Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Visiting Professor







Norfolk PlaceSt Mary's Campus





Michal Krzyzanowski is an environmental epidemiologist, holding honorary position of a Visiting Professor at the Environment Research Group at the School of Public Health of the Imperial College London. He is active as an expert consultant for WHO, UN Env and other organizations on health aspects of air pollution in Europe, Asia and Africa. He is a member of the WHO “Air pollution and health Scientific Advisory Group” as well as the WHO “Air Quality Guidelines Development Group”. He has coordinated organization and reporting from the WHO Global Platform on Air Quality and Health meetings (2014-2017) and contributes to the WHO program on capacity building in the assessment of health impacts of air pollution conducting regional and national training workshops on air quality and health (recently - in the Balkans, Caucasus, Iran, Pakistan and Africa). He is advising on the development of WHO health impact assessment tools (AirQ , HEAT). 

Until his retirement in 2012, he was a Head of the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health in Bonn, Germany. A part of his duties was organization of the global update of WHO Air Quality Guidelines as well as development of WHO guidelines on indoor air quality. In the period 2000-2012 he was also a chair of Joint Convention – WHO/ECEH Task Force on Health aspects of air pollution of the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution. He has managed WHO programs and projects on various aspects of environment and health, including regional assessments of environment and health situation prepared as a background of the ministerial conferences on environment and health. 

Before joining WHO in 1991, Dr Krzyzanowski conducted epidemiologic research on health effects of air pollution and other environmental factors in Poland, in the United States and in France. He is an author of more than 200 scientific publications and a recipient of the 2013 John R. Goldsmith Award from International Society for Environmental Epidemiology for his contributions to the knowledge and practice of environmental epidemiology. He holds MSc in Physics from Warsaw University and PhD as well as dr hab titles in Epidemiology from the National Institute of Hygiene, Warsaw, Poland.

Selected publications (2014-2020)

  • Krzyzanowski M, Apte JS, Bonjour SP, Brauer M, Cohen AJ, Prüss-Ustun AM. Air Pollution in Mega-cities. Current Environmental Health Reports 2014; 1:185-191
  • Heroux M-E, Anderson HR, Atkinson R, Brunekreef B, Cohen A, Forastirer F, Hurley F, Katsouyanni K, Krewski D, Krzyzanowski M, Künzli N, Mills I, Querol X, Ostro B, Walton H. Quantifying the health impacts of ambient air pollutants: recommendations of a WHO/Europe project. Int J Public Health 2015; 60: 619-627
  • Anenberg SC, Belova A, Brandt J, Fann N, Greco S, Guttikunda S, Heroux ME, Hurley F, Krzyzanowski M, Medina S, Miller B, Pandey K, Roos J, van Dingenen R. Survey of ambient air pollution health risk assessment tools. Risk Analysis 2016; 36: 1718–1736
  • West J,   Cohen A, Dentener F, Brunekreef B, Zhu T, Armstrong B, Bell M, Brauer M, Carmichael GR, Costa D, Dockery D, Kleeman MJ, Krzyzanowski M, Kunzli N, Liousse C, Lung S-C, Martin RV, Pöschl U, Pope CA, Roberts JM, Russell AG, Wiedinmyer C. What we breathe impacts our health: improving understanding of the link between air pollution and health. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2016; 50:4895-4904
  • Faridi S, Shamsipour M, Krzyzanowski M, Künzli N, Amini H, Azimi F, Malkawi M, Momeniha F, Gholampour A, Hassanvand MS, Naddafi K. Long term trends and health impact of PM2.5 and O3 in Tehran, Iran, 2006-2015. Environment International 2018; 114: 37-49
  • Al-Delaimy WK, Krzyzanowski M. A policy brief: Climate change and epidemiology. Epidemiology 2019; 30:1-3
  • Hadei M, Shahsavani A, Krzyzanowski M, Querol X, Stafoggia M, Nazari SSH, Jafari AJ, Yarahmadi M, Kermani M, Khosravi A. Burden of mortality attributed to PM2.5 exposure in cities of Iran; contribution of short term pollution peaks. Atmospheric Environment 2020; 224: 117365
  • Racioppi F, Martuzzi M, Matic S, Braubach M, Morris G, Krzyzanowski M, Jarosinska D, Schmoll O, Adamonyte D. Reaching the sustainable development goals through healthy environments: are we on track? Eur J Publ Health 2020; 30; Suppl. 1, i14-i18
  • Hoffmann B, Roebbel N, Gumy S, Forastiere F, Brunekreef B, Jarosinska D, Walker KD,van Erp AM, O’Keefe R, Greenbaum D, Williams M†, Krzyzanowski M, Kelly FJ, Brauer M, Bruyninckx H, Boogaard H. Air pollution and health: recent advances in air pollution epidemiology to inform the European Green Deal: a joint workshop report of ERS, WHO, ISEE and HEI. Eur Respir J 2020; 56: 2002575 []

Guest lectures 2019-2020


Health impacts of air pollution in selected cities of West Balkans. 23rd meeting of the Joint Convention/WHO Task Force on the Health Aspects of Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution, Bonn, 12-13.05.2020


European Environment and Health Process: 30th Anniversary. Ninth meeting of the European Environment and Health Task Force (EHTF), Bonn, 9-10 December 2019

Monitoring framework of Ostrava commitments using Sustainable Development Goals indicators. Ninth meeting of the European Environment and Health Task Force (EHTF), Bonn, 9-10 December 2019

Risk communication about the health effects of air pollution. ERS / ISEE Workshop on air pollution advocacy. Warsaw, November 26, 2019

Determining WHO guidelines and next steps: Evidence for effective policy making to reduce impacts of air pollution. Greater London Authority International Air Quality Summit and Conference, London 23 October 2019  

Development of methods for assessing impact of air pollution on health in Europe. Sante Publique France & Agence de l´Environnement et de la Maitrise de l´Energie: Journée «Évaluer l'impact sur la santé de la pollution de l'air», Paris, 6.11.2019

Experience of WHO European Centre for Environment and Health. Symposium for Climate, Environment and Health in Asia Pacific, Seoul, June 20-21, 2019

Experience from the Convention on long Range transboundary air pollution. Symposium for Climate, Environment and Health in Asia Pacific, Seoul, June 20-21, 2019

Health impacts of air pollution in selected cities of West Balkans. UNEP World Environment Day Symposium, Sarajevo, 30 May 2019

Approaches and challenges in estimating health impacts of air pollution. International Seminar RESPIRAMI-3, Milan, 24-26 January 2019

Addressing Health Risks of Transboundary Air Pollution in Europe. Seminar for Health Impact and Future Strategy of Transboundary air pollution in Asia. Seoul National University, Seoul, 16 January 2019

Role of WHO Asia Pacific Centre for Environment and Health in improving air quality and health. Commemorative Symposium and MOU Signing for the WHO Asia-Pacific Centre for Environment and Health in the Western Pacific Region, Seoul, 15 January 2019