Programs for Young Professionals

Young Professional Program and Goals

Young Professional Program Goals
I-INCE Young Professional Congress Attendance Grants Program The goal of the grant is to encourage students and young engineers or scientists to attend INTER-NOISE Congresses and facilitate the process of gaining experience in public presentation and paper writing and the development of networking abilities.
I-INCE Young Professionals Workshop at INTER-NOISE Congress The goals of the Young Professionals Workshop are to provide mentorship via case studies and professional issues presented by world-renowned experts and to hold informal discussions.

Summary of I-INCE Programs (as published in Noise/News International)

I-INCE Young Professional Congress Attendance Grants Program

In 2010, I-INCE initiated a grant program for noise control engineering students and young professionals who were within the first ten years of their careers. The goals of the grant is to expose students and young acousticians to senior professionals, give them experience in public presentation and paper writing, and assist them in the development of networking abilities. In the beginning, I-INCE allocated 12 to 18 grants, with 500 Euros per recipient, to pay for conference registration and some travel expenses. This grant enabled these young professionals and students to attend the INTER-NOISE Congress and network with senior engineers. Sixty grants have been awarded, totaling 31000 Euros (including 1000 Euros to cover the workshop) over the past four years. The amount of the grant is being raised to 600 Euros per recipient from INTER-NOISE 2014.

A call for papers goes out about 9 months before the INTER-NOISE Congress. Rules and other important information are posted on the Congress website. The applicants are required to complete registration, comply with the deadlines for submission of the abstract and the manuscript as described on the conference website, and participate in the Congress. Students and young professionals are now required to submit their applications online (using the website Young Professionals link when available). These applications are rigorously reviewed by the I-INCE panel. A provisional winners list is compiled and given to the technical program chair and staff of the INTER-NOISE Congress, and the best of the remaining candidates are put on a waiting list in case a provisional winner is unable to attend the Congress.

I-INCE Young Professionals Workshop at INTER-NOISE Congress

The goals of the Young Professionals Workshop are to provide mentorship via case studies and professional issues presented by world-renowned experts and to hold informal discussions between young professionals and I-INCE leaders and senior noise control engineers. Once the winners of the Young Professionals Grant have been determined, all of the participants are invited to this Workshop to gain valuable contacts and view presentations by noise control professionals. The invitation is also extended to most students who register for the Congress. A notice about the Workshop is posted on the INTER-NOISE Congress website, giving those who are not directly invited a chance to contact the Workshop organizers in order to attend the Workshop. The twenty-nine attendees of the Young Professionals Workshop at INTER-NOISE 2010 were treated to talks on a variety of topics, including "Reducing Road Noise with Quieter Pavement," "Industrial Noise Control," and "Control of Structure-borne Sound in Wood Frame Floors." At INTER-NOISE 2011, 27 attendees of were advised on the following mentorship topics: "How to Publish?" and "How to Formulate Research Problems?" and "How to Network?" These were also the topics of the INTER-NOISE 2012 Workshop for 57 attendees. The 2013 Workshop was attended by 50 young professionals and 8 senior leaders.

Summary of 2013 Young Professionals Workshop Presentations

How to Present a Paper an I-INCE Congresses? - P. Donavan (Illlingworth & Rodkin)
Presenting a paper at a conference is a three-step process - prepare the abstract and paper, prepare the slides, and present the paper. Keep the slides simple and use 18 or higher font. One slide per minute is a good guideline to follow. Since you'll only have their attention for a few minutes, adjust your content and consider the ability to grasp and remember the material. Practice your talk several times for timing. Do not read from prepared text, nor should you read directly from the slides.

How to Network? - S. Hambric (Pennsylvania State University)
A network is a group of people who help each other. For example, from the network, you can find information to help with your job and find opportunities for new projects. Professional networking is best done face to face, and professional meetings are a great place to start and/or grow your own personal network. Good times to network at professional meetings are during evening socials, coffee breaks, at the vendor exposition, bus and taxi rides, poster sessions, and after sessions. Join groups talking with presenters and authors. Ask about other people's research interests, their company or university, and their country. Exchange business cards with people. You can help your new contact later by referring one to another of your contacts.

