Life Achievement Award

Kathryn R. Mahaffey Lifetime Achievement Award in Mercury Research


The organizing committee for the 13th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP) have accepted  nominations for the Kathryn R. Mahaffey Lifetime Achievement Award in Mercury Research. This award was established in 2011 to celebrate and recognize select individuals who have made extraordinary lifetime achievements in mercury research, mentoring, and/or contributions to governmental policy and public outreach.


Dr. Kathryn R. Mahaffey passed away on June 2, 2009. Her career embodied all that this award is meant to honor: scholarly research on global mercury issues that met the highest scientific standards, greatly enhanced understanding of mercury as a pollutant, and support of public health protection globally. Dr. Mahaffey was a prolific writer, including the scientific literature, but also understood the importance of dissemination of her work to the broader global community of non-governmental organizations, regulators and the general public. All nominees are expected to have made contributions to global mercury research and policy, not only regional issues.


Criteria for Nomination


  1. The candidate must be internationally recognized for scientific contributions in mercury research.
  2. The candidate’s research should have had a demonstrable impact on government policy and public outreach on mercury science or management at an international level.
  3. Individuals or groups submitting or evaluating nominations are expected to maintain the confidentiality of the nomination and selection processes.