Acousticians urged to support STEM challenge

Following on from the success of its launch in 2019, acousticians are being urged to get behind an initiative to show schoolchildren examples of the opportunities involving STEM.

Acousticians urged to support STEM challenge

9th September 2021

The Association of Noise Consultants and ANV Measurement Systems are once again sponsoring the Noise Abatement Society’s John Connell STEM award.


Open to those working in or studying acoustics, entrants need to produce a short video film, exploring a particular area of their expertise, and explaining it to a general audience.


Judges are looking for entries which are creative, include good video and audio production qualities and promote inclusivity and diversity.


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


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


Instrumentation used in the work or study place can also be used in the film.


Paul Shields, chairman of the ANC, said: “We were really impressed with the response to this competition when we launched it in 2019.


“With the awards paused due to the pandemic in 2020, we are now hoping to see some really creative ideas coming through this year, particularly as we become more accustomed to producing video and digital content in our day-to-day work.


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


“The videos from the 2019 awards have been used extensively to promote acoustics to a younger generation, and now we are looking for our next batch of entries.”


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.


Gloria Elliot OBE, Chief Executive of the Noise Abatement Society, said: “We are delighted the ANC and ANV Measurement Systems are once again kindly sponsoring this special John Connell STEM Award.


“It’s really important that we inspire young people about the sound environment, and this award is a great opportunity to do just that.”


The deadline for entries is Friday, September 17 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 promotes 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