The AES mission is to promote the science and practice of audio, by bringing leading people and ideas together.


The Audio Engineering Society is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology. Founded in the United States in 1948, the AES has grown to become an international organization that unites audio engineers, creative artists, scientists and students worldwide by promoting advances in audio and disseminating new knowledge and research.

Currently, over 13,000 members are affiliated with more than 75 AES professional sections and more than 95 AES student sections around the world. Section activities may include guest speakers, technical tours, demonstrations and social functions. Through local AES section events, members experience valuable opportunities for professional networking and personal growth.

Our Story
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President's Message

When the Department Chair at the college I was teaching at singled me out and told me that I had been designated to serve as the AES Faculty Advisor to our new AES student chapter, I really didn’t know what to think. I was a little scared believing that maybe I didn’t know enough to be in this position. At that time, I had never opened an AES Journal. I had never visited a convention. I had never even been to a local professional section meeting. I was fully unacquainted with the AES, and who was I really in this grand world of audio?

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The overall function and direction of the AES is established by the Society’s Board of Governors, which is elected by voting members of the Society. Board meeting are held at each U.S. convention, and additional business may be conducted electronically throughout the year.

The Board of Governors consists of:
(1) the Society’s corporate officers (President; President-Elect; Immediate Past-President; Secretary; and Treasurer)
(2) the Treasurer-Elect
(3) the eight Regional Vice-Presidents (Eastern USA/Canada; Central USA/Canada; Western USA/Canada; Northern Europe; Central Europe; Southern Europe; Latin America; International)
(4) and eight Governors-at-Large

In between full meetings of the Board, the Society’s corporate officers (also known as the “Executive Committee”) are responsible for oversight of the AES. Daily administrative affairs at the Society’s headquarters are managed by a full-time Executive Director appointed by the corporate officers.

AES Board & Staff
AES Board of Governors


Audio Engineering Society’s New Refer-a-Friend Program Offers Members a Chance to Gain Free Membership, Event Access and More

AES Membership is the best way to stay involved and grow as an audio professional, while also helping to promote best audio practices, standards, and audio quality. Share the benefits and status of AES membership, full access to the AES E-Library and more with your friends and colleagues, and, when they join the AES community, you’ll get rewarded. With the new AES “Refer-a-Friend” program, members can now build discount credits towards any purchase from the aes.org website, including membership renewals, AES Convention and Conference registrations, AES swag and publications. Get the details on how to “Find Five Friends – Renew For Free” at aes.org/membership/referrals/.

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AES Paris 2016

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AES Los Angeles 2016

Tools of the trade, breaking research, theory and application, historical perspective, student competitions and career development ­– presented by the best minds in audio. If it’s about audio, it’s at AES!

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