Letter from the President

Authored by: Andrew Wood

Published on: Feb 22, 2019

Photo of Andrew Wood at Swinburne Research Impact

Here in Australia we are experiencing extreme weather events: record high temperatures in some regions, record rainfall in others and severe drought in yet other regions. Coping with these events needs reliable and rapid communications, especially in remote rural areas. Systems to accomplish this continue to exploit non-ionizing radiation (NIR) technologies. This year will see the introduction of 5th Generation (5G) telecommunications, with significantly increased data speeds, but with questions on how to accurately monitor exposure to humans and questions on possible impacts on human health. These questions continue as active research topics. The developing therapeutic uses of NIR in the treatment of cancer and other major diseases also represent exciting fields for on-going research. Membership of the Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS), a community dedicated to the promotion of research into the understanding of biological interactions of electromagnetic energy, continues to be a key component for all those with an interest in these exciting developments. There are a number of things I would encourage you to do, if you haven’t already:

  • Renew (or apply for) membership for 2019 as a priority. Just click on ‘Purchase Membership’ on this page to do this. This also explains what to do if you are applying to be a member for the first time, or changing your type of membership.
  • Subscribe to the society’s journal Bioelectromagnetics at vastly reduced rates for on-line downloads of all articles. This can be done by clicking on the link on the ‘Purchase Membership’ page.
  • Submit an abstract to the annual conference in Montpellier, France, (June 23 – 28) which is organised jointly with the European BioElectromagnetics Association (EBEA). Just click on the conference logo on this page to go to the abstract submission system. The closing date is March 1.
  • Even if not submitting an abstract, register for the conference. Student support is available, but applications will have to be received by March 8.
  • This year marks 40 years of BEMS being in existence and this will be marked by special events in Montpellier.
  • By logging in to the website, Members are able to access several resources, such as abstracts of past meetings (back as far as 1981), minutes of Board meetings and so on. The Board are currently discussing how on-line resources to Members might be expanded.
  • The intention is that the two societies, BEMS and EBEA, will shortly be re-running a vote on attitudes of voting members on the question of whether the two societies should merge. For the information of BEMS members, the Board has discussed the merger question on a number of occasions. The minutes of Board Meetings are available from ‘Society Business’ on this webpage (minutes for Meetings 131 and 135 in particular give insights into board thinking).