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WC2018 Abstract Submission Extended



Due to a high level of interest from participants, we are pleased to announce that the abstract submission deadline has been extended until December 15, 2017 31 January 2018.

For detailed information regarding abstract submission click here.

Please visit the Congress website www.iupesm2018.org for constant updates.


Best regards
Congress Organizing Committee
E-mail: coc@iupesm2018.org

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Call for Papers – ICBEM 2018

11th International Conference on Bioelectromagnetism &
13th Russian-German Conference on Biomedical Engineering

Aachen, Germany, 23 – 25 May 2018


The 11th International Conference on Bioelectromag-netism (ICBEM) will be held jointly with the 13th Russian-German Conference on Biomedical Engineering (RGC) in Aachen, Germany, on 23-25 May 2018 under the auspices of the International Society for Bioelectromagnetism (ISBEM). The ICBEM & RGC 2018 provides a platform for researchers all over the world to share their experience regarding their work in the broad field of bioelectromagnetism.

Important Deadlines:
Special Session proposals: 01.12.2017
Full paper submission: 15.01.2018 EXTENDED TO 01.02.2018
Notification of acceptance: 28.02.2018
Final paper submission: 31.03.2018
Early registration: 15.04.2018

For more information, please visit the conference website: https://icbem2018.rwth-aachen.de/

Or download the CALL FOR PAPER

Call for Awards 2018 | Nomination Extension (update)


We wish to express our sincere thanks to the Societies who have submitted nominations for various awards. Leaders from some societies may still be busy with the reports, presentations and the final exams of the fall semester. In order to obtain a fair distribution of regional representations. the Officers of IFMBE met in person, discussed and agreed to allow an extension of submission of nominations by about three weeks to January 5, 2018, for the following four award nominations.

  • Otto Schmitt Award,
  • Vladmir K. Zworykin Award,
  • John A. Hopps Distinguished Service Award and
  • IUPESM Award of Merit

Please note that based on the request from IAMBE,the deadline for the nominations for the joint IFMBE-IAMBE Early Career Award (one for each region) is February 1.

Kindly arrange to send all the nominations with supporting documents to ifmbe@yahoo.com, with cc to contact@ifmbe.org

We thank all our constituent national and transnational societies for their continued support to IFMBE activities.

We wish to extend our Holiday Greetings to you and hope to see you at the World Congress 2018 in Prague.

Best Regards,
Shankar Krishnan
Chair, Awards Committee

Joachim H. Nagel (1948 – 2017)

February 1948 –  July 2017

In Memoriam
Prof. Dr. ret. nat. Joachim H. Nagel
IFMBE President 2003 – 2006
IUPESM President 2006 – 2009

I met Prof. Nagel more than 20 years ago at one of the Mediterranean Conferences in Biomedical Engineering, when Joachim was already an established researcher and well known scientist, and I was entering the arena of BME research. Shortly after that event, Joachim invited me to start collaborating within the frame of the Int’l Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering. One of the first projects we realized was the IFMBE’s Mediterranean Conference which was held in Pula, in Croatia in 2001. At that time, Joachim was already the President-Elect of the IFMBE and I was enjoying listening to his ideas and plans for the future development of the Federation, involving the young generation of researchers into BME and increasing the visibility of the profession. We were usually sitting on a terrace of a small restaurant on the shore in the bay, after the presentations at the Conference and all meetings were finished, looking at the yachts at the anchorage in the marina, letting the breeze bring us refreshment and new, fresh ideas. We continued to collaborate on numerous different IFMBE and later IUPESM projects, until and after Joachim’s retirement, until a few months ago when Joachim withdraw into private life due to health reasons. During all those years, Prof. Nagel has been the leading person or has been actively involved in different initiatives, which resulted in increasing of visibility and importance of biomedical engineers and medical physicists in medicine and health as well as in large number of benefits for IUPESM and IFMBE affiliated societies and individuals.

