As the Audio Engineering Society started rolling out the marketing for next year’s European event in Vienna, we’ve taken a moment to reflect on the 146th Convention that Jo and Richard attended back in March.
The annual European AES Convention features a wide array of technical papers and sessions, and a busy student and education programme alongside manufacturer and company exhibits. It has been cycling between a number of established and popular venues around Europe for as long as we can remember. With Brexit being hotly debated, what better place for the AES tour bus to wheel into this year than Dublin, which has increasingly found itself at the heart of Europe’s current growing pains.
Under the banner “Listen, Learn and Connect” professional engineers, researchers, educators, students and audio enthusiasts enjoyed opportunities to meet and develop their audio engineering knowledge and networks. For many, this was their first visit to Ireland, whilst others were returning with excitement and fond memories. Dublin offered a welcome and refreshing vibrancy which was immediately in evidence thanks to the choice of the striking Convention Centre on the banks of the River Liffey, for this first AES Convention in Ireland.
The walk from the hotel to the convention centre was across the Samuel Beckett Bridge, which spans the river. The shape of the spar and its 31 cables is said to evoke an image of an Irish harp lying on its edge, and this made for a striking backdrop to the event. Unlike on some occasions when venue choices have meant the convention has sometimes felt distinctly ‘out of town’, this year it felt that we were very much in the heart of this progressive and lively city.
Official figures confirmed there were attendees from 47 countries, with the most attendees from Ireland, the UK, USA, Germany, Poland, Sweden and Austria. The Conventi