Ferdinando Bersani got his degree in Physics at the University of Bologna in 1967. From 1968 to 1974 specialized in Microbiology and worked at the Institute of Microbiology and Virology, University of Bologna. He is currently retired professor of Physics at the Medical Faculty of the University of Bologna. He carried out his scientific research in Biophysics and Medical Physics at the Department of Physics of the same University. His present research is mainly focused on the Biological Effects of Electromagnetic Fields. He is one of leading researchers in this field in Italy, and his work is largely recognized worldwide. He published about one hundred of research papers and more than sixty in Bioelectromagnetics, on peer-review journals, with special attention to the cellular effects of ELF and RF fields, and to their possible relevance concerning the health risk on one side and the biomedical applications on the other side. Moreover, since 1996 he is also working on theoretical-biophysical models of biological systems with particular respect to the immune system and nervous system. He was vice-president of the European Bioelectromagnetics Association (EBEA) and member of the American Bioelectromagnetic Society (BEMS). He was Associated Editor of the Bioelectromagnetics Journal and currently belongs to its Editorial Board. He is also the co-director of the International School of Biolectromagnetism “A. Chiabrera” at the Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture E. Majorana (Erice,Sicily).
Christoph Bohmet is a professor of Psychology of Communication at IU International University of Applied Sciences, based in Karlsruhe, Germany. His main research fields are risk communication, risk perception and also more broadly in science communication. He has been investigating risk communication regarding EMF emitted by mobile communication technology since 2014 and has published several peer-reviewed papers including the most recent review on the topic. Besides expertise in EMF risk communication research, Christoph has extensive experience in risk communication practice. Up to 2020, he worked in the risk communication group of the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS), where he developed and tested communication products and approaches regarding EMF. Priorly, he has also worked as a science journalist and editor at Spektrum der Wissenschaft (German edition of Scientific American). Christoph is the current President of the Society for Risk Analysis – Europe’s DACHL regional chapter.
Elisabeth Cardis is Professor of Radiation Epidemiology and Head of the Radiation Program at ISGlobal (previously the Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology) in Barcelona since 2008. Before that, she led the Radiation Group at the International Center for Cancer Research (IARC) of the WHO in Lyon, where she worked for over 20 years. She earned a PhD in Biostatistics from the School of Public Health at the University of Washington (Seattle, USA) in 1985 and was visiting scientist at the Radiation Effects research Foundation in Hiroshima Japan in 1981-82. She is the author of over 250 peer-reviewed publications and has extensive experience in epidemiological studies on health effects of medical, accidental, environmental and occupational exposures to radiation (ionizing and non-ionizing); in radiation protection; in the characterization and modeling of uncertainties in exposure estimates and in health impact assessment. She has supervised numerous PhD theses and numerous post-doctoral fellows and has been examiner for PhD theses in several European countries.
Dr Anke Huss is an associate professor in environmental epidemiology with a special focus on environmental exposures that display spatial distribution. She is involved in advanced methods of exposure assessment including modelling of diverse exposures (electromagnetic fields, pesticides, perceived exposures, others) and has evaluated effects of these exposures regarding a wide range of health outcomes including birth outcomes, sleep quality, neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental effects from these exposures using different study designs such as case-control and cohort studies. She is co-PI of the Dutch LIFEWORK cohort and serves as a member of ICNIRP and SSM. She is currently coordinating one of the four ongoing EU Horizon projects on EMF and health effects, the ETAIN project.
Mats-Olof Mattsson is a senior life scientist and administrator with close to 40 years of post-doctoral international experience that includes playing key roles in academia (holding full professor positions in Sweden, Germany, Austria), research institutes (Sweden, Austria), and for the European Commission. He has experience from strategic and operational academic leadership, teaching, overseeing major global research projects, and conducting risk assessments and scientific evaluations. His research background covers physiology, developmental biology, cell and molecular biology, toxicology, and biological and health effects of non-ionising radiation. His current positions are as CEO at SciProof International AB, Sweden, an international leader in research and consulting on health aspects of emerging technologies, and as Professor in Cell Biology at Institute for Advanced Studies, Strömstad Academy, Sweden. The current research in bioelectromagnetics focuses on diagnostic and therapeutic use of ELF magnetic fields and millimeter and THz waves, as well as risk assessment of exposures to both low and high frequency electromagnetic fields..
