Designing sound for sustainability

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Sandra Pauletto has been invited by the Sound Perception and Design team of the STMS laboratory. She will present her research on "Designing sound for sustainability" during the Mercredis de STMS on the 7th of June.

The presentation will be in English. You will be able to follow it live in the Stravinsky room or via the Ircam's YouTube channel:

Abstract: Sustainability concerns have rapidly increased in recent years leaving many people feeling a mix of alarm, guilt and helplessness. While on the one hand we are pushed to take personal responsibility and change ingrained behaviours, on the other we are given little opportunity to easily grasp what is really happening in our close environment, as data and information about consumption, waste or resource savings are often difficult to understand, invisible or inaccessible.
In this talk I will discuss the relationship between sound and sustainability, and more specifically how, in my recent research projects, we approach designing sounds and sonic experiences to help us relate to sustainability concepts.
I’ll discuss participatory sound design workshop methods developed within the Sound for Energy project, as well as sonic interaction designs that utilise sound as the medium to develop a more embodied understanding of sustainability issues.

Biography: Sandra Pauletto is associate professor in media technology and in sound and music computing at the Department of Media Technology and Interaction Design at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. Prior to moving to Sweden, she worked at the University of York, UK. Her main research interests relate to sound and music computing, media production, creative processes in sound design often in connection with sustainability and health. Currently, she is the primary investigator of the Sound for Energy Project ( funded by the Swedish Energy Agency, which aims to develop sonic interaction design research to support energy efficiency. She also leads the project Personalizing Sonic Interactions funded by the Swedish research council, and is the PI for Sweden for the EU MSCA Doctoral Network Lullabyte ( Finally, Sandra is the associate director for mobility at the Digital Futures research centre ( 

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