Host Organisations



The Acoustical Society of America

The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) is the premier international acoustical society dedicated to generate, disseminate, and promote the knowledge and practical applications of acoustics.

The Society was established in 1929 and its current membership includes leaders in acoustics in the United States of America and other countries. The diversity and the opportunity ASA provides for interchange of knowledge and points of view has become one of the strengths of the Society.

To ensure adequate attention to the coverage of scientific topics, the Society has established fourteen technical committees/groups charged with keeping abreast of developments and needs of the membership in their specialised fields.

ASA publications include The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA), JASA Express Letters, Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics, and Acoustics Today Magazine. In addition to its Journal, the Society reprints out-of-print classic texts in acoustics, translation books.

From the Society’s inception, its members have been involved in the development of acoustical standards concerned with terminology, measurement procedures, and criteria for determining the effects of noise and vibration. ASA is active in the support of development both nationally and internationally.

Australian Acoustical Society

The Australian Acoustical Society (AAS) is the peak technical society for individuals working in acoustics in Australia. It was formed in 1964 and was later incorporated in 1971 as a public company. Divisions are active in all Australian States.

The aim of the Society is “to promote and advance the science and practice of acoustics in all its branches to the wider community and provide support to acousticians”.

Its diverse membership is made up from academia, consultancies, industry, equipment manufacturers and retailers, and all levels of Government. The Society supports research and provides regular forums for those who practice or study acoustics across a wide range of fields including:

Architectural Acoustics – Environmental Noise – Marine Acoustics – Engineering Noise Control – Occupational Noise Management – Physiology of Hearing – Audiology Studies – Musical Acoustics

The Society also publishes Acoustics Australia, Australia’s only technical journal devoted entirely to issues related to sound, noise and vibration. It also works with national and international standards and policy-setting bodies, such as Standards Australia.



The Western Pacific Commission for Acoustics is the umbrella collective representing 13 relevant societies across 10 countries in the Asia and Western Pacific area. The 13 societies include:

  • Australian Acoustical Society
  • Acoustical Society of China
  • Hong Kong Institute of Acoustics
  • Acoustical Society of India
  • Acoustical Society of Japan
  • Acoustical Society of Korea
  • The Institute of Noise Control Engineering of Japan
  • Korean Society for Noise and Vibration Engineering
  • Acoustical Society of New Zealand
  • Russian Acoustical Society
  • Society of Acoustics, Singapore
  • Environment Engineering Society of Singapore
  • Association of Acoustics and Vibration, Indonesia

Observer countries: Malaysia

The purposes of the Commission are:

  • The development in acoustics in the western Pacific Region.
  • The promotion of regional co-operation in research on acoustics.
  • The organisation of the Western Pacific Acoustic Conferences (WESPAC).


The Sydney 2023 event will also include the 7th Pacific Rim Underwater Acoustics Conference. The incorporation of PRUAC with a discipline specific stream covering topics from Acoustical Oceanography, through to propagation and scattering, bioacoustics and fisheries, and emerging applications will bring an extra focus to underwater acoustics, building on previous events in Taiwan, Russia, China, Korea and Canada.