EPSRC UK Acoustics Network Plus

Lead Research Organisation: University of Sheffield
Department Name: Mechanical Engineering

Abstract

The acoustics industry contributes £4.6 billion to the UK's economy annually, employing more than 16,000 people, each generating over £65,000 in gross value added across over 750 companies nationwide. The productivity of acoustics industry is similar to that of other enabling technologies, for example the UK photonics industry (£62k per employee in 2014). Innovation through research in acoustics is a key to its industry success. The UK's acoustics industry and research feeds into many major global markets, including the $10 billion market for sound insulation materials in construction, $7.6 billion ultrasound equipment market and $31 billion market for voice recognition. This is before the vital role of acoustics in automotive, aerospace, marine and defence is taken into consideration, or that of the major UK industries that leverage acoustics expertise, or the indirect environmental and societal value of acoustics is considered.

All the four Grand Challenges identified in the 2017 UK Industrial Strategy require acoustics innovation. The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF, https://www.ukri.org/innovation/industrial-strategychallenge-fund/) focuses on areas all of which need support from acoustics as an enabling technology. The future of acoustics research in the UK depends on its ability to contribute to the Four Grand Challenges. Numerous examples are emerging to demonstrate the central role of acoustics in addressing the four Grand Challenges and particularly through more focused research. The acoustics-related research base in the UK is internationally competitive, but it is important to continue to link this research directly to the four Grand Challenges. In this process, the role of UK Acoustics Network (UKAN) is very important. The Network unites over 870 members organised in 15 Special Interest Groups (www.acoustics.ac.uk) who represent industry, academia and various non-academic organisations which success relies on the quality of acoustics related research in the UK. UKAN was funded by the EPSRC as a standard Network grant with the explicit aim of pulling together the formerly disparate and disjoint acoustics community in the UK, across both industry and academia. UKAN has been remarkably successful. Its success is manifested in the large number of its members, numerous network events it has run since its inception in November 2017 and contribution it has made to the acoustics research community. Unfortunately, UKAN has not been in the position to fund new, pilot adventurous or translational projects nor has it any funding support for on-going research or knowledge transfer (KT) activities.

The purpose of UKAN+ is to move beyond UKAN, create strategic connections between acoustics challenges and the Grand Challenges and to tackle these challenges through pilot studies leading in turn to full-scale grant proposals and systematic research and KT projects involving a wider acoustics community. There is a great opportunity for the future of the UK's acoustics related research to move on beyond this point, build upon the assembled critical mass and explore the trans-disciplinary work initiated by UKAN. Therefore, this proposal is for UKAN+ to take this community to the next stage, connect this Network more widely in the UK and internationally to contribute through coordinated research to the solution of Grand Challenges set by the government. UKAN+ will develop a new roadmap for acoustics research in the UK related to Grand Challenges, award exploratory (pilot) cross-disciplinary research projects to the wider community to support adventure research and knowledge transfer activities agreed in the roadmap and support the development of develop full-scale bids to the government research funding bodies which are aligned with the Grand Challenges. UKAN+ will also set up a National Centre or Coordination of Acoustics Research, achieve full sustainability and support best Equality, Diversity and Inclusion practices.

Organisations

Publications

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Dance S (2022) Teaching acoustics during a pandemic: Lab in a Box for experiments at home in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America

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Horoshenkov K (2021) UK Acoustics Network and International Year of Sound in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America

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Makris K (2023) Sonic assessment of physical ageing of plastic pipes in Journal of Sound and Vibration

 
Title Computational Acoustics Knowledgebase 
Description A collection of tutorial materials, user code and data for learning about and doing computational acoustics research. 
Type Of Material Data analysis technique 
Year Produced 2022 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact No measurable impact yet. 
URL http://knowledgebase.acoustics.ac.uk
 
Description 'Seeing with Sound' Interactive display 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact UKAN, and UKAN+ via the Bioacoustics SIG have funded an exciting new outreach interactive game 'Seeing With Sound', which has just gone on display at the @WinSciCentre. Winchester Science Centre is the only science and discovery centre in the central South of England and one of the largest in the country, with a strategic vision of sparking curiosity and a mission to build science capital for all. Here is what they say about the new exhibit:

"Have you spotted the new exhibit at the Winchester Science Centre? It's based on scientist Marc Holderied's research, from @BASElabBristol, into bats' use of echolocation to locate their prey.

Have a go and see how you'd get on as a bat. Discover how moths have developed a way to hide from hungry bats. Let's go!"

