CURRENT DISCUSSION ON 5G / WIRELESS COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES:
RISKS AND PERSPECTIVES

14 – 16 October 2022 International Conference at the Goethe Museum Düsseldorf

We live at a time of profound upheaval. We observe that particularly technological changes in our living environment are accelerating at a pace that balanced collective reflection processes in our society can hardly keep up with. This holds especially true for the rapid growth of the digital transformation and the ever more frequently deployed 5G / wireless communication technologies.

These developments, of course, can provide individual advantages, benefits, and conveniences. There are increasingly signs though that they can have a major adverse impact on our health and the environment, which is rarely or not at all a topic of public discourse.

With that in mind, we thank the Goethe Museum Düsseldorf for the opportunity to discuss risks and perspectives of current wireless communication technologies including 5G. We invite you to join the conversation on progress toward technologies that are compatible with human health and the environment.

A warm welcome to all!
Kompetenzinitiative e.V. Management Team

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European Spirit

In view of increasing radiation exposure, there have been valuable impulses for improved health and environmental protection at European level for several years.
For example:
Resolution 1815 of the Council of Europe
the current STOA-Study
The current Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee
European politicians are guests at Goethe Museum: Klaus Buchner, Michèle Rivasi, Jean Huss, Dumitru Fornea.

Basic research that affects all our lives directly: Pioneering study ATHEM 3

Hardly any other area of science is as controversial as research on 5G / mobile communications. Is the technology in its current form really compatible with health and the environment?
The new pioneering study ATHEM 3 (Athermal Effects of Electromagnetic Field Exposure Associated with Mobile Communications) will be presented to the public for the first time, blazing its own trail, a trail that is probably unique worldwide.
The team of researchers will report.

Program & Speakers

The conference program provides an overview of the current state of the 5G / wireless communication technologies debate from various perspectives.

An introduction to the recently finished, pioneering international study ATHEM 3 is followed by presentations in the areas of “Humanity and the Environment” as well as “Challenges in Science Policy and Society.” The conference will conclude with a panel discussion on “Perspectives” with representatives from politics and public life. The three-day event will provide plenty of space for conversations and meetings. An engaging cultural program by the Goethe Museum accompanies the conference. The conference will be livestreamed online. We welcome all participants to join the conversation on progress toward technologies that are compatible with human health and the environment.

From Goethe to modern debates on progress – this sounds like quite a leap. Yet Goethe and writings of the modern age have repeatedly explored the issue of scientific technical progress. Modern literary awareness is familiar with discoveries or innovations of progress as well as with its ambiguities and risks. The presentation will address several of these aspects and also explain the key motivation for establishing the interdisciplinary work of the Kompetenzinitiative e.V. 15 years ago.


Prof. Dr. Karl Richter
Literary and cultural scholar. 1973 – 2002. Professor of German linguistics and literary studies at the University of Saarland. Chief editor of the Munich Goethe Edition. Numerous research projects and publications in literature and natural sciences / technology.
Together with Dr. med. Markus Kern cofounder of the Kompetenzinitiative e.V. (2007) and its long-term board member.


Dr. Peter Ludwig
Literary and cultural scholar with research projects and publications in modern history of literature and science. Key research areas: topics and issues at the frontiers of natural sciences, medicine, technology, and cultural studies. Among others, collaboration on standard works of Goethe. Lecturer at various universities and educational institutions. Executive director of the Kompetenzinitiative e.V.

The digital transformation and 5G / wireless communication technologies profoundly shape our lives today. Which biological effects can wireless radiation exposures from these technologies have? Basic research projects have dealt with this question for a long time, reaching well into debates on theories and methods. The new pioneering study ATHEM 3 (Athermal Effects of Electromagnetic Field Exposure Associated with Mobile Communications) will be presented to the public for the first time, blazing its own trail, a trail that is probably unique worldwide. By bringing together all research disciplines relevant to wireless communication technologies and having top scientists, engineers, and laboratories cooperate with each other, ATHEM 3 has been able to achieve extraordinary results in studying humans, which will set a new standard for international research. The pioneering study was accompanied and documented by a documentary crew – basic research that affects all our lives directly.

Prof. Dr. med. Wilhelm Mosgöller
Center for Cancer Research at the Medical University Vienna.
Several scientific awards for interdisciplinary projects/publications. Expert witness in current US American compensation lawsuits. Among others, project coordinator of the ATHEM 1 and ATHEM 2 studies on behalf of the Austrian Workers’ Board of Compensation (AUVA) “Safety and Toxicology of Electromagnetic Fields in the Cell Phone Frequency Range.” Memberships: Austrian Standards Institute (Ö-Norm), Working Group TSK EMV-EMF; Wissenschaftlicher Beirat Funk (WBF) at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, observer status.

