Program & Speakers
The conference is designed for research scientists and health care professionals as well as interested citizens. Furthermore, it is meant to be an information platform to support politicians, organizations, the media and other community groups. The conference also wishes to promote the international dialogue between science and society in the face of social and technological challenges that concern us all.
All presentations and discussions will be simultaneously translated into English or German, respectively. The Electoral Palace of Mainz, the conference venue, will be kept free of Wi-Fi.
board member of the Competence Initiative, worked in Munich at the Max Planck Institute of the Technical University of Munich under the leadership of the then Director Prof. Heisenberg and in Kyoto, Japan, at the Institute of Prof. Yukawa, the discoverer of the nuclear forces. His research interests focus on the general theory of relativity and differential geometry. He is a member of the Academy of Sciences in Messina, Italy, and received the Medal of Merit from the University of Wroclaw, Poland. From 2003 to 2010, he was the national party leader of the environmental party Ökologisch-Demokratischen Partei (ÖDP). Since May 2014, he has been a member of the European Parliament for the ÖDP.
PhD, DSc, currently retired; continues as Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and Chief Editor of “Radiation and Health”; specialty of the “Frontiers in Public Health”, Lausanne, Switzerland.
Holds two doctorates, in molecular biology (DSc) and biochemistry (PhD), from Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, and Helsinki University, Finland, respectively.
For nearly 22 years (1992–2013), he worked at the Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority STUK with responsibility for research on biological and health effects of non-ionizing radiation. From 2003 to 2007, he was head of the Radiation Biology Laboratory and from 2000 to 2013, research professor.
He held several visiting appointments: 1997–1999 Assistant Professor at the Harvard Medical School, 2006–2009 Guangbiao Professor at the Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, China and 2012–2013 Visiting Professor at the Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia.
An internationally recognized expert in the field of biological and health effects of radiation emitted by wireless communication devices. In this capacity, he testified in 2009 before the US Senate Committee, in 2015 before the Committee of the Canadian House of Commons and in 2014 advised the Minister of Health of India.
In 2011 he was one of the 30 experts invited by the International Agency for Research on Cancer who classified cell phone radiation as possibly carcinogenic to humans.
Full CV and list of publications are available on his science and policy blog “BRHP – Between a Rock and a Hard Place”: https://betweenrockandhardplace.wordpress.com/cv-november-2018/
About the presentation:
In the early 1970s and 1980s, the first generation (1G) of mobile phones and cell tower networks were deployed without prior testing for human health safety. It was assumed that the emitted low power is harmless. However, decades later in 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified radiation emitted by cell phones and cell towers, by then already the 3rd and 4th generation (3G and 4G), as a possible human carcinogen (category 2B).
Since the 2011 classification, a number of research studies were published that not only strengthened the evidence for the 2B classification but provided data suggesting that the IARC classification could be upgraded to the level of a probable human carcinogen (category 2A).
Besides the epidemiology and animal studies that form the core of the IARC classification, there is a sizable number of studies indicating that the radiation emitted by mobile phones acts via thermal and non-thermal mechanisms. The biological mechanism activated by the mobile phone radiation exposure is the classic cellular stress response. Activation of the stress response, the first line of cellular defense, leads to activation of a diverse variety of cellular signaling pathways, leading to changes in gene and protein expression and activity. All these changes aim to protect cells from the effects of exposure to radiation emitted by mobile phones. If and when the cellular defenses fail, pathological processes may begin.
Currently, the new generation of wireless communication, 5G, is being rapidly deployed. 5G will introduce new radiation, the millimeter waves, that was also not tested for human health hazard. Studies on biological and health effects of the millimeter waves are scarce.
In spite of the experiences with 1G through 4G, the new 5G is being deployed without health testing because of the same discredited assumption that low power emitted by the 5G will not cause harm. It is déjà vu all over again as shown by the experience with the deployment of 1G through 4G.
In summary, it is known that radiation emitted by 1G through 4G affects the development of human brain cancer and the development of cancer in animals through thermal and non-thermal mechanisms triggered by the activation of the cellular stress response. For the currently deployed 5G, the biological and health effects of the millimeter waves are largely unknown because of the lack of appropriate scientific studies.
In conclusion, the to-date gathered information on biological and health effects of 1G through 5G mobile communication devices suggests that there are sufficient grounds for implementation of the Precautionary Principle as specified by the European Union. While deployment of new technologies needs to continue, it is necessary to determine whether everything and everywhere needs to be wireless. Especially the use of fiber-optic technology should be considered as a reliable replacement for the wireless technology whenever possible and feasible.