The scientist behind the research, and Bioacoustics SIG co-leader Prof Marc Holderied from the University of Bristol says:

"Moths possess an amazing defence against detection by echolocating bats - an acoustic invisibility cloak. The tiny hairs and scales covering their bodies and wings are such incredibly efficient sound absorbers that they are helping us develop better and thinner noise control solutions for our homes and offices."

The details of the above event were shared with the UKAN+ community (1414 at time of publish) via the monthly newsletter.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://twitter.com/WinSciCentre
 
Description Acoustics 2021 joint UKAN+ and IoA event on effective collaboration between academia and industry 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The session on effective collaboration talks from

Prof. Barry M. Gibbs (Honorary Professor in the Acoustics Research Unit, University of Liverpool, Past President of the Institute of Acoustics)
Nick Sheppard (Technical Director, Thales)
Dr Antonio Torija Martinez (Lecturer in Acoustic Engineering, University of Salford)
Andrew Mitchell (Doctoral Researcher, University College London).

Each speaker reflected on their own experiences, through knowledge transfer partnerships, funded research projects and collaborative projects, to focus on what makes for effective and successful collaboration. Following the presentations there was a panel discussion, opened by Kirill Horoshenkov (Professor of Acoustics, University of Sheffield), which outlined the recent UKAN+ survey on research priorities, followed by a wider discussion regarding effective collaboration between academia and industry and innovation and future research from the perspective of each of the speakers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ioa.org.uk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=662
 
Description Bradford Science Festival 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Kirill Horoshenkov and Dr Viktor Doychinov took part in the Bradford Science Festival this year. This year was bigger than ever, with shows and performances, installations, make and takes, demonstrations, experiments, crafting activities and more.

Dr Doychinov ran a small stand about Pipebots with a short activity for children to participate in. The stand was busy day and Professor Horoshenkov and Dr Doychinov talked to approximnately 40 families about Pipebots, UKAN+ and robotics and wireless communications in general.

· A whopping 10,000 visitors came to the Museum during the festival
· There were over 25,000 visitor engagements in STEM activities
· Over 70 contractors and organisations took part in the festival

The event also had some great press coverage this year. Festival photos featured in the Guardian's photos of the week section; The i and The Daily Telegraph along with the local press the Yorkshire Post and Telegraph and Argus.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/what-was-on/bradford-science-festival-2021
 
Description Connecting SIG Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation of research topics in Mathematical Analysis in Acoustics based on critical research challenges for acoustic survey. Lot of networking opportunities and future collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description February online event - UK Metamaterials SIG 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Online Group discussion
9 short talks from UK speakers in academia and industry. Group discussion intended to steer future engagement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL http://tinyurl.com/metamaterial-showcase
 
Description Frontiers for Young Minds 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Scientific articles written by scientists and reviewed by a board of kids and teens
2020/21 was the first International Year of Sound, initiated by the International Commission for Acoustics, in response to UNESCO resolution 39C/49, as a celebration of sound and how it enters our lives in so many ways.

To celebrate the year of sound, a collection of articles were written by experts from the UK Acoustics Network and the International Year of Sound team. These articles explore the fascinating world of sound and how it benefits and causes problems to people, other animals, and our environment.

Centred around a single theme of research and hosted by researchers, all articles within Frontier for Young Minds Collections are freely downloadable and available as an eBook upon their completion.

As at March 2022, over 110,000 views.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://kids.frontiersin.org/collections/17985/a-world-of-sound
 
Description Hearing, Audio and Audiology Sciences Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This conference is of interest to anyone in the UK and the world who has an interest in the science of Hearing, Audio and Audiology. The plan is for a two-day meeting, in the mould of Basic Auditory Science & BSA Short Papers meetings of Legend.

The aims of the conference are to meet the need for in-person scientific exchange after the COVID disruption

Expanded the scope of the meeting to include more interdisciplinary aspects that are part of UKAN. Specifically, we invite participation of other UKAN SIGs: Bioacoustics, Biomedical, Communication, spatial and immersive audio). The goal is to enable to look over the horizon: if we want to solve the big problems of the future, we need to get out of our comfort zone and we need to engage the next generation!
The meeting will start mid-morning on Monday and end mid-afternoon Tuesday, with most of the presentation being via poster, and several sessions of talks (~10 talks across two days).
University accommodation is provided - bookable at the time of registration - low cost (determined by our university's non-negotiable costs: accommodation, morning coffee, room rent).
We hope to provide a free BBQ Monday night for everyone to attend in a more social environment
Opportunity to listen to talks online, streamed as much content as possible to allow people to participate who can't travel (poster sessions are not streamed).
Opportunity to present 'electronic posters' on numerous large screens.
Tours through the ISVR new world-leading anechoic chambers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description International Year of Sound (2020 - 2021) - The year 2020, now extended to 2021 due to the pandemic. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The International Year of Sound is a project that the International Commission for Acoustics (ICA), an Affiliated Member of the ISC, has been preparing for many years.

