Workshops

Workshops

 

Pre Conference Workshop: EMF exposure from 5G equipment: the state of art of research and standardization


Chair

Kenneth Joyner, Australia.


Content

Although networks utilizing frequency bands below 6 GHz will still constitute the backbone of mobile communications, new wireless access technologies, such as 5G, will operate also in higher bands. This workshop will present the increasing amount of studies addressing millimeter wave EMF exposure. It will also discuss novel compliance assessment methodologies and procedures that have been developed and are being standardized for both base stations and portable devices.


Speakers

Michael Wood
Chairman IEC TC106 and Telstra Corporation, Melbourne, Australia
Akimasa Hirata
Nagoya Institute of Technology, Nagoya, Japan
Chung-Kwang Chou
IEEE/ICES TC95 Chairman and C-K. Chou Consulting Dublin, CA, USA
Masami Kojima
Kanazawa Medical University, Uchinada, Japan
Yaeko Suzuki
Tokyo Metropolitan University, Hachiōji, Japan
Kenneth R. Foster
University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA
Leeor Alon
New York University School of Medicine, NY, USA
Andreas Christ
Research Consultant, Cabo Frio (RJ), Brazil
Davide Colombi
Ericsson Research, Stockholm, Sweden
Niels Kuster
Foundation for Research on Information Technologies in Society (IT’IS), Zurich, Switzerland
Wassim El Hajj
Intel Corporation, Nice, France

 

Pre Conference Workshop: MURI/AFOSR Workshop on Nanoelectropulse-induced electromechanical signaling and control of biological systems


Co-Chairs

Andrei Pakhomov, Old Dominion University, VA, USA, and Bennet L. Ibey, Air Force Research Laboratory, TX, USA.


Content

Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) grants are awarded by the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to support fundamental, cutting-edge research that crosses traditional science and engineering boundaries. This Workshop will focus on cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying bioeffects of nanosecond pulsed electric fields (nsPEF). Talks will highlight the impact of bipolar cancellation, a phenomenon which makes bipolar stimuli and emitted EMF less effective. We will summarize experimental and modeling efforts in support of a concept of remote stimulation and electroporation by “cancellation of cancellation” (CANCAN). We will conclude with a first-time introduction and discussion of a synthetic theory which links nanoelectroporation and bipolar cancellation mechanisms. The workshop welcomes all BioEM participants and does not require registration.


Speakers

Bennet L. Ibey
Air Force Research Laboratory, Fort Sam Houston, TX, USA
James C. Weaver
Institute for Medical Engineering & Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA, USA
P. Thomas Vernier
Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA
Olga Pakhomova
Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA
Normand Leblanc
Center for Cardiovascular Research, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Reno, NV, USA
Andrei Pakhomov
Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA

 

Workshop 1: Transferring Evidence from Research and Case Reports into Policy and Society


Chair

Jürg Kesselring, Rehabilitation Centre, Valens, Switzerland.


Workshop Facilitators

Stefan Dongus, Swiss TPH, Switzerland, and Jürg Fröhlich, Fields at Work, Switzerland.


Content

Potential health effects of electromagnetic fields are not only debated by scientists, but also by interested lay people, affected individuals, medical practitioners and policy makers. While hundreds of scientific studies are published worldwide each year investigating a wide range of related aspects and topics, the challenge is not only to continuously assess the potential implications for existing and future regulatory limits, but also to translate the results for a wider public, in order to meet the need for reliable, balanced and comprehensive information. This workshop will provide examples for existing approaches of synthesizing research for policy and society, experiences from policy makers providing guidelines for regulatory limits, and insights from medical practitioners, closing with a roundtable discussion.


Speakers

Gregor Dürrenberger
Swiss Research Foundation on Electricity and Mobile Communication (FSM), ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
Johanna Fite
ANSES (French National Agency for Food Safety, Environment and Labor), Department of Risk Assessment, Maisons-Alfort, France
Jürg Kesselring
Former head of the neurology department, Rehabilitation centre, Valens, Switzerland
Michael Kundi
Center for Public Health, Department of Environmental Health, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
Theodore Samaras
RadioCommunications Laboratory, Department of Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

 

Workshop 2: EMF and Cancer: Interaction Mechanisms Leading to Hazardous or Beneficial effects


Co-Chairs

Antonio Sarolic, FESB, University of Split, Split, Croatia, and Olga Zeni, CNR-Institute for Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment (IREA), Naples, Italy.


Content

While EMFs in the extremely-low frequency and radiofrequency ranges are classified as possible carcinogens for humans, there are also an increasing number of clinical applications of these EMFs, including for cancer treatment. The aim of the workshop is to present and discuss available knowledge on possible EMF interaction mechanisms that are leading to risk of cancer, vs. interaction mechanisms that are leading to “beneficial” effects that can be used for therapeutical purposes. A change of view from the risk perspective only, to a scenario with possible benficial effects as well may be the beginning of a pradigm change. Is it also so that these novel insights provide a better understanding of the interaction mechanisms?


Speakers

Isabelle Lagroye
Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris, France
Mats-Olof Mattson
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Tulln a.d. Donau, Austria and SciProof International AB, Östersund, Sweden
Maria-Rosaria Scarfi
CNR-Institute for Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment (IREA), Naples, Italy

 

Workshop 3: Advanced Approaches for Analysis of Biological Effects of Pulsed Electric Fields


Co-Chairs

Michal Cifra, Institute of Photonics and Electronics, Czech Academy of Sciences, Czechia, and Lluis M. Mir, CNRS, University Paris-Saclay, Gustave Roussy, Villejuif, France.


Content

The proposed workshop is dedicated to presentation and discussion of advanced technologies and methods to study the effects of pulsed electric fields on living cells mainly at the cellular and molecular levels, for improving the knowledge and applicability of future medical applications. The focus will be on technologies based on advanced chemiluminescence techniques, advanced linear and nonlinear optical and imaging techniques (Raman, CARS and THz microspectroscopy), numerical microdosimetry and molecular dynamics modeling.


Speakers

Michal Cifra
Institute of Photonics and Electronics, Czech Academy of Sciences, Czechia
Francesca Apollonio
Department of Information Engineering Electronics and Telecommunications, La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Mounir Tarek
CNRS, Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France
Micaela Liberti
Department of Information Engineering Electronics and Telecommunications, La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Lluis M. Mir
CNRS, University Paris-Saclay, Gustave Roussy, Villejuif, France
Caterina Merla
ENEA – Research Center Casaccia, Rome, Italy
Tomas Garcia-Sanchez
CNRS, University Paris-Saclay, Gustave Roussy, Villejuif, France