02 August 2022

Scientists from the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) will be countering misinformation about radio waves as part of National Science Week at a free event at the Science Gallery, University of Melbourne.  
 
ARPANSA’s radiation research and advice director, Associate Professor Sarah Loughran, said that one of the goals of the 4-year electromagnetic energy action plan was to engage the public and dispel misinformation. 
 
‘As the 5G roll out picked up pace in 2019, we saw a lot of concern about the health effects from the higher radio frequencies that this technology would use. People were also concerned about their proximity to the new mobile phone towers and how that might impact their health,’ A/Prof Sarah Loughran said. 
 
‘National Science Week is a great way for us to discuss these concerns with the community and alleviate any hesitation about EME by showcasing the science.’   
 
The agency’s electromagnetic energy team will demonstrate to the public the different levels of radio waves that people are exposed to from wireless technologies.  They’ll also discuss people’s risk perception of EME, present some of their current research on EME and health and showcase the agency’s talk to a scientist program.
 
‘Misinformation’ by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency, Science Gallery, University of Melbourne, 17 August, 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm and 3 pm - 4 pm. Entry is free.  

Full event details can be found on the National Science Week website.
 

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