February 17th – 18th, 2005:
COST 281 Workshop in Zurich: ”Do sinusoidal versus non-sinusoidal waveforms make a difference?”
Documents are available at the “documents section” of this website.

October 25th – 27th, 2004:
WHO International Seminar and Working Group meeting on EMF Hypersensitivity
in Prague (Czech Republic)
Comprehensive information at the WHO Website

September 22nd – 24th, 2004:
Joint ICES/COST 281 Workshop on Thermophysiology
in Paris
Download informations, agenda and registration form here.

September 20th – 21st, 2004:
Workshop on EMF Exposure assessment
in Paris
Download Call for contribution and Registration form here.

June 9th – 10th, 2004:
WHO Workshop on Sensitivity of Children to EMF Exposure
in Istanbul (Turkey)
Comprehensive information at the WHO Website

April 28th – 29th, 2004:
Workshop ”Influence of RF Fields on the Expression of Stress Proteins”
in Helsinki (Finland)
The Scope of the Workshop is now available at the “Documents Section” of this website.

April 21st – 28th, 2004:
International School of Bioelectromagnetics in Erice (Siciliy, Italy):
The program of the course is available at the “Documents Section”.

March 18th – 19th, 2004:
Workshop: `Potential bioeffects of new technologies in particular in the UHF range´
in Thessaloniki (Greece)

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 (http://www.emc-zurich.ch/). The Symposium and Technical Exhibition is held at the main building of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (http://www.ethz.ch) 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.

COST is the acronym for “European Cooperation in the Field of Scientific and Technical Research”. It is a framework for international research and development cooperation, allowing to coordinate national research at European level. COST does not fund research as such, but coordination of research. COST includes as member states countries from the European Union, and a number of other European countries. More information about the COST framework can be found at the COST TIST website.

COST 281 is an action within COST-Telecommunication Information Science and Technology, which is one of 18 domains existing in COST at the present time. More information can be found in the Memorandum of Understanding.

The main objective of the Action is to obtain a better understanding of possible health impacts of emerging technologies, especially related to communication and information technologies that may result in exposure to electromagnetic fields.

Some secondary objectives are the providing of

  • a scientific evaluation of the available data for use by various decision makers involved in risk management of electromagnetic
  • a basis for risk communication efforts related to emerging technologies, electromagnetic fields and possible health risks and
  • data on electromagnetic field exposures related to emerging technologies on a European level.