Merger ballot results of eligible EBEA members

On the 16th of July at midnight, the merger ballot was closed.

67 of the 114 (58.8 %) eligible EBEA members (full members that paid their membership in 2017/2018) casted their vote.

Members had to answer 2 questions:

First question: Do you agree that EBEA and BEMS merge into a new society?

Second question: Whatever your answer to question 2, please indicate which option you would prefer should the majority vote be in favour of a merger

The results are as follow:

Eligible Voters %
Double members 76 49 64.47
Ebea members only 38 18 47.37
Tot Members 114 67 58.77


Merge No Merge No Pref Tot Merge* Tot No Merge* % Merge % no merge
Double members 43 5 1 44 6 89.80 12.24
Ebea members only 15 2 1 16 3 88.89 16.67
Tot Members 58 7 2 60 9 89.55 13.43
* no preference is added to both “merge” and “no merge”
OPT1 OPT2 No pref Tot Opt1* Tot Opt2* % Opt 1 % Opt 2
Double members 35 10 5 40 15 81.63 30.61
Ebea members only 8 7 3 11 10 61.11 55.56
Tot Members 43 17 8 51 25 76.12 37.31
* no preference is added to both “option 1” and “option 2”

By “agree to merge” it is meant the commitment of EBEA to set up a new Society to which both societies will be merged in due time, and to resolve all details of a merger such as name, location, statutes, finances etc.

It would culminate in a second and decisive ballot in both Societies on dissolution by merger into the new Society once these details have been resolved. The final ballot would need a two-third majority, according to the Statutes.

The EBEA council and the EBEA members of the merging committee will further discuss the position of EBEA and next steps. We will inform you on our further decisions.

With my best regards,

Luc Martens

EBEA President

BioEM2019: Thank you from the Presidents

This past meeting BioEM2019 has just been wonderful, it has left us with good memories. Montpellier is a nice place to hold the annual meeting, although somewhat hot this year. All attendees could enjoy not only the interesting conference, but also the tasty French food during our stay in the Corum and social dinner at the breathtaking Domaine des Moures, accompanied by pleasant jazz music on saxophone.

Meetings like this cannot be successful without the effort and dedication of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) members, Technical Program Committee (TPC) members, and BEMS Board/EBEA Council members.

Our special thanks to Alexandre Legros from Eurostim, Isabelle Lagroye, and Julien Modolo, and all members of the LOC who worked long and hard to find sponsors and all the arrangements in place for the meeting to run smoothly and successfully.

We thank the TPC, chaired by Azadeh Peyman and Micaela Liberti, as well as the dozens of reviewers of the abstracts for the very well-balanced and outstanding scientific program. Just taking the opportunity here to remind colleagues to check for spams at the period of reviewing the abstracts after the submission deadline usually in March each year. Thanks to the plenary speakers, the workshop conveners, chairpersons, and to the scientists including students who presented oral and poster papers – we really appreciated all attendees’ participation.

The plenary sessions and 14 oral sessions balanced between health protection and biomedical applications, spanning from basic research to standards, from proteins to humans. To give the participants a choice to attend the talks of their interest, sessions were set to cover biological/medical topics in parallel with engineering/physical ones at a given time. This year, several emerging areas were covered, including plenaries on 5G exposure assessment, topicality of IARC evidence for carcinogenicity from RF-EMF, interaction mechanisms, millimeter waves applications, noninvasive stimulation of the nervous system, and one tutorial on body temperature regulation. We are grateful to all invited speakers for accepting our invitation and to workshop organizers for their contribution to the program.

The week was filled with interesting sessions to follow, with a very few cancelled presentations due to difficulties in obtaining visa by the authors. We will do our best to provide the authors with relevant documentations well in advance to apply for visa in the future to reduce cancellations.

This meeting also included the student flash poster sessions which gave 24 students amongst 53 the opportunity to enhance their presentation abilities in a challenging 3 minute-format in front of the attendees, before presenting their work in more depth at the poster sessions.

During the conference a number of awards, including student awards, were presented. The most prestigious awards of our societies, the d’Arsonval and the Chiabrera awards, were respectively attributed to Patrick Reilly, who traced his scientific history back on induced currents with humor and ended with nice and emotive music on harmonica; and to Arno Thielens who presented his work on “Personal RF exposure assessment in current and future telecommunication networks”. The Arthur Pilla award of the best young scientist platform presentation was attributed to Ilaria Liorni, whose report will be posted soon.

Finally, we deeply thank our sponsors: silver: MWF, Orthofix ; bronze: Hydro-Québec/Transenergie, GSMA, Telstra, EPRI, RTE, Pulse Biosciences ; other: Occitanie district, SFRP, INERIS, INSERM, EPHE/PSL, for helping to make BioEM2019 a wonderful and successful meeting.

Results of merging vote will be published soon, and we’ll keep you informed on next steps.

We hope to see you next year, June 21-26, in Oxford, United Kingdom!!

EBEA President Luc Martens

BEMS President René de Seze

Arno Thielens is the winner of the 2019 Alessandro Chiabrera award

EBEA is proud and honoured to announce that Arno Thielens (UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA) is the winner of the 2019 edition of the Alessandro Chiabrera award.
This prize has the main purpose to foster excellence in the Bioelectromagnetics community by giving recognition to outstanding scientific contributions from early stage researchers, and to keep alive Prof. Chiabrera’s memory and scientific legacy.
The nominations were evaluated and selected by a committee composed by the EBEA Past-President; EBEA treasurer and by the last four winners of the Chiabrera Award, the EBEA Council gave the final approval.

Arno gave a lecture entitled: “Personal RF Exposure Assessment in Current and Future Telecommunication Networks” during the joint annual meeting of the American Bioelectromagnetics Society and the European Bioelectromagnetics Association, BioEM2019: June 25, 2019 • 10:00 – 11:00, Einstein, Corum, Montpellier, France.


Radio-Frequency (RF) electromagnetic fields (EMFs) enable wireless communication between billions of users worldwide. Humans are exposed to these fields, but quantifying this exposure has proven to be challenging. There exist methods for measuring personal exposure to RF-EMFs emitted by far-field sources, but these are faced with uncertainties. This talk will present some techniques to reduce these measurement uncertainties and further improvements that could be made in the future, alongside measurements of exposure to near-field RF-EMF sources. These research efforts should improve our understanding of personal exposure to RF EMFs in the current telecommunication networks. However, future networks will use new technologies. Three of those are studied in terms of RF-EMF exposure: distributed small-cell networks, (massive) MiMo antennas, and higher carrier frequencies.

Congratulations Arno!

Luc Martens, EBEA President