Prof. Dr. med. Igor Belyaev
Head research scientist und head of the Radiobiological Department at the Biomedical Research Center, Slovak Academy of Sciences. Member, among others: Working Group of the International EMF Project of the World Health Organization, Working Group for the Evaluation of RF Carcinogenicity of the International Agency on Research in Cancer; Memorial Fund Committee of the Bioelectromagnetics Society, Swedish National Committee for Radioscience, Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, European Association for Cancer Research. In 2011, he received the award for the most influential paper in bioelectromagnetic research 2006–2010 from the Bioelectromagnetics Society.

Prof. Dr. phil. Max Moser
Head of the Institute of Health Technology and Prevention Research, Human Research, Weiz.
In the 1990s, among others, head of a research team on space research (AUSTROMIR). Key research areas and numerous publications: chronobiology, sleep research, stress and relaxation research, autonomic regulation. Cofounder of Noah’s Ark, the largest private seed vault of Europe.

Dipl.-Ing. Matthias Frühwirth
Research assistant at the Institute of Health Technology and Prevention Research, Human Research, Weiz.
For the past 20 years, he has been involved in research and development of biomedical measurements with
a focus on signal processing, algorithms, machine learning, and biostatistics. Experience as a project leader for clinical studies.

Dr.-Ing. Dietrich Moldan
Founder and head of Dr. Moldan Umweltanalytik.
Environmental testing and analysis in Germany and abroad for building owners, government agencies, cities and municipalities, industrial facilities, commercial companies, as well as planners, architects, physicians, and naturopaths. Focus of work: ELF electric and magnetic fields, static electric and magnetic fields, and radio-frequency radiation. Numerous publications, presentations, educational training, seminars; radio and TV appearances.

Klaus Scheidsteger
Free journalist, author, and producer. Numerous TV reports and documentaries domestically and abroad. Since 2004 intense exploration of wireless communication technologies issue. His reports, among others, include “Portables en Accusation” (2006) for the French public broadcasting station FR2 and especially the documentary “Thank You For Calling” (2016), which has been distributed in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, and since 2018 in France with the title “Ondes de Choc” (shockwaves). Board member of the Kompetenzinitiative e.V.

Effects of radio-frequency electromagnetic fields (radar, line-of-sight, radio, TV) on plants have been scientifically documented since 1930. When the official exposure limits (26. BImSchV) of Germany were set in 1997, plants were not considered. From 2004 research groups have found effects of radio-frequency electromagnetic fields – such as used in wireless communication technologies – on plants in laboratory experiments. The impact on trees has been documented for 15 years and summarized in the international study “Radiofrequency Radiation Injures Trees around Mobile Phone Base Stations.” Examples from the study are presented.

Dr. med. Cornelia Waldmann-Selsam
Coinitiator of the Physicians’ Initiative “Bamberger Appell” (2004). Numerous publications on this subject. Between 2004 and 2007, 1600 on-site visits for people at home or at work for a total of 250 cell site locations. Documentation of symptoms in questionnaires, power density measurements with broad-spectrum antenna, and making written statements. Presentation of case histories at expert talks of the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) “Gesundheitliche Auswirkungen der elektromagnetischen Felder des Mobilfunks – Befundberichte [Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields from Wireless Communication Technologies – Case Reports]” (2006). Presentation of the study on trees at the international BfS workshop “Environmental Effects of Electric, Magnetic and Electromagnetic Fields: Flora and Fauna“ (2019).

Neurodiversity describes the diversity of sensory perceptions and processing in humans. An estimated 20% of the population are neurodivergent. Their perception via sensory organs is frequently much more intense and far-reaching. These people respond with higher sensitivity to environmental factors and stimuli, such as chemicals, odors, noise, electromagnetic fields, and light. You will learn about important concepts and strategies to help people on the neurodiverse spectrum gain access to a tailored living space and healthy work environment. In a survey, about 100 criteria and environmental conditions were identified that are essential to those affected. You will also gain insight into the practical applications of the research findings from the Social Innovation Project LiLeVi.

Dr. rer. nat. Judith Rommel
is a true all-rounder in natural sciences. Her knowledge is based on studies in biology and mathematics and a PhD in cheminformatics. With a scholarship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, she did research at Cambridge University (England) for several years. Additional research residencies took her to Stanford University (CA, USA) and the Weizmann Institute (Israel). Upon her return to Germany, she received a Leadership Scholarship from the German Scholars Organization. Currently, she is also engaged at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) Stuttgart. As a founder and first chairwoman of the BZND Zentrum für Neurodiversität e.V., freedom of choice in dealing with technology is very important to her.