B.A. degree in Physics, Johns Hopkins University, Phi Beta Kappa with Honors, 1962; graduated with 180 semester hours of credit in 4 years; Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry and Genetics, Caltech, 1968; Asst. Prof. Reed College, 1967–1972.; Asst., Assoc., and Full Professor, Genetics and Cell Biology and Biochemistry/Biophysics, later Professor of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences, Washington State University, 1972–2008. Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences, Washington State University. Received 9 international honors for research in Environmental Medicine; Author of 102 professional publications
Research since 1998 focused on mechanisms of chronic disease; oxidative/nitrosative stress; inflammation, mitochondrial dysfunction, other mechanisms; environmental stressors causing chronic disease; regulatory systems acting to prevent chronic disease; chemicals acting to trigger chronic disease via excessive NMDA activity; mechanism of action of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) via activation of voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs).
About the presentation:
Prof. Pall has 8 publications on the EMF VGGC mechanism. The first of these published in 2013 was placed on the Global Medical Discovery website as one of the most important medical papers of 2013. It has been cited 180 times (as of August 2018). These 8 papers collectively show that:
1. Most non-thermal microwave frequency EMF effects are produced by EMF activation of the VGCCs.
2. A large number of effects are produced by such EMF exposures including: many reproductive effects; many neurological/neuropsychiatric effects; attacks on the DNA of our cells; oxidative stress/free radical damage; increased apoptotic cell death; widespread endocrine (hormonal) effects; excessive intracellular calcium and cancer.
3. Each of these effects and in addition to six other probable effects can be explained as being due to VGCC activation.
4. In my 2018 EMF-cancer paper, I discussed 15 distinct mechanisms by which VGCC activation causes cancer initiation, promotion and progression.
5. I have extraordinary concerns about 5G, which are impossible to outline, so I will not try to outline them here.
Institute for Cancer Research at the Medical University of Vienna,
Borschkegasse 8a, A-1090 Vienna
Tel.: +43 664 28 48 324
Born: 1962 in Güssing, Province of Burgenland
1968–1988: Basic training and medical studies at the Medical University of Vienna and London, U.K.; for 2 months, physician in training (internship), trauma surgery, military hospital in Vienna
1988–1998: For 10 years, university assistant at the Medical University of Vienna
1990–1991: For 1 year, a post-doctoral research stay as a BP research assistant at the John Innes Plant Research Centre in Norwich, England
1994–1995: Clinical medicine, respiratory medicine and gastroenterology
March 2003: Certificate of the Austrian Medical Association: “Clinical Investigator”
Since August 1995: Medical specialist for histology and embryology (not clinical research physician)
1995–1999: Laboratory director, cell and tissue culture, at the Institute of Histology and Embryology at the Medical University of Vienna
1993–1997: Four science awards for interdisciplinary projects/publications: Plano award (electron microscopy), science award by the Hoechst Foundation (2 x), research award by the German Respiratory Society
1999–2009: Director of the research laboratory “Experimental Structural Analysis” at the Institute for Cancer Research of the Medical University of Vienna
May 2000: Awarded the Venia Docendi “University Lecturer” (habilitation)
October 2000: Appointment as an Associate University Professor, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education and the Arts
April 2004: Post-doctoral training as a project manager for scientific research projects
April 2006: Certificate of the Austrian Medical Association: “Clinical Investigator”
October 2006: Post-doctoral training: clinical investigator, studies in cancer patients at Central European Society for Anticancer Drug Research (CESAR)
November 2010: Certificate of the Austrian Medical Association: “Clinical Study Investigator”
February 2009: Dissolution of the research laboratory and founding of the SCIgenia Science Support GmbH for International Project Design & Management for research projects and clinical studies
February 2002 – October 2006: Project coordinator for the European Commission of the EU Project “VIP-NLT” (medication development)
Since 2003–2016: Consultant of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce, Federal Guild of Electricians, Building, Alarm System and Communications Technicians (Working at Cell Towers “Arbeiten am Handymast,” Antenna System Siting Guideline “Leitfaden Senderbau”)
January 2003 – August 2008: Project coordinator for the ATHEM-1 Project on behalf of the Austrian Worker’s Compensation Board (AUVA) “Safety and Toxicology of Mobile Phone Radiation”
May 2008 to 2017: “Vienna Mobile Phone Scandal“ at the Medical University of Vienna
Februrary 2013 – December 2016: Project coordinator for the ATHEM-2 Project on behalf of the Austrian Worker’s Compensation Board (AUVA) “Safety and Toxicology of Mobile Phone Radiation”
Austrian Standards Institute (ÖNORM), Working Group TSK EMV-EMF
Scientific Advisory Board “Funk” (WBF) at the Federal Ministry for Transportation, Innovation and Technology (BMV), observing member
Physician, scientist, university lecturer, active retiree. Born on 15 February 1924 in Wohlmirstedt. 1950–1955 studied at the Medical Faculty (Charité) of the Humboldt University in Berlin, 1957 received his doctorate as a Dr. med., 1970 completed his habilitation, 1971 appointed as a Full Professor at the Faculty of Neurophysiology at the Academy of Sciences of the GDR. 1977 appointed as a Professor and as the Director of the Institute for Experimental and Clinical Pathophysiology at the Charité of the Humboldt University in Berlin. (pathophysiology = teachings about the functions of disease development)
His major research areas: stress, sleep, chrono-medicine, environmental medicine, space medicine, blood pressure regulation, mineral metabolism, neuropsychobiology, regulatory peptides, health sciences, neuroscience and electrosmog. More than 800 original scientific papers in national and international journals and edited collections; 54 scientific and nonfiction books. Supported junior researchers: supervised 173 doctoral students, who were awarded their doctorates.
