Welcome to ICBEN

Save the date for the next ICBEN congress!
ICBEN 2017 will be held June 18-22 2017 in Zurich, Switzerland.
Please check the ICBEN 2017 Congress website for further details.


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 of 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. ICBEN is an affiliate member of the International Commission for Acoustics (ICA).
The means to achieve ICBEN's 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 its Teams, 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. The next congress will take place in Zurich, Switzerland, from June 18 to June 22, 2017.


ICBEN's structure

President Vice-President
Secretary Past President

The officers appoint chair & co-chair of ICBEN Teams with the approval of the Executive Committee

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

Executive Committee:
Officers Chair/co-chair of each team
All past presidents of ICBEN Six other persons appointed by the chairpersons of ICBEN
ICBEN Teams:
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