Noise and Soundscape

Group co-ordinator(s)

Prof. Abigail Bristow
University of Surrey

Introduction

The Special Interest Group (SIG) for Noise (SIGN) is concerned with the challenge of noise in the built and natural environment. Environmental noise causes annoyance and imposes a health burden on people while also disturbing wildlife. Key noise sources are transportation systems; neighbours and industry. As populations increase and become increasingly urbanised and dense, noise nuisance will increase. There are policy choices to be made, in an extreme characterisation between striving to achieve a quieter environment at source or living an hermetically sealed life in more senses than one.

The principal function of the SIGN is to provide a forum for researchers, practitioners and policy makers to explore problems, identify research challenges, develop research proposals and assess interventions.

Challenges

Noise is a relatively neglected pollutant in terms of both research and policy intervention in the UK. The challenge here is to bring together expertise in academia, government, agencies, consultancy and industry to ensure that the UK makes real progress in developing a vision and pathway for the sound environment that is achievable in the next 20 to 30 years as part of a holistic vison for a sustainable future.

The SIGN will take steps to: (i) increase the national profile and importance of noise; (ii) increase the number of early career researchers in noise and provide support for their career development; (iii) increase the number of contributions to journals and international conferences in noise; and (iv) to promote joint meetings and activity between academia, government, agencies and industry.

The value of research in noise will be linked to identified national challenges, Global Challenges and UN Sustainable Development Goals (especially; 3 good health and wellbeing and 11 sustainable cities and communities). The SIGN should also develop ways to capture different stakeholder valuations of research in this area and to demonstrate the wider value to public life and its impact on society and the economy.

To support this the SIGN will draw together researchers and practitioners across academia, industry and government, with the aim that the membership of the SIGN will have representation from all UK based institutions concerned with noise, and encourage participation and contributions from users in other parts of industry and government, The SIGN will also work closely with the other SIGs to identify areas where noise research needs to interact.

Objectives

The SIGN will divide its efforts between a series of workshops, conferences, and other scientific events to exchange ideas and promote discussion between researchers, practitioners and users and a set of specific objectives. An overarching aim is to produce a roadmap or pathway towards an improved future sound environment. Some of the specific objectives that have been identified include: (i) to produce a picture of the UK research landscape over the past 3 years considering such aspects as research trends, priorities, and funding; (ii) to produce case studies showing the value, potential and impact of noise research and interventions; (iii) to produce an overview of current research priorities for practitioners and users; (iv) to assess potential sources of funding for research priorities; (v) to assess expertise available to support research priorities; (vi) to develop a list of up to 3 grand challenges in noise research; (vii) to develop strategy to address gaps in senior representatives, early career researchers, and available expertise (if appropriate); (viii) To further strengthen international links and collaborations.

In parallel, the SIGN will identify useful resources for noise to be included on the UKAN website (www.acoustics.ac.uk). This will include a series of online educational resources, such as online seminars, events, such as grant writing workshops and conferences, and databases, such as lists of available facilities, models, and who knows what. These objectives will be discussed and agreed between members in the first six months of the network.

It is expected that a small management team will be established to coordinate the planning of scientific events, and other core SIGN meetings, and sub-teams of members will be established to address the specific objectives. The management team will include at least one early career researcher.

Noise and Soundscape Members

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Dr Antonio J. Torija Martinez
University of Salford

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Professor Abigail Bristow
University of Surrey

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Prof Alastair Hibbins
University of Exeter

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Adam Oliver
Tektite Solutions Ltd

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Dr Anastasia Kisil
University of Manchester

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Mr Alexander Nix
Cambridge City Council

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Dr Alice Cicirello
Oxford University

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Mr Aitor Lopetegi
AMC-MECANOCAUCHO

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Dr Andrew McLean
Drumgrange Ltd

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Miss Rita Campos
dbx Acoustics

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Prof. Andre Fiebig
TU Berlin

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Mr Andrew Mitchell
University College London

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Dr Andy McKenzie
Hayes McKenzie Partnership Ltd

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Mrs Angela Lamacraft
ACCON UK Ltd

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Dr. Ersen Arslan
Figes Engineering

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Ms Aysegul Yildirim
Goldsmiths University of London

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Mr Serafino Di Rosario
BDP

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Ms Beth Paxton
Apex Acoustics

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Mr Carlos Abrahams
Baker Consultants and Nottingham Trent University

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Dr Craig Dolder
University of Southampton

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Mr Cameron Salisbury
AECOM

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Cecilia Casarini
University of Strathclyde

