Plenary Speaker

Brian Martin

Brian Martin

Office of Public Health, Canton of Basel-Country and Epidemiology; Biostatistics and Prevention Institute EBPI, University of Zurich


Brian Martin received his MD in 1990 from the Medical Faculty of the University of Basle and his MPH in 1996 from the Harvard School of Public Health. He qualified as a specialist in Prevention and Public Health FMH (Swiss Medical Association) in 1997 and holds the Certificate of the Swiss Society for Sports Medicine SSSM since 1999. Since 2012 he has a postdoctoral lecture qualification (“Venia Legendi” as “Privatdozent”) in Social and Preventive Medicine (Preventive Medicine and Public Health) at the University of Zurich.

Brian Martin’s main research interests are population-based interventions for physical activity promotion as well as approaches to prevention and health promotion in health care. This includes studies on patterns and determinants of health behaviour, the effectiveness of approaches and interventions as well as the development and implementation of strategies and policies.

Since July 2009 he is the head of the Physical Activity and Health Unit at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine of the University of Zurich, since November 2014 he is “Kantonsarzt” (regional chief medical officer) of the canton of Basel-Country.

Brian Martin was in charge of the Network HEPA (Health-Enhancing Physical Activity) Switzerland until 2004. He was the chair of the working group on “health promotion through physical activity and sports”. He has served in several national and international expert groups including the Expert Committee for WHO Europe’s Ministerial Conference on Counteracting Obesity 2006. From 2005 to 2009 he was the Chairman of HEPA Europe, the European Network for the Promotion of Health-Enhancing Physical Activity, from 2010 to 2014 the Chairman of Agita Mundo, the global network for physical activity promotion.