18th International Wroclaw Symposium and Exhibition on EMC
Town Centre - Wroclaw Poland


It was my first trip to Poland and I really did not know what to expect. I had known of the Wroclaw (pronounced vrôt'släf') Symposium for sometime but had never been able to attend. I arrived in Wroclaw on Tuesday evening and met up with Dr. John Norgard, EMC Board of Directors Vice-President for Technical Services. John had already been in the country for a day and had had a chance to scope out the town and the local eateries. I dropped my bags and we headed to the Town Centre area for some dinner and my first surprise.
The Town Centre was a beautiful square, surrounded by brightly colored buildings. Its central focus was the Town Hall built during the 14th and 16th centuries.
On Wednesday morning, John and I climbed aboard the Symposium bus and headed for the conference. We met several members of the Conference Committee, introduced ourselves and were very warmly welcomed.

Symposium Chairman, Prof. Tadeusz W. Wieckowski.
Barry Wallen (right) with Program Chair, Prof. A. Karwowski.

The “International Wroclaw Symposium and Exhibition on Electromagnetic Compatibility” is one of the oldest EMC conferences in Europe. Below is an excerpt from the Symposium Chairman Professor Tadeusz. W. Wieckowski’s welcome address given at the beginning of the conference:
“The Wroclaw EMC Symposium is the oldest European scientific conference pertaining to electromagnetic compatibility, held regularly every two years for over 34 years now… From the earliest days, the Wroclaw EMC Symposium played a special role. It served as a meeting place and facilitated discussion and presentation of scientific achievements for scientists from the so-called “Eastern block” and the rest of the world. The Wroclaw symposium quickly became a natural bridge between these “two worlds”, especially considering that at that time the symposium proceedings were held in English as well as Russian and that conference papers could also be printed in Russian.

Dr. John Norgard (right) and Dr. Z. M. Joskiewicz, Organing Chairman.

As a result, Wroclaw became a meeting place of people involved in research of earth natural electromagnetic phenomena: people working on spectrum engineering, management and monitoring; radio astronomers fighting for clear spectrum for their observations, people involved in the EMC measurements; people working in radio wave propagation and antenna theory; people involved in the technical side of research of biological hazards of EM radiation; and people interested in counteracting EM terrorism. Looking at the ongoing interest proven by continued high attendance, we believe that this approach has been welcomed by all.
We would like the Wroclaw Symposium to continue to be a meeting place for all scientists, no matter what borders might be between them. This is especially important, considering that over these thirty years our symposium managed to build its own unique identity. During these years, we always tried to bring together individuals interested in various aspects of EMC, theory and practical applications, to enable their interaction, in the belief that new bright ideas often sparkle on the borders of different fields of activity.”
I believe the symposium achieved the goals of its organizers in providing a diverse program to a diverse audience. Approximately 200 attendees from all over the world enjoyed 100 papers covering a broad sampling of EMC and Spectrum Management topics.
In addition to an excellent technical program, the Wroclaw Symposium Committee treated the attendees to a reception on Wednesday night and a Barbeque Picnic on Thursday night. The food, drink, and entertainment were excellent and all had a great time.
The Wroclaw Symposium was an excellent opportunity to meet and engage with our fellow Society members in Eastern Europe. The Symposium, the city, and the people made it a memorable experience, one that I hope to repeat. EMC

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