Sheffield-led UK Acoustics Network Launches

On 27th November 2017, the UK Acoustics Network, led by the University of Sheffield and Imperial College London, held an official launch at the Royal Society in London to plan the structure and future operation of the new Network.
Over 140 delegates attended the event, representing academic and non-academic communities working on a range of challenges in the field of acoustics.

Funded by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council), the main aim of the UK Acoustics Network (UKAN) is to bring together researchers working in different areas of acoustics to enhance communication between groups, provide focus for collaboration and innovation, and to maximise the future impact of acoustics related research in the UK.

Professor Kirill Horoshenkov from our Department of Mechanical Engineering is the Director of the Network. He will work alongside other colleagues in the Department in the Sensors Group, one of the Network’s nine Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

The other SIGs are: Aeroacoustics, Communication Acoustics, Meta-materials, Noise, Non-destructive Testing, Numerical Methods in acoustics, Physical Acoustics and Underwater Acoustics. They will work in collaboration to identify overlaps, mutual research interests and opportunities for developing joint research projects with wider non-academic impact.

The Launch Event was opened by three speakers on behalf of acoustic consultancy, design and manufacturing industries: Ian Knowles (Arup Acoustics), John Lamb (Dyson) and Mark Swift (Armacell). Their presentations advanced the appreciation of commercial needs for acoustics-related research, illustrating the importance of academic and industry collaboration.

Ian Knowles - Arup Acoustics

The afternoon session included discussions of the opportunities for early career researchers to become actively involved in the Network’s activities by working alongside the SIG leaders; helping them develop academic leadership capabilities for the future.

The UKAN is fully open to anyone with an interest in acoustics that cares about the future of acoustics related research and innovation in the UK and globally.

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