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NextGEM celebrated its 5th plenary meeting in Brussels

On February 13-15, the project partners reunited to oversee the state of the project and its upcoming steps

NextGEM’s 5th plenary meeting took place from February 13th to 15th, 2024, hosted at the Sciensano Belgian Institute for Health in Brussels, Belgium. This significant event drew more than 30 participants from a consortium of 20 European partner organizations, highlighting the project’s dedication to fostering collaboration and inclusivity. Attendees joined both in person and via teleconference, reflecting a hybrid approach to engagement.

The meeting’s core objective was to present a detailed update on the project’s progress, with a keen emphasis on the technical details driving the initiative forward. Throughout the three-day session, participants engaged deeply with the material, culminating in the development of strategic plans for enhancing internal communication and furthering research efforts.

A key highlight of this gathering was the series of demonstrations that took place, illustrating the technical progress and advancements within the project. These showcases provided tangible examples of progress and sparked dynamic discussions among participants.

Additionally, the meeting served as a vibrant open forum, allowing every attendee to contribute their perspectives, insights, and innovative ideas. This collective exchange fostered a sense of community and shared purpose, laying the groundwork for continued collaboration towards achieving NextGEM’s ambitious goals.

Looking to the future, the NextGEM project anticipates its next plenary meeting in Autumn 2024, set against the backdrop of the historic city of Delft, Netherlands. This upcoming event, to be hosted by the prestigious Delft University of Technology, promises to be another landmark occasion in the project’s path toward pioneering innovation and setting new standards of excellence in the field.

BioEM 2024 in Chania, Greece 16-21 June 2024

We are delighted to announce BioEM 2024, the premier international conference in the field of bioelectromagnetics, taking place from June 16th to 21st, 2024, in the picturesque city of Chania, on the beautiful island of Crete, Greece.

BioEM is renowned as the largest and most significant global conference in bioelectromagnetics, drawing participants from academia and industry worldwide. BioEM 2024 marks the third annual meeting of the new BIOEM Society, a merger between the Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS) and the European BioElectromagnetics Association (EBEA).

The conference will be hosted at the luxurious Minoa Palace Resort Hotel, a 5-star beachfront property in Platanias, just 12km west of Chania and a 30-minute drive from Chania International Airport. The Minoa Palace Conference Center offers state-of-the-art facilities, cutting-edge design, and a stunning view of the Aegean Sea, making it an ideal venue for conferences, workshops, and exhibitions.

BioEM 2024 promises an enriching experience, facilitating the exchange of scientific knowledge, highlighting the latest research, and fostering professional relationships. The five-day program will feature invited talks by renowned scientists, special sessions, workshops, tutorials, technical and poster sessions, and social events.

A special focus will be on student contributions, nurturing the next generation of researchers. Students will have opportunities to present their work, enhance presentation skills, engage in competitions, and network with peers from around the world.

Beyond the conference, BioEM 2024 invites you to explore the historical city of Chania, the second largest in Crete and a popular tourist destination. Crete, the birthplace of the ancient Minoan civilization, offers a unique blend of history, culture, mountains, and sea. Its strategic location has made it a cultural crossroads where myths and history intertwine, making every corner of the island a story waiting to be discovered.

We look forward to welcoming you to BioEM 2024 in Chania, Crete, for an unforgettable scientific and cultural experience.

For more information please visit the BioEM 2024 official site!

10th Course: “Electromagnetic fields and health – epidemiological approaches”

Erice (Sicily, Italy): April 7 to April 12, 2024

The goal of the course is to empower participants to apply epidemiological approaches with confidence. Focus of the course is on electromagnetic fields and health, for which there will be in-depth review, in sights and discussion of key aspects: from exposure assessment to potential health effects, including exposure misclassification, biological interaction and mechanisms, risk perception, planetary health, evidence synthesis and guideline development. Special attention will be given to the practical implementation of epidemiological research on electromagnetic fields and health in realistic settings. The course will be taught by renowned international experts. Participants will have plenty of opportunities to closely interact with the lecturers during the week. Participants will enjoy an intense learning experience in a unique historical environment.


