COST 281 Newsflash

January 11th, 2005:
Workshop in Zurich, Switzerland on February 17-18, 2005
”Do sinusoidal versus non-sinusoidal waveforms make a difference?”

The purpose of the workshop is to examine already existing and emerging new technologies.
The COST 281 Workshop is organized in connection with the EMC 05 Symposium ( The Symposium and Technical Exhibition is held at the main building of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ( Zurich (ETHZ), Rämistrasse 101, CH-8006 Zurich, Switzerland.

October 22nd, 2004:
Workshop in Schriesheim (near Heidelberg), Germany, on November 15-17, 2004
”Are RF-fields able to raise the risk of cancer?”

The scientific workshop hosted by the FGF in cooperation with COST 281 and the State Ministry of Environment and Transport, Baden-Württemberg organises a closed, non-public workshop for invited attendees.
The purpose of the workshop is to bring together representatives of the working groups which recently have presented publications on this topic, and offer them the possibility of discussing their results.

October 15th, 2004:
Joint workshop WHO-EMF/ COST 281 on November 8th – 9th, 2004 in Ljubljana:
”From Bioeffects to Legislation”

A panel of recognized international experts has been assembled to present state of the science in the field of EMF, to promote scientific background of the EMF guidelines, discuss the different models for EMF standards in new EU member states and their possible harmonization and universal model legislation.

July 28th, 2004:
WHO Workshop in Prague, Czech Republic on October 25-27, 2004
“International Seminar and Working Group meeting on EMF Hypersensitivity”

Sensitivity to EMF has been given the general name “Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity” or EHS. It comprises nervous system symptoms like headache, fatigue, stress, sleep disturbances, skin symptoms like prickling, burning sensations and rashes, pain and ache in muscles and many other health problems. Whatever its cause, EHS is a real and sometimes a disabling problem for the affected persons, while the level of EMF in their neighbourhood is usually no greater than is encountered in normal living environments. Their exposures are generally several orders of magnitude under the limits in internationally accepted standards. The aim of the conference is to review current state of knowledge and opinions of the conference participants and propose ways forward on this issue.

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