The theme of the international year is the Importance of Sound for Society and the World and is underscored by the UNESCO Charter of Sound and resolution 39C/49 on the ''Importance of sound in today's world - Promoting best practices''. Other partners for the international year include "La Semaine du Son" (LSdS), the International Science Council and ISC members the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) and the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM).

The main goal of any international year is to to promote international collaboration and to raise awareness on how science contributes to innovation for the benefit for all society.

The year 2020, now extended to 2021 due to the pandemic, has therefore been declared the International Year of Sound, which celebrates the global importance of sound in both technology and quality of life.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://council.science/current/news/year-of-sound-2020-21/
 
Description JustNoise Podcast 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact UKAN+ is happy to support The Rest Is Just Noise, a monthly podcast which explores the relationship between sound and our cities. Each episode our passionate and excitable hosts are joined by an expert guest from fields such as acoustics, architecture, and environmental psychology, to discuss their latest work and introduce our audience to the science, beauty, and noise of urban sound. Each episode is hosted by UCL soundscape researchers Andrew Mitchell, Francesco Aletta, and Tin Oberman, and has featured guests like Ellie Ratcliffe (the "Queen of the Birds" from University of Surrey), Marion Burgess from the Year of Sound, and Gascia Ouzounian from the University of Oxford.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-rest-is-just-noise/id1547078918?itsct=podcast_box_link&its...
 
Description KPMG Leadership programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Raising awareness of acoustics through the KPMG Leadership programme using Experiential Lecturing (30 Directors form FTSE100 companies)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Metamaterials for Orchestra pits 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On-line seminar
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description NDE SIG - Educational Ultrasonic Inspection Education Suite 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Procured and setup a 15 seat Educational Ultrasonic Inspection Education Suite which introduces Ultrasonic inspection principles with a focus on weld inspection.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021,2022
 
Description One day symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Following the successful first PhD Student day at the University of Bath in 2019, the UK Acoustics Network (UKAN) Special Interest Group for Underwater Acoustics (SIGUA) held its second one day symposium.

Final programme:

0930 Gary Heald Dstl Opening
0940 Ben Thomas University of Bath Invited talk: The PhD: A journey, not a destination.
1000 Jack Greenhalgh University of Bristol Phd talk#1: Ecoacoustics as a novel tool for assessing pond restoration success: Results of a pilot study
1020 George Masters Newcastle University Phd talk#2: Extremely high data rates in underwater acoustic communications
1040 Evan Ricketts Cardiff University Phd talk#3: Resonant Triads of Acoustic Gravity Waves in Shallow Water
1100

Break
1130 Oscar Bryan University of Bath Phd talk#4: Machine learning that utilises multiple sonar views for object classification in historic chemical munitions dumpsites
1150 Ellen White University of Southampton Phd talk#5: Deep Delphinids: Applied Deep Learning for Big Marine Acoustic Datasets
1210 Ben Ford & Ben Thomas NPL & University of Bath Research Sounding Early Career Competition
1230

Lunch / Networking
1400 Adrian Brown Atlas Elektronik UK Invited talk: Measurements, modelling and analysis
1420 Jose Almanza Medina University of York Phd talk#6: Underwater motion estimation using DL networks with sonar images with different FoV
1440 Shaula Garibbo University of Bath Phd talk#7: Low frequency ocean acoustics at the Lofoten Vesteralen Observatory, Norway - 1 year later
1500

Break
1525 Andy Smerdon University of Aberdeen Phd talk#8: Inversion of near-bed sediment load, particle size, settling velocity and turbulence from a multi-frequency acoustic backscatter instrument
1545 Edward Clark University of Bath Phd talk#9: Exploring the use of AI in marine acoustic sensor management
1605 Kirill Horoshenkov University of Sheffield Invited talk: UK Acoustics Network Plus
1625 Nikhil Banda Seiche Closing
1630 onwards

ECR Network Event

The aim of the day was to allow PhD students to present details about their research to like-minded colleagues and promote feedback and discussion. Aim was to to attract students at all stages of their PhD, including people who may have completed their PhD in the last couple of years.