INTER-NOISE 2014 - C. Don (INTER-NOISE 2014 Organization)
INTER-NOISE 2014 will be held 2014 November 16 - 19 in Melbourne, Australia. The theme is "Improving the World through Noise Control." Authors will be asked to consider this when preparing their papers. Plenary speakers are Prof. Jung-Woo Choi of South Korea and Prof. Lex Brown of Australia. Keynote speakers include Prof. Jeremy Astley, Prof. Xiaojun Qiu, Mr. Bo. Sondergaard, and Prof. Lily Wang. Several sessions are already planned with more in the works. For information on INTER-NOISE 2014, please check the INTER-NOISE 2014 web site.

How to Publish a Paper on Noise? - C. Burroughs (Noise Control Engineering Journal)
The main elements of all papers are: introduction, approach, results, conclusions, references. In the introduction, the author should state the problem. Offer a critical review of what has been done, and review relevant literature. Be careful to not overly engage in self-referencing. The approach should be clear, complete, and concise. There should be enough information for a reader to duplicate the work. Cite a reference when possible to avoid repeating material that is easy to find in a literature search. More information can be found in the INTER-NOISE 2010 Congress proceedings (K. Attenborough, J.S. Bolton, P. Davies, C. B. Burroughs, S.A. Hambric, G. Maling, and R. Muehleisen, Publication of Your Paper on Noise, Paper # 467, INTER-NOISE 2010, 13 - 16 June 2010, Lisbon, Portugal. A copy of the paper is available through this link.

Building up the Acoustics Community of Tomorrow - E. Ascari (EAA Young Acousticians Network)
The European Acoustics Association's Young Acousticians Network (YAN) is a Pan-European network for young people working in acoustics forming a community of young acousticians. They provide free services, connections with national activities and are a central contact point in Europe. YAN offers a mailing list and a monthly newsletter to keep members informed on various topics, including upcoming events and deadlines, publications from YAN members and society presentations. YAN also offers social events so that young acousticians can come together and network. More information can be found on their website .

Announcement: I-INCE Young Professional Congress Attendance Grants for INTER-NOISE 2016


The Board of the International Institute of Noise Control Engineering (I-INCE) has approved I-INCE Young Professional Congress Attendance Grants (YP Grants) to assist young professionals/engineers in attending the 45th International Congress on Noise Control Engineering (INTER-NOISE 2016) to be held in Hamburg, Germany, 2016 August 21-24. I-INCE has allocated the funds to support at least 15 grants, each having a value of 600 EUR. The YP Grant will include complimentary registration for the Congress. The remainder of the 600 EUR grant will be available at the time of the Congress in local currency as a contribution to partially cover travel and accommodation expenses. The notification of the award of the prestigious YP Grant may be used to assist with obtaining additional funding from other sources.

Candidates must be relatively early in their professional careers (typically less than 10 years of active career). They can be either undergraduate or postgraduate students, postdoctoral, or young acousticians or noise control engineers working in industry. Preference will be given to students.

Prior grant winners are not eligible for the Young Professionals Grant.

The application and abstract submission deadline (for the grant) is 2016 March 10. Candidates must submit the completed application form via the website ( Additionally, each applicant should seek a recommendation letter and/or partial travel support from the candidate's supervisor or where practical, by an officer of the candidate's local member society of the I-INCE (details of the member societies can be found at The award selection committee may contact the candidate's supervisor if there are any questions.

The official website of INTER-NOISE 2016 ( will provide instructions for the submission and presentation of papers (abstract and full paper). Note that all candidates must submit their abstracts and full paper manuscripts in the same manner as other authors, and must follow instructions. The application for the YP grant requires the following items be uploaded to the INTER-NOISE 2016 website:

  1. Submit your abstract to INTER-NOISE 2016 and get the paper or abstract number.
  2. Complete the YP grant application form, including the title and an abstract of the paper.
    Download the application form in MSword format here or in PDF format here, but remember to rename the file with your abstract number.
    Submit only one paper for the YP grant process even if you have multiple papers in the Congress
  3. Submit only one paper for the YP grant process even if you have multiple papers in the Congress.
  4. One additional page that provides more details on theory, experiments, results or conclusions, as relevant to this paper.
  5. One-page professional biography of the applicant.
  6. A copy of the applicant's passport or comparable (government issued) identity card.
  7. An optional recommendation or funding support letter from your supervisor or an officer of your local I-INCE member society may also be uploaded.
  8. Combine the above documents (all materials from steps 2 to 6) into one file and upload to the I-INCE web site using the file upload below.