About the presentation:
Both so-called ionizing and nonionizing radiation can generate free radicals in the human body. Therefore, the biological damage is similar that can be caused by either type of radiation. From this perspective, it would be better to distinguish between high-energy and low-energy radiation. However, even this physics-based distinction is insufficient for evaluating the impact on biological processes. In this context, it is much more important to consider short-term and long-term effects, possibly taking the exposure level into account. From all of this follows: Since for the protection of public health the impact of the radiation on the human body is crucial, the distinction between ionizing and nonionizing is not appropriate anymore. This must have consequences for how public health is protected against radiation exposure. The parameters currently being used for setting exposure limits are completely unsuitable.
Studied journalism with a minor in politics at the University of Dortmund, including work-integrated learning at the Cologne Studio of the West German Broadcasting Corporation (WDR)
Stayed for four years in Southern France (1980–1983) where, among other things, he wrote freelance for the German author Rolf Palm Davor, who lives in Monaco, and thereafter he worked as a reporter for the WDR Cologne
1982: Author and coproducer of a first longer documentary film “Portrait des Schriftstellers Anthony Burgess [Portrait of the Writer Anthony Burgess]” 52 minutes, broadcast on TV, among others, on FR3 and Channel4
1985: Founding his own TV production company in Essen with a focus on news, reports and documentaries. Worked for most large TV stations. Further commercial films, among others, for Karstadt, Tengelmann, Steilmann, Panasonic Germany, Salamander, etc.
1998: Return to France; many documentary films and reports as an author and producer for the arte television network with a focus on portraits, e.g. “Hemingway auf Kuba [Hemingway on Cuba]” (at the 100th anniversary of his birth, 1999); “Wichtig ist, was wir morgen tun [Important Is What We Will Do Tomorrow]” about the writer Martin Gray, “Medizin der Zukunft [Medicine of the Future],” portrait of Prof. Dr. med. Dietrich Grönemeyer; “Das System Ducasse [The Ducasse System],” portrait of the celebrity chef Alain Ducasse; “New York – Provence,” portrait of the painter Jean Miotte; “Goldschmiede der Athleten [The Place Where Gold Medalists Are Born]” about the Berlin Olympic Center, etc.
2004: First investigation of wireless communication radiation on behalf of the TV network France2 “Portables En Accusation [Mobile Devices in Charge],” 50 minutes, broadcast on French TV in 2006.
Additional investigations about ongoing legal proceedings in the US lead to the production of the documentary film “Thank You for Calling [Danke für den Anruf],” which, among other places, could also be seen at the Fünf Seen Filmfestival. Today, Scheidsteger lives in France and Austria. He is a producer for diverse commercial films and works also as a media consultant.
Dipl. Ing. Lothar Moll, Germany
UEntrepreneur for more than 35 years, pioneer in building biology and healthy building. For some years, he has been involved in large green space and agricultural projects in Africa that use irrigation systems that deliver the water in the soil (at the roots of the plants) with the help of microporous tubes made from recycled tires. He is also very active in the protection of the development of life; in particular, he financially supports research projects and publications about the radiation health risks of wireless communication technologies, vaccines and the infrasound of wind turbines and heat pumps. In addition, Lothar Moll also works together with various companies that produce documentary films about the above-mentioned issues. Professionally, he facilitates seminars about the development of active intuition and about how the various brain regions can be accessible at the same time.
About the documentary:
The “fact checkers” Lothar Moll and Klaus Scheidsteger track down the truth in this documentary.
They visit very important persons and institutes in science and research; they highlight their findings and always capture the historical moments in regards to the impact of EMFs on our health.
As this contemporary documentary peels back layer upon layer, the audience is provided with guidance outside the media reports that are frequently biased by lobbying efforts and one-sided and false interpretations.
The first 90-minute documentary film has been available in three languages since the beginning of 2019 (www.faktencheck-mobilfunkstrahlung.de). At the conference, highlights from the first documentary as well as the current production will be shown.
During the panel discussion, the author and producer including some protagonists of the fact-finding mission will be there to engage in the discussion.