Event of interest to all researchers, practitioners and users of underwater acoustics in government, industry, and academia and members of the SIGUA were encouraged to attend.

During the day showcased entries to the Research Soundings Early Career Competition and the winner will be invited to give a talk about their research and to describe their winning audio clip.

Opportunity to hear from everyone about the research challenges that they see as a priority for underwater acoustics. If you are interested in sharing your ideas we will be arranging a series of video interviews during the day that can then be used to support future SIGUA workshops and other events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Pipebots webinar - NDE (EMAT) sensor platform for robotic contact inspections - Dr Frederic Cegla, Imperial College London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Frederic Cegla from Imperial College London gave a talk at the Pipebots webinar series on Thursday 13th January 2022. The talk, titled 'NDE (EMAT) sensor platform for robotic contact inspections' was well attended by the Pipebots team and members of UKAN. There was a good disucssion following the talk. Dr Cegla was interested in hearing more about the Pipebots programme grant and suggested a webinar with his reseach group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description RAEng - 2020 New Fellows' Celebration Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Kirill Horoshenkov attended the RAEng - 2020 New Fellows' Celebration event at The Royal Academy of Engineering on 22nd September 2022. The event was well attended and provided the opportunity to meet with colleagues to discuss opportunities for collaboration. Following the event, Prof Horoshenkov met with Prof Tong Sun OBE FREng from City, University of London to discuss opportunities for collaboration. Prof Sun is also giving a talk at the Pipebots webinar series on 28th October 2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Research soundings competition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact What does your research sound like?

Underwater SIG challenged the membership to present research through the medium of sound and help us to highlight the importance of underwater acoustics in everyday life.  The request was for a 30-second audio clip related to your work with up to 150 words explanation to accompany it to underwater@acoustics.ac.uk with the subject "RESEARCH SOUNDINGS".  The audio clip can contain any audible sound except for the human language.

Submissions were judged on creativity, clearness of the relationship between the sound and the research, and the quality of the explanation of the sound.  All submissions will be made available on the UKAN+ website and will be on display at the UKAN+ Underwater Acoustics PhD student symposium day (13 December 2021).  The competition was open to UKAN+ members from industry and academia in the early stages of their careers. Particularly encouraged participation from PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, and early career acousticians, engineers and lecturers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Sensors SIG Early Career networking event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The purpose of this event was to encourage networking and exchange amongst early career researchers in the acoustics community. We had two invited speakers (one industry and one academic) to set the scene with technical talks but also talking about career development. We had an informal poster session and students got to know each other over that and round table lunch-time discussions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Twitter - The UK Acoustics Network 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact f
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://twitter.com/acoustics_uk
 
Description UKAN+ Connecting SIGs Events 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UKAN+ is organised a series of Connecting SIGs events, the aim of which was to enable members across all special interest groups (SIGs) to learn more about the research conducted in other SIGs.

Connecting SIGs: AI - 3rd December 2021
Connecting SIGs: Wellbeing - 24th February 2022
Connecting SIGs: Sustainability - 4th March 2022
Connecting SIGs: Manufacturing and Transport - May 2022

This should especially benefit early career members, who might have not had a chance to find out more about research that other UKAN+ members are carrying out due to pandemic-induced restrictions. Four events were held, each highlighting the activities relating to four of the UKAN+ SIGs.

The events covered three parts:
• an overview of research conducted in each of the four SIGs (4 speakers)
• a series of short 3-minute presentations (12 speakers from the four SIGs)
• a panel discussion with senior academics from the four SIGS (Prof Euan Spence, Prof Nick Ovenden, Prof Rob Dwyer-Joyce, Prof Stephen Dance)

Events offered fantastic networking opportunities and potential future collaborations, as well as offering researchers exposure to a broad interdisciplinary audience across both academia and industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021,2022
URL https://acoustics.ac.uk/connecting-sigs-2021/
 
Description UKAN+ Webinars 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UKAN+ webinars
The network runs a series of webinars. Inviting both new members to share their research and existing members either as an invited speaker through the UKAN+ series or to contribute via the community of SIGs.

Events, including UKAN+ webinars are advertised on the UKAN+ website, in the monthly newsletter and members can be alerted to webinars of specific interest via their Mailpoet subscription. 31 webinars have been hosted since the inception of UKAN+, run by both UKAN+ and its SIGs subsidiaries.

