CALL FOR ENTRIES for ‘Noise Oscars’

John Connell Technology Award, sponsored by the IoA

In anticipation of the prestigious 11th annual John Connell Awards – dubbed the ‘Noise Oscars’ – providers of quiet technologies are now being invited to submit applications to the Noise Abatement Society.

The Institute of Acoustics John Connell Technology Award, established in 2010, recognises and encourages the development of new or enhanced products demonstrating significant technological advancement, and organisations demonstrating a history of sustained innovation across product lines to resolve noise pollution problems.

To meet the strict judging criteria, submissions for the Technology Award should describe:

1. The degree of innovation, technological advancement and sustained commitment to reducing noise pollution through product development

2. Evidence of overall solutions and impact including – target and desired goals and outcomes – measurement against agreed standards – effectiveness in the mitigation of noise pollution

3. Placement of the product(s) in the business context: how it helps to achieve sustainability targets (lowering noise pollution)

4. Any additional environmental benefits achieved

 All submissions should be sent to johnconnellawards@noise-abatement.com with Technology Award’ noted in the subject line. Closing date for submissions is 5.00pm on Thursday 27th October 2011.

Speaking about the award, Trevor Cox, President of the Institute of Acoustics, said “We are delighted to once again be sponsors of the John Connell Technology Award. Industry plays a critical role in reducing noise pollution. Developing new, innovative low noise products and solutions is essential if we are to protect the public and the environment from the cacophony of human activity.”

The awards are named in honour of the Society’s founder, John Connell OBE, who successfully lobbied the Noise Abatement Act through Parliament in 1960 when noise became a statutory nuisance for the first time in the UK.

The ceremony will take place at the Palace of Westminster, on the evening of Tuesday 8th November 2011 and will be hosted by Mike Weatherly MP for Hove and Portslade on behalf of the Noise Abatement Society (NAS) Trustees, and are designed to recognise and promote innovative ideas and initiatives that have made a positive impact on the reduction of excessive noise in the community, helping to improve the aural environment.

The John Connell Technology Award is sponsored by The Institute of Acoustics, and has a judging panel, comprised of:

• John Hinton OBE, Chair of Judging Panel, past President of The Institute of Acoustics (2008-2010), on behalf of the IoA

• Gloria Elliott, Chief Executive, the Noise Abatement Society

• Max Dixon, Town planner and urbanist specialising in noise and soundscape management, formerly of the Greater London

• Stephen Crosher, consultant and technology expert, Fleet Renewables

• Alan Blissett, Environmental Health practitioner, Southwark Council

Gloria Elliott, Chief Executive, the Noise Abatement Society said, “We are thrilled to welcome the Institute of Acoustics as generous sponsors for the second year of the John Connell Technology Award. By working together in this way with industry, trade associations, government, local government and public bodies we can help to further the uptake of quiet alternatives to traditionally noisy solutions thereby protecting the public and reducing noise pollution.”

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