de Seze is New EBEA President

René de SezeRené de Seze of the National Institute for Industrial Environ­ment and Risks (INERIS), Toxicology Laboratory, near Paris, was elected President of the Association at the 6th International EBEA Congress in Budapest in November.

Dr. de Seze has published about 15 papers and pre­sented more than 70 meeting communications in different EMF areas, including therapeutics, exposure systems and biological effects in rats or in human volunteers. As part of a French ex­pert group, he was a co­-author of the “Mobile Phones and Health” re­port requested by the Ministry of Health in 2001 and by the French Agency of Environmen­tal Safety and Health in 2003. He currently serves as President of the Non Ionizing Radiation section of the French RadioProtection Society (SFRP), as a member of BEMS and of ICNIRP’s sub-commission SCII on biology.

After the election, President de Seze offered some of his thoughts on EBEA’s mission and future goals in a letter, reprinted below, to members. In particular, he points out what has been accom­plished by the EBEA Council in the last five years while he served as Secretary-Treasurer.

“EBEA meetings grew in size and scientific quality. Prizes for students have been implemented to stimulate junior participa­tion and preserve our future.

“Collaboration with BEMS was established to improve an effi­cient agenda of scientific meetings, as well as to extend develop­ment of both societies by favoring joint membership. Scientists of Eastern Europe were supported with grants to attend EBEA meetings. Many members belong now to both societies to the benefit of both groups. An increase in the number of sustaining members is desirable and could be stimulated by some of our members.

“Participation in European EMF Research programs by EBEA members is notable. A new network, EMF-NET, is running, and could be the first step of a network of excellence. Many members of our Society also participate in the COST 281 program.

“The EBEA school in Erice is preparing its first session for April 20–28, 2004. Under guidance of President Paolo Vecchia, EBEA participation at the political level about scientific knowledge has been established and is proposed to continue further. Our contri­bution to public information should be enlarged, maybe also at the teaching level at school.

“Services to members increase slowly, due to a heavy workload of active scientific people— the case for most of us. Information on the Web site is evolving and can be stimulated by members, helped by Council Members.

“New statutes for the Association are in place to allow it to be­come a true European Society as soon as ad hoc decrees will be published. A link to members’ individual website to facilitate collaborations is now proposed starting in 2004.

“Calls for collaborations, research proposals and job offers have been implemented on the website.

“Developments in perspective: Network of excellence, active col­laboration to the OMS EMF International Project, to the ICNIRP Commission and Sub-Commissions, to Standards bodies: IEEE SC28, ICES, CENELEC/CEI, to the preparation of the European Directive on Physical Agents, EMF for Health at Work.

“Development of therapeutic applications is strongly encouraged, maybe through more communications in Biomedical Scientific Meetings.

“The field is large and the critical people mass is probably not reached to achieve quickly and easily all our wishes. Therefore international cooperation is needed and can be facilitated at the European level and all around the world by our Association. De­velopment and services cannot be achieved by one person only but through your involvement and that one of Council Members.

“This will be my effort as President, to continue a harmonious collaboration with BEMS, EC, ICNIRP/IRPA, COST, WHO, URSI, IEEE, ICOH and national and international bodies respon­sible for biomedical applications, radioprotection to human health, environmental toxicology and standards, promoting Eu­ropean projects as trying to establish a Network of Excellence in the field of bioelectromagnetics, improving formation and inter­national exchanges to students and information to the public and to political managers concerned by our topics.”