The ISVR at 50: Making a World of Difference

The Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) was founded in 1963. It is now an internationally recognised centre of excellence for research, teaching and consultancy in acoustics, noise and vibration. This year, the ISVR celebrates its 50th anniversary.   

The anniversary was marked by a two-day symposium at the University of Southampton on 11-12 July 2013. The Turner Sims Concert Hall on campus provided a fitting venue for the presentations; the acoustics were designed by Professor Philip Doak of the ISVR and it is acknowledged as one of the finest music venues in the country.

Invited speakers gave presentations on sound and vibration topics having scientific, engineering and societal impact, and the programme included the annual E J Richards Lecture, this year given by Rob Harris of Arup on Thirty Years of Auditorium Design.

If you attended the Symposium, you will have received a commemorative DVD with archive photos from ISVR's first 50 years, photos taken at the Symposium and the social events, and video interviews with some of those attending. We still have a few DVDs, please contact us if you would like us to send you one.

The University of Southampton Digichamps were on hand at the Symposium to produce the following short video.

This web site will continue to be updated, even though the Symposium has passed. 

We wish to acknowledge the invaluable support of our sponsors which made the Symposium and social events possible.