Martin Röösli, Associate Professor, PhD

Group Leader

MSc Environmental Science, PhD Epidemiology


My Research

My research deals with environmental epidemiology and includes exposure assessment studies, aetiological research and health risk assessments in the area of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, noise exposure, ambient air pollution, climate change, pesticides and passive smoking.


Professional Experience

2016-           Associate Professor in Environmental Epidemiology (University of Basel) and Head of the Environmental Exposures and Health Unit at Swiss TPH, Basel


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


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


2001-2003    Postdoc at the Institute for Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Basel


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


1997-1998    Research Assistant at the Institute of Atmospheric Science ETH, Zürich


1988-1991    Primary School Teacher, Dagmersellen

Higher education and qualifications

2009            PD (‘Venia docendi’) at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Bern, Switzerland


1998-2001    PhD (summa cum laude) in Epidemiology, University of Basel, 19 February, 2001: Spatial variability of air pollutants in the Basel area and carcinogenic and non-carcinogenic health risk.


2000-2001    Post graduate education in Applied Statistics, ETH Zürich, Switzerland


1992-1997    MSc in Environmental Science, ETH Zürich, Switzerland


1983-1988    Pedagogic college in Hitzkirch, Switzerland


Current Committees and Service Activities


2020-                  Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal Noise & Health


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


2016-                  Member of the Editorial Board of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health


2013-                  Member of the Editorial Board of Bioelectromagnetics


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


2010-                  Member of the Expanded Board of the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program, Switzerland


2010-                  Associate Editor of the International Journal of Public Health


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


Past Committees and Service Activities


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


2011-2018           Foundation Board of the Research Foundation Mobile Communication


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


2014-2015           Organisational and Scientific Board of the Swiss Public Health Conference: Public Health Benefits of Climate Change Policies, 17-18 September 2015, Geneva, Switzerland


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


2011-2013           Co-chair of the 2013 Environment and Health Conference, joint meeting of the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE), International Society of Exposure Sciences (ISES) and International Society of Indoor Air Quality (ISIAQ)


2011-2012           Organisational and Scientific Board of the Conference Landscape and Health, 24-25 January, 2012, Birmensdorf, Switzerland


2011                   International Expert Workshop on RF Health Research Needs, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Palo Alto (12.-13. Jul.)


2011                   Working Group of the IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans Volume 102: Non-Ionizing Radiation, Part II: Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields [includes mobile telephones, microwaves, and radar]


2010-2015           Member of the Steering Committee Swiss Association for Smoking Prevention (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Tabakprävention)


2010                   Technical Consultation Meeting on Radio Frequency Research Agenda, World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva (9.-10. Feb.)


2009-2014           Committee Member for the Program Electromagnetic Fields and Health (EMF&H) from ZonMw in The Netherlands


2009-2014           Member of the Rapid Response Group (RRG) for the Japan EMF Information Center


2009-2013           Member of the Advisory Board of the Swedish part of COSMOS (prospective cohort study of mobile phone users)


2008-2012           Member of the Working Group 3 “Epidemiology and Human Studies”; COST Action BM0704: Emerging EMF technologies: health risk management


2008-2009           Task Group evaluating the German study on childhood cancer in the vicinity of nuclear power plants (AG61). German Federal Office of Radiation Protection, Bonn


2007                   Invited Expert for the workshop of The National Academics: Identification of Research Needs Relating to Potential Biological or Adverse Health Effects of Wireless Communications Devices, Washington DC (7.-9. Aug.)


2007                   Children's Health and Environment Programme, WHO Europe, CEHAPE Workshop, Oxford UK (5.-6. Mar.)


2005-2006           Monitraf (Monitoring von Auswirkungen des Strassenverkehrs im Alpenraum): European 2005  EMF-Beirat, Federal Office of Public Health, Switzerland


2004                   WHO Working Group member at WHO workshop on base stations and wireless networks, Geneva (15.-17. Jun.)


2004                   WHO Working Group Member at International Seminar and Working group meeting on EMF hypersensitivity, Prague (25.-27. Oct) Union INTERREG III B Alpine Space Program


2001-2004           WHO, Environmental Health Criteria, Task group static field



Full Publication list




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

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

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

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. 2021;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. 2021;158:106953. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2021.106953

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. 2021;807(Pt 1):150455. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.150455

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

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. 2021;158:106961. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2021.106961

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