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8th International NIR Workshop

9-11 May 2016

Cape Town, South Africa

Introduction

The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) is holding its 8th International NIR Workshop in conjunction with the IRPA14 Congress on the occasion of IRPA’s 50th anniversary at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa, 9-11 May 2016. This landmark event signifies the dedicated co-operation and collaboration between ICNIRP and IRPA in order to optimize the safe and effective use of resources by practitioners of radiation protection. Participants in both the ICNIRP workshop and the IRPA congress are granted a 10% discount on both IRPA and ICNIRP registrations (dual registrations). Please send us an email if you wish to make a dual registration.


Scope

Experts from relevant scientific disciplines (physics, engineering, biology, and epidemiology) presented recent advances in research and protection in the different areas of NIR, including electromagnetic fields and optical radiation.

The NIR workshop provides participants with a comprehensive overview of existing and recently-updated recommendations and the methodology and scientific rationale for their development. The update of the ICNIRP High Frequency Guidelines that are currently under revision and the related development of the WHO Environmental Health Criteria on Radiofrequency Fields are a high-point of the workshop. Other topics include laser radiation, visible and infrared radiation, the UV Index, induced electric fields, epidemiological and experimental studies, exposure assessment and dosimetry, mechanisms of interaction, NIR applications in medicine, and safety issues for mobile telecommunication.

With the contribution of all ICNIRP members, this workshop in Cape Town, South Africa, provides the attendees with a unique opportunity to extensively discuss ICNIRP's work of setting NIR protection guidelines.


Exhibition

The following manufacturers of instruments and softwares for scientific experimentation and measurements displayed their latest products and innovations to the workshop delegates at the venue:
EM Software and Systems - EMSS Consulting
NARDA Safety Test Solutions GmbH


Posters

The Program & Organization Committee invited participants to submit their poster abstract to be presented at the NIR2016 Workshop in a dedicated area. 15 posters were displayed.


Young Scientist* Awards

As part of its efforts to encourage and promote scientific work related to non-ionizing radiation protection by more junior researchers, ICNIRP will grant two Young Scientist Awards for the two best scientific abstracts from lead authors. Scientist must hold a PHD and be under 35 years old. Sole or lead author only were to take part in the award competition. The latter must provide the written consent of their co-authors. The two winners were given the opportunity to present their work within a dedicated plenary session. Their registration fees are waived.

Evaluation Committee for the YSAs
Maria Feychting,  ICNIRP, Sweden
Kari Jokela,  ICNIRP, Finland
Eric van Rongen, ICNIRP, Netherlands

Dr Sarah Loughran and Dr Luca Zilberti were the Laureates of the Young Scientist Award 2016 (see program).

Program & Organization Committee

The following persons are members of the Program & Organization Committee:

Maria Feychting, ICNIRP, Sweden
Rodney Croft, ICNIRP, Australia
Adele Green, ICNIRP, Australia
Eric van Rongen, ICNIRP, Netherlands
Gunde Ziegelberger, ICNIRP Secretariat, Germany
Karine Chabrel, ICNIRP Secretariat, Germany


Acknowledgements

To organize and conduct this Workshop, ICNIRP relies on its own funds which are drawn from national and international subsidies granted by public bodies only. ICNIRP is grateful to its supporters, which include in 2016, the German Ministry for Environment Protection (BMUB), the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation "EaSI" (2014-2020) - For further information please consult: http://ec.europa.eu/social/easithe International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA), and the Japanese National Institute of Information and Communications Technology. Finally, ICNIRP wishes to thank all speakers for their contributions.

