Lisa Lavia and Dr Harry Witchel

Meet Lisa Lavia – from the Noise Abatement Society (‘NAS’).- and Dr Harry Witchel from Brighton and Sussex Medical School (University of Sussex). They spearhead an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Third Sector and academia.


Lisa is managing director of NAS and pioneered its applied soundscape programme, which is at the heart of a global movement establishing the future management of sound within the built environment. Through her vision and dedication to see these principles sustainably embedded in our towns and cities, she has been at the forefront of the recent establishment of the world’s first acoustics soundscape standard (ISO 12913-1:2014).

Lisa is a member of the EU COST Action and ISO Working Group 54, both on Soundscapes, and has a research sabbatical with Sheffield University to help further applied soundscape studies. She is editor of ‘Sound Scape, where life sounds good’ e-magazine and has published several conference papers. Lisa has recently contributed and is lead chapter author of the forthcoming authoritative book “Soundscape and the Built Environment”.



Dr. Harry Witchel is Discipline Leader in Physiology at Brighton and Sussex Medical School at the University of Sussex, England.

In 2004, Dr Witchel received the national honour of being awarded The Charles Darwin Award Lecture by the British Science Association. His research interests are: Soundscape; Nonverbal Behaviour; Motion Capture; Engagement; Psychobiology. He has consulted and run experiments for Honda, Tesco, Nike and Nokia, and his writings have in appeared nationally in the Financial Times and the Times Higher Educational Supplement.

His regular appearances internationally as a commentator promoting public engagement with science on radio and television include shows ranging from Newsnight to the BBC World Service Radio and the Discovery channel. He is the author the book “You Are What You Hear: How Music and Territory Make Us Who We Are”.

See Lisa and Harry’s TEDx talk: ‘Applied Soundscape: How Sound Connects Us’

Connect with Lisa Lavia on Linkedin and see Dr Harry Witchel’s website

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Favourite TED talks: Jeremy Rifkin – ‘On the empathic civilsation’ and Ken Robinson – ‘Do Schools Kill Creativity?’