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Cheuk-Him Yeung
University of Manchester

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Mr Chris Parker-Jones
ParkerJones Acoustics Ltd

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Mr Chris Skinner
AECOM

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Mr Chris McCollin
Temple Group

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Miss Christabel Goode
AECOM

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Dr Chris Sumner
Nottingham Trent University

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Mr Cian Jones
AECOM

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Mr Daniel Goodhand
Institute of Acoustics

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Mr Dean Chapman
Bickerdike Allen Partners

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Mr Daniel Clare
RSK Acoustics

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Mr Dominic Grantley-Smith
Winchester Science Centre

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Ms Emma Shanks
Health and Safety Executive

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Mr Eugene McKeown
RPS Group PLC

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Dr Ewan Edwards
Marine Scotland Science, the Scottish Government

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Dr Francesco Aletta
University College London

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Dr Fang Liu
University of Reading

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Dr Gianluca Memoli
Interact Lab - University of Sussex

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Mr Gavin Stevenson
BDP

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Mr George Gibbs
Noise Consultants Ltd

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Mr Guillermo Jimenez-Arranz
Seiche Ltd

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Mr Graham Parry
ACCON UK Limited

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Mr Han Wang
Huaqiao University, China

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Mr Howard Masters
Dragonfly Consulting

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Miss Liz Melling
Indigo Star

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Dr Ines Braga Goncalves
University of Bristol

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Dr Jonathan Tobutt
School of Music, University of Leeds

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Mr Jack Smith
ERM

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Mr Jameson Musyoki
Peter Brett Associates, now part of Stantec

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Janine Dickinson
National Grid

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Mr Jason Clouston
Scotch Partners LLP

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Mr Jason Swan
Sandy Brown Associates LLP

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Mr Jim Singleton
tnei services ltd

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Dr Julian Palacino
Feichter Electronics

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Mr. Kieran McCloskey
University of Exeter

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Mr Lee Faulkner
E3P

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Mr Robin Wood
Lighthouse Acoustic Consultants

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Ms Lisa Lavia
Noise Abatement Society

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Mr Mattia Cobianchi
Goldsmiths University of London

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Mr Michael Stigwood
MAS Environmental Ltd

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Mr Marc Green
University of York AudioLab

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Miss MARIANTHI MOSCHOU
University of Manchester

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Mr Matthew Wellstead
ATLAS ELEKTRONIK UK LTD

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Dr Matthew Robinson
Sandy Brown Associates

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Professor Michael Akeroyd
University of Nottingham

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Monika Kosecka
Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), University of Highlands and Islands (UHI)

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Mr Andrea Muciaccia
Hoare Lea LLP

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Dr Nikhil Banda
Seiche Ltd

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Miss Neha Sharma
University of Salford

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Mr Nagaraju Padigela
Renault Nissan Technology & Business Center India

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Mr Neil Haughey
Ultra Electronics Command and Sonar Systems

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Mr Nick Riddoch
NRG Marine Environmental Consultants

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Nigel Burton
Temple Group Ltd and Association of Noise Consultants (ANC)

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Mr Nigel Jones
Extrium

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Dr Nishal Ramadas
Honeywell & University of Warwick

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Dr Philip Coleman
University of Surrey

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Mr Patrick Hoyle
RPS Group

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Mr Paul Forster
City of London Corporation

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Mr Paul Shields
AECOM

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Ms Penelope Fialas
University of Bristol

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Dr Phil Bouchet
University of St Andrews

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Dr Rob Pheasant
Ingleborough Soundscape Project

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Rachel Pye
City of London

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Dr Richard Cookson
PDA Ltd

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Mr Robert Lee
Gardline

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Dr Simone Graetzer
University of Salford

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Dr Steve Carver
University of Leeds

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Dr Sang Hee Park
Acoustics Research Unit, University of Liverpool

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Dr Sarah Payne
Heriot-Watt University

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Dr Sue Anne Zollinger
Manchester Metropolitan University

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Dr Sarah Marley
University of Portsmouth

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Mr Simon Durbridge
University of York

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Simon Shilton
Acustica Limited

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Mr Stephen Jay
Sharps Redmore

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Mrs Susan Witterick
dBx Acoustics Ltd

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Mrs Suzana Zekic
Imtech Engineering Service

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Mr Tadas Andriejauskas
TRL

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Dr Tim Heffernon

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Türker S Talayman
Talayman Acoustic Design & Consultancy

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Director - Acoustical Engineering Tucker York
SVI Dynamics

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Dr Yueting Sun
University of Oxford

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