The younger generation in particular is deeply affected by the impact of the digital age. Awareness about the healthy use of new technologies and media literacy becomes ever more important. The European Alliance for Initiatives of Applied Anthroposophy (ELIANT) and diagnose:funk provide essential information on this subject, especially with videos across the entire world that are available in eight languages so far. The conversation, among other things, will focus on key questions of educational strategies for the future. For example: Does the heavy use of digital devices increasingly push children and adolescents into a wrong direction? Are there modern and sustainable educational strategies that can empower children and adolescents to meet the enormous challenges of the modern world?

Dr. med. Michaela Glöckler
Pediatrician, practiced for 10 years at Gemeinschaftskrankenhaus Herdecke and the University Hospital of Bochum. From 1988 head of the Medical Section of the School of Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum in Dornach/Switzerland. International Coordination of Physician Training (IKAM) for anthroposophic physician associations. President of the Alliance for Initiatives of Applied Anthroposophy (ELIANT).

André Schmechel, M.A.
Born in 1978 in Northeim; studied law, education, and musicology; thereafter teacher training in Waldorf education. Since then working as a Waldorf classroom, music, English, and philosophy teacher, and also as an instructor in teacher training programs in Canada and Germany. Educational assistant and consultant for Waldorf school initiatives and start-ups. Advocacy Manager of the European Alliance of Initiatives for Applied Anthroposophy (ELIANT).

Peter Hensinger M.A.
Studied pedagogy, German literature and linguistics.
Board member of the environmental and consumer protection organization diagnose:funk where he heads the science department and is responsible for the database www.EMFData.org. Coinitiator of Bündnis für humane Bildung [Alliance for a Humane Education].

More and more patients look for medical doctors who, after a thorough medical history and investigation of symptoms, can diagnose clear, sometimes severe functional impairments due to permanent exposure to radio-frequency electromagnetic fields. From an environmental medicine perspective, the developments in the area of wireless communication technologies are increasingly dramatic and precipitous as wireless emissions from additional, newly deployed networks or already installed ones expose the population nonstop with no alternative. About 6–8% of the population (according to the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection) currently suffers from microwave syndrome. Usually it takes years before these patients connect the dots between their symptoms and their permanent wireless radiation exposure. It frequently takes the experience that symptoms significantly improve or completely vanish in areas with low background levels.

Dr. med. Harald Banzhaf
Specialist in general medicine, environmental medicine, social medicine, emergency medicine, manual therapy, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, sports medicine, occupational medicine, medical doctor of modern Mayr medicine, certified MBSR instructor (senior teacher). Lecturer at the University of Tübingen and head of the Academic Teaching Center “Heilkundezentrum Zollernalb“ at the University of Tübingen.

New exposures to technically induced radiation and environmental toxins – old responses by the living organism. New harmful factors affecting humans – old answers by the body: voltage, congestion, inflammation. Are there precautions one can take so that our nervous, hormone, immune, and skin system can cope better with these modern exposures? Which proven methods from naturopathy lend themselves to combat elevated nitric oxide levels in the body or to optimize glutathione function? Does naturopathy offer plausible explanations for certain plant substances to help with mitochondriopathies? The short presentation will answer the above questions and a number of other questions, sharing with the audience specific tips on how to protect yourself.

Jo Marty
Certified andrologist, (Dipl. SKAL, IAP Basel), education in biochemistry and bionics and biology with Dr. G. Spring ZH, Dipl. Breath, Voice and Speech Specialist, Dipl. Supervisor und Coach, Dipl. Nutritionist. President of Schweizerische Vereinigung für Biochemie according to Dr. Schüssler. Internationally known expert for minerals according to Dr. Schüssler and gemmotherapy. President of approved Nature. President of Fachverein Vitalpilze Schweiz. Numerous publications in specialist journals.

The worldwide debate on biological effects of wireless radiation is dominated by a small but internationally well-connected group of scientists whose statements often stand in direct opposition to the majority of researchers. An important member of this group is the private association ICNIRP (International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection) with its headquarters at the Federal Office for Radiation Protection in Neuherberg at Munich in Germany. Who are the members of ICNIRP? Are they truly independent and free of conflicts of interest? The sensational report was first published in English, French, and German in Brussels in June 2020. The two European Union MEPs Michèle Rivasi (Europe Écologie) and Klaus Buchner (Ökologisch-Demokratische Partei) commissioned, coordinated, and published this report.