Founder and President of Environmental Health Trust
She was Founding Director, Center for Environmental Oncology, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, and Professor of Epidemiology at the Graduate School of Public Health (2004–2010). She has also served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the London School of Hygiene (2002–2003) and Tropical Medicine, and at the Yeshiva University, New York (1995–1996), and as a Visiting Professor at Mt.Sinai School of Medicine (1983–2010), Oberlin College (2000–2001) and Carnegie Mellon University (1999–2004). Dr. Devra Davis founded the non-profit Environmental Health Trust in 2007 in Teton County, Wyoming to provide basic research and education about environmental health hazards and promote constructive policies locally, nationally and internationally. https://medium.com/@devradavis/pending-government-immunity-for-telecoms-uninsurable-5g-network-cffc43f61e8b?sk=58876b4495008a7ed2554a654e4db0da
studied psychology, medicine and mathematics at the University of Vienna. Doctorate awarded in 1979; authorized to teach in epidemiology and occupational hygiene at the Medical University of Vienna in 1989. From 1991 to 1996, director of the Department of Epidemiology and Methodology at the Institute of Environmental Hygiene; from 1996, Director of the Department of Occupational and Social Hygiene; from 2004, Director of the Institute of Environmental Hygiene at the University of Vienna. Research activity in many areas of epidemiological, toxicological and psychophysiological analysis of environmental and occupational factors. More than 200 publications in scientific journals. Main research interests in the past years: impact of particulate air pollutants, indoor air pollutants and electromagnetic fields.
studied education, German studies and linguistics; is a board member of the German consumer protection and environmental organization diagnose:funk (www.diagnose-funk.org) where he heads the science department and is responsible for the database www.EMFData.org; he is also a co-initiator of the Bündnis für humane Bildung (www.aufwach-s-en.de).
About the presentation:
The currently available scientific studies on Wi-Fi are of particular interest because Wi-Fi is one of the most used, free-of-charge frequencies (2.45 GHz): Wi-Fi at a hotel, in a train, at a shopping mall and at school. As early as 2014, Naziroglu and Akman suggested in their meta-analysis that even low-level Wi-Fi radiation is a health risk. The authors provide evidence for oxidative cellular stress to be a mechanism of action. In January 2018, Isabel Wilke presented the largest review to date in which she reviews more than 100 studies. This review documents adverse effects on the EEG and brain function, fertility, sperm and embryos, DNA and the development of cancer, the heart, thyroid, gene expression, apoptosis, liver and cell growth. Forty-one studies document damage because of oxidative cellular stress and reduced levels of antioxidants; 22 studies show a negative impact on cognition, learning, attention and behavior. Despite all these studies, which call for protective measures, Wi-Fi is scheduled to be installed in all German schools as part of the digital education initiative.
From 1979 to 2005, head of the Department of Neuroanatomy with teaching responsibilities in human biology and neurobiology at the Faculty of Biology of the University of Bielefeld. Main areas of teaching and research included experimental research into learning processes and the impact of drugs on psycho-cognitive functions as well as the development of psychosis in early childhood due to trauma; also publishing papers in international scientific journals. In addition, publishing papers in educational and psychological journals, books, and a paper on the neurobiology of burnout. Currently, gives lectures on issues relating to the impact of media on the capacity for learning as well as the development of addiction and psychosis in early childhood.
Cofounder of Bündnis für humane Bildung. Aufwach(s)en in einer digitalen Welt.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 24161 Altenholz/Kiel, Achtstückenberg 1
About the presentation:
According to the latest brain research, the media’s acceleration of time has become a major risk for children and adolescents. Space and time are neural tools that our brain uses to facilitate thinking and to form memories. Both pathways are subject to actual calculations of space and oscillators that control timing. Smartphones and multitasking interfere with those pathways. As a result, developing neural networks are disrupted and the incident of concentration difficulties, uncontrolled anxiety, sleep disorders, addiction, aggressiveness, narcissistic and other psychotic disorders increases. We owe many of the new insights to modern brain research on neuroplasticity and brain wave activity. I will also share findings from my own research.
Adults also suffer increasingly from the accelerated consumption of information. In our private lives, we should go on a low-media diet not to succumb to burnout, but instead to rediscover the precious gift of mindfulness essential to a healthy body and mind in an ever-accelerating Age of Information and to pass this on to the younger generation.
Born on 14 March 1943 in Rouen, France, married, two children,
Prof. Dominique Belpomme is a full Professor and board certified Specialist in Clinical Oncology at the Paris University, head of the Medical Oncology Department in the Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou (HEGP), 75015 Paris, France, Chairman of the French Association for Research on Treatments Against Cancer (Association pour la Recherche Thérpeutique Anti-Cancéreuse ARTAC), 75015, Paris, France.
