• Start date:
  • 8 April 2022
  • Duration:
  • 1 day
  • Intended Audience:
  • Medical physicist, Medical specialist, Student


  • NVVC:
  • 4
  • NVKF:
  • 4

When COVID-19 restrictions would preclude local in-person meeting, the format of the symposium will be either hybrid or entirely digital, depending on the conditions.

Milestone Award
During the symposium, the prestigious IEEE Milestone Award will be dedicated to the invention of the string galvanometer by Willem Einthoven.

Experts in the field will present the technical and medical background of the string galvanometer and the electrocardiograph. Contemporary and future possibilities of electrocardiography and electrophysiology will also be discussed. At the end of the symposium, the renowned ‘Einthoven lecture’ will be given by professor Katja Zeppenfeld.

What will you learn?
You will learn how the string galvanometer was developed at the time. You will also gain insight concerning the impact of its development and thus the impact that the electrocardiogram (ECG) has had on the current possibilities for diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias. Finally, you will gain understanding of the possibilities for the future of electrophysiology and the latest developments in diagnosis and treatment of ventricular arrhythmias.

Symposium committee
Prof. dr. ir. Wim van Etten
Prof. dr. Pancras C.W. Hogendoorn
Prof. dr. J.Wouter Jukema
Dr. ir. Cees A. Swenne
Dr. ir. Enno T. van der Velde
Drs. Enrico R. de Koning
Drs. Lieke H.W. Ruigrok
Mrs. Shelly Spijker

The IEEE Milestone Award application procedure was initiated and completed by prof.dr.ir. Wim van Etten, dr.ir. Cees A. Swenne, and dr.ir. Enno T. van der Velde.

Preliminary Program

09:30 Tour Boerhaave Museum
11:30 End of Tour Boerhaave Museum
12:00 Registration and light lunch (LUMC Leiden)
  Voorzitter Prof. dr. Wouter Jukema
13:15 Opening
The IEEE Organisation and the IEEE Milestone Award
Prof. dr. ir. Wim van Etten
  PART I: The Heritage
13:35 Physics and engineering aspects of the String Galvanometer
Prof. dr. ir. Paul Regtien
14:00 Laboratory and working conditions of Einthoven during the development of the String Galvanometer
Prof. dr. Dirk van Delft
14:25 The ECG Collection of Willem Einthoven
Prof. dr. Norbert van Hemel
14:50 'Einthoven lived here'. Interesting new facts found in Willem Einthoven's private correspondence, presented as a prelude to the unveiling (on April 12th) of a memorial plaque at Einthoven's former house at Rijnsburgerweg 23, Leiden
Mr. drs. Peter van der Geer
15:05 Unveiling the IEEE Milestone Plaque
Susan K. Land MSc and prof. dr. Pancras Hogendoorn
15:15 Break
  PART II: The Promise
15:45 The bright future of clinical technology and technical medicine
Dr. Roderick Scherptong
16:10 The bright future of non invasive electrophysiology
Dr. Matthijs Cluitmans
  PART III: Einthoven Lecture
16:35 Einthoven lecture 'State-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment of ventriculararrhythmias'
Prof. dr. Katja Zeppenfeld
17:10 Presentation of the Einthoven Award
Prof. dr. Wouter Jukema
17:20 Closure
Prof. dr. ir. Wim van Etten
17:25 Reception
18:30 End
Dr. M.J.M. Cluitmans
Clinical researcher, MUMC
Prof. dr. D. van Delft
Professor Universiteit Leiden
Prof. dr. ir. W. van Etten
Emeritus Professor of Telecommunication, University of Twente & Board Member IEEE Benelux Section
Mr. drs. P. van der Geer
Local historian / speaker
Prof. dr. N.M. van Hemel
Emeritus Professor of Clinical Heart Stimulation, Universiteit Utrecht
Prof. dr. P.C.W. Hogendoorn
Dean of the Medical Faculty of Leiden
Prof. dr. J.W. Jukema
Head department of Cardiology, LUMC, Afdelingshoofd LUMC
Prof. dr. S. Rahman
President-Elect IEEE
Prof. dr. ir. P.P.L. Regtien
Emeritus Professor of Measurement and Instrumentation, Universiteit Twente
Dr. R.W.C. Scherptong
Cardioloog, LUMC
Prof. dr. K. Zeppenfeld
Professor of Clinical Electrophysiology, LUMC
Albinusdreef 2, Leiden

Building 1
Registration: Boerhaaveplein, route 537

Lectures: Collegezaal 1, Route 768
Parking information 

Registration fee Free of charge (€ 0)