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WFAE: UP FRONT President’s Report by Eric Leonardson

Eric LeonardsonWFAE President’s Report - October to December 2015

On behalf of the WFAE, we thank Noora Vikman for three years of service as the Finnish Society for Acoustic Ecology (FSAE) Affiliate Representative and WFAE Vice-President. I welcome Simo Alitalo as the new Affiliate Representative of the FSAE. He has been engaged in acoustic ecology as long as I, when we met at its founding conference in 1993.

The WFAE has endorsed Balance-Unbalance 2016 “Data Science + Eco Action” happening May 9 to 11 of 2016 in Manizales, Colombia. The conference’s 5th edition will be produced by the Department of Visual Design of the University of Caldas, with support of the International Image Festival. The BunB call for participation continues until October 31st.

The WFAE is among the supporters of the Silence the Horns project seeking new technical changes in how non-emergency audible signaling systems of cars are deployed.

The WFAE has agreed to transition Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology from print to a digital publication. The next journal, guest edited by American Society for Acoustic Ecology member Jay Needham, is due for publication in February.
WFAE Secretary Christopher DeLaurenti is working on starting a new WFAE website. With this we have proposed a migration of the WFAE email list to a new service. A free digital [PDF] version of the 2014-15 Canacoustica edition of Soundscape will be posted on the new website, then.

Carlos Augusto and his team continue efforts to establish the proposed Portuguese WFAE Affiliate. I look forward to this possibility as well as news about interest for establishing networks in France, Eastern Europe, and other regions.

Many WFAE Affiliates have started with only a small group of dedicated individuals. To learn about the process of starting a WFAE Affiliate Organization, please view the suggested guidelines at Forming an Affiliate Organization or contact us at

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Header Photo: "Concrete Leaves" from Hattiesburg, Mississippi (USA) by Kim Pluskota, Artist & Designer.