Succesful Meeting in Davos

The joint meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society with the European Bioelectromagnetics Association, held June 14 – 19, 2009 in Davos, Switzerland, was a big success. Registered meeting participants received roundtrip rail tickets to transport them from anywhere in Switzerland to Davos. The scenery was spectacular. During the first day of the meeting, Davos was also filled with cycling enthusiasts as the Tour de Suisse shared the roads with meeting attendees.

Within the Congress Centre, there was much to hold the attention and interest of meeting participants. Davos Mayor Hans Peter Michel, shown here with BEMS president Niels Kuster and EBEA president Carmela Marino, welcomed participants to the meeting.

Almost 500 people attended the meeting (presentation and poster abstracts available at www.bioem2009.org), filling both presentation rooms and poster halls.

The social event, held Tueday evening, is described separately in this newsletter as it contained many elements of what president Niels Kuster calls “Swissness” that require further explanation. BEMS election results were also announced (see article in this newsletter).

On Thursday, at the annual meeting for BEMS, president Niels Kuster expressed the society’s appreciation to technical program committee co-chairs Dariusz Leszcynski and Gugilelmo D’Inzeo for putting together a strong program for this meeting.

Niels Kuster concluded the BEMS Annual Meeting with the traditional handing over of the gavel with incoming president Michael Murphy.

The final session of the meeting, held on Friday, was the Hot Topic Plenary: When Do We Know Enough To Stop Research on the Safety of Wireless Communications? As seen below, chair Niels Kuster and speakers Christopher Portier, Joe Morrissey, Luis Mir, Dariusz Leszczynski, and Debra Davis (not shown) reminded us of the widely varying points of view on this question.

Next year’s meeting in Seoul, South Korea promises to continue the many discussions begun in Davos. A survey was sent to all members after the meeting to determine what went well and what changes members would like to see in future meetings. Co-chairs Dariusz Leszczynski and Nam Kim will be carefully looking at survey responses as they design that meeting.