Aural Diversity Network – Workshop 3: Acoustics and Psychoacoustics

26 May - 27 May 2022

Online. Hosted by University of Salford

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The Aural Diversity Network is funded by the AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council) and will run for two years from July 2021. To join the network, please email

Workshop 3: Acoustics and Psychoacoustics

University of Salford, May 2022
Led by: Prof Bill Davies

Call for Papers

Up to now, the acoustic design of almost everything has assumed a typical listener with typical hearing. This includes the physical environment (homes, workplaces, public space), products that make sound (transport, appliances, audio systems), and systems for broadcast and reproduction (TV, radio, games). But about one in five people in the world has atypical hearing. They tend either to be narrowly medicalised (e.g., hearing aids) or overlooked (e.g., noise sensitivity). As the global population ages this proportion will increase. There is a pressing need to explore how acoustic design can improve accessibility for an aurally diverse population. What are the problems? How can the sounds of places, things and systems be reimagined? What new design methods, case studies and information are needed?

The Aural Diversity Network Workshop 3: Acoustics and Psychoacoustics will examine the ways in which hearing differences might be better understood and accommodated in acoustic design, practice and research.

The goal of the network is to bring together researchers and practitioners to develop interdisciplinary approaches to understanding how people hear differently. Whilst we hope to receive contributions from researchers and practitioners in acoustics and psychoacoustics given the focus of the workshop, we also hope to receive submissions from those working across a broad range of disciplines such as architecture, planning, design, audio, music and noise control engineering, music and performance arts, sound studies and soundscape, transport, and speech.

Submissions may consist of proposals for spoken papers, demonstrations, workshops, or thematic symposia. Symposia are intended to include contributions from multiple geographical locations.

Please note: due to the online format, poster presentations will not be supported. Live captioning will be available throughout. British Sign Language interpretation will be available on request at time of booking. A text-only version of all presentations must be submitted in advance.

Important dates:

  • 15 Feb 2022 Registration opens
  • 25 Mar 2022 Deadline for abstract submissions
  • 4 April 2022 Review outcomes
  • 10 May 2022 Final workshop programme
  • 20 May Deadline for submission of the text of your presentation
  • 26-27 May 2022 Workshop event (online)

Please submit your proposal via email to:

For full text of the call for papers please visit the Aural Diversity Network website

Posted on 17th September 2021 in Early Career, Events