Themes and Sessions


How is mercury cycling changing on the global, regional and local scales in response to perturbations caused by major anthropogenic drivers of the environmental change. 


Proposed sessions:

1.1. Atmospheric mercury cycling and transformations: Insights from measurements and models

1.2. Biogeochemical cycling of mercury in the aquatic ecosystems

1.3. Regional and local scale stable isotope studies in mercury biogeochemical cycling and bioaccumulation

1.4. Mercury cycling and bioaccumulation in polar regions

1.5. Mercury cycling and bioaccumulation in the tropics

1.6. Advances in analytical methods for environmental speciation determination

1.7. Sources and cycling of mercury in freshwater ecosystems and oceans

1.8. Mercury methylation: contrasting microbial and geochemical constraints

1.9. Mercury cycling in terrestrial ecosystems

1.10. Impacts of climate change on mercury emission, fate and environmental effects

1.11. Methylation and demethylation of mercury – session to honor work of the late Dr. Mark Hines (organized by Dr. Tamar Barkay and Dr. Jadran Faganeli)

1.12. Metrological traceability for mercury analysis and speciation (coordinated by Prof. Milena Horvat)


What is the relative risk of mercury exposure to human health and wildlife in the context of human welfare?


Proposed sessions:

2.1. Bioaccumulation and biomagnification in food as a source of Hg exposure
2.2. Mercury exposure and socioeconomic drivers

2.3. Human Biomonitoring

2.4. Health effects and long term studies
2.5. Genetics, gastointestinal and nutrient factors impaching effects and uptake of Mercury

2.6. Communities affected by Mercury Pollution 
2.7. Human Exposure and Health effects of Methylmercury (special session: Leonid Kopylev)
2.8. Ecotoxicology and risk assesment of mercury exposure to fish and wildlife


How can technological development contribute to the reduction of mercury exposure and improvement of environmental responsibility? How will industry achieve more control of Hg emissions, handle waste products, and clean up contaminated site?


Proposed sessions:

3.1. Legacy mercury contamination and solutions for remediation
3.2. Treatment of Hg Containing Wastes
3.3. Proven Hg Emissions Controls and Effectiveness
3.4. Novel remediation, Control Technologies and ASGM Practices
3.5. Traceability of mercury measurements (organized by Karl Wilber)
3.6. Mercury Emissions Reductions  - A Challenge to Industry (organized by Jozef Pacyna) 



How can scientific knowledge contribute to the implementation and effectiveness evaluation of the Minamata Conventions and other regulatory agreements? Importance of integration and implementation of emerging and future mercury research into the policy making.
Proposed sessions:

4.1. Evaluating the effectiveness of the Minamata Convention
4.2. Global and Local policies to inform decisions making and reduce exposure
4.3. Linking Science and Policy for the implementationof the Minamata Convention