10th International AQL Conference

and Student Workshops

Advances in Quantitative Laryngology, Voice and Speech Research

History of The AQL International Conference

The first AQL meeting took place in Erlangen, Germany in 1996 in an effort to create a collaborative workshop forum, at which several European voice laboratories (mainly from Germany), could meet annually to provide updates on their progress in different aspects of quantitative assessment of laryngeal function, voice and speech, and to set new goals. This collaborative effort was funded through the own funding of the member laboratories, which was obtained through the German Research Foundation (DFG), other European funding agencies, the laboratories’ institutional funding mechanisms, and/or through grants from private industry. The first four AQL meetings were collaborative workshops between the European member-laboratories; producing progress reports (Table 1). Non-member participants from other labs and nationalities were also involved. Table 2, shows the names of the AQL keynote speakers to date.

 

Table 1: History of AQL

AQL

Year

Format

Location

Chair(s)

Attendees

1st

1996

Research Workshop

Erlangen, Germany

Ulrich Eysholdt, MD, PhD, University Hospital Erlangen

15

2nd

1997

Research Workshop

Erlangen, Germany

Ulrich Eysholdt, MD, PhD, University Hospital Erlangen

30

3rd

1998

Research Workshop

Aachen, Germany

Jan Spitzer, PhD, RWTH Aachen University of Technology

40

4th

2000

Research Workshop

Jena, Germany

Thomas Braunschweig, PhD, Friedrich Schiller University Jena

50

5th

2001

International Conference

Groningen, Netherlands

Harm Schutte, MD, PhD, University Medical Center Groningen
Donald Miller, PhD, University of Groningen

70

6th

2003

International Conference

Hamburg, Germany

Markus Hess, MD, University Medical Center of Hamburg-Eppendorf

90

7th

2006

International Conference

Groningen, Netherlands

Harm Schutte, MD, PhD, University Medical Center Groningen

85

8th

2008

International Conference

Stockholm, Sweden

Per-Åke Lindestad, MD, Karolinska University

80

9th

2010

International Conference & Student Workshops

Erlangen, Germany

Michael Döllinger, PhD, University Hospital Erlangen
Malte Kob, PhD, University of Music Detmold
Ulrich Eysholdt, MD, PhD, University Hospital Erlangen

100

10th

2013

International Conference & Student Workshops

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Dimitar Deliyski, PhD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center & University of Cincinnati
Sid Khosla, MD, University of Cincinnati
Suzanne Boyce, PhD, University of Cincinnati
Alessandro de Alarcon, MD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center & University of Cincinnati
Lisa Kelchner, PhD, University of Cincinnati

Est.
100-120

 

The AQL initiative grew up very quickly and gained the respect and recognition of the international voice community. Rapid expansion of the conference was seen over a period of four years (1996-2000) with the workshop expanding from an initial 15 participants to 50 participants. Consequently, the 5th AQL 2001 Conference in Groningen, the Netherlands, became truly international with worldwide participation and over 70 attendees. The next four AQL International Conferences: the 6th AQL 2003 in Hamburg, Germany; the 7th AQL 2006 in Groningen, the Netherlands; the 8th AQL 2008 in Stockholm, Sweden; and the 9th AQL 2010 in Erlangen, Germany; escalated in scientific quality, participation and achieved goals. These were outstanding international scientific events with strong impact on voice research and with published proceeding materials.

 

Table 2: AQL Keynote Speakers

Year

Location

Keynote Speakers

1997

Erlangen, Germany

Ingo Titze, PhD, University of Iowa & National Center for Voice and Speech
David Berry, PhD, University of Iowa & National Center for Voice and Speech

2000

Jena, Germany

Ingo Titze, PhD, University of Iowa & National Center for Voice and Speech
Tecumseh Fitch, PhD, Harvard University

2003

Hamburg, Germany

Robert Orlikoff, PhD, City University of New York
Ron Baken, PhD, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary
Ulrich Eysholdt, MD, PhD, University Hospital Erlangen

2006

Groningen, Netherlands

Dimitar Deliyski, PhD, University of South Carolina
David Berry, PhD, University of California Los Angeles

2008

Stockholm, Sweden

Robert Hillman, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital
Roger Chan, PhD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

2010

Erlangen, Germany

Luc Mongeau, PhD, McGill University
Ron Scherer, PhD, Bowling Green State University
Ingo Titze, PhD, University of Iowa & National Center for Voice and Speech

2013

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Gerald Berke, MD, University of California Los Angeles
Robin Cotton, MD, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Marshall Smith, MD, University of Utah
Mark Courey, MD, University of California San Francisco

 

The most recent meeting, the 9th AQL in Erlangen, Germany, which took place from September 8-11, 2010, added new value to the AQL tradition. This was the first meeting to combine the traditional scientific AQL conference format with student workshops aimed at disseminating voice science. The funding of the student summer school was achieved in cooperation with COST Action 2103 “Advanced voice function assessment” (www.cost2103.eu). The COST Action program funds dissemination of scientific knowledge amongst scientists and students from the participating European nations. In July 2012, another voice conference, the 8th International Conference on Voice Physiology and Biomechanics, was similarly organized in cooperation with the COST Action 2103.

Our goal for the 10th AQL Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio is to maintain and further improve the high quality established by the previous AQL conferences and to organize student workshops, while we also plan to publish a supplemental issue of the Journal of Voice with AQL peer-reviewed materials, increase the translational research focus of AQL, and we expect the number of participants to increase.