Michèle Rivasi MEP
Member of the European Parliament since 2009 for Europe Écologie (France) in the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance. Member of Committee on Development, Committee on Budgetary Control, Special Committee on Cancer Prevention and in the Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. Substitute member in Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. Among others, founder of the Commission de recherché et d’information indépendantes sur la radioactivité and coauthor of the book “Le Racket des Laboratoires Pharmaceutiques et Comment en Sortir” (2015).

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Klaus Buchner
Work at the Max Planck Institute for Physics of the Technical University of Munich under the leadership of the former director Prof. Heisenberg and in Kyoto / Japan at the Institute of Prof. Yukawa, the discoverer of nuclear forces. Research interests: general theory of relativity and differential geometry. Member of the Academy of Sciences in Messina / Italy and winner of the Gold Medal of Merit of the University of Breslau / Poland. From 2003 to 2010, federal party leader of Ökologisch-Demokratische Partei ÖDP. From 2014 to 2020, Member of the European Parliament. Board member of the Kompetenzinitiative e.V.

In this presentation, he will discuss the current legal framework of case law regarding possible protection from the effects of artificial electromagnetic fields and radio-frequency radiation (EMF and RF) on living organisms. He will also explore EMF and RF health effects as well as the medically justified necessity of personal legal protection, outlining a possible way forward.

RA Tilo Rössler
Key areas: medical law, criminal law, corporate law, and special administrative law, ÖPNV System Management. Until 2014 general management / ownership of an educational and communications company. Until 2010 general management of a transportation company. Until 2014 examination committee of the Dresden Bar Association. Lecturer. Advisory management of the Department of Sciences and Research at a Bavarian company of information technology (2010–2018). Since 2010 supervision of research projects with a focus on “Effects of Electromagnetic Fields on Living Organisms.”

According to German Basic Law (art. 28 para. 2 GG), cities and municipalities have the so-called sole right of control und are obligated to provide public services of general interest. Within the framework of this guaranteed planning sovereignty, development objectives can be defined – maintaining a minimum standard of municipal quality of life and the environment has not been related to it. It has been clarified by the Supreme Court that matters of wireless communication technologies fall under municipal planning tasks and are assigned to the risk level relevant to precautionary provisions. This justifies the implementation of protective and precautionary measures, especially where federal and state laws have gaps. What perspective do cities and municipalities have?

Verw.Richter a.D. Bernd Irmfried Budzinski
Administrative Judge (retired); since 1975 head of the Department of Building Law at the Administrative Court of Lörrach; thereafter until 2010 judge at the Administrative Court of Freiburg. Member of Greenpeace, participated in the Wyhl process as a reserve judge (1977). Numerous contributions to the legal issues of wireless communication technologies in scientific journals (NVwZ, NuR), at conferences and at parliamentary and ministerial hearings.

The benefits of digitization are obvious, but the rapid deployment of digital systems and the condition of citizens’ access to some services of general interest on possession of a digital identity could in practice lead to a significant number of European citizens being denied the right of access.

Mr. Dumitru Fornea, Romania
Confederal Secretary responsible with the International Relations of the National Trade Union Confederation MERIDIAN from Romania and since 2007 is Member of the European Economic and Social Committee.
Member of the EESC’ Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (TEN)
Rapporteur of the EESC’s opinion on “Digital identity, data sovereignty and the path towards a just digital transition for citizens living in the information society”

In view of the well-known body of scientific knowledge regarding the effects of nonionizing radiation on humans, animals, and plants, one can say – together with the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) – that the digital transformation unleashes its destructive power at great speed, but regulations tend to lag behind. It is therefore high time to take stock and also to take a more holistic look at the prerequisites and conditions of these technologies, to show what has been missing in the past and to encourage considerations and discussions on these technologies for a more intelligent way that integrates the concept of health. The white paper sees itself as a work in progress that shows possibilities of what can be done and invites to consider additional matters but also encourages to give it further thought.

Prof. Dr. Ing. Wilfried Kühling
Since 1996 professor of spatial and environmental planning at the Institute of Geosciences and Geography of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. Key research areas: assessment procedures and precaution-based assessment criteria in environmental planning or environmental impact assessments; development of procedures for the valorization of the quality of the environment. Research papers and expert reports on regional and municipal planning practices as well as approval and plan approval procedures. Previously a long-time speaker of the Federal Working Group Pollution Control and chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation e.V. (BUND) and member of the Federal Board of BUND. Board member of the Kompetenzinitiative e.V.

Representatives from Politics and Public Life

The panel members have not yet been chosen (as of May 2022).
Please watch for the latest announcements as the conference draws nearer.

