Almost 100 people participated in OSKA, the 3rd edition of Polish Students’ Conference on Acoustics which took place 11-13th of March. After the first two editions organized at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland, OSKA moved to Krakow. The hosts of this year’s edition, the Scientific Club of Architectural Acoustics at AGH University of Science and Technology, provided excellent conditions for integration of young scientists from 10 universities.

OSKA 2013
1st Polish Students’ Conference on Acoustics – Poznań, December 2013

OSKA 2014
2nd Polish Students’ Conference on Acoustics – Poznań, December 2014

OSKA 2016
3rd Polish Students’ Conference on Acoustics – Kraków, March 2016

At the beginning of the scientific part, professor Tadeusz Kamisiński (head of the Laboratory of Technical Acoustics, AGH), gave a plenary lecture about the research and projects under development in the Laboratory.

Professor Tadeusz Kamisiński - head of the Laboratory of Technical AcousticsProfessor Tadeusz Kamisiński – head of the Laboratory of Technical Acoustics

Then, Jacek Śliwiński, the representative of Barrisol (the main sponsor of the conference) gave a lecture about innovative stretch ceilings.

Jacek Śliwiński - representative of BarrisolJacek Śliwiński – representative of Barrisol

Afterwards the students took over. During the three days they presented 26 papers from a wide range of topics related to acoustics – from noise control, room acoustics, bioacoustics and psychoacoustics to hearing care and speech acoustics.

The competition for the best contribution was an additional motivation for the students to prepare a solid presentation of their research. The jury, including academic staff, representatives of the sponsors and students, rewarded the best young acousticians. Winners were rewarded with prize money (sponsored by the Polish Acoustical Society) and speaker systems (sponsored by Nautilus). Additionally, Brüel & Kjær invited the winners to take part in a training workshop.

1st place – Wojciech Binek from AGH University (for the paper “The Analysis of Geometrical Methods used in Optics for their uses in Acoustics”)
2nd place – Bartłomiej Chojnacki and Michał Ziobro from AGH University (for the paper “Piezoelectric Omnidirectional Sound Source for Acoustic Scale Modelling in the Ultrasonic Frequency Range”)
3rd place -Maciej Blaszke, Dawid Weber and Szymon Zaporowski from Gdansk University of Technology (for the paper “Guitar Effects Processor on Mobile Devices”)

Winners Dawid Weber, Szymon Zaporowski, Maciej Blaszke, Wojciech Binek, Bartłomiej Chojnacki, Michał Ziobro – winners

What’s more, an audience award (sponsored by Ecophon) was given to Adam Szwajcowski for the paper “A Project of a Glass Harmonica. Practical and Theoretical Analysis of Rubbed Glass”.

Adam Szwajcowski - audience award winner, with Mother Foundress of OSKA - Ela ManiakowskaAdam Szwajcowski – audience award winner, with Mother Foundress of OSKA – Ela Maniakowska

The scientific character of the meeting could be noticed also during the unofficial parts, and discussions about acoustics continued during coffee breaks and evening events.

During the closing ceremony the organizers, academics and sponsors (beside the mentioned above: EC Test Systems, Fermacell, Nowy Styl Group, Svantek and SoundPLAN) expressed delight with the young people’s enthusiasm. Everyone was keen on participating in the next year’s edition.

The conference showed that acoustics is a topic very popular among Polish students and many of them are interested in doing acoustics-related science. As Jerzy Wiciak, head of the Department of Vibroacoustics AGH, said: “Basically, we can sleep calm and we can retire right now. You are our successors that can represent us in the field of acoustics.”

Organizing committee with volunteers Organizing committee with volunteers