Award for the best poster presentation

All participants are invited to bring a poster on their current research topic, and one session will be devoted the presentation of these posters. All posters will be introduced by a 3-minute oral presentation. A Scientific Committee will award the author of the best poster.

Only 100 seats available!

We encourage you to express your interest in participating as soon as possible, since the seat availability will be limited to 100. Detailed info about registration, abstract submission, food  and lodging in Erice, as well as on how to reach the Ettore Majorana Center will be distributed in due time and are available at

A technical digest (with ISBN code) collecting contributions of teachers and participants will be provided.


Fellowships will be offered for students from lowor middle-income countries.

Participation Fee

  • 1,200 €

The Registration fee will cover the attendance of all sessions, full board and lodging, a ‘half-day excursion’ and social dinner.



Interested candidates should send an e-mail to the Directors of the Course at, including:

  • A short Curriculum Vitae
  • Scientific interest of the candidate
  • Students: a letter of recommendation of a Senior Scientist


  • December 31, 2023

Accepted candidates will be informed by e-mail.

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Activity initiated as part of the CLUE-H collaboration:

FORTH co-hosted NextGEM’s 4th and CLUE-H’s 2nd meetings in October 2023

Fifteen months after the kick-off meeting of NextGEM, FORTH welcomed all project members again to the premises at Heraklion, Crete, Greece on October 10th – 12th, 2023.

During the first two days, representatives of research institutions, universities, public and government organizations, small and medium enterprises, and industrial partners from 10 different countries shared their developments toward the NextGEM project’s main goal “to ensure EU citizens’ safety when employing existing and future Electromagnetic field (EMF) based telecommunication technologies.”

The NextGEM plenary meeting started with a brief introduction to project management activities followed by the corresponding presentations from partners in charge of each work package. Significant progress was made within them, and some are approaching their completion such as the identification of the stakeholders’ needs and concerns in an ever-changing telecommunication environment, determining past and present EMF exposure patterns and characteristics, and designing the architecture of the NextGEM platform to support the complete lifecycle of generated EMF data inclusively and openly.

A contribution worth mentioning is the development of ERMES, a computer software aiming to model the EMF distribution on organisms with different body shapes and predict EMF incidence on superficial and deep layers of the body. In parallel, significant advances were made in the design of wearable sensors to monitor the EMF intensity absorbed by the end-users during everyday activities in real-time.

The radiofrequency exposure systems used at the partners’ premises and the first results involving exposure of protein solutions to EMF were presented regarding the biological experiments. Additionally, preliminary measurements were described to set up the experiments with human cells and C. elegans. Experiments with human volunteers are in earlier phases since the necessary ethical approval is still in progress.

The need to homogenize experimental conditions among partners to achieve a better harmonization of results was pointed out, allowing the development of optimal hazard and risk assessments.

Partners working on designing and implementing the NextGEM Innovation & Knowledge Hub (NIKH)  shared their progress. NIKH is an online tool devoted to storing the innovations and research outputs produced within the project, including external scientific knowledge obtained from past research or synergies, and offering a network to EMF stakeholders. A brief discussion was held regarding the different case studies’ planned activities and strategies designed to maximize the impact of NEXTGEM through partners’ and stakeholders’ engagement and awareness activities. 

On the third day, the 2nd CLUE-H Annual meeting was held. NextGEM, together with the other Horizon Europe projects SEAWave, ETAIN, and GOLIAT, which were selected for funding under the call HORIZON- HLTH-2021-ENVHLTH-02-01 “Exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) and health”, form the European Cluster EMF and Health (CLUE-H). CLUE-H aims to optimize collaborations, establish common strategies, avoid overlaps, and increase the impact of individual projects. 

During this meeting, the Coordinators and representatives briefly presented the different projects constituting the Cluster and the activities carried out within the cluster working groups. Some results were also presented by young research scientists involved in the projects, which activated a stimulating discussion. Finally from the 1st of November 2023, the leadership of the CLUE-H is given from SEAWave to NextGEM for the next 14 Months.

