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BioEM 2013
June 10-14, 2013, Thessaloniki, Greece

Abstract submission deadline extended to March 25, 2013

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34th Annual Meeting

Calendar Date: 
June 17-22, 2012
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TPC Message: 

Welcome to Brisbane, Queensland, Australia for the 34th Annual Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society.

The scientific program has six plenary sessions including some reflections and predictions by two people with a long association with Bioelectromagnetics: Dr Mike Repacholi and Dr Carl Blackman. Other plenary sessions include: Advances in Electroporation; Developments in EMF Epidemiology; Strategies of Risk Communication and, new for BEMS, Windfarms and Public Health. There will be 16 Platform sessions and two Poster sessions.

Included in the plenary sessions is the d’Arsonval lecture, which will be given by this year’s recipient, Dr Niels Kuster.

On Monday evening, Dr Stuart Crozier, from the University of Queensland, will review some of his group’s work on computational dosimetry of MRI. There will be a session on Thursday evening, hosted by the Energy Networks Association of Australia, which is an open EMF Workshop, looking particularly at the implications of Smart Meter technology rollout. The Tutorial Session on Science and Media, which proved to be popular and useful last year, will be continued at this meeting.

This year we used the same on-line abstract submission procedure as in 2011. Abstracts were submitted through the website directly. The TPC was then able to review and score each abstract from within the website. Abstracts were assigned for review automatically by matching the research area and frequency range specified by the author to reviewers with expertise in these areas, based on user profiles. The large number of TPC membership ensured that appropriate expertise was available to evaluate the abstracts. The website software also automatically carried out a cross-check to prevent potential scheduling conflicts for presenters. Each submission received scores from two reviewers or more. When the reviews were complete, the average reviewer score for each abstract was calculated and abstracts were ranked. Abstracts with the highest scores were assigned to sessions according to the author preference (e.g. platform or poster, session topic and frequency range). The platform sessions were then filled by the TPC Chairs with the remaining abstracts using average score, research area, and frequency range as the main criteria. Even with an extended deadline in mid-February, we were able to inform submitters of acceptance by mid-March and to make available a presentation schedule by early April.

The program on the BEMS website is constructed dynamically utilizing the outcome of the reviews and the session assignments by the TPC chairs. This capability enabled us to make last minute changes to the program even as abstracts were received long after the deadline.  As last year, rather than browsing through a static PDF (such as will be provided on a USB stick), you now are able to browse the abstracts dynamically on-line in a variety of contexts and link out to authors easily. In addition, you can navigate to the Author list, browse for an author, then link through to a session or abstract containing the particular author with a single click.

As last year, each submission consisted of a short abstract (which appears in this Technical Program and General Information document) and a longer one (up to 10,000 characters in length, and including Figures and Tables). These appear in the accompanying documents on the conference USB and on-line. In the on-line version of this document, the long abstract can be viewed by clicking on the title of each presentation. Please note that the ISBN of the full Conference Proceedings is 978-0-646-57844-6.

The TPC have also been working with BEMS Board members to ensure that the information on the conference website the BEMS website are in synchrony. New this year, short biographies of the invited speakers appear on and a ‘program at a glance’ can be transferred from the USB or from

We hope that you enjoy the meeting and the ancillary events such as the traditional Sunday Workshop sponsored by the U.S. Air Force. This year’s workshop will focus on EMF High-Peak-Power-Pulse Bioeffects and Standards.

This meeting would not be possible without the efforts of many individuals. We thank all who have been involved, but would like to mention in particular:

  • all the Members of the Technical Program Committee for their efforts in reviewing the abstracts and commenting on the structure of the program, in particular the efforts of the local members, Dr Ken Karipidis and Dr Robert McIntosh for their input;
  • Paula Leishman and Jenna Tomlin from Leishman Associates, Hobart, Tasmania for organizing the conference website, the on-line registrations and accommodation booking and many ancillary events and also for providing helpful feedback on the overall program;
  • Dr Jeff Carson and members from his group at the Lawson Health Research Institute for their assistance in tweaking the software for this year’s conference program and for providing a huge amount of on-line and Skype assistance.

Finally, The Bioelectromagnetics Society is most grateful to our sponsors for their generous support.