Gunnhild Oftedal is associated Department of Electronic systems, Norwegian University of Technology (NTNU) after having retired from a position as Associated Professor. She obtained PhD in psycho-physio acoustics, with a focus on effects of noise on hearing, in 1985. From the early 1990s, she has been conducting research on health effects of electromagnetic fields in the low frequency and radio frequency ranges, mainly with experimental human studies and observational studies, but also participated in studies including measurements and mapping of electromagnetic fields and conducted systematic reviews. Oftedal has been member of several Norwegian expert groups. She is currently a member of the Core Group of the World Health Organization (WHO) project on the health risk assessment on RF fields and a commission member of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) where she is leading a subgroup in the process of establishing new guidelines for static and low frequency EMF.
Martin Röösli is Associate Professor for Environmental Epidemiology at the Swiss Tropical- and Public Health Institute in Basel and leads the Environmental Exposures and Health Unit. His research focuses on various environmental health topics with a focus on electromagnetic field (EMF) exposure and health risk assessment. Major EMF studies he is or was involved include CEFALO, ARIMMORA, QUALIFEX, ETAIN, GOLIAT and SwissNIS. He has served as advisor to a number of national and international public advisory and research steering groups including the World Health Organization, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, Swiss Expert Group on Non-Ionising Radiation, International Commission for Non-ionizing Radiation Protection, the German Radiation Protection Commission and the Independent Expert Group of the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority.
Theodoros Samaras is a Medical Physicist, by training. He specialises in the safety and medical applications of electromagnetic fields, working mainly with exposure assessment and dosimetry. He is currently a Professor of Applied Electromagnetics and Bioelectromagnetics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and an Affiliate Professor at the University of Malta. He is the (co-)author of more than 140 papers in peer-reviewed journals and proceedings (h-index 28; total citations > 2300; source: SCOPUS). He has been serving as a reviewer for several journals and funding organizations and as the national representative to European research co-ordination COST actions (BM0704, BM1309, TD1104, CA17115) and standardization committees (CENELEC, IEC TC 106). He is currently member of the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) and the Editor-in-Chief of Wiley’s Bioelectromagnetics.
Maria Rosaria Scarfì is Research Director and head of the Bioelectromagnetics Unit at the CNR, Institute for the Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment (IREA), Naples, Italy. Her main research activities are in the evaluation of in vitro biological effects of non-ionizing electromagnetic fields, from static fields to THz. She is also involved in the evaluation of biological effects induced in cell cultures exposed to high voltage, micro- and nano-second electric pulses. She is responsible for the IREA group in the framework of the International Bioelectric Consortium. She authored or co-authored more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals. She has been external expert of the Working Group on Electromagnetic Fields for the “Opinion on the potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields”, EU Commission – SCENIHR; she is a member of the core group for the preparation of the World Health Organization monograph on risk assessment for RF fields and member of the scientific committee of the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority – Electromagnetic Fields. She was a board-member of the European Bioelectromagnetics Association (EBEA) and of the Bioelectromagnetic Society (BEMS). She served as Associated Editor for several peer-reviewed journals (Bioelectromagnetics, PlosOne, Scientific report). She is also the co-director of the International School of Biolectromagnetism “A. Chiabrera” at the Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture E. Majorana (Erice, Sicily).
Arno Thielens received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering physics from Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium, in 2010 and 2015, respectively. He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the same university from 2015 to 2017, before joining the Berkeley Wireless Research Center of the University of California at Berkeley as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow from 2017 to 2019. Since 2018, he has been a part-time Professor at Ghent University. From 2020 to 2023, he also was a Senior Post-Doctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation—Flanders (FWO), Brussels, Belgium. Since 2023, he is an associate professor and the director of the radiofrequency and millimeter-wave core facility at the Advanced Science and Researcher Center of the graduate center of the city university of New York. His main research interests include exposure of living organisms to electromagnetic fields and wireless propagation in and around the human body.