Career in university hospitals:
2001 Medical Oncologist in the Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou (HEGP)
1997 Full Professor – Board Certified Specialist in Clinical Oncology at the Paris University
1995 Head of the Clinical Oncology department, Boucicaut Hospital, 75015 Paris
1984 Assistant Professor in Clinical Oncology in the Bichat University Hospital Center, 75018, Paris
1975 Resident in Clinical Oncology at the Gustave Roussy Institute, Villejuif, (Pr.Georges Mathé), then at the Lariboisière St Louis University Hospital Center, Paris (Prof. Michel Boiron)
1968 Resident in Clinical Oncology and research fellow at the Roswell Park Memorial Institute, Buffalo, NY, USA. (Department of Prof. G. E. Moore)
1980 Specialty in Clinical Oncology, Paris University, Faculty of Medicine, (Paris VII)
1975 M.D. Thesis
1971 Master’s degree in Cellular Biology, Pierre et Marie Curie Paris University, Faculty of Sciences
1969 Advanced course in Experimental Oncology, Paris University.
Member of medical associations:
1995 Member of the Medical Oncologists Corporation
1982 National Board certified as a Clinical Oncology Specialist
Prof. Dominique Belpomme is also a member of academic societies or associations: American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) (USA), American Association for Cancer research (AACR) (USA), European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) (Europe), French Cancer Society (France), French Association for the Advance in Sciences (Association Française pour l’Avancement des Sciences AFAS).
Currently about 400 scientific publications or communications in cancer research. Since 1967, publications appeared in the following journals: British Journal of Cancer, British Journal of Hematology, Cancer Lancet, Nature, New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Oncology, etc.
About the presentation:
Idiopathic Environmental Intolerance attributed to Electromagnetic Fields (IEI-EMF) is a WHO acknowledged pathological condition in which symptoms are attributed to electromagnetic field (EMF) exposure. This may also be the case of electrohypersensibility (EHS), which has been acknowledged by WHO, but is not recognized as a pathological disorder caused by EMF exposure.
In a prospective bioclinical study we have shown that EHS in EHS self-reporting patients, is associated in 30-50% of the cases with multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS); that EHS and MCS can be identified clinically and characterized biologically by several low grade inflammation-related biomarkers; and that overall 80% of the patients with EHS present with one, two or three detectable oxidative stress biomarkers in their peripheral blood, meaning these patients present with a true objective organic disorder as it is the case for cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and other acknowledged pathological disorders.
Moreover, by using ultrasonic cerebral tomosphygmography (UCTS) to measure intracranial pulsations in the temporal lobes and transcranial Doppler ultrasonography to measure the hemodynamics of the two middle cerebral arteries, we have been able to localize several vascular and/or neuronal abnormalities in the brain of these patients. This led us to search for neurotransmitters abnormalities in the urine (dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine and serotonin) to further characterize EHS by showing that these abnormalities may be correlated with clinical symptoms.
EHS can be well identified and characterized objectively by several biomarkers, allowing objective diagnosis of the disease, and aiding therapeutic decision making and follow-up of patients.
Prof. Lennart Hardell MD, PhD (Sweden) has worked as a specialist oncologist and a cancer epidemiologist at the Department of Oncology, Örebro University hospital. After his retirement, he is working in The Environment and Cancer Research Foundation (www.environmentandcancer.com). Prof. Hardell has a long career as a clinical and medical research doctor. He has a focused interest in environmental risk factors for cancer that he has studied in epidemiological investigations. He was a Research Fellow at the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, USA in 1985. Over the years, Prof. Hardell has been awarded several scientific prizes for his research. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he was the first to show an increased risk for cancer in persons exposed to phenoxy herbicides and contaminating dioxins. His research group has also conducted studies on the relationship between persistent organic pollutants and cancer risks, such as PCB and the risk for malignant lymphoma. In recent years, much of Prof. Hardell’s research has focused on the use of mobile phones and cordless phones and the risk of brain tumours. His research has contributed to the cancer classification of different agents such as TCDD, PCB, the herbicide glyphosate, and radio-frequency fields. He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific articles.
About the presentation:
During the use of handheld mobile and cordless phones, the brain is the main target for radio-frequency (RF) radiation. An increased risk for glioma and acoustic neuroma has been found in human epidemiological studies. Primarily based on these findings, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) at the World Health Organization (WHO) classified in May 2011 RF radiation in the frequency range 30 kHz–300 GHz as a “possible” human carcinogen, Group 2B. Carcinogenic potential for RF radiation in animal studies was published already in 1982. This has been confirmed over the years, more recently in the Ramazzini Institute mice study. An increased incidence of glioma and malignant schwannoma in the heart was found in the US National Toxicology Program (NTP) study on rats and mice. Taken together, there is clear evidence that RF radiation should be classified as carcinogenic to humans, Group 1. There are clear efforts by members of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNRP) to undermine that conclusion as presented in the ICNIRP draft on new guidelines for exposure and in certain published articles. These presentations biased towards the null risk may have a legal impact, be used in court and pave the way for implementation of 5G, but also give increased RF exposure to humans and the environment by undermining the risk. Some aspect on other chronic diseases will be covered as well as conflicts of interest at various organizations such as WHO, ICNIRP and agencies at the national level. Unfortunately, standards set by most national and international bodies are not protective of human health. A new cancer evaluation of RF radiation by IARC based on updated scientific evidence on the risk is urgently needed. That would have an impact on both disease prevention and the rollout of 5G.
