BioEM 2020 officially Cancelled

Dear colleagues,

We as the Local Organising Committee have worked hard to plan and deliver a great BioEM 2020 conference for you. However, you cannot fail to recognise that we are in unprecedented times dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, as such we cannot proceed as planned with BioEM 2020.

In agreement with the Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS) and the European BioElectromagnetics Association (EBEA), we will cancel the meeting in Oxford, this year.

While we hope to invite you back to Oxford in the future, next BioEM meeting will be on 13-18 June 2021 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

All registered attendees and sponsors for BioEM 2020 will be contacted about refunds.

Further notice from the Technical Program Committee will be given via email and via our website (

Best Regards,

Azadeh Peyman and Sami Gabriel (BioEM 2020 Local Organizing Committee co-chairs)
René de SEZE (BEMS President)
Luc Martens (EBEA President)


The Update from

Technical Programme Committee

Dear colleagues,

As Technical Programme Committee (TPC) co-chairs, we would like to warmly thank all members of the bioelectromagnetic community who contributed to BioEM2020. Unfortunately, as you all have been impacted in your lives by this unprecedented pandemic outbreak, our annual meeting had to be canceled due to the circumstances, in spite of the fact that all special sessions were already organized and abstract review process was completed.

The TPC received high-level proposals for plenaries, tutorials, and workshops and we would like to thank both the organizers and speakers of the special sessions for their enthusiastic involvement and contributions. We are confident that this work is not lost, and we hope to see you at BioEM2021 in Honolulu Hawaii next year!

We are also tremendously thankful to all the authors for their high-quality contributions, as well as to the reviewers whose involvement is always instrumental and who were particularly active with in total 1145 reviews completed this year. In order to make best use of all these contributions, the TPC is working on preparing an abstract collection book, which will include all accepted abstracts intended to be presented at BioEM2020. This will offer an updated snapshot of the recent advances and ongoing research in the field of bioelectromagnetics. It will be posted on BioEM2020 website in coming months.

With kind regards,

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Maxim ZHADOBOV and Alexandre LEGROS

BioEM 2020 Technical Programme Committee co-chairs

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Welcome Message

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), it is a pleasure to invite you to attend the annual joint meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS) and the European BioElectromagnetics Association (EBEA), BioEM 2020, in Oxford, United Kingdom, 21-26 June 2020.

BioEM is the world’s largest and most highly recognised bioelectromagnetics conference attracting academic and industrial participants at all career stages from all over the world. It is a great forum for the exchange of scientific achievements, demonstrating state-of-the-art technology, identifying gaps in science and establishing and strengthening professional networks.

With 2020, we mark the beginning of a new decade for development and deployment of new technologies and applications utilizing electromagnetic fields (EMF). The roll-out of 5G cellular technologies promises to offer a host of new services and applications to benefit society, as will many other emerging telecommunication and medical technologies. New understanding of the interaction mechanisms between EMF and biological materials from nanoscale to the whole human body will evolve to form the basis for future technologies and shape future research.

The five-day program of BioEM 2020 will feature invited plenary talks by world-renowned scientists in the field of bioelectromagnetics, a variety of special sessions and panel discussions aligned to the most pressing issues in the field. The program also contains a variety of technical sessions, poster sessions and social functions.

Special attention will be paid to student contributions as these are the bioelectromagnetics community’s future scientists. Students from around the world will have the opportunity to present their work in oral and poster sessions, developing their presentation skills, participating in student competitions and networking with other members of the community.

In addition to scientific activities, BioEM 2020 will be your opportunity to visit the historic city of Oxford, which is home to Oxford University, the oldest university in the English-speaking world. With its mix of ancient and modern, there is plenty to do in Oxford, from visiting the historic Ashmolean Museum to the workplace of Charles Darwin the most famous biologist of all time at the Oxford Natural History Museum. Alternatively enjoy the modern culture with a drink, a meal and taking in a show at the Playhouse or shopping till you drop, Oxford has it all!

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to Oxford in June 2020!


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Azadeh Peyman and Sami Gabriel

LOC Co-Chairs, 2020.

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Oxford University Mathematical Institute

  • Located in the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter
  • Walking distance from city centre and train station
  • Purpose built in 2013 to host scientific events
  • Two large meeting rooms
  • Break-out rooms for smaller meetings
  • A/V and technical support
  • Refreshment facilities
  • Poster area

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in the heart of Oxford

  • Museums
    • Ashmolean (oldest in UK, 1683)
    • Natural History
    • History of Science
    • Pitt Rivers
  • Bodleian Library & Weston Library
  • Christ Church Picture Gallery
  • Botanic Garden
  • University Parks
  • Blenheim Palace

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