Martin Röösli, Associate Professor, PhD

Head of Unit

MSc Environmental Science, PhD Epidemiology


Martin Röösli received a M.Sc. degree in Environmental Science in from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETHZ) in 1997 and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Basel in 2001. He is head of the Environmental Exposure and Health Unit. He is also co-chair of the Joint South African and Swiss Chair in Global Environmental Health.

His research deals with a broad range of public health relevant national and global environmental health issues including transportation noise, electromagnetic fields, ionising radiation, air pollution, pesticides and climate change. He is conducting exposure assessment studies, epidemiological research and health risk assessments including systematic reviews. He is serving as advisor to a number of national and international public advisory and research steering groups concerning the potential health effects of environmental risk factors.

2016-                  Associate Professor in Environmental Epidemiology (University of Basel) and Head of the Environmental Exposures and Health Unit (Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute) Basel

2009-2016           SSPH+ Assistant Professor and Head of the Environmental Exposures and Health Unit at Swiss TPH

2003-2009           Senior Epidemiologist: Head of the Environmental Health Research Group, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Bern

2001-2003           Post Doc, Institute for Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Basel

1998-2001           PhD Student, Air Quality Management Agency of Basel/Institute for Social and Preventive Medicine, Basel

1997-1998           Research Assistant, Institute of Atmospheric Science of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich (ETHZ)

1991-1997           Teacher: Various substitutions at different school levels

1988-1991           Primary School Teacher, Dagmersellen

Academic and Professional Qualifications
2009                   PD (‘Venia docendi’) at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Bern

1998-2001           PhD in Epidemiology, University of Basel

2000-2001           Post graduate education in applied statistics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETHZ)

1992-1997           MSc in Environmental Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETHZ)

1983-1988           Pedagogic College in Hitzkirch


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Institutional responsibilities

University of Basel and Swiss TPH

2020-                  Member of the Steering Group of the Center for African Studies, University of Basel

2018-2020           Co-director and member of the Steering Group of the Center for African Studies, University of Basel

2017-                  External expert of the Swiss National Science Foundation Commission of the University of Basel

Organization of congresses and scientific meetings
2019-2020           Advisory Board, Forum „Environment and Cancer”, Swiss Cancer League, including organization of the Forum Umwelt und Krebs: Dialog für eine umweltbewusste Krebsprävention, 24. November 2020.

2019                   Co-organizer of the Swiss TPH winter symposium Climate Change and Health

2017-2018           Co-chair of the Technical Program Committee for BioEM Meeting, 25-29 June 2018, in Protorož, Slovenia.

2016-2017           Technical Program Committee member for BioEM Meeting, 05-09 June 2017, West Lake Villa, Hangzhou, China.

2016-2017           Senior Congress Advisor for 12th ICBEN Congress on Noise as a Public Health Problem, 18-22 June 2017, Zürich, Switzerland


Scientific committees and governmental boards

2019-                  Member of the committee Non-ionizing Radiation (A6) of the German Radiation Protection Commission and member of the working group 5G (A630)

2018-2019           Working Group Mobile Phone and Radiation, of Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications

2017-                  Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the “Occupational exposure to chrysotile workers in mines and processing facilities in Asbest, Russian Federation” study, jointly conducted by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the Izmerov Research Institute of Occupational Health of the Russian Federation in Moscow.

2018-2019           European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) Review: Climate Change and Health.

2016-2021           Member of the International Scientific Advisory Board of COSMOS (cohort study of mobile phone use and health)

2016-2019           Member of the Federal Commission for Tobacco Prevention (Eidgenössische Kommission für Tabakprävention)

2015-2018           Member of the Scientific Council of the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer)

2013-                  Affiliated Researcher at the Israeli Non-Ionizing Radiation Information Center

2012-                  Member of the Federal Noise Abatement Commission (Eidgenössische Lärmbekämpfungskommission)

2012-                  Writing Committee of the Environmental Health Criteria Monograph on Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields of the WHO.

2011-2016           Member of the a+Energy-Commission of Swiss Academies of Arts and Science

2011-                  Extraparliamentary Commission for Environmental Research of the Federal Office for Environment

2010-                  Member of the Expert Group for the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM)


Scientific societies

2019-2021           Elected Member of the Council for Biological and Medical Science of the European Bioelectromagnetics Association (EBEA)

2016-                  Member of the ICNIRP (International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection)

2010-                  Swiss Society for Public Health

2009-2017           Elected Member of the Council for Biological and Medical Science of the European Bioelectromagnetics Association (EBEA)

2003-                  Member of the European Bioelectromagnetics Association (EBEA)

2001-                  Member of the Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS)

2000-                  Member of the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE)

1998-                  Swiss Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology (SAGUF)