Partners of the event

Goethe Museum Düsseldorf

The Goethe Museum Düsseldorf is one of the three large Goethe archives and research facilities, hosting the largest – about 50,000 objects – private Goethe collection in the world. The institution consists of the museum, archive, research library, art collection, and a venue for cultural events.

Goethe Museum Düsseldorf is short for Goethe Museum Düsseldorf/Anton and Katharina Kippenberg Foundation. The Goethe Museum Düsseldorf was founded in 1953 by two heiresses of Professor Anton Kippenberg, the former publisher of the Insel Publishing House.

The cultural-historical museum displays the permanent exhibition “Goethe and His Time,” featuring original manuscripts, books, paintings, drawings, busts, and arts and crafts, in an architecturally outstanding building from the 18th century. Schloss Jägerhof was built on behalf of Elector Palatine Charles Theodore.

https://www.goethe-museum.de/de

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe-Foundation Basel

johann-wolfgang-stiftung

The Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Foundation was founded on 19 December 1968 by the Hamburg businessman and farmer dr. H. c. Alfred Toepfer (1894 – 1993) was founded as a charitable foundation with headquarters in Basel. With this foundation, the founder wanted to express his social, environmental and cultural interests. In particular, the Foundation should act through contributions, prizes, scholarships, publications or entertainment of special facilities in the service of German-French friendship and European unity – including in the interest of the “Regio Basilensis”.

Since 2005, the Foundation has focused exclusively on the free organization of events, seminars and colloquia in its own property in the Alsatian village of Klingenthal (France). It continues to devote itself to the different cultural areas in Europe and thus wants to promote the feeling of belonging to all Europeans.

http://www.goethestiftungbasel.ch/

diagnose:funk

For Safe Wireless Technologies and the Protection against Electrosmog. The goal of diagnose:funk is to inform the public about the harmful effects on human health and the environment by electromagnetic fields, for example, from cell phones, smartphones, cell antennas, Wi-Fi, DECT and other sources of electrosmog as well as to raise awareness about the psychosocial impact of digital media. This will help users and politicians change their behavior and promote the implementation of solutions for sustainable and environmentally responsible technologies.

https://www.diagnose-funk.org/

GGB e.V.

The nonprofit association Gesellschaft für Gesundheitsberatung GGB e. V. with its focus on holistic health education has been operating since 1978.

It was founded by the physician and nutrition pioneer Dr. med. Max Otto Bruker (1909 – 2001). Health topics from the areas of medicine, nutrition, the environment and life coaching are particularly close to our heart. We are politically and religiously neutral and do not receive any financial support from the government or lobbyists, but we finance our work exclusively through seminar and membership fees as well as donations.

https://gesundheitsberater.de/

sycoma

With over 20 years of experience in research, development, production and sales, sycoma currently provides high-performance system solutions in over 30 countries worldwide for window manufacturers, the construction product and insulation material sectors, construction product traders and the automotive industry.
Reliable performance in the long term, holistic solutions, optimal benefits for the user – these are the standards we have demanded of ourselves and of every sycoma product since 1995. With our company headquarters in the Rhein-Neckar high-tech region, sycoma has become a leader in the development and production of adhesives, sealing membranes, engineering fleeces and primers for a wide range of areas of application.

https://www.sycoma.de/de/start/

Verband Baubiologie e.V.

The members of the Building Biology Association e.V. are committed to promoting environmental and public health.

To this end, we offer building biology-based consulting, planning, investigating, measuring and assessing services for construction, renovation and remediation projects. Assessments and analyses of buildings, apartments, properties, furnishings and materials are carried out according to the latest Standard of Building Biology Testing Methods (SBM). The expressed goal is to detect health-related risk factors and to develop healthy solutions.

Building biology professionals in the Building Biology Association e.V. base their work on the principles of natural sciences and the insights of their own empirical knowledge.

https://www.verband-baubiologie.de/

Allianz Eliant

The European Alliance of Initiatives for Applied Anthroposopy/ELIANT as a campaigning organisation promoting more quality of life, cultural diversity and availability of choice in Europe. Our working motto comes from the «Fairy Tale» by Goethe:

«One alone does not help, but rather he who unites with others at the right time» Human dignity and individual development are key values in European culture. For them to be realized in terms of policy the civil society of Europe and hence each citizen, needs more than a democratically guaranteed freedom of choice. But the choices must also be made available to choose from. These are disappearing as increasing bureaucracy takes hold – especially in the fields of education, health and the various forms of therapy as well as in agriculture. What may be recognised in one country often cannot be sold across the EU or else disappears due to new market rules. This even applies to some of the cultural initiatives arising from the applied anthroposophy of Rudolf Steiner which have existed since the twenties of the 20th century.

https://eliant.eu/ueber-uns/ueber-eliant