ICMGP 2013 - Conference Topic Overview




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Special Sessions


No Title of Special Session Lead/Chairs Lead organisation
S01. Managing Mercury's Impacts to Natural Resources Simon Gillespie Scottish Water
S01.2 Novel approaches to mercury control Thomas Asprey Herriot Watt University
S02. Reducing mercury bioaccumulation in reservoirs and other managed aquatic ecosystems Beutel M, Austin C M Washington State University
S03. Clear cutting, swidden and sustainable forestry: watershed-scale impacts on mercury dynamics Bishop K, Lucotte M, Verta M Uppsala University
S04. Mercury in the oil and gas processing industry Corns W, Kanazirev V PS Analytical
S05. Mercury contamination in rice agriculture: a growing global threat to human and wildlife health? Creswell J, Windham-Myers L, Qiu G Brooks Rand
S06. Organisms, pathways and regulations behind biological methylmercury production from the cell to the ecosystem Guyoneaud R, Elias D, Amouroux D, Gilmour C EEM-UMRS
S07. What do we know about marine methylmercury dynamics? Heimburger L-E, Lamborg C H GET-OMP
S08. Traceability of mercury measurements Horvat M, Brown R, Quetel C, Ent H Jožef Stefan Institute
S09. Mercury emissions from coal combustion: sources, regulation and control Kolker A, Senior C, Sjostrom S USGS
S10. Mercury activities in China and the lessons that can be shared Pan W-P, Chai F, Feng X, Cao Y Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences
S11. Development of a Global Mercury Observation System toward the preparation of the global mercury treaty (GMOS) 1 Pirrone N, Evers D, Staffan Åkerblom CNR, Biodiversity Research Institute
S12. Development of a Global Mercury Observation System toward the preparation of the global mercury treaty (GMOS) 2 Pirrone N, Evers D, Staffan Åkerblom CNR, Biodiversity Research Institute
S13. Development of a Global Mercury Observation System toward the preparation of the global mercury treaty (GMOS) 3 Pirrone N, Evers D, Staffan Åkerblom CNR, Biodiversity Research Institute
S14. Why do ecosystems retain mercury? The role of redox transformations in controlling mercury mobility in terrestrial and aquatic environments Poulain A, Daniel Obrist, O'Driscoll N, Canario J University of Ottawa
S15. Mercury in marine mammals and human health risk Sakamoto M, Chan HM NIMD
S16. The state of mercury science and how it informs policy - the Canadian experience Steffen A, Leech T Environment Canada, and Health Canada
S17. Defining "natural" and "anthropogenic" mercury impacts 1 David P Krabbenhoft, Amos H M U.S. Geological Survey and Harvard University
S18. Defining "natural" and "anthropogenic" mercury impacts 2 Helen Amos, Daniel O’brist Harvard University and Desert Research Institute
S19. Fixing the world's biggest mercury problem: artesanal and small scale gold mining 1 Telmer K, Viega M artisinal
S20. Fixing the world's biggest mercury problem: artesanal and small scale gold mining 2 Telmer K, Viega M artisinal
S21. Human health effects inluding ASGM exposure Paleah Black Moher  
S22. Health effects of mercury: the Seychelles Child Development Study perspective Watson G, Wijngaarden E University of Rochester
S23. Health effects of mercury: the Child Cohort Studies in the Faroe Islands Weihe P Faroese Hospital system, Faroe Islands
S24. Elemental mercury stockpile stewardship: research, export ban and novel disposal paths Hermes W ORNL
S25. UNEP Global Mercury Partnership: Efforts to Reduce Mercury Pollution from Products and Processes Philip Piper D, Narvaez D UNEP