Andrew Wood and David Black

Co-Chairs, Technical Program Committee

LOC Message: 

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the 34th Annual Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. This is the first time the Society has held its meeting in the Southern Hemisphere and the first time that it will be a mid-winter meeting! Since Brisbane is not far from the Tropic of Capricorn it should not seem like winter. June is traditionally warm and dry in Brisbane, with maximum daytime temperatures around 23 0C, and sunrise and sunset around 6.30 am and 5.00 pm respectively. Many international flights are direct into Brisbane with a rapid connection to the conference centre and city hotels via a monorail system ( where tickets can be purchased on line).

Brisbane is Australia’s new world city with a population of just over 2 million, and has been described as clean, green, sustainable, friendly, tolerant, multicultural, creative, collaborative, energetic, progressive and liveable. There’s something for everyone in Brisbane – including the compact Central Business District with pedestrian malls, trips on the Brisbane River and Moreton Bay, and excursions to the nearby national parks. Visit the conference website for further information on Brisbane itself and for possible side-trips to the surrounding area, including the Great Barrier Reef.

The committee has been working in partnership with this year’s conference organisers, Leishman Associates (, who have been responsible for the conference website, and have striven to make the process of registration and accommodation booking as straightforward as possible. They will also be on-site at the conference to make sure all runs smoothly and to provide information on local transportation and excursions. They have also worked with the venue administration staff and with Brisbane Marketing representatives to ensure that the conference itself will work well. Conference information is also available on the regular BEMS website,

The venue of the conference is the just-opened extension to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC), close to the Brisbane River and to the Streets Beach ( ). All scientific sessions will be in a compact area on the Plaza level. This state-of-the-art centre will also be the venue for the Tuesday evening social event. The optional excursion on Wednesday is to Australia Zoo, made famous by the late Steve Irwin. This includes lunch and bus transfers.

During the meeting complimentary internet access will be available in the conference rooms.

The level of sponsorship for 34BEMS has been very encouraging and this has enabled us to keep the registration at similar amounts to previous years. There is a range of accommodation available within walking or public transport distance of the venue, so despite the relatively strong local currency, there should be options to make this rare opportunity to visit ‘down under’ affordable.

We would like to acknowledge the help of Leishman’s Associates in the organisation of the conference and for their support on the Local Organising Committee in their bi-weekly meetings by teleconference.. We also recognise the part played by Gloria Parsley and Association Services International for their role in site selection and in the early stages of planning this event. We would also like to thank the staff at BCEC and at Brisbane Marketing for their cooperation and advice during the two years bringing this event to fruition. We thank the members of the Local Organising Committee for their work and commitment during this long time.

Lastly, we would like to thank the sponsors listed at the back of this program for their financial support and to the other members of the committee for their advice on local arrangements.

So, we hope you will find this conference stimulating, but also that you will have some time to enjoy some of the attractions of Brisbane, as well as some other parts of the ‘Island Continent’.

Andrew Wood and David Black

Co-Chairs of the Local Organising Committee 

General Information: 

About Brisbane

The 34th Annual Conference of The Bioelectromagnetics Society is being held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, located in the Southbank precinct of the city of Brisbane. Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and is located on the eastern seaboard of Australia.

There’s something for everyone in Brisbane – don’t miss the sparkling and exciting CBD, the cool waters of the Brisbane River and Moreton Bay, the rural shires surrounding the city, and the mountainous national parks.

Weather in Brisbane is rated amongst the best in the world, with its sub-tropical climate guaranteeing lots of sunny days. Winters are mild, expect temperatures of between 11°C to 21°C when you visit for the BEMS Conference.

If you are planning on attending the Conference as an international delegate then we recommend that you visit and both websites have all the information you’ll ever need to plan your visit to Brisbane Australia.


If you have any queries relating to your accommodation booking first speak to the staff at your hotel or alternatively Leishman Associates staff at the registration desk. Your credit card details have been supplied to the hotel you have selected, as security for your booking. If you have arrived 24 hours later than your indicated arrival day you may find that you have been charged a fee. You will be responsible for all room and incidental charges on check out and may be asked for an impression of your credit card for security against these charges, this is standard policy in most hotels.

If you are yet to book, see for information and maps.
Pre and Post Conference Tours

A range of tours can be booked before your arrival to Brisbane, see the conference website or when you arrive, speak to the friendly staff at the registration desk for assistance with tour bookings.


