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Sound Environment Center: Child & Noise - How does the child experience sound environment?

This interdisciplinary symposium is aimed at shedding light on how the sound environment may affect children spanning from the prenatal stage to the young person enjoying loud music or engaging in other loud activities. More seldom do we ask how the child him/herself perceives the sound environment. The Sound Environment Center at Lund University takes a holistic grasp on childrens´ chronological exposure to sound and noise, Research on childrens´ exposure to sound and noise today includes many different disciplines, like audiology, acoustics, logopedy psychology, environmental medicine and neuroscience. Top researchers from these fields are taking part in this symposium. The child´s exposure to sound will be scrutinzed both in detail and at meta levels.


Can the background to our noise sensitivity be traced to our early life? Is the fetus affected by its mothers´ exposure to external occupational noise? Does it react to musical sounds before birth? Could experiences of music and sound before birth have impact after delivery for the child?

What can brain research reveal about early auditory learning? What do we know of lifecourse effects of early exposure? Experiences of noise levels at preschools? How are the acoustic realities today and what improvements can be made? What about kids with hearing disabilities? How do mobile music players affect young people and finally to what extent can performance and learning be improved by carefulness of soundscape in childhood and youth?

We need to look a the most important gaps in knowledge and research. The above questions will be addressed on the Child & Noise symposium on the 17th of March. Don´t miss this oppurtunity for a memorable day for anybody interested in how sound affects us from the start of life and onwards.

Child & Noise is free and open to anybody interested.

When: March 17th. 9.00 – 16.00

Where: Belfragesalen, BMC, Sölvegatan 19, Lund. (D1539a, floor 15, lift) Entrance Klinikgatan 32!

Cost: free of charge (lunch and coffee included).

Preregistration neccessary to projektledare [at] ljudcentrum [dot] lu [dot] se. Write 17/3 in the subject line. Please register early to be sure of seating.

More info and abstracts at

Child & Noise - Speakers

Karin Stjernqvist (moderator morning sessions)                               

Prof. em. Psychology, Lund university

Jenny Selander                        

PhD, Assistant prof. Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet

Minna Houtilainen                     

Docent, University of Helsinki and Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Uppsala University

Ulrika Åden                                               

prof. Neonatalogy, Karolinska Institutet

Mette Sörensen

Senior Scientist at Danish Cancer Society, Copenhagen, Denmark

Irene van Kamp                        

PhD. National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Utrecht, Netherlands

Kerstin Person Waye                                

prof. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg

Viveka L Åhlander                     

Docent. Logopedy, Lund university, Board member of Sound Environment Center at Lund university

Jonas Christenson                    

Acoustic consultant, Ecophon, St.Gobain, Sweden

Kristofer Hansson                     

Ethnology, Culture studies, LU

Bridget Shield,                      

prof. em. Acoustics, London South Bank University, Great Britain

2017-03-17 09:15 till 16:00
Belfragesalen, BMC, Ljund
projektledare [at]

Om händelsen

2017-03-17 09:15 till 16:00
Belfragesalen, BMC, Ljund
projektledare [at]

Box 117, 221 00 LUND
Telefon 046-222 00 00 (växel)
Telefax 046-222 47 20
lu [at] lu [dot] se

Fakturaadress: Box 188, 221 00 LUND
Organisationsnummer: 202100-3211
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