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Presentations available

Monday 9 May 2016

08.00

Registration and Poster Set Up - Room: Jasminum Conservatory and Restaurant

08.30

Opening ceremony of IRPA Congress - Room: Audi 1

09.15

IRPA Sievert Award Lecture - Room: Audi 1

10:15

 

LECTURES OF NIR WORKSHOP - Room: Roof Terrace

10.45

 Welcome by ICNIRP NIR Workshop Organisers

Rüdiger Matthes 
(ICNIRP)

11.15

UV-related health impacts and implementing the UV Index; a South African perspective

Caradee Wright
(South African Medical Research Council)

SESSION 1 – General Issues

Chair: Maria Feychting

11.45

All about ICNIRP

Rüdiger Matthes
(ICNIRP)

12.15

Preliminary thoughts on ICNIRP’s protection principles

Eric van Rongen
(ICNIRP / HCN, Netherlands)

12.45


14:00

ICNIRP Guidelines setting process

Rodney Croft
(ICNIRP / ACEBR, Australia)

14:30

WHO RF EHC and safety requirements

Emilie van Deventer
  (WHO)

15:00


SESSION 2 – HF Science Updates and upcoming HF guidelines

Chair: Adele Green

15.30

New epidemiological studies on HF

Maria Feychting
(ICNIRP / Karolinska Institutet, Sweden)

15.55

New human experimental studies on HF

Gunnhild Oftedal
(ICNIRP / Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway )

16.20

New biological studies on HF

Carmela Marino
(ICNIRP / ENEA, Italy)

16.45

HF dosimetry

Soichi Watanabe (ICNIRP / NICT, Japan) - Akimasa Hirata (ICNIRP / NITEC, Japan)

17.10

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Tuesday 10 May 2016

08.45

HF thermophysiology

Zenon Sienkiewicz
(ICNIRP / Public Health England)

09.10

Draft ICNIRP HF Guidelines

Rüdiger Matthes
(ICNIRP) 

10.00

SESSION 3 – Optical radiation

Chair: Agnette Peralta

10.30

Biophysical basis at optical radiation exposure limits

Bruce Stuck
(ICNIRP)

10.50

Optical radiation and cataract

Per Söderberg
(ICNIRP / Uppsala University, Sweden

11.15

Infrared cataract and temperature elevation within the eye

Tsutomu Okuno
(ICNIRP / JNIOSH, Japan)

11.35

Optical radiation – induced eye injuries

Bruce Stuck
(ICNIRP)

12.00

SESSION 4 – ICNIRP Guidelines and Statements (recent and in progress)

Chair: Rodney Croft

13.30

ICNIRP guidelines regarding electric fields induced by movement of the human body in a static magnetic field

Kari Jokela
(ICNIRP / Formerly STUK)

13.55

NIR diagnostic applications in clinical practice

Rianne Stam
(RIVM, Netherlands)

14.20

Ultrasound Guidelines development

Zenon Sienkiewicz
(ICNIRP / Public Health England)

14.45

15.30

Data gaps relevant to guidelines setting

Carmela Marino
(ICNIRP / ENEA, Italy)

SESSION 5 – Specific topics (and local issues)

Chair: Zenon Sienkiewicz 

15.50

Mechanisms of interaction (RF and ELF): established vs hypothesized ones

Guglielmo d'Inzeo
(ICNIRP / University di Roma, Italy)

16.10

Childhood leukemia and ELF fields, progress report

Gunde Ziegelberger
(ICNIRP / BfS, Germany)

16.30

Poster Session by topics

Eric van Rongen
(ICNIRP / HCN, Netherlands)

16.45

Young Scientist Award presentations
  Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields: Effects on the Sleeping Brain
  Motion-induced fields in MRI: computation, assessment and critical aspects

Sarah Loughran
(ACEBR, Australia) 
Luca Zilberti
(INRIM, Italy)

17.15

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Wednesday 11 May 2016

SESSION 5 – continued

Chair: Zenon Sienkiewicz

09.00

UV-Index: Review and challenges

Adele Green
(ICNIRP / QIMR, Australia)

09.30

Radiofrequency exposure in the general population - sources and exposure levels

Martin Röösli
  (ICNIRP / Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute)

10.00

Regulations and safety aspects for siting base stations for mobile telecommunication

Theo Samaras
(University of Thessaloniki, Greece)

10.30

11.00

Open forum - Discussion and questions

Eric van Rongen
(ICNIRP / HCN, Netherlands)

11.45

Closing topic: future NIR/ICNIRP challenges

Eric van Rongen
(ICNIRP / HCN, Netherlands)

12.00

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