Lunch is not included in the registration fee; an additional $20.00 per day lunch voucher is available for purchase at the time of registration. This is the recommended method of day catering due to time restrictions and networking opportunities, other options include:

  • Brisbane Convention Centre in-house Cafe, located in the main foyer of the Convention Centre.
  • Cafes located along Southbank (5 minutes walk)

Delegates who have pre-ordered their lunch will be issued with a voucher for each day and must present their voucher to catering staff to access the lunch buffet. Lunch vouchers will be provided to you within your name badge.

Conference Workshops

Workshop: US Airforce Workshop - EMF High-Peak-Power-Pulse Bioeffects and Standards

Date: Sunday 17 June
1300 - 1700 

The US Airforce will be running a workshop which will be Co-Chaired by Michael R. Murphy and Bennett L. Ibey from the Air Force Research Laboratory, 711th Human Performance Wing.  All delegates are invited to attend this complimentary event. Delegates are encouraged to pre-register for this event to assist with catering numbers.  

Workshop: Research at the University of Queensland on electromagnetic fields in MRI

Date: Monday 18 June
Time: 1830 – 2000

Professor Stuart Crozier will give an update on research at the University of Queensland on electromagnetic fields in MRI.

All delegates are invited to attend this complimentary event. Delegates are encouraged to pre-register for this event to assist with catering numbers.  

Workshop: ENA EMF Scientific Workshop 

Date: Thursday 21 June
1730 - 2030

The Energy Networks Association of Australia (ENA) is holding an EMF Scientific Workshop which will bring together papers on EMF scientific research and other activities related particularly to the electricity industry. All delegates are invited to attend this complimentary event. Delegates are encouraged to pre-register to assist with catering numbers.

Social Program

Welcome Reception

Sunday 17 June 2012
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sky Room
1700 – 1900

This event will be held at the Conference Venue and will be the first opportunity of the conference to meet with colleagues and friends from around the world for drinks and canapés.

Full Fee Paying Delegates are entitled to two tickets; Student Delegates are entitled to one ticket. Please advise if you will not be attending.

Additional tickets can be purchased for $55.00. 

Student Ice Breaker

Sunday 17 June 2012
Fox Hotel, Southbank
1900 – 2100

All students are welcome to The Fox Hotel for Happy Hour and nibbles from 7.00pm for 2 hours. At this time students will have access to drink specials. The Fox Hotel is located at
71 Melbourne St, South Brisbane, which is an 8 minute walk from the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. This function is inclusive for all student delegates, nibbles will be provided. Cash bar will apply for refreshments. Please wear your name badge for entry.

Conference Dinner

Tuesday 19 June 2012
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
1900 – 2300

Join us for another chance to network and meet with colleagues whilst enjoying a night of great food, wine and entertainment. One ticket to the Conference Dinner is included in each full registration. Please advise if you will not be attending.

Additional tickets can be purchased at cost for $115.00.

Conference Tour

Wednesday 20 June 2012
Australia Zoo
1230 – 1800

Crikey! The Crocodile Hunter’s Australia Zoo is on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast. An easy 1 hour drive, just north of Brisbane, Australia Zoo offers a unique and exciting experience with a full day of wildlife action & adventure.  Delegates will have the opportunity to join the audience with eleven shows daily, you can get your adrenalin pumping as you watch crocodiles launch a strike from the water’s edge in our 5000 seat Crocoseum, get hands on with our wandering wildlife as our keepers introduce you to koalas, snakes, wombats, dingoes, alligators, tortoises and more. You can even have your photo taken with a giant python … if you dare!

Ticket cost is $115.00 per person, includes lunch and afternoon tea, coach and entry into Australia Zoo.

Additional tickets to the social functions

One ticket to the Welcome Reception and Conference Dinner is included in the cost of a full conference registration.
One complimentary spouse/partner ticket can be obtained on registration for the Welcome Reception.
Additional tickets to the Conference Dinner are available for purchase from the registration desk.


There are ATM facilities located throughout the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Please check with the concierge of your hotel for the nearest ATM. VISA and MasterCard are widely accepted.

Public Telephones
These are available in the Convention Centre lobby, standard phone charges apply.

