Monthly Archives: July 2019

Sounding out ideas for an acoustics STEM challenge

Acousticians are being urged to get behind a new initiative to show schoolchildren examples of the opportunities involving STEM.


The Association of Noise Consultants is asking those working in or studying acoustics to enter a short video film, exploring a particular area of their expertise, and explaining it to a general audience.


Each video will then be judged as part of a new accolade being introduced in the Noise Abatement Society’s renowned John Connell Awards programme.


The John Connell STEM award – sponsored by the ANC and ANV Measurement Systems – will be awarded to the best video clip, which engages the target audience, is creative in its approach, has good video and audio production qualities and promotes inclusivity and diversity.


Video clip entries should be targeted towards a school age audience and be between one and three minutes in length.


Props can be used – ideally of no or very little cost – providing they can be purchased from the high street or online by the general public. Instrumentation used in the work or study place can also be used in the film.



“The winner will be recognised at the John Connell Awards, taking place at the Palace of Westminster later this year, which is a great opportunity.


“The winning and shortlisted videos will also be included in an online playlist on the ANC website, to deliver an interesting dimension to STEM promotional activities and events in the future.”



“Aimed at inspiring young people about the aural environment, it’s an exciting addition to the award’s programme.”


The deadline for entries is Friday, September 13 and entries should be submitted via Mail Big File, WeTransfer, or an equivalent service to More details can be found at


The initiative builds on the ANC’s ‘#ExploreAcoustics’ campaign, which was launched last year to demonstrate the wide range of opportunities available to students interested in a career in STEM.


#ExploreAcoustics includes video interviews and in-depth case studies featuring students, graduates, professionals and academics in the industry.


The information can be found at

STEM Challenge Award

The ANC, along with ANV Measurement Systems, are sponsoring a new award for STEM resources. This is part of the John Connell awards, organised by the Noise Abatement Society. They are in their 18th year and are commonly known as the Noise Oscars. The awards ceremony will be held on the evening of 23rd October at the Palace of Westminster in London.


This award is for video shorts promoting the ANC STEM challenge. Submissions are now being accepted and the closing date is 13th September.


Further details, including the judging criteria and how to submit your entry, can be found on the John Connell STEM Award 2019


There are other categories of award to enter, including Soundscape and also Innovation and you can find further details about them here.

Graham Parry elected as new ANC President

ANC, the Association of Noise Consultants, has elected a new President.


Graham Parry, Managing Director of ACCON UK, takes up the role from retiring President Peter Hepworth, who held the post for four years.


The honorary position involves supporting the ANC’s Chair and Board of Directors.


Graham has played an active role in the ANC for almost 30 years.


Uniquely, he is the first ANC President to also be a Vice President of the Institute of Acoustics.


Graham said: “I was extremely flattered to be asked to become President, not least because my original involvement with the ANC went back to the early 1990s and I have seen it grow, not just in respect of the number of member organisations, but also the respect that the ANC holds with a wider audience.


“Many of its initiatives and guidance documents are implemented across the whole of the acoustics profession, resulting in a raising of the standard of service to clients which includes private companies, local and national government, industry, architects, planners and members of the public.


“I have had the pleasure of knowing the three previous Presidents of the ANC who served over the last twelve years, and they will be a very hard act to follow.”