Organization Committee

  • Alexandra Schneider, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany

Dr. Alexandra Schneider holds both a diploma degree in Meteorology and a master degree of Public Health from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich. In 2004, she finished her PhD in Human Biology under the supervision of Prof. Angela Schuh at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich.

Thereafter, she worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute of Epidemiology, Helmholtz Zentrum München, lead by Prof. Wichmann in the Research Group “Epidemiology of Air Pollution Effects” of Prof. Annette Peters. Since 2010 she is head of the Research Unit “Environmental Risks” within the Institute of Epidemiology (lead by Prof. Annette Peters) of the Helmholtz Zentrum München.

Dr. Alexandra Schneider’s research interests in epidemiology split into two different fields. The first touches upon the influence of weather and climate changes on human health, while the second is in the field of particulate and gaseous air pollution and its influence on the human organism with a focus on cardiovascular diseases.

  • Regina Hampel, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany
  • Herbert Heilmaier, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany
  • Regina Pickford, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany
  • Kathrin Wolf, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany

Scientific Committee

  • Benedicte Jacquemin, ISGlobal & INSERM, France

Dr. Bénédicte Jacquemin is an environmental epidemiologist. She has a degree in Medicine from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (2000), a Master in Environmental Sciences from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2005) and a PhD in Life and Health Sciences from the University Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona (2007). During her PhD she made stays in several European countries like Finland, Sweden and England.

She did a postdoc at the Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (INSERM) in France. In October 2009 she obtained a researcher position in the same institution. Since September 2011 she is located in the Center of Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL) -now ISGlobal Campus Mar- in Barcelona.

Her work is focused on the health effect of air pollution exposure on health. She currently works in the study of the effects of air pollution on asthma and its associated features, and leads the research on this topic in the Unit 1168 (VIMA: Aging and chronic diseases. Epidemiological and public health approaches) at INSERM. She has recently also been interested in the effects of air pollution on reproductive health and more specifically on fertility / infertility.

  • Massimo Stafoggia, Dep. Epidemiology Lazio Region, Italy

Massimo Stafoggia graduated in Statistical Sciences on 2001 and took a Master of Science degree in Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), Cambridge, USA. He is currently involved in a PhD program at the Karolinska Institutet of Stockholm, Sweden. He has been working as a biostatistician at the Department of Epidemiology, Lazio Region Health Service, Italy, since April 2003.
He has contributed to the planning and implementation of several environmental epidemiology studies, at the Italian (SISTI, EPIAIR 1 and 2) and European level (HEAPSS, AIRGENE, ESCAPE, MED-PARTICLES), aimed at investigating the relationship between environmental exposures and adverse health outcomes, and the identification of vulnerable population subgroups. In particular, he has been the coordinator of the European multi-centre project “MED-PARTICLES: Particles size and composition in Mediterranean countries: geographical variability and short-term health effects”, funded by the European Commission under the LIFE+ framework (grant: LIFE+2010 ENV/IT/327).
In the last period, he has been involved in several national and international projects aimed at developing spatiotemporal models to predict daily PM concentrations at fine spatial grid over the whole Italy and in the Stockholm county, by use of satellite data.
He is co-author of more than 80 scientific papers published on international and Italian journals and indexed in PubMed.

  • Carla Ancona, Dep. Epidemiology Lazio Region, Italy
  • Zorana Andersen, University of Copenhangen, Denmark
  • Xavier Basagaña, ISGlobal, Spain
  • Payam Dadvand, ISGlobal, Spain
  • Francesca de' Donato, Dep. Epidemiology Lazio Region, Italy
  • Antonio Gasparrini, LSHTM, United Kingdom
  • Ulrike Gehring, IRAS, The Netherlands
  • Monica Guxens, ISGlobal, Spain
  • Jaana Halonen, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Finland
  • Frauke Hennig, University of Dusseldorf, Germany
  • Barbara Hoffmann, University of Dusseldorf, Germany
  • Itai Kloog, Ben Gurion University, Israel
  • Virissa Lenters, IRAS & Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Norway
  • Andrei Pyko, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
  • Raanan Raz,  The Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Hadassah, Israel
  • Sophia Rodopolou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
  • Mireille Toledano, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • Evangelia Samoli, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
  • Maciek Strak, IRAS, The Netherlands
  • Ana Vicedo-Cabrera, LSHTM, United Kingdom
  • Danielle Vienneau, Swiss TPH, Switzerland
  • Cristina Villanueva, ISGlobal, Spain
  • Jeele Vlaanderen, IRAS, The Netherlands
  • Martine Vrijheid, ISGlobal, Spain