Ingo Leipner, Dipl. Volksw. (certified political economist), born 1967. Freelance economic journalist, Textagentur “EcoWords” (www.ecowords.de). Author of various books about the digital transformation of society: “Zum Frühstück gibt’s Apps [Apps for Breakfast]” / Springer Spektrum; “Die Lüge der digitalen Bildung [The Lie of Digital Education]” / Redline (both books with Gerald Lembke). At Droemer Knaur: “Heute mal bildschirmfrei [Let’s Try without Screens Today]” (with Paula Bleckmann). His latest book was released in May 2019 at Redline again: “Verschwörungstheorien – eine Frage der Perspektive [Conspiracy Theories – A Question of Perspective]”. In addition, Ingo Leipner is a freelance lecturer with teaching assignments at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW), among others: “Macroeconomy” as well as “Money and Currency”. He also offers seminars on journalistic writing for the Baden-Wuerttemberg State Agency for Civic Education (LpB), among others. His journalistic topics: corporate culture, economy/ecology or renewable energy as well as a critical look at the digital transformation (including the economic magazine econo).
About the Workshop:
It would be “negligent not to act and to blindly follow alarmist people who refer to it as the „lie of digital education.“
Federal Minister of Education Sven Volmering (CDU) at the German Bundestag, 03 July 2015
Fans of digital education also rail against the book “Die Lüge der digitalen Bildung [The Lie of Digital Education]” at the German Bundestag. It is no surprise why, since it throws out tenets of the digital transformation: “A childhood without computers is the best start into the digital age,” says the key proposition. A paradox? Not at all, as book author Ingo Leipner will show in his workshop.
studied mathematics and physics, received his doctorate in physics, then worked as a research fellow at the Institute of Didactics of the Natural Sciences in the subjects area of physics at the University of Cologne and at the Institute of Data Processing and Computer Science (IfD/I) at the Heidelberg University of Education. From April 1990 to the end of March 2015, he worked there as a lecturer in physics and integrated studies for the primary education (German: Sachunterricht).
About the Workshop:
Children and adolescents increasingly use digital media. Due to the introduction of tablets and smartphones as teaching tools in schools and the Wi-Fi radiation that goes with it, this trend becomes even more significant. As a result, students and teachers are prone to a range of health risks such as nearsightedness and neck tension. However, the health risks associated with the increasing personal exposure to radio-frequency radiation become ever more pronounced such as, among others, the dramatic increase in headaches and sleep disorders in children and adolescents over the last years. Irritability and nervousness as well as concentration difficulties and behavioral disorders also occur more frequently.
The recommendation of international appeals by physicians and scientists, the European Council, the German Commission on Radiological Protection (SSK), the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) and many other organizations has been clear all along: The personal exposure to radio-frequency radiation should be kept as low as possible!
In this workshop, RF exposure levels in typical everyday situations are shown; in particular, the exposure levels of various digital devices (smartphone, Wi-Fi router, DECT cordless phone) are measured and demonstrated. Then answers to the following questions are clarified: What do the measured exposure levels mean? Which health risks may be associated with them?
Finally, we will discuss how this knowledge can be put into practice in everyday situations: Which preventive and protective measures are necessary and possible to reduce your personal exposure? What needs to be considered when implementing preventive and protective measures?
Studied medicine and received her doctorate in Marburg; resident physician at the pediatric clinic of the University of Cologne (children’s oncology); research fellowships in the area of oncology/hematology at the Max Planck Institute in Munich and the Health Science Center at the University of Texas, Houston. Works regularly overseas in the Philippines, India, Nepal, Tanzania, recently through Global Exploration Netherlands. Has her own medical practice as a board certified Specialist in General Medicine with a focus on naturopathy; research in the area of electromagnetic hypersensitivity, especially the association between heart rate variability and cell phone radiation.
Dr. med. Petra Wiechel, Germany
Chief physician, board certified Specialist in General Medicine (Germany) and expert in biological medicine (University of Milan) in the Swiss Mountain Clinic, Castaneda, Switzerland, since 1 August 2008.
From 1991 to 2008, she had her own medical practice in Germany as a physician in naturopathy and biological medicine and she is a board certified Specialist in General Medicine / Naturopathy. Her entire medical work always focuses on the identification of the causes of a given disease. An important guiding principle of Dr. med. Petra Wiechel is: “I don’t treat symptoms, I treat patients, I am after all treating you!”
About the Workshop:
Monika Krout will focus on heart rate variability measurement methods; Petra Wiechel will focus on darkfield microscopy.
Born on 13 August 1952 in Wuppertal. 1977 electrical engineering studies at the GH Wuppertal; 1979 economic development studies at the GH Siegen; 1994 building biology studies at the Institute of Building Biology and Sustainability (IBN) in Rosenheim. Since 1995 independent consultant and head of the engineering office of building biology and environmental testing “Ingenieurbüro für Baubiologie und Umweltmesstechnik.”
