Welcome to ICBEN

ICBEN is the International Commission on Biological Effects of Noise. Its goal is to promote a high level of scientific research concerning all the aspects noise-induced effects on human beings and on animals including preventive regulatory measures and to keep alive a vivid communication among the scientists working in that field. ICBEN is a non-profit organization that has no legal identity of its own and entirely depends on its members and its officers that voluntarily work for the organization. The means to achieve its goals are mainly based on the unique structure of ICBEN. The founders of ICBEN were wise enough not to concentrate the responsibility on the president of ICBEN but to delegate it primarily to the International Noise Teams (INT), in particular to the very experts who are appointed at the beginning of each 3-years term (and at the utmost for a second term).

The main activity of ICBEN evolves within its congresses that are organized every 3 years and regularly attract between 200 and 300 researchers and policy makers from across the globe. The polite yet sometimes spirited discussions at the congresses also serve ICBEN well. Proceedings of past congresses are available on the proceedings page. The last ICBEN congress was held in Nara, Japan from June 1 to June 5 2014. Check the post-congress page for further info, congress proceedings and congress photos.


ICBEN's structure

President Vice-President
Secretary Past President

The officers appoint Chair-/Co-Chair of the International Noise Teams with the approval of the Executive Committee

existing Executive Committee elects new Officers by majority vote at the end of each three years term

Executive Committee
Officers Chair/co-chair of each INT
All former past chairpersons of ICBEN Six other persons appointed by the chairpersons of ICBEN
International Noise Teams (INTs)
Team 1: Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Team 2: Noise and Communication Team 3: Non-auditory effects of noise
Team 4: Effects of Noise on Performance and Behavior Team 5: Effects of Noise on Sleep Team 6: Community Responses to Noise
Team 7: Noise and Animals Team 8: Interactions with Other Agents and Contextual Factors Team 9: Policy and Economics