Source: HMGU

Dr. Josef Cyrys
Head of Research Group 'Environmental Exposure Assessment', Senior Scientist

Phone: +49 89 3187-4156
Fax: +49 89 3187-3380
Building/Room: 56/250

Group: Environmental Exposure Assessment


  • 1994-1999: Post-doctoral training Helmholtz Zentrum München (formerly GSF), Munich, Germany (Institute of Epidemiology, Research Unit “Environmental Epidemiology”)
  • 1993: Dr. rer. nat. (PhD) in Ecological Chemistry, Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany
  • 1989: Diploma (Master of Science) in Chemistry, Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München, Munich, Germany
  • 1985: Pre-Diploma, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich, Germany (Chemistry)
  • 1983: Pre-Diploma, Silesian University, Katowice, Poland (Physics)


  • 2018 - present: Team Leader of the Research Unit „Environmental Exposure Assessment” at Helmholtz Zentrum München, Munich, Germany, Institute of Epidemiology
  • 2017 : Team Leader of the Research Unit „Environmental Exposure Assessment” at Helmholtz Zentrum München, Munich, Germany, Institute of Epidemiology II
  • 2011 - 2017: Guest Scientist at Helmholtz Zentrum München, Munich, Germany (Institute of Epidemiology II, Head of Research Unit „Environmental Exposure Assessment”)
  • 2004 - 2010: Guest Scientist at Helmholtz Zentrum München, Munich, Germany (Institute of Epidemiology, Research Unit “Epidemiology of Air Pollution Health Effects”)
  • 2004 - 2016: Senior Scientist at Environmental Science Center, University Augsburg, Augsburg, Germany
  • 2000 - 2003: Junior Scientist at Institute of Medical Data Management, Biometrics and Epidemiology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich, Germany

Professional Service

  • Lectures on University of Applied Science Munich (Environmental Chemistry, Metals in the Environment)
  • Course instructor in Postgraduate Courses in Public Health (LMU, Munich, Germany), Environmental Epidemiology
  • Referee for Environmental Health Perspectives, Atmospheric Environments, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Environmental Science and Technology, Environmental Research, Science of the Total Environment and others
  • Reviewed abstracts and contributed to session planning for EAC and Air Quality Conference
  • Advising and formal mentoring of master and PhD students

Research interests

Exposure assessment to indoor and outdoor air pollutants: In particular, my area of interest is the development and validation of new measurement methods for an improved physical and chemical characterization of particles to meet epidemiological requirements. I’m interested in the source apportionment, the spatial and temporal variability of fine and ultrafine particles, as well as in the relationship between indoor, outdoor and personal exposure to particulate air pollution.

> 180 articles published; > 6200 citations (without self citations); H-index 47 (January 2018).

Currently most relevant research projects

  • ESCAPE: “European Study of Cohorts for Air Pollution Effects”
  • UFIREG: "Ultrafine particles – an evidence based contribution to the development of regional and European environmental and health policy”
  • ULTRA III: “Environmental Nanoparticles and Health”
  • ACCEPTED: Assessment of changing conditions, environmental policies, time-activities, exposure and disease
  • Influence of local emission sources at the spatial and temporal distribution of ultrafine particles
  • AWAIR: Environmental integrated, multilevel knowledge and approaches to counteract critical AIR pollution events, improving vulnerable citizens’ quality of life in Central Europe Functional Urban Areas
  • SmartAQNet: Smart Air Quality Network
  • "Nitrogen dioxide: population-weighted exposure assessment and quantification of environmental burden of disease in Germany"