Joachim Nagel received his Diploma in Physics from the University of the Saarland, Germany, in 1974 and his D.Sc. in Medical Engineering Physics from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, in 1979. Following appointments in industry and as a faculty member at the Department of Biomedical Engineering of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, he joined the University of Miami, Florida, USA, in 1986, where he served as a Professor of Biomedical Engineering (1986-96), Professor of Radiology (1990-96), and Professor of Psychophysiology (1988-96), Director of the Medical Imaging & Instrumentation Lab (1986-1996), and Director of Biomedical Engineering at the Behavioral Medicine Research Center (1986-1996). In 1996, he accepted the position as Professor of Biomedical Engineering and at the same time the Director of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Stuttgart with appointments as Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Radiology at the University of Miami. He was the leader of several International Associations: he served as the President of the International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine (IUPESM) and the President of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE). He was a member of the Scientific Council of the International Centre for Biocybernetics of the Polish Academy of Science, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IOP), a Fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE), a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), Founding Fellow der European Alliance for Medical and Biological Engineering and Sciences (EAMBES) and an Academician Member of the UNESCO/UATI World Academy of Biomedical Technologies. He has served on the IEEE/EMBS Administrative Committee as a European and as a US representative, and he was a member of the IEEE Engineering Research & Development Committee (Technology Policy Council). He was an honorary member of the Czech Society for Biomedical Engineering and Medical Informatics of the Czech Medical Association of J. E. Purkyně.

In 2012, Prof. Nagel was honored Honorary Life Membership of International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE). Also in 2012, he was awarded the IUPESM Award of Merit for his “Outstanding Achievements in Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine”.

Joachim Nagel was an editor of the IOPP Book Series in Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering and the IFMBE Book Series in Biomedical Engineering, he has served as an Editor for the BMES journal Annals of Biomedical Engineering (1989-94), the IOPP journal Physiological Measurement (1994-98), and he was a member of numerous Editorial and Review Boards. He served as a consultant to NIH, NHLBI, the Scientists’ Institute for Public Information, the American Cancer Society – ACS/NASA Subcommittee, and numerous companies. He has been funded by NIH and the DFG, and he has taken part in EU-funded projects.

His main research interests were in the fields of cardiovascular monitoring, instrumentation and physiology, medical image acquisition and image processing, physiological signals, MEMS, and biological effects as well as therapeutic applications of ultrasound. He has published more than 200 scientific papers, books, book chapters, patents, and conference papers.

Joachim Nagel was the coordinator of the European project BIOMEDEA (Biomedical Engineering Preparing for the European Higher Education Area). The objective of the project was to develop and establish consensus on European guidelines for the harmonization of high quality MBES programs, their accreditation and for certification and continuing education of professionals working within the health care systems.

Prof. Nagel’s contributions to biomedical engineering and medical physics are numerous and it is very difficult to mention them all.

IUPESM Health Technology and Training Task Group
Together with Prof. Barry Allen, Prof. Joachim Nagel established the IOMP/IFMBE Task Group for Health Technology and Training in Developing Countries later called “Health Technology and Training Task Group”. They started to develop policies and a program in accordance with WHO approaches, involving WHO and the governments and health care systems of the countries
with which IFMBE and IOMP are cooperating. Such a program is a milestone in developing healthcare around the world, especially in developing countries.

Collaboration with WHO
Prof. Nagel has considerably increased the cooperation of IUPESM and IFMBE with WHO. As the president of the IFMBE he has participated in WHO General Assemblies in Geneva during his term of office and continued to represent the IFMBE at general assemblies also after 2006.
It is Prof. Nagel’s achievement that IFMBE is included into the WHO’s World Alliance for Patient Safety.

Other NGO activities
Prof. Nagel re-established IFMBE’s status of an NGO at United Nations and included IFMBE into the initiative “Information Society of the UN”. Prof. Nagel also initiated the cooperation of IFMBE with international standardization organizations (ISO, IEC and ITU). IFMBE has meanwhile been accepted as member of the World Standards Cooperation.

Prof. Nagel recognized the value of IFMBE publications, mainly its Journal MBEC and its potentials. Therefore, he was leading negotiations with the most significant publishers in the field of biomedical engineering and together with other members of the Journal Committee decided to sign a contract with a new publisher, Springer. He achieved three major successes for the IFMBE:

    1. Dramatical increase of distribution and circulation as well as of the Journal’s volume which brought to a significant increase in visibility of biomedical engineering and IFMBE.
    2. Excellent services for IFMBE members (each of 120.000 individuals from the IFMBE affiliated societies) who can free of charge access electronic copies of Federation’s Journal MBEC and another three BME journals published by Springer. In addition, IFMBE conference proceedings from the IFMBE proceedings series and the IFMBE newsletter can be accessed under the same conditions. Up to my knowledge, this is a unique service in biomedical engineering community.
    3. In addition to the above-mentioned achievements, the income from the Journal has significantly increased, enabling the Federation to start new projects, programs and initiatives.