The network has a zoom webinar account which UKAN+ and one SIG, Underwater use. Stats from these two webinars are available.
Month 21/22 Registered Attendees
May 158 58
June 131 80
July 345 115
August 0 0
September 156 33
October 190 108
November 224 34
December 39 30
January 167
February 167
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://acoustics.ac.uk/past-events/
 
Description UKAN+ Website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The UKAN website was designed and has been the reference point since UKAN commenced in 2017, serving the community well, but as we transitioned to UKAN+ a full refresh was undertaken.

Following consultation with the network and the Academic Management Team the refreshed site launched early September. A clearer landing page was designed and written including providing details of the Academic Management Team and Advisory Board members. The sites new features included amendments to the online directory page. The directory serves as a hub helping build connections between our community. Members were invited to update profiles. including a photo and ORCid details.

The resources page was amended to allow for searches on the site as well as categories created for easier referencing.

Mailpoet plug in was added to support newsletter engagement with the established community and to also support the development of the community to be active members. We restructured profiles so newsletter subscriptions and SIG data is now separate.

A new page was generated for the UKAN+ funding call. Providing full information including eligibility requirements. A further page provided the simple 3 part application form allowing for blind assessment and a voluntary ED&I form.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://acoustics.ac.uk/
 
Description UKAN+ and Pipebots stand at New Scientist Live 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact New for New Scientist Live Manchester 2022
New Scientist Live is a mind-blowing festival of ideas and discoveries for everyone curious about science and why it matters. Following its multi-award-winning shows in London, on 12-14 March 2022 for the first time it is moving to Manchester, transforming the Manchester Central venue into the most exciting place in the universe for three days.

More than 40 speakers and 30+ exhibitors will come together in Manchester Central to create an unrivalled atmosphere and energy, packed with thought-provoking talks, ground-breaking discoveries, interactive experiences and hands-on activities, workshops and performances. Fun, entertaining, informative and inspirational, New Scientist Live stimulates the mind and senses like no other event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://live.newscientist.com/new-for-2022
 
Description UKAN+ funding call collaborative workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Collaborative workshop: 4th or 5th November 10:00-13:00

Prior to UKAN+ launching its first funding call, with the help of expert facilitators, UKAN+ hosted collaborative workshops.

These informal events were designed to build research communities to develop new, innovative ideas for proposals and opportunities to deliver a step change in world-class research. They aided proposals to align with the agreed acoustic priorities and project proposal assessment criteria. The workshop calls were limited in number to enable collaborative working. To facilitate participation, the same event was run twice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description UKAN+ monthly newsletter 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The UKAN+ newsletter is a cost effective tool used to share relevant and valuable information to our network. Following a refresh of the WordPress website, Mailpoet plugin was added to allow emails to be sent to our subscribers. Subscribers are added to one or more lists to allow SIG coordinators to directly connect with members with specific interest areas of acoustics. Email data will provide audience insights.

The newsletter is customised for stronger engagement allowing the UKAN+ team to connect with our community. Details of UKAN+ activity are shared, announcements of the UKAN+ calls and news from across the acoustic industry is promoted.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://acoustics.ac.uk/resources/?_types=newsletters
 
Description Workshop on Soundscapes 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The purpose of this workshop is to explore UK research in soundscapes, encourage knowledge exchange and discuss future directions, and provide an opportunity to form
teams and consortia for future research collaborations and funding proposals. To ease the discussions, the workshop will take place in person (assuming COVID regulations will
allow it). The presentations might be recorded and streamed.

The workshop focus will be on both outdoor and indoor soundscapes, and will move beyond the more traditional research on the subject, looking at different aspects such as
sensing, AI, policy, etc. Thereby, participants will have the opportunity to explore research from different areas and topics, and meet others who might not normally attend the same conference venues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Young Muslim Leadership Programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact In cooperation with the Prince's Charities, and with the support of the Amanah Foundation and ISESCO, the Centre organises the Young Muslim Leadership Programme to encourage greater participation by Muslims in public life. This nine-day residential summer school is held at Oxford each year and is attended by young British Muslims, men and women between the ages of 21 and 30, who have demonstrated leadership potential in their chosen career-paths. They are drawn from a variety of backgrounds and interests, including national and local government, academia, the legal profession, media, and the voluntary sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.oxcis.ac.uk/young-muslim-leadership-programme