Applications will be assessed by the I-INCE YP Grants Subcommittee. Notification will be provided to successful applicants by approximately 2016 April 20. Their complimentary registration identification number will soon follow; if there is a waiting list, those on the waiting list will be informed. The awardees/applicants must complete registration, comply with the deadlines for submission of the manuscript as described at the INTER-NOISE 2016 website, and participate in the Congress. To receive the remaining grant money, the successful candidates must attend the Congress, present themselves personally to the Congress organizers with verification documents such as passport or identity card, and present their paper during the Congress. Note that no (cash) payments will be made to successful candidates prior to the Congress.


Deadlines for the Grant Application:

Deadline of Abstract and Application Submission 2016, March 10
Notification of Grant Approx. 2016, April 20
Deadline of Full Paper Submissions 2016, May 17
Deadline of Early Registration 2016, May 17

Professor Rajendra Singh, I-INCE VP, Technical Activities
Email address:

Demographics of Young Professionals Grants (from 2010 to 2013)

The Young Professionals Grant is truly an international affair with participation from twenty-seven countries. The following table gives the demographics per country based on the country of origin of the participant and the country of work or study.

Country Country of Origin Country of Work/Study
Albania 1 0
Argentina 1 1
Australia 0 1
Austria 2 3
Belgium 2 2
Brazil 2 2
Chile 1 0
China 8 2
Denmark 0 1
France 2 1
Germany 7 4
Hong Kong 0 1
Hungary 2 2
India 2 0
Iran 1 0
Italy 5 6
Japan 2 4
Korea 4 2
Malaysia 0 1
Netherlands 3 1
Poland 1 1
Russia 1 1
Serbia 1 1
Spain 3 3
Sweden 1 5
Switzerland 1 0
Turkey 4 4
United Kingdom 1 7
USA 2 8
Vietnam 2 0
Zimbabwe 1 0

Previous Young Professionals Grant Winners

Winners of the 2013 Young Professionals Grant

First Last Country of Origin Country of Work/Study
Elena Ascari Italy Italy
Mai Fujiwara Japan Japan
Gabor Gareb Hungary Hungary
Markus Guldenschuh Austria Austria
Carsten Hoever Germany Sweden
Fabio Kaiser Austria Austria
Hasan Koruk Turkey Turkey & USA
Pyoung Jik Lee South Korea Switzterland
Katarina Paunovic Serbia Serbia
Sarah Payne United Kingdom United Kingdom
Andrea Prato Italy Italy
Edwin Reynders Belgium Belgium
Laura Rossi Italy Italy
Peter Rucz Hungary Hungary
Lena Schell-Majoor Germany Germany
Osman Sen Turkey Turkey
Cheng Yang China Hong Kong
Xiaozheng Zhang Chinav China

Winners of the 2012 Young Professionals Grant

First Last Country of Origin Country of Work/Study
Vijaya Ambarisha India USA
Annalies Bockstael Belgium Belgium
Cameron Fackler USA USA
Maria Foraster Pulido Spain Spain
Christoph Hoeller Germany United Kingdom
Maarten Hornikx The Netherlands Sweden
Xin Hua China USA
Jeffrey Kastner USA USA
Seunghoon Lee Korea Korea
Shuhei Oka Japan Japan
Sönke Pelzer Germany Germany
Marcel Remillieux France USA
Jens Rohlfing Germany Italy
Josef Schlittenlacher Germany Germany
Louena Shtrepi Albania Italy
Rostand Tayong France France
Xavier Valero Spain Spain
Limin Zhou China USA

Winners of the 2011 Young Professionals Grant

Name Country of Origin Country of Work/Study
William Baker Zimbabwe England
Thilo Becker Germany Germany
Efren Fernandez-Grande Spain Denmark
Balthasar Fischer Switzerland Austria
Byoungho Kown Korea Korea
Hyun Lim Korea England
Thu Lan Nguyen Vietnam Japan
Quang Nguyenhuy Vietnam Japan
Eric Schreurs The Netherlands Australia
Jianwei Song Student China China
Hui Xie China England
Jianfei Yin China England

Winners of the 2010 Young Professionals Grant

Name Country
Ernesto Accolti Argentina
Umberto Berardi Italy
Hande Bezci Turkey
Krishna Prapoorna Biligiri India/USA & Sweden
Nikolay Kanev Russia
Michal Kozupa Poland
Caroline Marques Brazil
Samira Mohamady Iran/Malaysia
Elieni Strufaldi Brazil
Kim White The Netherlands
Julia Winwroth Sweden
Hui Xie China/England
Serkan Zeren Turkey