Prof. Nagel was working actively in biomedical engineering and medical physics education not only as a university professor and Head of the BME department, but he also initiated a series of workshops on biomedical engineering and founded a European project BIOMEDEA in 2004. The BIOMEDEA project gathered BME societies and BME university programs. This initiative resulted in a number of documents (criteria, guidelines and protocols) for harmonization and accreditation of biomedical engineering and science programs. The project has also dealt with training, certification and continuing education of biomedical and clinical engineers working with the healthcare system.
During the realization of this project it became evident that this project is interesting not only for Europe but also for the BME community worldwide, so that at the III BIOMEDEA meeting,
representatives from all over the world were present. The success of the BIOMEDEA project encouraged Prof. Nagel to continue it with that activity with a strong support of the IFMBE which incorporated many of the BIOMEDEA policy statements into policy IFMBE policies.

Prof. Nagel has found it his professional obligation to attend and to communicate with IFMBE members at all possible levels and in all regions. Such an open and friendly approach resulted in the increase of applications for IFMBE co-sponsorship and endorsement of worldwide BME conferences. Prof. Nagel continued this policy also as IUPESM president.

Positions held in IUPESM
IUPESM President, 2006-2009
Member of Congress Coordinating Committee
Nominating Committee
ICSU Liaison Committee
Member of the Administrative Council of IUPESM

Positions held in IFMBE
Member of the Administrative Council since 1997
President-Elect and Vice-President, 2000-2003
President, 2003-2006
Immediate Past President, 2006-2009
Chairman of the Federation Journal Committee, 2004 -2007
Chairman of the Publications and Publicity Committee, 2000 -2007
Chairman of the Awards Committee, 2000-2003
Co-Chairman of the Awards Committee, 2003-2006
Member of the Education and Accreditation Committee
Member of the WHO Committee
Member of the EAMBES Executive Board, 2003-2004
Editor of the IOPP/IFMBE/IOMP book series since 2002-2006
Editor of Springer biomedical engineering book series
Co-Founder and Coordinator IFMBE Proceedings Series 2001-2006
Co-editor of IFMBE Proceedings Series

Prof. Nagel has also held a number of positions in many other learned societies and organizations. Prof. Nagel is a distinguished scientist who contributed to biomedical engineering and science and published a large number of scientific publications.

I have never met any person, scientist or engineer, who has been as much engaged and as much successful in representing interests and achieving aims of a scientific organizations in biomedical engineering as Prof. Nagel. In many years of his work, Joachim earned many friends and admirers, and he also changed many people’s lives for the better. I am honored to have been among them.


Ratko Magjarević

Call for Nominations 2018

Call for Nominations – IFMBE Officers, IFMBE Ordinary AC Members, IFMBE CoS Chairperson, Regional Representatives to the IFMBE AC & IFMBE Division Members


IFMBE is now seeking nominations for:

  1.  IFMBE Officers’ positions, namely, President-Elect, Secretary-General, and Treasurer, for the 2018-2021 term.
  2. Two (2) Administrative Council (AC) Members to serve two successive terms (2018-2021 and 2021-2024)
    The term of office in the AC for Prof. Maria Siebes and Prof. Mario F. Secca will expire at the World Congress 2018 as they have served two terms: 2012-2015 and 2015-2018; while Prof. Igor Lackovic and Prof. Bruce Wheeler will continue for another term from 2018-2021.
  3. Council of Societies (CoS) Chairperson for the 2018-2021 term.
    The term of office of current CoS Chair Prof. Monique Frize will expire at the World Congress 2018 and the position is eligible for re-election once.
  4. Regional Representatives to the IFMBE AC for the 2018-2021 term. Election will take place at the General Assembly. Election will be for a 3-year term, renewable once. RG Representatives are ex-officio members of the Administrative Council of the IFMBE.  All current regional representatives are eligible for re-election: Prof. Min Wang, Asian-Pacific Region; Prof. Timo Jamsa, Europe and Africa; Mr. Guillermo Avendano, Latin America and Prof. Herbert Voigt, North America.
  5. Eight (8) Division Members to serve for two successive terms (2018-2021 and 2021-2024); consisting of four (4) members for the Clinical Engineering Division (CED) and four (4) members for the Healthcare Technology Assessment Division (HTAD)

The following members will continue their term till 2021:
CED – Tom Judd, Prof. Mladen Poluta and Prof. Paolo Lago
The term of office in the AC for Prof. Ernesto IADANZA, Prof. Saide CALIL, Prof. Tony EASTY and Prof. Ewa ZALEWSKA will expire at the World Congress 2018 as they have served two terms: 2012-2015 and 2015-2018.
HTAD – Prof. Marjan HUMMEL, Prof. Mario MEDVEDEC and Prof. Lennart PHILIPSON.
The term of office in the AC for Prof. Nicolas Pallikarakis, Prof. Patricia Trbovich, Mladen POLUTA and Prof. Leandro Pecchia will expire at the World Congress 2018 as they have served two terms: 2012-2015 and 2015-2018.

