Sixth Course of the International School of Bioelectromagnetism

Dear colleagues, we are pleased to remind you about the


Director of the School: Ferdinando Bersani (University of Bologna, Italy)





ERICE-SICILY: 25 November – 1 December 2012:


Sponsored by the:  Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research • Sicilian Regional Government • European Bioelectromagnetic Association (EBEA) • Centro Universitario per lo studio delle Interazioni tra Campi Elettromagnetici e Biosistemi (ICEmB) • IGEA Clinical Biophysics • World Health Organization (WHO) •



Each year 100 million patients are exposed to strong static and low frequency magnetic fields while having a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) procedure. Each year most of humanity it exposed to weak extremely low frequency (ELF) magnetic fields from electric power generation, distribution and use. Given this enormous exposure burden to humans and other biological organisms it is surprising that we still know so little about biological effects and, if there are effects, if they are detrimental. The Erice-EBEA school curriculum will cover a) fundamental physics including dosimetry and b) relevant data from biological systems from cell free systems to humans. These topics will be structured with respect to candidate biophysical and biochemical mechanisms including consideration of the target of the initial transduction mechanism and the importance of the choice of the experimental observable. The Erice-EBEA school will end with a consideration of what future experiments and scientific endeavors are needed to allow informed decision making with respect to exposure guidelines and further development of medical and non-medical applications.




Award for the best poster presentation

One day will be partially devoted to poster presentations by participants. A Scientific Committee will award the author of the best poster. All posters will be introduced by a 5-minute oral presentation.


Participation fee: € 1300 including food and lodging.



Interested candidates should send an email to the Directors of the Course at the following email address:


i) A short Curriculum Vitae;

ii) Scientific interest of the candidate;

iii) For young researchers: letter of recommendation of a senior scientist by e-mail

(attached Word or PDF file).

Applications can be submitted until November 5th.

In case of acceptance the candidate will be informed by e-mail.

The deadline for sending the requests of participation to the School is November 5th.

For details about the Ettore Majorana Centre:

Participants must arrive in Erice on November 25, possibly not later than 6 p.m. or Monday 26 no later than 11 a.m., since the course starts on Monday at 2 p.m.


Directors of the Course:

  •  Frank S Prato PhD,

Lawson Health Research Inst., B5-004

St. Joseph's Health Care, 268 Grosvenor Street

London, Ont. N6A 4V2, Canada


office: (519) 646 6100 x64140

fax: (519) 646 6205


  • Dr Jukka Juutilainen

Department of Environmental Science,

University of Eastern Finland, P.O. Box 1627,

FI-70211 Kuopio, Finland.


Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture

The Centre for Scientific Culture in Erice (Sicily, Italy) is named after the great Italian scientist Ettore Majorana.

Antonino Zichichi, the president of the Centre, has said: “At Erice, those who come in order to follow a certain School are called ‘students’, but actually they are young people who have successfully completed their University studies and who come to Erice in order to learn what the new problems are. However, what is distinctive for Erice is the spirit animating all participants: students no less than teachers. The prime objective is to learn. The student listens to the lectures and after that comes the most amusing part: the discussion session.”

Topics in Bioelectromagnetics have come to Erice many times in the past, especially in the 1980s, with international courses and workshops on non-ionising radiation, and today many participants of those courses contribute greatly to the development of this research field.

Following the request of the European Bioelectromagnetics Association (EBEA) and the Inter-University Centre for the study of the Interaction between Electromagnetic Fields and Biosystems (ICEmB), in 2003 the Ettore Majorana Centre has established a Permanent School of Bioelectromagnetics, named after Alessandro Chiabrera, who is considered as a master by the young scientists of the two organizations.