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





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


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


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.


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

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

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

2016-             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-             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.

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

2011-             Foundation Board of the Research Foundation Mobile Communication

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

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

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

2010-             Associate Editor of the International Journal of Public Health

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

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

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




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