Swinburne’s Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre (BPsyC) Hosts This Year’s “Science and Wireless” Public Forum
The annual “Science & Wireless” event provides a unique opportunity for scientists, regulators, industry specialists and members of the community to meet and exchange views on Radiofrequency (including mobile phones) and health in a public forum.
This year’s forum is titled “IARC Explained” and will provide an opportunity to discuss the implications of a recent decision by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) to classify Radiofrequency (RF) Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) as “possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B)”.
Key questions for discussion will include:
- Why did IARC choose to review the research evidence on RF EMF?
- What other classifications were considered, apart from the Group 2B?
- Why was the Group 2B classification selected, and what does that mean? What evidence was considered and how?
- Are there any implications for users of mobile phones?
- What are the views of major health regulators and authorities on the 2B classification, and what happens next?
Science & Wireless 2011 will be held at the Jasper Hotel, Elizabeth St, Melbourne on Monday 21 November at 4.30 – 6.30. There will be several distinguished speakers including Dr Robert Baan, the IARC officer in charge of the evaluation process from Lyon in France. Proceedings will be facilitated by Swinburne’s Adjunct Professor Ray Kemp, who is a leading risk perception analyst, both in Australia and the UK.