International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP) – Edinburgh, Scotland, 26 Jul-2 Aug 2013

The 2013 ICMGP was held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in the heart of Edinburgh, Scotland, with Dr Lesley Sloss of the CCC in the role of Conference Chair. The conference, held every two years, was attended by over 900 delegates from more than 60 countries. The conference covered all issues relating to mercury and its potential negative effects on the environment and comprised a record 7 parallel sessions running twice a day all week. New expert panel sessions to promote open dialogue on the most controversial issues relating to mercury were well attended. As the second largest source of mercury emissions from human activities, coal combustion featured in several sessions including those relating to emission sources and control technologies. The theme of the conference was “Science informing global policy” in order to promote the event as a launching pad for the new UNEP Minamata Convention on Mercury, drafted in Geneva earlier this year. Many of the papers and posters concentrated on how the text of the new convention could be moved into practice through research and development activities.

The conference began on the Sunday 26th July with a public open day followed by a press conference, highlights of which can be viewed at:

The conference itself was launched with welcoming addresses from Mr Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for the Environment and Climate Change in Scotland; Mr Anders Flanking (via Loic Viatte), Secretary of State for Energy in Sweden; and Mr David Piper, Department Head, UNEP Chemicals Branch.

In addition to an exceptional scientific agenda, the conference delegates enjoyed a week of entertainment and networking including cocktails at the castle, whisky tasting, rock and roll bagpipes and even an indoor funfair.

Although there are no papers published, several Journals such as Science of the Total Environment and several Royal Society of Chemistry publications have offered to run special issues based on the most relevant and innovative papers. To view the full selection of abstracts for the conference please follow this link –
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