4th NextGEM meeting in Heraklion 10-11 October 2023

NextGEM held its 4th plenary meeting on 10-11 of October 2023, at the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH) premises in Heraklion, Crete, Greece.

NextGEM project partners during the fourth plenary meeting at Heraklion-Greece in October 2023

The meeting brought together over 30 attendees, representing a consortium of 20 European partner organizations. The participants convened both in person and via teleconference, showcasing the project’s commitment to collaboration and inclusivity.

The primary aim of this gathering was to provide a comprehensive overview of the project’s progress up to the present moment. Moreover, the meeting delved into specialized discussions, with a sharp focus on the technical intricacies of the project. After two days of robust engagement, the participants charted out the next steps, solidifying the coordination efforts for internal communication and research planning.

One of the standout features of this meeting was the open forum it provided. All attendees had the invaluable opportunity to share their insights, opinions, and innovative ideas. This collective brainstorming session laid the foundation for a shared vision and a unified path forward, aligning efforts toward the project’s ambitious objectives.

Looking ahead, the next rendezvous for the NextGEM project is set for Spring 2024 in the vibrant city of Brussels, Belgium. The esteemed Sciensano Belgian institute for health will graciously host this pivotal gathering, marking yet another milestone in the project’s journey towards innovation and excellence.

NextGEM’s presence at BioEM2023

In a striking display of commitment to advancing the field of bioelectromagnetics, Project NextGEM made waves at BioEM2023, the world’s premier conference in this domain. Held from June 19th to June 23rd in the historic city of Oxford, UK, this year’s event witnessed Project NextGEM’s active participation and impactful contributions.

European Commission Funding and EMF Research

The conference began on a high note with Rita Araujo from the DG Research & Innovation of the European Commission taking the stage. She presented the EC-funded research on electromagnetic fields (EMF) and health, a critical area where NextGEM plays a pivotal role as part of the Research Cluster on EMF CLUE-H. This presentation set the stage for highlighting the importance and relevance of our project on the global stage.

Leadership in Key Sessions

Two key members of the NextGEM team, Mats-Olof Mattsson and Myrtill Simkó, assumed the role of session chairs, underlining their expertise in the “in-vivo” session. Their involvement showcased NextGEM’s leadership within the bioelectromagnetics community.

Genotoxicity Research Insights

Maria Rosaria Scarfi delivered a thought-provoking presentation during the conference, sharing a systematic review of the evidence regarding the genotoxicity of radiofrequency (RF) electromagnetic fields from in vitro studies on mammalian cells. Chaired by Olga Zeni, this presentation contributed significantly to ongoing discussions on the effects of RF electromagnetic fields on biological systems.

Poster Presentations: A Visual Impact

The NextGEM project team made a strong visual impact with the presentation of four posters. These visually engaging displays served as a platform to communicate their groundbreaking research findings and initiate stimulating discussions among fellow conference attendees.

Shaping the WHO RF EMF Health Risk Assessment

Maria Rosaria Scarfi also assumed the role of session chair for the “Reviewing for the WHO RF EMF Health Risk Assessment” session, with a focus on the requirements for studies to be informative. This underscores NextGEM’s integral role in informing health risk assessments related to RF EMF exposure, particularly in vitro studies.

Numerical Dosimetry Expertise

Nikolaos Petroulakis, showcased his expertise by co-chairing a session on numerical dosimetry. This highlighted NextGEM’s dedication to understanding and modeling electromagnetic field exposure, a vital aspect of bioelectromagnetics research.

Supporting Emerging Talent

Olga Zeni’s participation in the closing ceremony and her involvement in student awards demonstrated NextGEM’s commitment to nurturing the next generation of bioelectromagnetics researchers.

Announcing BioEM2024 in Chania, Crete, Greece

As the coordinator of Project NextGEM and chair of the local organizing committee for the next BioEM conference, Nikolaos Petroulakis, made an exciting announcement. BioEM2024 is scheduled to take place from June 16th to June 21st, 2024, in the picturesque city of Chania, Crete, Greece. This forthcoming event promises to be a significant gathering for the bioelectromagnetics community.


