Risk, perception, management and mitigation in RF Safety

Brought to you by The Radio Technology Group

Brought to you by The Radio Technology Group and the National Register of RF Workers this event will review the current knowledge of RF Safety.

About the event

We’re delighted to announce that this year’s annual event will again be hosted at the University of Birmingham’s brand-new conference park and hotel in collaboration with the Radio Technology SIG at Cambridge Wireless.

The event will cover a broad range of topics but with an overarching focus on the communication, management, and implications of risk related to RF Safety for the workforce and the general public.

The full day event will have a range of guest speakers from across industry, and academia, including Exeter University, MBNL, the Ministry of Defence and the Health and Safety Executive. The day will conclude with a panel discussion where delegates can discuss the themes of the day with the speakers.

Who is it for? The meeting is suitable for senior management, and health, safety and environment professionals in companies where staff exposure to RF can exceed public guidelines. It will be particularly useful for all those who seek further clarity and guidance on the impact of working with RF.

What will I get out of this? Those attending will gain a better understanding of the potential and perceived risk of RF and how it might be managed and mitigated.

Please note this event will operate under the Chatham House Rule.

There is a small registration fee of £20 plus VAT to attend. Please note there is limited capacity at this event so early registration is advised.

Organised by National Register of RF Workers

The National Register of RF Workers who work in the telecommunication, broadcast and allied industries.

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In collaboration with Cambridge Wireless

The leading community for companies in wireless, internet, semiconductor and software technologies.

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This event is organised by Dr Ian Litchfield, University of Birmingham Ian Litchfield is a Research Fellow in the Institute of Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham, with a background in occupational medicine and interests in health service delivery. He uses qualitative and quantitative research methods in the evaluation of service delivery interventions in both primary and secondary care. Ian is currently co-lead of the Centre of Primary Care Improvement (https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/primary-care-improvement).

Agenda

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The information supplied below may be subject to change before the event.

10:30

Registration and networking with refreshments

11:00

Welcome from Maria Kelly, Leonardo and Chair of the RF Register

11:05

Introduction to Cambridge Wireless

11:10

Session 1: Chaired by Maria Kelly, Leonardo and Chair of the RF Register

11:15

Jonathan Dudley, Radiation Protection Adviser, Defence Radiation Protection Services, part of AWE

‘Management of EMF/RF Safety in Defence’

The UK MOD has 250,000 people across hundreds of sites and utilises a vast array of EMF emitters. This talk provides an overview of how EMF safety is managed in the MOD taking into account the public, personnel, fuels, flammable gases and explosives.

11:45

Karen Fuller, Health and Safety Executive

12:15

Sami Gabriel, Distinguished Engineer, Vodafone

12:45

Lunch and networking

13:45

Session 2: Chaired by CW Radio Technology SIG Champion, Brian Collins, BSC Associates

13:50

Azadeh Peyman, Principal Radiation Protection Scientist, UK Health Security Agency & President of BioEM Society, part of the COMARE group.

'UK activities in the field of bioelectromagentics: BioEM and COMARE'

14:20

Sundar Ali, Senior Design Manager, MBNL

‘EMF Compliance Modelling Methods & Challenges’

EMF compliance modelling methods, approach and challenges faced by Mobile Operators in the UK is covered in this presentation.

14:50

Dr James Grellier, Senior Research Fellow, University of Exeter

15:20

Panel Session with all speakers, chaired by Maria Kelly, Leonardo and Chair of the RF Register

15:55

Concluding remarks, event closes

Speakers

Sundar Ali - Senior Design Manager, MBNL

An experienced Chartered Engineer and Senior RF design manager leading a team of specialist engineers and with responsibility for the delivery and maintenance of a series of design, guidelines, policies, planning tools, planning process and data quality. Industry expert working collaboratively with all UK operators and regulators to drive improvements in deployment and operation of mobile networks to better manage ICNIRP RF compliance. In depth knowledge of network operator technology life cycle and significant experience of establishing and delivering data quality initiatives, process change and developing guidance to manage critical data.

Jonathan Dudley - Radiation Protection Adviser, Atomic Weapons Establishment

Jon is a Radiation Protection Adviser and is the NIR Safety Technical Lead in Defence Radiation Protection Services, part of AWE.   Graduating with an MPhys and MSc in Physics, Jon worked for Dstl and QinetiQ specialising in communications systems experimentation and trials from VLF to SHF. In 2012 he made the move from poacher to gamekeeper when he joined Radiation Sciences at Dstl, specialising is radiation protection. Jon provides EMF safety advice to all departments in UK MOD, is responsible for the overarching MOD policy for EMF safety and advises on derived service level policy. Day to day, he conducts radiation safety assurance visits and delivers tailored EMF safety training to the armed services.