1996 founding member and board member of the Bundesverband Elektrosmog e.V. (National Association of Electrosmog); since 2002 member of the Verband Baubiologie e.V. (Building Biology Association) (VB) and board member for 11 years and from 2012 to 2017 first chair of the board.
Since 2005 teaching on behalf of the IBN and VB with various publications, among others, on sferics, sleep and light. 2014 continuing education in light applications.
Since 2016 board member of the Kompetenzinitiative e.V. (Competence Initiative).
About the Workshop:
Electrosmog is everywhere and we have no sensory organ to detect it. The workshop aims to show electromagnetic fields and waves in our living environment. During the demonstration, common sources of ELF and RF electromagnetic fields will be shown. At the same time, general options and also simple solutions are given as to how to protect yourself and how to minimize your personal exposure.
The workshop is meant for anybody who is adversely affected or who would like to take preventive action against electrosmog.
Study of land use planning at the University of Dortmund, received his diplom in 1979. Research fellow at the Faculty of Land Use Planning, received his doctorate as a Dr.-Ing. in 1985. From 1986 to 1993, research fellow for establishing and heading the department of environmental planning at the Environmental Protection Agency of the City of Wuppertal; habilitation in 1998. Since 1996 Professor of Land Use and Environmental Planning at the Institute of Earth Sciences and Geography at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.
Volunteer activity: chair of the scientific advisory board of the German Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation (BUND), national board member of BUND, member of the scientific advisory board of the UVP-Gesellschaft [Environmental Impact Assessment Society].
About the presentation:
Ever since the beginnings of the environmental debate in the 1970s, there has always been the question as to how scientific knowledge can be integrated into the political decision-making process. Already in the 1990s, the Council of Experts on Environmental Issues of the German government determined that some sort of uncontrolled proliferation could be observed in almost all standards, guidelines and exposure limits. Frequently, the composition of committees is unknown as well as their authorization, associated measurement procedures, etc. A joint risk committee of two federal ministries addressed this untenable situation at the beginning of the 2000s by developing a technically and politically appropriate solution. With the involvement of the groups relevant to society, a procedure was developed by consensus that was meant to do away with the abuses committed over the past decades. Because the procedure was not implemented nor signed into law as presented, interpretations as published by the Competence Initiative, among others, in the brochure of “Gegen Irrwege in der Mobilfunkpolitik [Against Taking the Wrong Paths in the Wireless Debate]” are made possible.
Using electromagnetic fields as an example, it will be shown how inadequate and incomplete the selection process is that translates available toxicological and empirical knowledge into corresponding assessments to protect from health risks and implement prevention. Assessment standards for ELF and RF electromagnetic fields are presented. As a result of the current deplorable state of a high body burden due to multiple and widely different toxic environmental exposures that occur all at the same time, it can be established that the previous “line of argument” regarding the causal evidence of single agents is obsolete, if not even unscientific.
Administrative Judge (retired); until 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 (1976). Numerous contributions to the legal issues of wireless communication technologies in scientific journals (NVwZ, NuR), at conferences and at parliamentary and ministerial hearings.
About the presentation:
At all times, it was the noblest task of all rulers not only to rule the people, but also to protect them from harm. In the emerging modern state, police and protection laws were issued to fulfill this task. In these laws, not only those activities were prohibited that could lead to harm at the first incident, but also those that would lead to harm with some likelihood based on past experience. The lessons learned from past events, trials and errors as well as similar analogies frequently formed the inadequate framework of safety for future progress.
Beyond the mere lessons from the past, we now have access to constantly improving predictions about likely or possible future risks threatening us. Science can provide such data gained from greatly improved observations and computational programs (e.g. for climate change) or laboratory (animal) experiments without having to expose humans to any risk. This allows the modern state to explore new territory because it is now possible to predict the occurrence of hazards beforehand and to prevent or at least to minimize such hazards through rules and regulations. Thus, progress can be made without having to take incalculable risks. The time of “trial and error” as in the case of nicotine, asbestos and lead, among others, seems to be over. The negligible “remaining risk” – actions that were only hypothetically associated with possible risks as frequently faced in everyday life – was the new safety goal, which had been developed as part of the legal challenges surrounding the threat of radioactivity from the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
This benchmark for risk and the enormous increase in knowledge and predictability also give the modern state the opportunity to make far-reaching promises regarding our safety and to provide targeted preventive measures. Conversely, the new possibilities of acquiring knowledge also justify a higher expectation of safety to be provided by the state. It is only right that this development has been reflected in the constitution such as in Article 20 of the Basic Law. According to the German constitution, the state has a global “responsibility towards future generations to protect the natural foundations of life.” For example, the blindly celebrated rollout of motorized private transport with its extremely high pollution level and thousands of casualties probably would not be repeated in this way today.
