Four synthesis papers associated with the four plenary synthesis themes have been produced for ICMGP2017. Each will connect mercury science to regulatory issues and policy implementation, as well as communication of science to stakeholders. These papers will be featured during the plenary sessions throughout the week in which a panel of the authors will present their findings and hold a discussion with plenary participants. The four plenary sessions will each address one of the synthesis themes and papers. Each group of co-authors developed the scope of the papers and collaboratively wrote these papers over the last year. Drafts of these papers are now being made available to all conference participants prior to the conference for your reading pleasure and to stimulate discussion about these important topics during each of the plenary sessions.

Monday

Theme: How can scientific knowledge contribute to the implementation and effectiveness evaluation of the Minamata Convention?

Tuesday

Theme: How is global mercury cycling changing in response to perturbations (e.g., climate change, emissions control)?

Thursday

Theme: How is mercury cycling (and bioaccumulation) changing in specific places in response to perturbations (e.g., climate change, remediation, nutrient control, urbanization)?

Friday

Theme: What is the relative risk of mercury exposure to human health and wildlife in the context of other risks/stressors?

The final science synthesis papers will be published in the journal, Ambio. We encourage all meeting participants to read them prior to the specific plenary sessions during which they are presented and to provide feedback by submitting to prior to end of day on August 14th, 2017.

This synthesis effort is supported by the Superfund Research Program of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences R13 ES028077-01.