Name Badges

All delegates, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors will be provided with a name badge, which must be worn at all times within the conference venue, it is required for access to all the conference sessions.

Dinner Seating

Seating and table allocation for the Conference Dinner on Tuesday 19 June will be by way of sticker allocation. This means that when you register, if you’ve booked to attend the dinner, or it’s included in your registration, then you should receive a sticker that you can place on the table allocations that will be located near the registration desk. If you don’t receive a sticker it means that we do not have you registered to attend the Dinner.


Dress throughout the conference is smart casual or informal business.

Emergency Medical Care

For any medical emergency please telephone 000. The staff at your hotel will have information if you require contact details for a doctor, dentist or other health professional.

Entry to conference sessions

It is suggested that delegates arrive at preferred sessions promptly to ensure a seat. If sessions become full then late delegates will not be allowed entry. Delegates must wear their name badge to gain entry.

Mobile Phones

As a courtesy to other delegates, please ensure that all mobile phones are turned off or on a silent mode during all sessions and social functions.

Registration Desk

The Registration Desk is located off the Grey Street enterance, on the Plaza level at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Please direct any questions you may have regarding registration, accommodation, tours or social functions to Leishman Associates staff at this desk.

Registration Desk Open Hours


  • Sunday 17 June 0800-1830
  • Monday 18 June 0730-1830
  • Tuesday 19 June 0730-1900
  • Wednesday 20 June 0800-1300
  • Thursday 21 June 0800 – 1800
  • Friday 22 June 0800 – 1330



The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre and the other conference venues are non-smoking venues. However, guests are allowed to smoke outside in designated areas.

Getting to the Convention Centre from the Airport

Brisbane Airport’s close proximity to the city centre provides visiting delegates with a range of budget-friendly transfer options.

The award-winning Airtrain is an increasingly popular option for conference delegates transferring from the domestic and international Airport terminals to the city centre. The 20 minute express Airport to city service runs every 15 minutes during peak hours stopping at five inner-city stations.

Delegates are offered a special Airtrain rate, contact Leishman Associates to obtain your discount voucher.
In addition to the Brisbane Airtrain service, delegates can select from shuttle/coach services, limousine transfers and taxis.
Further information can be found at

Presenter Information

Oral Presenters must bring their presentation on a USB and upload their files at least four hours before your scheduled presentation time, please present yourself to the Speakers Preparation Room located within the Brisbane Convention Centre.  A technician will be present during registration hours, there will be facilities to test and modify your presentation as required. Oral presentations are 15 minutes plus 3 minutes for questions.

All sessions are networked. Presenters can use their own laptop, however you are still required to see the AV Technician four hours before your presentation.

Posters will be displayed on display boards located in the Maxwell room for the entire duration of the conference. Poster board specifications must not exceed 1189 x 841 mm which is equivalent to AO size.

Posters can be put up from 12.00 noon Sunday and must be removed by 1.00pm Wednesday. Any remaining posters will be removed and kept at the registration desk until 12.00 noon on Friday, after this, they will be disposed.

Poster presenters will be required to stand next to their poster and answer any questions during their scheduled poster session.

Special Diets

All catering venues have been advised of any special diet preferences that you have indicated on your registration form. Please indicate this to the staff at each venue and they will be happy to assist in providing you with your appropriate food.


34BEMS reserves the right to amend or alter any advertised details relating to dates, program and speakers if necessary, without notice, as a result of circumstances beyond their control. All attempts have been made to keep any changes to an absolute minimum.

No Picture Policy

The Bioelectromagnetics Society requests that all participants refrain from taking pictures (i.e. photos, digital pictures, and movies) during presentations at the Annual Meeting. This ‘No Picture Policy’ will be enforced. Permission must be obtained from the President of the Society and the presenting author prior to picture taking of any kind.

Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended that participants take out their own general travel insurance. It is suggested that the insurance policy should also cover loss of fees/deposit, airfares, accommodation charges, medical expenses, loss or damage to personal property and repatriation expenses. The Insurance should cover loss arising from the cancellation of the conference by the organisers or a person’s inability to attend due to any reason whatsoever. No responsibility is taken by the conference managers for any person not holding insurance.

Please view the full terms and conditions at

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Ph: (03) 6234 7844 Fax: (03) 6234 5958


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