Launch of the European project NextGEM

The 48-month EU-funded NextGEM project, which was launched on the 1st of July 2022, will ensure EU citizens’ healthy living and a safe working environment when employing existing and future EMF-based telecommunication technologies

NextGEM project partners during the Kick-off meeting at Heraklion-Crete in July 2022

NextGEM project held its kick-off meeting on 19-21 of July 2022, at the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH) premises in Heraklion, Crete, Greece. NextGEM is a 48-month Horizon Europe project officially launched on 1st July 2022 with a total budget of 7.56 M€ funded under the “Exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) and health” call.

NextGEM vision

The NextGEM vision is to ensure EU citizens’ healthy living and a safer working environment when employing existing and future Electromagnenic Field (EMF)-based telecommunication technologies. This will be accomplished by generating relevant knowledge that identifies appropriate control measures of EMF exposure in the residential, public, and occupational settings, trustable by people and in line with the regulations and laws issued by the public authorities. For that, NextGEM will provide a framework for generating health-relevant scientific knowledge and data on new scenarios of exposure to EMF in multiple frequency bands. The project also aims to develop and validate tools for evidence-based risk assessment. NextGEM will also create the NextGEM Innovation and Knowledge Hub (NIKH) for EMF and Health, offering a standardised way for European regulatory authorities and the scientific community to store and assess project outcomes and insights into how EMF exposures affect health.

Three case studies are planned to demonstrate and validate NextGEM’s results on different groups of geographical and socio-economic conditions. The first one will investigate the potential effects of indoor levels of radiofrequency exposure of vulnerable people on reproduction and development. The second will focus on optimised outdoor urban planning and 5G design architecture and investigations for public awareness of cancer-related health hazards. Finally, the third will focus on the potential health effects of mmWave EMF exposure in indoor and outdoor environments.

NextGEM Consortium

The Institute of Computer Science of FORTH (ICS-FORTH) is the coordinator of the NextGEM project, and the consortium consists of 20 organisations based in 10 different countries (Greece, Italy, Spain, Cyprus Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and Israel).

Among the 20 organisations, there are 4 Research Institutions (FORTH, Italian National Research Council – CNR, Spanish National Research Council – CSIC and International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering – CIMNE), 6 Universities (University of Cassino, Hague University of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, and University of Zurich), 5 Public and Government organisations (Italian National Institute of Health – ISS, Belgium Institute for Health – Sciensano, Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment – RIVM, Spanish Ministry of Health, and Dutch Radio Communications Agency), 3 Small and Medium Enterprises (eBOS Technologies, SciProof International and Sphynx Analytic Limited) and 2 Industrial partners (Intracom Telecom and Telecom Italia).

Each partner brings unique expertise, essential for the implementation of the project; including measurements and modelling of the EMF sources, investigation of potential health effects by experimental and human studies, investigating possible causal links between EMF exposure level and duration on potential health effects and performing risk assessment, and development of an innovation and knowledge hub to be used by scientists, authorities, and for citizens’ awareness.

EMF and Health Cluster

NextGEM project along with the three other Horizon Europe projects selected for funding from the call HORIZON- HLTH-2021-ENVHLTH-02-01 Exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) and health (SEAWave, ETAIN, GOLIAT) will form the EMF and Health Cluster to optimise synergies, avoid overlaps and increase the impact of the projects.

More Information and Contact

The project will include a communication and dissemination programme full of activities to maximise the impact of the results generated and increase general awareness on the subject, and a website and social media available to the general public to be updated with the project outcomes. Website: nextgem.eu Twitter: @NextGEM_eu Linkedin: nextgem-project/

Dr. Nikolaos Petroulakis, Project Coordinator, ICS-FORTH,  email: npetro@ics.forth.gr 

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