barron Mike, UK). You got that sense for when a person (Leo) obviously was so passionate about acoustics that he never really “retired” from it. That whole Monday concert hall acoustics session was indeed dedicated to Leo.

Another interesting presentation to me, connected to concert halls and Beranek, was the one by Norwegian acoustician Magne Skålevik (#525 T11 SS3) CONCERT HALL ACOUSTICS, ONLINE RATING AND BERANEKS DATA COLLECTION). Magne presented the on-line rating tool for concert halls and correlation with Beranek rankings. 9 of top 10 halls are shoebox shaped. Concert visitors are encouraged to visit and take part in the rating survey. The more the better!

Magne Skålevik from Norway presented the on-line rating tool for concert halls


A funny thing was that I and my colleague Paige ended up in the “wrong” lecture room, and accidently took part in an animal acoustic session. Due to this we learnt new and important knowledge about termites. They use vibrations too assess food size. One must always be open to new insights!

Planning for psychoacoustics by Ecophon


Ecophon was one of the sponsors and also presented three papers.

  • A PSYCHOLOGICAL APPROACH TO RESOLVING OFFICE NOISE, Frans Davidsson, Paige Hodsman, Nigel Oseland, Sweden (#1142 T04 RS2)
Erling Nilsson from Ecophon presented about input data to acoustic calculations

Key-note speeches were:

  • Tim Leighton: The Impact of Bubble Acoustics (ICSV24)
  • Jens Blauert: Reading the World With Two Ears (ICSV 2017)
  • Haiyan Hu: Advances in Flutter Technology (ICSV 2017)
  • Jérémie Voix: The Ear Beyond Hearing (ICSV 2017)
  • Eric Heller: The Miracle of Resonance & Formants (ICSV 2017)


You can watch the filmed keynote speeches here:

And the key-note abstracts can be found here:

Link to all submitted abstracts is here:


Ecophon was one of the sponsors of ICSV24 in London and particularly supported the welcome reception at Westminster Park Hotel, where the conference took place. Link to exhibitors and sponsors is here:


Ecophon sponsored the well-attended and soundly welcome reception at Westminster Park Hotel.


Paige Hodsman from Ecophon engages with acousticians at welcome reception event.


No conference will be a success without diligent service staff!


Paige Hodsman and Shane Cryer from Ecophon ready to welcome reception guests.


The International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration (IIAV) is the organizer of the annual premier world event, the International Congress on Sound and Vibration (ICSV), which combines all areas of acoustics, noise and vibration.

The purpose of IIAV is to advance the science of acoustics and vibration by creating an international scientific society that is responsive to the needs of scientists and engineers in all countries whose primary interests are in the fields of acoustics and vibration. Amongst others the IIAV provides a refereed journal on paper, the International Journal of Acoustics and Vibration (IJAV), electronic newsletter and the International Sound and Vibration Digest (ISVD) for all members.


Bye, bye London City and River Thames



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