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ICMGP 2013 - Lifetime Achievement Award

Kathryn R. Mahaffey Lifetime Achievement Award in Mercury Research - Nomination


The Organizing Committee for the 11th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP) is honoured to continue the new tradition of awarding the Kathryn R. Mahaffey Lifetime Achievement Award in Mercury Research. The Kathryn R. Mahaffey Lifetime Achievement Award in Mercury Research is meant to celebrate and recognize select individuals who have made extraordinary lifetime achievements in mercury research, mentoring, 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 honour: scholarly research on mercury that met the highest scientific standards, that greatly enhanced our understanding of mercury as a pollutant and that supported government action across the globe to protect public health. Kate was a prolific contributor to the scientific literature, but she also understood that for her work to have true impact she would need to communicate to those who make decisions. She was the model of scientific integrity, speaking truth to power even when her scientific findings were unpopular. Those who worked with Kate knew her as thoughtful and kind with great intellect and tenderness.

The recipient of the Kathryn R. Mahaffey Lifetime Achievement Award in Mercury Research will be asked to give a plenary lecture at the 11th ICMGP in Edinburgh, Scotland in July 2013, on a topic that appropriately highlights their achievements. Following this lecture, the handcrafted crystal lifetime achievement award (which the recipient will keep until the next conference) and an award reflective of the host country (which the recipient can keep) will be presented to commemorate their achievements. The conference organizers will provide complimentary registration and reimburse the Awardee for the costs of travel to the conference.

The award will be nomination-based and committee-chosen. Following the receipt of all nominations, a committee consisting of up to four individuals (excluding all nominees and nominators) will be chosen by the Scientific Steering Committee for the conference to review the nominations. The successful recipient of the award will be announced at least two months before the conference.

Nominations packages should be e-mailed to the 11th ICMGP Organizing Committee by January 15, 2013.

The criterion for nomination, and information that must be included in the nomination package, are listed below.


Criterion for Nomination:

  1. The number of nominators is limited to 3 individuals.
  2. The candidate must be internationally renowned for scientific contributions in mercury research;
  3. The candidate must have mentored new researchers into the mercury research environment;
  4. The candidate must have had a demonstrable impact on mercury research leading to the development of government policy and public outreach;
  5. Up to two individuals can be nominated together in unique situations where those individuals have significantly collaborated on their lifetime achievements. However, institutions or organizations are not eligible for the award;
  6. Self nominations, or those deemed to be a self nomination through a 3rd party, will not be considered;
  7. Nominations will be accepted only in English;
  8. Nominees must be living at the time of nomination;
  9. Individuals or groups submitting or evaluating nominations are expected to maintain the confidentiality of the nomination and selection processes.

Information to be submitted for nomination:

  1. A cover letter highlighting and summarizing the life-long achievements of the nominee, including a clear statement as to why the nominee is deserving of the award. The cover letter is limited to a maximum of 3,000 words.
  2. An annotated Curriculum Vitae of the nominee including:
    1. The nominee’s history of employment;
    2. A list of their peer-reviewed publications;
    3. A list of their other scientific contributions (e.g., conference communications, technical reports, assessment reports, etc.);
    4. Details of mentorship (e.g., in tabular format, list name of individual, type of mentoring [e.g., Ph.D., technician], short title of project, dates of training, and current position of mentee if known);
    5. Their contributions to policy, public outreach and any other significantly related activity, including a synopsis (250 word maximum) of the nominee’s overall impact on policy and public outreach.

Nominations need to be sent to :



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