General Sessions


No Title of General Session Lead/Chairs Description
G01. Analytical methods Eva Krupp,
University of Aberdeen, UK
This session will include presentations on recent advances in measuring speciated mercury compounds in a variety of matrices and environments. Presentations on field sampling techniques, instrument and method development, and inter-laboratory comparisons will also be included.
G02. Mercury stable isotope biogeochemistry 1 Juibin Chen,
Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
This session will include all presentations on analytical methods, use and application of stable mercury isotope fractionation data to better understand mercury sources and cycling in the environment and accumulation in biological tissues
G03. Mercury stable isotope biogeochemistry 2 Laura Sherman,
University of Michingan, USA
This session will include all presentations on analytical methods, use and application of stable mercury isotope fractionation data to better understand mercury sources and cycling in the environment and accumulation in biological tissues
G04. Sources and emissions of mercury 1 Josef Pacyna,
NILU, Norway
This session will include presentations on atmospheric mercury emissions and releases to the environment from any source sector. Data compilations focused on understanding spatial and temporal trends in emissions sources (both anthropogenic and natural) will be included.
G05. Sources and emissions of mercury 2 Steve Balogh,
MCES, USA
This session will include presentations on atmospheric mercury emissions and releases to the environment from any source sector. Data compilations focused on understanding spatial and temporal trends in emissions sources (both anthropogenic and natural) will be included.
G06. Atmospheric mercury 1 Leonard Levin,
EPRI, USA
This session will include studies on the measurement, monitoring and modeling of the behavior and transport of mercury in the atmosphere on both regional and global scales. Boundary layer processes, tropospheric chemistry and the role of the stratosphere will be included.
G07. Atmospheric mercury 2 Ralf Ebinghause,
Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany
This session will include studies on the measurement, monitoring and modeling of the behavior and transport of mercury in the atmosphere on both regional and global scales. Boundary layer processes, tropospheric chemistry and the role of the stratosphere will be included.
G08. Atmospheric mercury 3 Mae Gustin,
University of Nevada-Reno, USA
This session will include studies on the measurement, monitoring and modeling of the behavior and transport of mercury in the atmosphere on both regional and global scales. Boundary layer processes, tropospheric chemistry and the role of the stratosphere will be included.
G09. Control technologies 1 Hiroshi Moritomi,
Gifu University, Japan
This session will discuss recent advances in the development and implementation of mercury control technologies including abatement efficiencies, costs, and implementation challenges. Case studies for specific regions and sectors will be included
G10. Control technologies 2 John Pavlish,
UNDEERC, USA
This session will discuss recent advances in the development and implementation of mercury control technologies including abatement efficiencies, costs, and implementation challenges. Case studies for specific regions and sectors will be included
G11. Contaminated sites 1 David Kocman,
Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
This session will include presentations on the magnitude and locations of mercury contaminated sites, methods for remediation, and responses of ecosystems and biota following remediation activities.
G12. Contaminated sites 2 Gary Bigham,
Exponent Inc, USA
This session will include presentations on the magnitude and locations of mercury contaminated sites, methods for remediation, and responses of ecosystems and biota following remediation activities.
G13. Environmental biogeochemistry - field approaches 1 Dave Krabbenhoft,
USGS, USA
This session will include presentations on field measurements of mercury speciation and fluxes in different environmental compartments. The physical and chemical environmental factors affecting biological uptake will be discussed.
G14. Environmental biogeochemistry - field approaches 2 John Munthe,
IVL, Sweden
This session will include presentations on field measurements of mercury speciation and fluxes in different environmental compartments. The physical and chemical environmental factors affecting biological uptake will be discussed.
G15. Environmental biogeochemistry - field approaches 3 Reed Harris,
Reed Harris Environmental Canada
This session will include presentations on field measurements of mercury speciation and fluxes in different environmental compartments. The physical and chemical environmental factors affecting biological uptake will be discussed.
G16. Mercury chemistry interactions affecting exposure risks and health effects (eg Se, fatty acids, PCBs) Patricia McCann
Minnesota Department of Health, USA
This session will include presentations on the interactions between inorganic mercury, methylmercury and other compounds that directly or indirectly affect observed health outcomes such as toxicity, cardiovascular health and neurodevelopment effects. Presentations based on laboratory, animal and epidemiological data will be included.
G17. Environmental biogeochemistry - lab and experimental approaches 1Brian Branfireun,
University of Western Ontario, Canada
This session will include presentations on field and lab based data on mercury reaction rates in different media (e.g., oxidation, reduction, methylation, demethylation, interactions with organic carbon and other ligands) as well as lab based studies on uptake and elimination of different mercury species by organisms.
G18. Environmental biogeochemistry - lab and experimental approaches 2George Aiken,
USGS, USA
This session will include presentations on field and lab based data on mercury reaction rates in different media (e.g., oxidation, reduction, methylation, demethylation, interactions with organic carbon and other ligands) as well as lab based studies on uptake and elimination of different mercury species by organisms.
G19. Mercury bioaccumulation and trophic transfer 1 Charlie Driscoll,
Syracuse University, USA
This session will include presentations about the current understanding of mercury exposure within abiotic and biotic systems in relation to processes that lead to the bioaccumulation of mercury in ecosystems and tropic transfer.
G20. Mercury bioaccumulation and trophic transfer 2 David Point,
Geosciences Environment Toulouse, France
This session will include presentations about the current understanding of mercury exposure within abiotic and biotic systems in relation to processes that lead to the bioaccumulation of mercury in ecosystems and tropic transfer.
G21. Mercury exposure and effects in fish & wildlife 1 Dave Evers,
Briloon, USA
This session will include monitoring and measurement of mercury exposure in key indicator species such as songbirds and bats. The toxicological effects on wildlife species from mercury exposures and implications for ecosystem health will be presented.
G22. Mercury exposure and effects in fish & wildlife 2 RosaCarmen Rodriguez,
Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
This session will include monitoring and measurement of mercury exposure in key indicator species such as songbirds and bats. The toxicological effects on wildlife species from mercury exposures and implications for ecosystem health will be presented.
G23. Mercury in marine ecosystems 1 Lars-Eric Heimburger,
GET, France
This session will include presentations on the processes that mercury undergoes in the worlds oceans. The session will reflect on current methodologies, studies and modeling about mercury cycling in the marine environment.
G24. Mercury in marine ecosystems 2 Rob Mason,
University of Connecticut, USA
This session will include presentations on the processes that mercury undergoes in the worlds oceans. The session will reflect on current methodologies, studies and modeling about mercury cycling in the marine environment.
G25. Human exposure and risk assessment methods 1

