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The Urban Sound Planner

Objective

"Traffic noise pollution in urban areas is a major environmental problem within the European Union. Creating an acceptable acoustic outdoor environment is a big challenge of high need. Creating as well as preserving environments, which are supportive for health and well-being in a sustainable manner is an even bigger but unavoidable task. In order to succeed, specialists are required with a broad research competence covering areas such as acoustic prediction methods, noise control and soundscaping, but also aspects of city and traffic planning. However, specialists equipped with such a competence spectrum are hardly found. Therefore, the goal of SONORUS is to close this gap and bring together universities, enterprises and public organizations that aim to offer training to ESRs in an arena of trans-disciplinary research. The training is designed around real-life urban test sites that are characterized by a poor acoustic environment due to noise from road, rail or air traffic. These test sites are provided by three major European cities (Berlin, Rome and Antwerp). To these test sites, the ESRs will apply their knowledge and skills gained from individual acoustics related research projects, in-depth courses on acoustics as well as on different aspects of spatial planning. The ESRs will, in teams, design a long-term plan for the development of the acoustic environment on the test sites. This activity will also give the opportunity to train complementary skills such as communication and outreach skills. From SONORUS a new generation of researchers will emerge with the profile adapted to the supra-disciplinary approach needed to reverse the negative trend of a deteriorating acoustic outdoor environment in urban areas. SONORUS has been designed with the intension that these researchers will be best prepared to further develop and – above all – to apply the new integrated concepts into practical urban planning processes and their effective coordination."

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/environmental sciences/pollution
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/acoustics

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2011-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Address
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41296 Goeteborg
Sweden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 731 143
Administrative Contact
Magnus Holmstrand (Mr.)

Participants (8)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 531 664
Address
Groene Loper 3
5612 AE Eindhoven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
P.(Paul) M.L.O. Scholte (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELLA CAMPANIA LUIGI VANVITELLI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 510 471
Address
Viale Abramo Lincoln 5
81100 Caserta
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Luciana Mainolfi (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 541 099
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joanne Watson (Ms.)
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 477 003
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Vandepitte (Ms.)
MULLER-BBM GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 239 825,02
Address
Robert Kochstrasse 11
82152 Planegg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Beckenbauer (Dr.)
ISTITUTO SUPERIORE PER LA PROTEZIONE E LA RICERCA AMBIENTALE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 259 085
Address
Via Vitaliano Brancati 48
00144 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Stefano Laporta (Dr.)
EIDGENOSSISCHE MATERIALPRUFUNGS- UND FORSCHUNGSANSTALT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 257 979
Address
Ueberlandstrasse 129
8600 Dubendorf
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kurt Heutschi (Dr.)
RISE RESEARCH INSTITUTES OF SWEDEN AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 246 770,02
Address
Brinellgatan 4
501 15 Boras
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Krister Larsson (Dr.)