The EMC Europe Symposium: A Short History

In the summer of 1993, during a technical meeting of a 5th European Framework Research Project at the University “La Sapienza” in Rome (Italy), Professor Marcello D’Amore proposed to organise a European Symposium on EMC. The perception at that moment was that there was a need for a European Symposium, as the European Directive on EMC (89/336/EEC) would become active and mandatory from January 1996 on. An international steering committee was formed by the management committee for the referred Research Project and an existing network of Erasmus (now Socrates) student exchange program. Following the discussions, it was clear that the new symposium should be of a high level, but also focused on practical aspects and implementations concerning EMC. It was decided to organize it for the first time during the month of September of 1994, at the venue of the “La Sapienza” University in Rome. It was a nice location, with an old cloister and near the church of San Pietro in Vincolis (housing the Moses-statue by Michelangelo) and near the famous Coliseum. About 220 participants attended this first edition of EMC Roma 1994. Professor Marcello D’Amore was serving as the chairman of the organising committee and Professor Mauro Feliziani was serving as the secretary.
Given this successful start, it was decided to organize the symposium on a bi-annual basis. So, the second and third edition of EMC Roma took place in 1996 and 1998, with an increasing number of participants.
As the year 2000 was the Catholic Holy Year, organising a symposium in Rome was impossible at reasonable conditions for hotel accommodations. So, it was decided to move over Europe, and the symposium became EMC Europe from that moment on. It was organised in 2000 in Brugge by Professor Johan Catrysse. More than 450 participants were welcomed in this old medieval town.
As the move out of Rome was successful, it was decided that there should be an alternating system of locations between “northern” and “southern” Europe. And consequently, the EMC Europe 2002 was organised in Sorrento, with Professor Mauro Feliziani acting as local chairman and the EMC Europe 2004 was organised in Eindhoven with Professor Alex Van Deursen as chairman.
In the meantime, the symposium got an organising structure, with an International Steering Committee (ISC), a Local Organising Committee (LOC) and an Advisory Board (AB). Professor D’Amore (“La Sapienza,” Rome, Italy) served as the first chairman of the ISC until September 2004. Professor Catrysse (KHBO, Belgium) is the current ISC chairman. Professor Feliziani (L’Aquila, Rome, Italy) is the secretary.
The Local Organising Committee has a flexible membership, depending upon the venue of the next symposium. For example, EMC Europe 2006 is chaired by Professor Silva (Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain), due to the fact that is hosted by his university in Barcelona.
While a bi-annual event seems sufficient concerning the high quality papers to be submitted, the EMC community needs a quicker response to some hot topics arising from the application of new technologies. Therefore, a workshop was organised in September 2005 on an emerging topic: “EMC Related to Wireless Communications.” This workshop was held at the “La Sapienza” University in Rome, September 19-21, 2005. With more than 180 participants, it proved that “hot topics” need an appropriate forum for discussion and exchange of knowledge.
In this way, EMC Europe is providing the EMC community with a forum for scientific and technical discussions.
It is my pleasure to invite you to the next EMC Europe Symposium 2006, September 4-8, 2006, and I am hoping to welcome you in Barcelona. EMC

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