Lead/ chair Rita Schoeny
Rita Schoeny,
US EPA, USA
This session will include presentations on human biomarker data and methods for assessing reliability and uncertainty. Presentations on human exposure modeling and risk characterization will also be included. Studies on the range and distribution of mercury in important commercial, sport-caught and subsistence fish species, and the impact on human exposure, risk communication and fish advisories will be included.
G26. Human exposure and risk assessment methods 2

Lead/ chair Rita Schoeny
Eric Uram,
Safe Minds, USA
This session will include presentations on human biomarker data and methods for assessing reliability and uncertainty. Presentations on human exposure modeling and risk characterization will also be included. Studies on the range and distribution of mercury in important commercial, sport-caught and subsistence fish species, and the impact on human exposure, risk communication and fish advisories will be included.
G27. Mecury in Polar ecosystems Sandy Steffen,
Environment Canada, USA
This session include presentations on all current research for mercury in the polar environments. Presentations on mercury interactions in the cryosphere, atmosphere, wildlife, biota and human health relating to polar regions will be included.
G28. Mercury and climate change Elizabeth S. Corbitt,
Harvard University, USA
The session will include research describing how the changing climate is already affecting and will further affect emission rates from existing contaminated areas, transport, deposition, cycling and remobilization of mercury in the local and global environment .
G29. Mercury regulatory issues and policy Ellen Kurlansky,
US EPA, USA
This session will include research and case studies on effective policies and regulations to control sources, uses, emissions and clean up of mercury pollution on local, national and international scales, including the implementation of the new mercury treaty.


Panel sessions - NOT open to abstract submission


No Title of Panel Session Lead/Chairs Description
1. Evaluating the effectiveness of the Global Mercury Treaty David Evers (Biodiversity Research Institute),


Susan Keane
(Natural Resources Defense Council)
A panel comprised of both scientists and policy makers will explore the gaps, needs, hurdles, government participation and scientific capacity (especially in the developing world) for creating a global mercury monitoring network that can evaluate the effectiveness of the global legally binding instrument on mercury.  The Panel will discuss next steps, such as (1) how to raise awareness of the need for a standardized and replicable monitoring network, (2) how to best communicate information, (3) what components are needed for cost-effective and customized plans and (4) where are the best places for standardized monitoring stations.  Panel topics may include artisanal small-scale gold mining, contaminated sites, human health concerns, and monitoring techniques.
2. Health Impacts from Mercury: Emerging science and unanswered questions K. Clive Thompson (ALcontrol Laboratories),


Eric Uram (Safeminds)
1). From a human health viewpoint, what questions remain unanswered?
2).In the absence of known thresholds, can subtle effects, e.g. on brain function be safely ignored?
3).How should benefits from seafood nutrients be taken into regard when considering the adverse effects of methylmercury?
4). Given the need to compare risks from mercury and alternatives, what are the main gaps in knowledge about mercury risks from dental fillings, background emissions, vaccines and other medicinal products?
5). How should potential genetic susceptibility to mercury toxicity affect risk assessment?
6). How should we prioritise future research?
3. Mercury in industry Josef Pacyna (NILU) A panel session comprised of selected representatives of industries working with or releasing mercury. This session will concentrate on what each of these industries are doing with respect to controlling and reducing emissions and how, in some situations, mercury control can be a significant technical and economic challenge


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