“Coinciding with International Women's Day, it was lovely to see a greater number of women attending ISCEx 2017, supporting the sound industry and ready to celebrate our presence”, said Helen Goddard, ISCE vice-president (pictured, left).
UK - The Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers (ISCE) reports increased attendance and much enthusiasm for its annual exhibition and seminar day, ISCEx 2017, a one-day event held at Coombe Abbey Hotel and Country Park.
Open to members and non-members, the ISCEx exhibition and seminar programme was preceded by the Institute’s annual general meeting and networking dinner events, held the previous day.
The ISCEx 2017 seminar programme was kicked off by Alberto Fueyo, Acoustic Engineer from AMS Acoustics highlighting the technical considerations required when designing PA/ VA sound systems with digital amplifiers and in particular the expected maximum sound pressure levels (SPL) compared to those traditionally experienced with analogue amplifiers.
The second seminar of the day, presented by Dr Peter Mapp, required the drafting of additional seating for an enlarged audience and encouraged lots of participation as Dr Mapp embarked on demonstrating acoustic side effects of ultrasonic PA system monitoring, highlighting examples with researched data, real-life scenarios and live demonstrations.
Dr Gillian Rollason, Social Policy Manager for Action on Hearing Loss (the charity formerly known as the RNID) concluded the day’s seminars presenting a hot topic entitled, Taking Noise off the Menu - Changing the acoustic environment for diners in commercial settings. Once again audience participation proved to be lively around this highly emotive topic.
Jim Gilroy, Protec Fire Detection comments: “Dr Peter Mapp’s presentation was a highlight of the day for me. ISCEx is a very well planned and executed event, a credit to the Institute”.
“To have a large number of suppliers with the time to discuss products at length was very beneficial”, adds Dudley Simpson from Simpson Sound and Vision Ltd who dedicated the entire day to attending the event.
Alongside the seminar programme 32 exhibitors were on hand in the exhibition room and were reporting very positive engagement from ISCEx attendees. A number of the audio industry’s women also took the opportunity to gather in recognition of International Women’s Day 2017.
“Coinciding with International Women's Day, it was lovely to see a greater number of women attending ISCEx 2017, supporting the sound industry and ready to celebrate our presence. As Vice President, I plan to actively encourage the Institutes increasing diversity”, comments Helen Goddard, vice-president for ISCE.
“A very worthwhile and well attended event, I know we certainly took away some new custom”, comments Jack Wilson, FBT Audio UK, exhibiting at ISCEx for the first time.
“A good atmosphere throughout the event and the attendance was up on last year”, adds Peter Alberry-King, Penton UK Limited.
“With key decision makers from existing and potential customers in the audio industry, ISCEx isn't a huge trade show attended by thousands, it's a very compact event with key individuals and is the perfect environment to talk and develop business. We shall, without a doubt, be exhibiting next year”, reports Charlie Henden, Leisuretec Distribution Ltd.
“With more than thirty exhibitors at ISCEx this year we saw an increased number of visitors attending as a consequence”, comments Ros Wigmore, event organiser for ISCE.
“ISCEx remains a very personal event and lends itself to creating a very intimate and informal environment. Throughout the day discussions took place between visitors and exhibitors in and around the exhibition room and throughout the hotel and grounds in various relaxed seating areas”, continues Wigmore.
“The feedback for ISCEx this year has been really positive and we’re already looking forward to ISCEx 2018 next year”, concludes Wigmore.
'Over recent years, ISCEx has grown steadily and for sure is an important networking event for the Sound & Communications Industry. The response to our 2017 event has really been positive from both visitors and exhibitors. We will return to Coombe Abbey again in 2018. Look out for the event announcement date soon’, summarises ISCE President Phil Price.

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