Therefore, it seems unimaginable that novel major technologies that have not occurred in nature in this form before would be rolled out without having been thoroughly investigated and tested for their impact beforehand. All the more so if insurance companies unanimously consider this a “high-risk technology” that is “uninsurable.” The immediate massive and extensive rollout of such a new and uninsurable technology virtually constitutes a relapse into prescientific times. This is absolutely unacceptable if there is no more alternative for individuals. However, this is exactly what was done in the case of the uninsurable “high-risk wireless communication technology.” It was removed from the prevention policies of the government and handed over to the industry for their limitless exploitation.
The history of wireless communication technologies, therefore, is a prime example for the failure of the today’s government to maintain the achievements that have been gained in the areas of health and environmental protection. Hastily creating accomplished facts by constantly staging new “rollouts” as is right now happing with 5G and basically reintroducing “trial and error” as a safety standard undermines the constitution and also the human rights conventions that call for and guarantee the protection of the environment, human health and the rule of law for each person. Or put another way: acting first and considering consequences later by favoring the industry and interest groups over these basic human rights will most likely cause irreversible damage.
President of Phonegate Alert (France). As a medical doctor, he launched an alert about the overexposure of our mobile phones in July 2016, which has since been referred to as the Phonegate health and industrial scandal. For the last fifteen years, as a doctor he has been particularly concerned by health issues related to mobile telephony. Among other things, he was a spokesperson for a French NGO and negotiator for the “Grenelle des ondes [Environment Summit regarding Electromagnetic Fields]” organized by the French government (2009–2013). Since March 2018, he has founded and chaired “Phonegate Alert” with the aim of informing, protecting and defending the hundreds of millions of mobile phone users with the support of international organizations, scientists, health professionals, lawyers and journalists.
About the presentation:
Phonegate Alert: health and industrial issues of an international scandal.
Since the alert was issued in July 2016, the international action taken first by Dr. Arazi and then by the Phonegate Alert association since March 2018 has made it possible to make public the irrefutable evidence of overexposure to the wireless radiation of our mobile phones. For more than thirty years, the industry has been perfectly aware of their choices.
The inadequacy of the standards put in place both in Europe and worldwide and, in particular, under the aegis of the ICNIRP has now been clearly established.
We have required the French authorities to make public in an open data site more than 500 test reports carried out by approved laboratories. And we are continuing a determined legal action to obtain the publication of important new data.
Based on those results, we were able to request the removal and updating of hundreds of mobile phones with thresholds above the body SAR limits. At the time of writing, we have obtained the withdrawal or update of ten mobile phones in France and one in Canada.
These data are a starting point and not an arrival point; they are there to allow everyone, scientists, doctors, governmental or non-governmental organizations, lawyers, to appropriate them and carry out the necessary work to truly protect mobile phone users, but also tablets and mobile devices.
A successful example of this teamwork was the November 2018 conviction of the Italian government. The latter should set up an information campaign within six months on the proper use of mobile phones and health risks.
In this regard, and to conclude, at the height of the 5G launch, the revelations of the Phonegate scandal show that it is impossible to trust this industry and that it is imperative that the public authorities accept the moratorium requested by more than 170 scientists from all over the world.
Dr. George L. Carlo is a medical scientist, attorney and best-selling author. His career spans more than thirty-five years and more than 200 medical, scientific and policy publications in the areas of public safety, healthy living, and consumer protection. He headed, from 1993 through 1999, what remains the world’s largest program addressing the health effects of wireless technology. He has three books to his name, has appeared in numerous documentary films, and his discoveries have been incorporated into U.S. and global patents in areas including neurophysiological function, human performance, and technology-based interventions. He presently holds appointments as the Chairman of the Secrets of Champions Foundation in New York, and as Visiting Professor at Longwood University in Virginia.
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The first U.S. lawsuit claiming damages from cell phone-induced brain cancer was brought against the wireless industry in 1992. Through the 1990s, four similar cases were brought in different states including a Certified Class Action in the state of Illinois. Following the completion and publication of results from the industry-funded WTR program in 1999, five addition class actions and numerous other product liability cases were lodged against the industry by aggrieved parties across the U.S.
The wireless industry initially defended these cases based on the concept of ‘federal pre-emption’, meaning that federally implemented safety standards were protective of consumers, and that these cases were not allowed under the law. This argument was tested in Federal Appeals Courts through 2004, with findings in favor of the plaintiffs. These decisions were petitioned by the industry defendants to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005, where certiorari was denied, and the cases were remanded back to the states for resolution.
These remanded cases were consolidated in 2011 into one action in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, where they continue forward. This presentation will cover the legal arguments, the scientific opinions, and the factual bases on both sides of the litigation.
We are very pleased that other well-known colleagues are coming to Mainz to enrich our program:
Francesca Romana Orlando, journalist and Vice President of A.M.I.C.A. (Association for Environmental and Chronic Toxic Injury): Conflict of interests regarding EMF in research, public agencies and mass media: a public concern.