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Mercury Conferences: ICMGP 2015
Mercury Conferences: ICMGP 2015

12th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant

The International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP) is considered the preeminent international forum for discussion of science and policy issues related to mercury in the environment. 

Building on the theme "Today's Action, Saving the Future," the 12th ICMGP aimed to enhance understanding of mercury issues and facilitate communication about reducing mercury.

BRI contributed to the plenary panel, general session, and poster presentation portions of the conference, which convened in Jeju, Korea, June 14-19, 2015.

 

New Publication: Center for Mercury Studies

NEW PUBLICATION: CENTER FOR MERCURY STUDIES

In 2011, BRI created the Center for Mercury Studies to consolidate science and policy-related projects led and conducted by BRI scientists around the world. This new publication covers the Center's projects and initiatives, ranging from global-scale monitoring of mercury in aquatic ecosystems to detailed monitoring of mercury exposure in single species and at-risk populations. It also outlines BRI's work related to the Minamata Convention on Mercury and with the United Nations Environment Programme. Download the full booklet here.
Conference Workshop

Conference Workshop

Conference Workshop: Biomonitoring of Mercury

Sunday, June 14, 1 p.m. ~ 3:30 p.m., Room 401
Presenter: David C. Evers, Ph.D.

  • The objective of this workshop is to summarize, for students, researchers and policy makers, how mercury measurements on biotic parts of the ecosystem can be useful in evaluating mercury-related risks. Dr. David Evers (Biodiversity Research Institute) will first present a state-of-the-field report on mercury monitoring in fish and wildlife. In particular, he will discuss different ecosystems’ sensitivities, where biological mercury hotspots may develop, selecting taxa to study, particularly for relevance to human health, and using the correct kind of sampling procedure for the temporal scale investigated. Eben Goodale (Guangxi University) and Guangle Qiu (Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Science) will then review the research already conducted in Asia, differences between Asia and other regions at risk from environmental mercury loads, and special opportunities for future research in the region. The workshop will end with a discussion of future directions, both regional and global, that can incorporate mercury testing in non-human organisms for monitoring efforts and the greater objective of minimizing the threats of adverse effects of mercury on humans and food supplies that will meet the obligations for the Minamata Convention.
Plenary Panel

Plenary Panel

Plenary Panel: Opportunities for Scientific Contributions to Minamata Convention Implementation

Monday, June 15, Tamna A Hall
Panelist: David C. Evers, Ph.D.

  • We will identify some of the significant interfaces of law, policy, and science in the Convention. Particular emphasis will be devoted to several important areas where the scientific community can assist national governments, and Convention implementation globally, in the next few years as these key obligations of the Convention enter into force. Specific subjects included are an overview of the relevant aspects of the Convention, the tragedy of mercury poisoning, and opportunities for scientific contributions to Convention implementation in the areas of small-scale gold mining, controls over mercury air emissions and releases to land and water, and global mercury monitoring/Convention effectiveness evaluation (Source: IGMGP 2015 website).
Poster Presentations

Poster Presentations

Poster Presentations (S19): Mercury in Artisanal Gold Mining - the Largest Anthropogenic Source and Biggest Challenge for the Minamata Convention

Tuesday, June 16, 11 a.m.-12 p.m./5 p.m.-7 p.m.
David C. Evers, Ph.D. and David Buck, Ph.D.

  • An approach for measuring potential ecosystem impacts from mercury released through AGM activities
General Session

General Session

General Session (G07): Mercury in polar ecosystems

Tuesday, June 16, 3 p.m.-5 p.m., Halla A
Session Chair: David C. Evers, Ph.D.

  • This session is about recent research on mercury in the cryosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere in polar environments. Toxicological issues on polar ecosystems will be included.
 
Photo Credits: Header photo © Benzoix / Shutterstock.com; Mercury lab © BRI-Deborah McKew; Tamna A Hall © ICMGP 2015; Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining © Adelaide Tyrol; Polar regions © BRI-Carrie Gray
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