Each Society may nominate any of their delegates interested in becoming IFMBE AC Members, Officers, or Division (CED or HTAD) Members to become candidates for election. In order for a Society to nominate a candidate, the society must be in good standing with the annual membership dues payment to IFMBE. It is expected that the society contacts the nominated candidate to confirm their willingness to serve in the proposed position. Each candidate must submit a signed document including a photography, a brief biography (not to exceed 200 words), and a position statement (not to exceed 200 words) of potential actions and contributions to IFMBE if elected. Please, use the IFMBE Nomination Form. Once the candidate has met these criteria, the candidate’s information will be passed on to the IFMBE Nomination Committee for review and approval.

The IFMBE Constituent Societies will be announced the names of the nominated candidates with individual biography and position statement for election. The election process will be conducted during the General Assembly at the World Congress 2018 in Prague.




Nominations should be submitted by 25th October 2017  5th December 2017 to:
Prof. KP Lin, Secretary General, IFMBE
Email: kplin@cycu.edu.tw with CC to contact@ifmbe.org

Call for Awards 2018 Now Open!


Nominations may be made by IFMBE entities, affiliated member societies, or a group of at least five distinguished IFMBE members. Nominees must be members of an IFMBE affiliated organization. A Curriculum Vitae is to be submitted together with a half-page biography, a photo, and a one-page write-up on the significant contributions made in relation to the specific criteria for the award for which nomination is made.

Submit all nominations by 25th October 2017 5 December 2017 to:
Prof. Shankar Krishnan, Vice-President, IFMBE
Chair, IFMBE Awards Committee
Email address: ifmbe@yahoo.com

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Edition #100 of IFMBE News Published!

Nine Millionth Erasmus+ participant award

Congratulations to Professor Nicolas Pallikarakis who will be awared the prestigious Nine Millionth Erasmus+ participant award at the the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 13 June 2017.
This award is given to those Erasmus+ alumni with an extraordinary Erasmus+ story, who have inspired others to actively contribute to bringing Europe and Europeans closer together, fostered social cohesion, and helped create a better reality within their communities and organisations. In a nutshell, it is given to those whose experience and achievements have set an example for younger generations to embark on an Erasmus+ journey.

We will  be posting more details of the award in due course.

3rd Global Forum on Medical Devices, 10 – 12 May 2017, Geneva


The 3rd Global Forum on Medical Devices will be organized in Geneva, 10 to 12 May 2017, at the Geneva Conference Center.

It will include: plenary , panels, parallel sessions, workshops, exhibition and poster sessions.
These will build on the success of the – 1st Global Forum in Bangkok, 2013 and 2nd Global Forum in Geneva 2013.

Considering that Member States recognized in resolution WHA60.29 and WHA67.20 that medical devices are indispensable for health care delivery but their selection, regulation and use present enormous challenges, the 3rd WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices is to be presented 10 years later to discuss the achievements that have been made in the field and the enormous challenges in low and middle income countries. This will also serve as an opportunity to share the WHO EMP strategy in the framework of Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals.

For more information, please visit:

Call for participation in Scientific Challenge – ICBHI 2017

Dear Researcher,

We kindly invite you to participate in the Scientific Challenge launched within the IFMBE International Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics (ICBHI2017).

This Scientific Challenge aims to encourage the development of algorithms for respiratory sound analysis, that will recognize whether a respiratory cycle contains crackles, wheezes, or crackles and wheezes, or is normal.

To develop solutions for the challenge, participants have access to a respiratory sound database containing various events(e.g., noise, cough, wheezes, crackles) collected from healthy subjects and patients with different respiratory disorders. Clinical experts have annotated these events.

We encourage you to register and submit your solution to the challenge website,as well as to submit a paper related to your solution.
For more information on the procedure and data, as well as rules and deadlines, please see