Teaching boards

2010                   Co-director of the MSc programme “Epidemiology”, Faculty of Science, University of Basel

2019-                  Academic Board of the SSP+ Inter-university Graduate Campus


Blume C, Schoch S.F, Vienneau D, Röösli M, Kohler M, Moeller A, Kurth S, Usemann J. Association of transportation noise with sleep during the first year of life: a longitudinal study. Environ Res. 2022;203:111776. DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2021.111776

Bosch-Capblanch X, Esu E, Dongus S, Oringanje C.M, Jalilian H, Eyers J, Oftedal G, Meremikwu M, Röösli M. The effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields exposure on human self-reported symptoms: a protocol for a systematic review of human experimental studies. Environ Int. 2022;158:106953. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2021.106953

Cabré-Riera A, van Wel L, Liorni I, Koopman-Verhoeff M.E, Imaz L, Ibarluzea J, Huss A, Wiart J, Vermeulen R, Joseph W, Capstick M, Vrijheid M, Cardis E, Röösli M, Eeftens M, Thielens A, Tiemeier H, Guxens M. Estimated all-day and evening whole-brain radiofrequency electromagnetic fields doses, and sleep in preadolescents. Environ Res. 2022;204(Pt C):112291. DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2021.112291

Degrendele C, Klánová J, Prokes R, Příbylová P, Šenk P, Šudoma M, Röösli M, Dalvie M.A, Fuhrimann S. Current use pesticides in soil and air from two agricultural sites in South Africa: implications for environmental fate and human exposure. Sci Total Environ. 2022;807(Pt 1):150455. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.150455

Dongus S, Jalilian H, Schürmann D, Röösli M. Health effects of WiFi radiation: a review based on systematic quality evaluation. Crit Rev Environ Sci Technol. 2022;52(19):3547-3566. DOI: 10.1080/10643389.2021.1951549

Raess M, Brentani A.V.M, Flückiger B, Ledebur de Antas de Campos B, Fink G, Röösli M. Association between community noise and children's cognitive and behavioral development: a prospective cohort study. Environ Int. 2022;158:106961. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2021.106961

Vienneau D, Saucy A, Schäffer B, Flückiger B, Tangermann L, Stafoggia M, Wunderli J.M, Röösli M, SNC study Group. Transportation noise exposure and cardiovascular mortality: 15-years of follow-up in a nationwide prospective cohort in Switzerland. Environ Int. 2022;158:106974. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2021.106974

Asmall T, Abrams A, Röösli M, Cissé G, Carden K, Dalvie M.A. The adverse health effects associated with drought in Africa. Sci Total Environ. 2021;793:148500. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.148500

Huss A, Dongus S, Aminzadeh R, Thielens A, van den Bossche M, Van Torre P, de Seze R, Cardis E, Eeftens M, Joseph W, Vermeulen R, Röösli M. Exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields: comparison of exposimeters with a novel body-worn distributed meter. Environ Int. 2021;156:106711. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2021.106711

Lagorio S, Blettner M, Baaken D, Feychting M, Karipidis K, Loney T, Orsini N, Röösli M, Paulo M.S, Elwood M. The effect of exposure to radiofrequency fields on cancer risk in the general and working population: a protocol for a systematic review of human observational studies. Environ Int. 2021;157:106828. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2021.106828

Luminati O, Ledebur de Antas de Campos B, Fluckiger B, Brentani A, Röösli M, Fink G, de Hoogh K. Land use regression modelling of NO2 in São Paulo, Brazil. Environ Pollut. 2021;289:117832. DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2021.117832

Röösli M, Dongus S, Jalilian H, Feychting M, Eyers J, Esu E, Oringanje C.M, Meremikwu M, Bosch-Capblanch X. The effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields exposure on tinnitus, migraine and non-specific symptoms in the general and working population: a protocol for a systematic review on human observational studies. Environ Int. 2021;157:106852. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2021.106852

Saucy A, de Hoogh K, Vienneau D, Tangermann L, Schäffer B, Wunderli J.M, Probst-Hensch N, Röösli M. Mutual effects of fine particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide, and fireworks on cause-specific acute cardiovascular mortality: a case-crossover study in communities affected by aircraft noise. Environ Pollut. 2021;291:118066. DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2021.118066

Saucy A, Ragettli M.S, Vienneau D, de Hoogh K, Tangermann L, Schaffer B, Wunderli J.M, Probst-Hensch N, Röösli M. The role of extreme temperature in cause-specific acute cardiovascular mortality in Switzerland: a case-crossover study. Sci Total Environ. 2021;790:147958. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.147958

Schulte F, Röösli M, Ragettli M.S. Heat-related cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in Switzerland: a clinical perspective. Swiss Med Wkly. 2021;151:w30013. DOI: 10.4414/SMW.2021.w30013