12th ICBEN Congress on Noise as a Public Health Problem

Welcome to ICBEN 2017!

Dear Colleagues

It is our great pleasure to welcome you to the 12th ICBEN Congress on Noise as a Public Health Problem and the special Low Frequency Noise and Vibration Conference which will be jointly held June 18-22, 2017 in Zurich, Switzerland.

Our congress is open to everybody interested in the vast field of auditory and non-auditory effects of noise and low frequency noise and vibration. We welcome all people with an interest in noise research and noise policy to join this forward-thinking international event in Zurich.

The congress is organized under the auspices of the International Commission on Biological Effects of Noise (ICBEN), by the Swiss Acoustical Society (SGA-SSA) in collaboration with the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa), and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (SwissTPH).

The congress program covers the following topics: noise-induced hearing loss, noise and communication, non-auditory health effects of noise, effects of noise on cognition, performance and behavior, effects of noise on sleep, community response to noise and noise annoyance, noise policy and economics, noise exposure assessment in health effect studies, special topics related to noise effects, and low frequency noise and vibration. Click here to view the full congress program.

ICBEN 2017 takes place on the campus of ETH Zurich (the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), in the heart of the city itself. Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and the most important cultural and economic center of the country. The city is also a science hotspot, home to two universities, one being ETH Zurich where the congress takes place, and other higher education schools, research facilities and hi-tech start-ups. Zurich is the perfect jump-off place for the typical Swiss postcard landscapes including mountains, rivers and blue lakes which can easily be reached within short time using the dense Swiss railway network. Zurich's international airport is a convenient 10 minute train ride away from the city center and has direct flights to all major European cities as well as North and South American, African, Middle East and Asian destinations.

The chairpersons of ICBEN and the local organizing committee extend a warm welcome to all prospective participants and look forward to meeting you in Zurich to discuss the latest advancements in noise effects research, environmental epidemiology, and noise policies.

Best regards,

Mark Brink
Congress Chairman
Mathias Basner
President of ICBEN
Kurt Eggenschwiler
President of the Swiss Acoustical Society SGA-SSA

Norm Broner
Chairman of the Low Frequency Noise and Vibration Conference


Download the ICBEN 2017 congress flyer as a pdf file

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