In conclusion, BioEM2023 was a resounding success for Project NextGEM, with its substantial contributions leaving a lasting impact on the field of bioelectromagnetics. The team’s dedication to advancing research and fostering collaboration was palpable throughout the conference, setting the stage for even greater achievements in the future.

3rd NextGEM meeting in Naples 9-10 May 2023

NextGEM held its 3rd plenary meeting and the 2nd technical workshop on 9-10 of May 2023, at the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) premises in Naples, Italy.

NextGEM project partners during the third plenary meeting at Naples-Italy in May 2023

The assembly convened an impressive gathering, with over 30 attendees hailing from a consortium of 20 European partner organizations. This diverse group united both in person and through the power of teleconferencing technology, showcasing the project’s commitment to fostering collaboration across geographical boundaries.

The primary objective of this meeting was twofold: to provide a comprehensive update on the work accomplished thus far and to delve into specialized discussions, centering on the project’s intricate technical facets. Over the course of this two-day event, participants collectively charted the course for the project’s next steps. This included meticulous planning for enhanced internal communication and finely-tuned research strategies.

What set this meeting apart was its inclusive nature. Every participant, regardless of their role or affiliation, had a platform to share their unique insights, opinions, and innovative ideas. This dynamic exchange of perspectives paved the way for a shared vision, laying the groundwork for a united front that will propel the project toward its ambitious goals.

The second day of this event was marked by the project’s 2nd technical workshop, a crucial component of the gathering. The workshop featured three technical sessions, each dedicated to specific project aspects:

  • Technical Session 1: RF-EMF exposure assessment (conducted by TUD/THUAS)
  • Technical Session 2: Experimental activities and health risk assessment (led by SPi and SC)
  • Technical Session 3: NextGEM Innovation & Knowledge Hub (overseen by ICOM/FORTH)

Furthermore, the second day featured a special session dedicated to the EMF Health Cluster (CLUE-H). This session provided a platform for the presentation of ongoing Working Groups, their progress, and related activities, fostering collaboration and knowledge sharing among cluster members.

Looking ahead, the project’s journey continues to unfold. The stage is set for the next project meeting, slated for Autumn 2023 in the captivating locale of Heraklion, Crete, Greece. The Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH) will proudly serve as the host for this significant gathering, as the project propels forward in its pursuit of innovation and excellence.

Meet our partner – Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)

The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) (link) works towards a healthy population living in a sustainable, safe and healthy environment. RIVM pursues those goals based on independent scientific research. Working with our commissioning clients, we identify the research that is needed and conduct studies accordingly. We provide advice to the government, to professionals and to members of the public, and share our knowledge. RIVM works on preventing and controlling infectious diseases, good healthcare and a healthy lifestyle, and living in a safe, clean environment. Within this last task, we monitor radio-frequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMFs) and are active in the RF-EMF exposure field of research. Even though RIVM is owned by the Dutch government, we are independent in the performance of its commissioned projects.

Among the research-specific groups in NextGEM, RIVM has more experience with communicating with stakeholders outside of science, such as authorities and citizens. In the Netherlands (and many other places across the world), 5G is a topic that generates a wide range of opinions. In the Netherlands, RIVM is active in the knowledge platform for electromagnetic fields (link), which informs the population about pressing questions and the current state of research. RIVM will use this expertise to help generate practical guidelines for citizens and authorities based on the research done in NextGEM. Additionally, RIVM is a knowledge and research institute working on many work packages in NextGEM, such as developing new measurement devices for 5G, experiments on biological and health-related effects of EMFs, and case studies assessing the risks and impacts of 5G.

NextGEM featured in Revista Española de Salud Pública

Our project has been featured in a review in the Revista Española de Salud Pública on Synthesis of the Report Trends in the incidence of brain cancer in Spain between 1985 and 2015 and its possible relationship with the use of mobile phones.