The theme of the ICMGP2017 will be understanding the multiple factors that accelerate and attenuate recovery of mercury contamination in response to environmental inputs on local to global scales.

Mercury science and management are the focus of attention world-wide. The Minamata Convention, a global treaty on mercury, is now being ratified and requires that countries around the world control both new and existing sources and monitor the effectiveness of those controls. In the US, the Mercury and Air Toxics Rule is being implemented which will limit primary anthropogenic emissions. In many countries, the use of mercury in artisanal gold mining is under investigation as the magnitude of associated mercury releases and effects may have been underestimated. At the same time, uncertainty remains in the levels of exposure linked to a range of effects of mercury on wildlife and human health. Globally, many local efforts are in progress to remediate mercury contaminated sites. While these initiatives are important steps to mitigate mercury contamination, the extent and rate of potential recovery is unclear because of uncertainties in our understanding of mercury transport, cycling and trophic transfer.

“A technical program that reflects the latest advances, highlights critical understanding and promotes active discussion.”

Mercury is a complex, multifaceted contaminant. Methylmercury, the more toxic form, biomagnifies and drives most human health advisories and concerns for wildlife impacts. Moreover, mercury transport, transformations, bioaccumulation and exposure are affected by numerous interacting processes and phenomena (e.g., climate change, nutrient loading, land use/cover, food web dynamics, human behavior and decisions).

The 13th ICMGP will follow the tradition of previous ICMGP conferences with synthesis, detailed sessions and presentations on mercury science, technology, management and human health. We will foster wide ranging discussion among participants across issues spanning environmental media, biogeochemical processes, disciplines, types of mercury contamination and remediation, exposure and effects on wildlife and human health, temporal and spatial scales, societal issues and outreach activities. The mercury community is encouraged to organize sessions (either listed on the website or by proposal) for the scientific program. We envision a broadly based program that would include plenary, invited and contributed oral presentations; poster presentations; small group meetings; workshops; opportunities for student mentoring; demonstrations by instrument vendors, industry and research groups; and networking. We will craft a technical program that reflects the latest advances, highlights critical understanding and promotes active discussion of the science of mercury and innovative strategies for its management.

In the coming months you will see our call for abstracts for the ICMGP2017. This will provide more comprehensive details on the themes and sessions of our proposed program along with the specifications for oral and poster presentations.