26 September 2023

Science Week online to probe mobile phones

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The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) is to celebrate National Science Week 2021 next week (14-22 August) by hosting an online event on mobile phones and health.

Program Director of Electromagnetic Energy (EME) at ARPANSA, Sarah Loughran said the event would include a presentation covering the science behind mobile phones; how ARPANSA’s radio wave safety standard protected public health; mobile phone myth busters; and an update on the Agency’s EME Program.

“With the deployment of the 5G mobile phone network, we’ve seen increased public interest in radio waves and whether they have any negative health impacts,” Associate Professor Loughran said.

“In this presentation, I’m aiming to shed some light on how radio wave technologies work and the strong protective measures ARPANSA recommends to ensure safety,” she said.

“I’m also looking forward to the Q&A session so I can answer any additional questions that people may have.”

Associate Professor Loughran said the event would take place on 20 August and registrations were open until the day via the National Science Week website.

Chief Radiation Health Scientist at ARPANSA, Gillian Hirth said the Agency would also share updates and radiation science content on its social media pages throughout Science Week.

Further information on ARPANSA’s Mobile phones and health event, including how to register to attend, can be accessed on the National Science Week website at this PS News link.

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