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In June 2020, Leah Barclay is a Visiting Sound Fellow at Loughborough University in the UK for the Institute of Advanced Studies Sound Summit.

The IAS are delighted to announce the final event of the IAS Sound Theme summits.

Visiting IAS Sound Fellows Professor Salomé Voegelin (University of the Arts London), Professor John Levack Drever (Goldsmiths), Dr Ricciarda Belgiojoso (Università Milano Bicocca) and Dr Leah Barclay (USC Sunshine Coast) will be taking part in a webinar as part of the final Sound Summit series.

The webinar will seek to emphasise the importance of sound and sound art to human interactions with, and understandings, of their environment. The discussion will focus on the distinctions between sound, noise and silence; the politics of listening; sound and noise as they relate to particular soundscapes and environments; and the ways in which to more critically engage with sound through combining academic research and artistic practice.

This event will be chaired by Dr Allan Watson, (Loughborough University) and Dr Johanna Hällsten (London Metropolitan University).

Further information on the IAS Sound Theme can be found on the IAS website.


Sound is a fundamental and rich source of information, yet often overlooked. It is physical, sensorial, and emotional, as well as social, cultural, and environmental. Sound contributes to the transformation of our experiences, environments, and cultures.

Whether treated as a problem (i.e. noise pollution) or an opportunity (i.e. sound healing), sound is with us all the time, contributing to the transformation of our experiences, environments, and cultures.

In Loughborough University, sound-related research is conducted by researchers in engineering, design, art and social sciences. For instance, Valerie Pinfield (Chemical Engineering) leads the Computational Acoustics Special Interest Group for the EPSRC-sponsored Acoustics Network; Hua Dong (Design) initiated multidisiplinary projects on music-design-performance with Trossingen University of Music and published the DVD ‘Sound Bridge’; and Paul Lepper (Mechancial, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering) is on the Council for the UK Institute of Acoustics. He will host the International Conference on Bio-Acoustics in 2019. I naddition, Loughborough Radar has recently commissioned three artists for an ambitious programme of musical, artistic and geographic exploration that looks at music’s ability to transport listeners to new worlds.

Sound-related research underpins key technology areas such as healthcare, manufacturing, transport, energy, safety, and digital communications and is strongly supported by the UK research councils. In the newly founded ‘Acoustic Network’ (EPSRC network grant, 2017-2020), Loughborough University has been recognised as a leading institution.