Institute of Communications and Connected Systems


Online Seminar | To 5G or not to 5G, Fact and Fiction

22 April 2020, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

Person holding head in pain under a radio antenna

In the first seminar of this online series organised by the Institute of Communications and Connected Systems, Dr Myles Capstick, Associate Director and Head of Hardware Development at the IT'IS Foundation will explore the facts and fiction surrounding the impact wireless communication and exposure to Electro-Magnetic Fields (EMF) can have on our health

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

UCL staff | UCL students | Invitation Only






Robert Thompson – Institute of Communications and Connected Systems

Recording available

Members of the UCL Institute of Communications and Connected Systems can access the recording of this seminar in the member's area of the Institute website (requires UCL Login).

To 5G or not to 5G, Fact and Fiction

Exposure from and safety of mobile communications devices has long been a topic for scientific and not so scientific research and discussion. Many studies of varying quality have been performed over the decades since the introduction of 2G phones to consider whether chronic exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) may have biological interactions or adverse health effects, as well as subjective effects such as sleep problems.  

We will look at the evidence from 2G, 3G and 4G experiments and studies, what effects have been observed and what has been repeated in independent studies.

We will take a brief look at the IARC review and NTP studies and their findings.

Next we will look to the future and to what extent can past health risk assessments be extended to 5G.

ICCS Chair

This session will be chaired by Professor Izzat Darwazeh, Director of the Institute of Communications and Connected Systems

Attending the seminar 

The Seminar will be held on the Zoom platform. Details of how to access Zoom can be found on their website.

Join the seminar by clicking on this link.
The meeting ID is: 920 0188 6212
Meeting Password: Will be emailed to ICCS members, or can be requested by email. 

About the ICCS online seminar series

The ICCS seminar series is designed to bring together members of our community who are currently away from our home in Bloomsbury and distributed across the world. The Seminars are being curated to provide academic exploration and inspiration, offering insights into a range of topics surrounding communications and connected systems. Topics will either explore subjects close to the work of our academics or introduce wider concepts from experts in the global academic and industrial community.

If you wish to suggest a future topic or speaker please use the link below, speakers could be from academia, industry, within ICCS/UCL or from further a field.


The seminar will begin with a presentation aimed at a technical audience, but at a level that will be accessible to those from a range of engineering disciplines. Speakers have been asked to end their presentations with a technical challenge or delving deeper into the content to engage those more invested in the topic. 

The seminar series is designed to offer a compact exploration of ranging topics and is therefore short in format. The presentation will run for 15 - 30 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of questions.
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About the Speaker

Dr Myles Capstick

Associate Director and Head of Hardware Development at IT’IS Foundation for Research on Information Technologies in Society

Myles' expertise is across a wide range of areas encompassing RF, microwave and mm-wave systems, circuits, antennas and measurements, communications systems, EMC and dosimetry. His research interests include electronic engineering science for biomedical and health risk assessment applications. He has experience of the design and manufacture of RF equipment for use in dosimetry and in particular the equipment used in all the human volunteer trials within the Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research Programme of the UK Department of Health as well as studies using human phantoms. For in-vitro and in-vivo research he has designed systems including: reverberation chamber systems, resonant TEM line systems, systems for live imaging of cells during exposure to both ELF and RF. In particular he designed the exposure system and performed the dosimetry for the National Institute of Environmental Health Science studies in the USA on potential toxicity and carcinogenicity of cell phone radiation. Within the medical research field, he has designed and prototyped RF hyperthermia and magnetic nano-particle hyperthermia equipment, MRI radio frequency and gradient magnetic field exposure test systems for medical implant safety assessment. He has also worked on health risk and occupational exposure assessment of body worn antennas, wireless power transfer devices and MRI. Furthermore, he has developed new measurement instrumentation for improved assessment of safety in EM fields and for measurement of miniature body worn devices.

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