Sami Gabriel - Distinguished Engineer, Vodafone

Sami Gabriel holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering and IT, with further research in Chemistry and BioPhysics. His work on the characterisation of the dielectric properties of biological materials, is globally used with over 15,000 citations to his work. He has been working and leading in the field of international standardisation for the assessment of RF exposure for over 25 years across several different standards organisations. Working at Vodafone, he is part of the central R&D team with primary responsibility for EMF related work as well as managing one of Vodafone’s labs, The R&D Engineering Hub. This lab is primarily for the evaluation of new technologies, the support of trials and the development of proof of concepts.

James Grellier - Senior Research Fellow, University of Exeter

Maria Kelly - Lead Technical Specialist, Leonardo

Azadeh Peyman - Principal Radiation Protection Scientist, UK Health Security Agency

Azadeh Peyman (PhD, MBA) is an internationally known radiation protection scientist with 22 years of scientific research and provision of evidence-based advice on exposure of people to sources of electromagnetic fields (EMF) in the environment and communicating information on exposure to radiation and risk in areas of public health concern. Azadeh has a solid track record of peer reviewed publications and one of the world leading experts in dielectric properties of biological tissues; her work on ageing tissues has contributed substantially to the debate on the extent to which children’s exposure to EMF may be different from adults. Azadeh has served as a consultant for the UK’s independent Advisory Group on Non-ionising Radiation and currently is scientific secretary for the EMF and Health Subgroup of Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE) and a consultant to WHO’s international EMF project. She is also the President-Elect of the BioEM society, taking the presidency role in June 2024, providing strategic leadership for bioelectromagnetic scientific community.

SIG Champions

Mark Beach - Professor of Radio Systems Engineering, University of Bristol (Communication Systems & Networks Research Group)

Mark Beach received his PhD for research addressing the application of Smart Antenna techniques to GPS from the University of Bristol in 1989, where he subsequently joined as a member of academic staff. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1996, Reader in 1998 and Professor in 2003. He was Head of the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering from 2006 to 2010, then spearheaded Bristol’s hosting of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Communications. He is the Co-Director of this centre. He leads research in the field of enabling technologies for the delivery of 5G and beyond wireless connectivity; which includes the recent award of an EPSRC Prosperity Partnership in the field of Secure Wireless Agile Networks (SWAN). Mark’s current research activities are delivered through the Communication Systems and Networks Group, forming a key component within Bristol’s Smart Internet Lab. He has over 30 years of physical layer wireless research embracing the application of Spread Spectrum technology for cellular systems, adaptive or smart antenna for capacity and range extension in wireless networks, MIMO aided connectivity for through-put enhancement, experimental evaluation and optimization of Massive MIMO, Millimetre Wave technologies as well as flexible RF technologies for SDR modems. With a strong industrially focused research portfolio, he is also the School Research Impact Director.

Brian Collins - Managing Consultant, BSC Associates

Brian has designed antennas for applications including radio and TV broadcasting, base stations, handsets and consumer products, and has operated his own consultancy firm for the last 12 years. He has published more than 70 papers on antenna topics and contributed chapters to several recent textbooks. He operates a small consultancy company, chairs the Antenna Interface Standards Group and is an Honorary Visiting Professor in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London.

Paul Harris - Principal Wireless Architect, VIAVI Solutions

Paul is a wireless technology expert with experience across a range of areas including research, design, implementation and standardisation. He received his PhD from the University of Bristol for evaluating the performance of massive MIMO technology in the lead-up to 5G and is currently a Principal Wireless Architect within the CTO Office at VIAVI Solutions providing thought leadership on new and emerging technologies for 5G, 6G and beyond. In line with this he represents VIAVI within a range of bodies and fora including 3GPP, the O-RAN Alliance, ETSI, the Next G Alliance, the 6G-IA and the UKTIN. His experience prior to joining VIAVI includes representing Vodafone within 3GPP for radio performance aspects, contributing to the development of massive MIMO channel estimation solutions at Cohere Technologies, and working with customers as a domain expert at National Instruments to establish effective research solutions using software-defined radio. He is also a Chartered Engineer, Senior Member of the IEEE, Fellow of the ITP, and an Honorary Industrial Fellow at the University of Bristol.

Peter Kibutu - 5G NTN Market lead, TTP plc

Peter has been working in the cellular industry for over 15 years, specialising in modem system architecture and physical layer development. Before joining TTP, Peter worked in the development of 2G/3G/4G wireless modem products and small-cell base station projects for a number of leading cellular equipment vendors. At TTP Peter has worked with a wide range of clients in the satellite and cellular communication domains, specialising in end-to-end system engineering, modem system development and advising on commercial aspects. Currently Peter is the TTP technical lead for 5G/6G activities and represents the company in range of industry bodies including 3GPP and UKTIN.

Peter Topham - Principal Engineer, Qualcomm Technologies International

Peter has more than 30 years experience of RF and high-speed circuit design, taking chips into production ranging from FM Band II through cellular, Bluetooth and on to UWB at 10GHz. He has been with Qualcomm for 7 years, specialising in low-power RF design for portable and wearable products.

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Lloyd Suite, Edgbaston Park Hotel & Conference Centre, 53 Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, B15 2RS

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