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Workshop on RF Field Health Effects & Standards

11 November 2014

Wollongong, Australia

ICNIRP (International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection), ACEBR (Australian Centre for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research) and ARPANSA (Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency) jointly organized the Workshop on Radiofrequency Field Health Effects & Standards, 11 November 2014. It is hosted by the University of Wollongong, Australia (Innovation Campus, Building 230, Level 2, Squires Way, Fairy Meadow, NSW 2519).

The aim was to discuss the latest evidence of health consequences from exposure to radiofrequency (RF) fields, and their relationship to ICNIRP's current updating of the HF guidelines.

To this end the Workshop brought the leading national and international radiofrequency (RF) health experts together, including presentations by representatives of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) EMF Project, ARPANSA, ICNIRP and ACEBR, as well as substantial opportunity for discussion concerning these issues.

Utilising this strong array of expertise, the Workshop provided:

  • An overview of the WHO’s RF radiation health risk assessment program;
  • ARPANSA’s views on RF Health and its expectations of ICNIRP in developing its new HF Guidelines;
  • Relevant background scientific presentations and the state of the science on RF health effects, including the IARC 2b classification;
  • An overview of ICNIRP’s radiation protection philosophy;
  • An overview of ICNIRP’s HF Guidelines & current considerations;
  • Considerations on the SAR calculation basis; and
  • An extended panel discussion based on the issues raised above.

The organisers gratefully acknowledge the support from the following co-sponsors:
Department of Trade & Investment, State Government of NSW
Australian Communications & Media Authority
Illawarra Health & Medical Research Institute
University of Wollongong Research & Innovation

Tuesday 11 November 2014

10.00 Welcome John Steele, University of Wollongong 

10.10 Governement Expectations of ICNIRP - science vs. protection  Carl-Magnus Larsson, ARPANSA 

10.45 WHO's EMF Project: Update on the RF EHC  Emilie van Deventer, WHO 

11.20 Coffee Break

11.40 IARC 2B & RF epidemiological studies (including childhood studies) Maria Feychting, ICNIRP 

12.40 Lunch

12.10 IARC 2B & RF laboratory studies (including childhood studies) Zenon Sienkiewicz, ICNIRP 

13.40 ICNIRP philosophy on HF protection and guidelines Eric van Rongen, ICNIRP 

14.10 Update of HF guidelines James Lin, ICNIRP 

14.45 1g vs 10g SAR average mass Vitas Anderson, Two Fields Consulting

15.20 Coffee Break

15.50 Panel discussion on RF standards & the need for change All speakers

17.00 Close


University of Wollongong
Innovation Campus
Building 230, Level 2, Squires Way,
Fairy Meadow, NSW 2519, Australia

Meeting Room:
“Ocean Room”


A number of accommodation options are available in Wollongong. We would suggest one of the following, which are all within a few-minute walk of a free shuttle bus that will take you to the Workshop location (Innovation Campus).

  • The Boat Harbour Motel. $113 per night, free Wifi. Ocean view rooms available. Phone: +61242289166, email: 9
  • The Novotel North Beach. $177 per night, $24/24hr Wifi, 4.5 star rating. Phone: +61242243111, email:
  • The Normandie Motel. $95 University rate, free Wifi. Quiet setting. Phone: +61242294833, email:

Please mention the University of Wollongong when booking hotels in order to get the conference rate.


Travelling from Sydney International or Domestic Airport


Purchase a ticket in the airport terminal (International or Domestic) to North Wollongong Station. From Platform 1 at the airport, you will need to take a train to Wolli Creek Station and then change trains to North Wollongong Station. Travel times vary depending on time of day, but are normally 1 hour 26 minutes (to check specific train times and details please go to On arrival at North Wollongong Station, walk or take a taxi to the Hotel or Workshop venue. Note that the free shuttle bus (see below) operates from ‘Wollongong’ station. If you would like to use this, take the train one extra stop to Wollongong Station (and purchase a ticket accordingly).

The price for a single ride from the Airport to Wollongong Station is $25.60.

Airport Coach

This coach service operates limited runs between both the Domestic and International Terminals at Sydney Airport, to Wollongong and return. If the services coincide with your flight times, it is the cheapest option. The coach arrives and departs at the Wollongong City Coach Terminal, located on the corner of Keira & Campbell Street. The cost is $16pp (Domestic) or $26pp (International).

Bookings can be made through the terminal on +61 2 4226 1022. The coach timetable every day is:

Depart Domestic Terminal 9.30am and 3.35pm
Depart International Terminal 9.40am and 3.45pm
Arrive Wollongong Coach Terminal 11.15am and 5.25pm

Depart Wollongong Coach Terminal 9.35am and 2.10pm
Arrive International Terminal 11.05am and 3.40pm
Arrive Domestic Terminal 11.10am and 3.50pm

Airport Transfers

Airport transfers need to be pre-booked prior to arrival. The following companies provide transfers to Wollongong. Costs are approximate and based on one-way travel.


Both the Domestic and International terminals at Sydney Airport have their own sheltered taxi rank with supervisors on hand in peak hours to ensure a smooth flow of taxis. Taxis are available for the journey to Wollongong, however it is expensive, at approximately $200 -$250 one way.

Car Rental

There are several car hire companies based at the airport for your convenience. These companies also have branches in Wollongong if you only wish to use the car for one way travel.


Travelling from Sydney Central business district (CBD)

From the Sydney CBD it is approximately 85km to Wollongong and can be expected to take 1½ hours (with light traffic) along the M1 and Princes Highway. From Sydney airport it is approximately 75km to Wollongong and may take as little as 1 ¼ hours.

Travelling within Wollongong

Free Shuttle Bus

Wollongong's free shuttle buses (Route 55A/55C) make it easy to get to the conference location and around the city of Wollongong via the City Centre, Wollongong Railway Station and our recommended accommodation venues.  The service operates between 7:00am  and  10:00pm  from Monday  to Friday and runs every 10 minutes during peak times (7:00am - 9:00am & 3:00pm - 6:00pm) and every 20 minutes during off-peak times.

The main bus stop for the workshop is named University of Wollongong Innovation Campus (Stop number 7 -> see Shuttle Map). Free Shuttle bus stops are green, and the buses are green as well.

For more information about the Gong Shuttle, visit

Taxi Services

Wollongong Radio Cabs Phone: 02 4229 9311
Australia Wide Taxi Phone: 131 008

venue hotel map

Innovation Campus, parking information
Please note that while some public parking is available at the Innovation Campus, spaces are limited and rates may vary. The closest parking to the event location is in the P1 Science Centre/short term car park, and costs $4 between 4:30 and 6:30pm.
For longer term some P4 Pay and Display parking is available nearby, costing 2$ for 0-4 hours.

There is also free street parking on Montague street adjacent to the Innovation campus, accessible via a short walk across the new bridge on Puckey avenue.

For further details on the event location and parking rates see this document.