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The 9th ICMGP, a conference where the mercury concerns of the developed and developing worlds will meet. The International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP), held periodically for over 18 years, has become the preeminent international forum for formal presentation and discussion of scientific advances concerning environmental mercury.

Date: 07.06.2009 - 12.06.2009
National/International: International
Language: English
Type: Conference
Location: Guiyang, China
Contact: Conference Secretariat (contact with questions regarding abstract submission and scientific program):
Mr. Lihai Shang
State Key Laboratory of Environmental Geochemistry
Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Science
46 Guanshui Road

Management Office (contact with questions regarding Registration, Visa, Hotel and Payment):
Ms. Shuang Yang
China International Conference Center for Science and Technology (CICCST)
86 Xueyuan Nanlu, Beijing 100081, China
E-mail: syang@mercury2009.org
Fax: +86-10-62174126
550002 Guiyang city
Guizhou province, China
Email: mercury2009@mails.gyig.ac.cn
Tel: +86-851-5891517
Fax: +86-851-5891609
Conference web site at:   http:⁄⁄www.mercury2009.org

The depth, breadth, and pace of scientific discoveries on the sources, environmental transport and fate, biogeochemical cycling, and adverse effects of mercury have increased enormously since the inaugural conference was convened in Sweden in 1990. Along with their rapid economic growths, countries such as China, India and Brazil have become major mercury emitters in the world and as such have drawn more and more attention of the scientific community as well as national governments.

The public health problems that developing countries are now facing regarding mercury exposure, as a sole actor or in combination with other environmental toxicants, outweigh those posed earlier to developed nations. To date, however, most studies regarding mercury cycling in the environment and its health impacts have been conducted in the developed world. Although the scientific outcomes from these studies will benefit understanding in the developing world, the particular application of this knowledge base to the developing countries must rely on local and regional studies still to emerge.

The 9th ICMGP will thus present a timely opportunity to stimulate and universalize the scientific studies on mercury as a global pollutant.

Some of the emerging and compelling mercury issues that will be discussed at the 9th ICMGP
  • Energy production and mercury emissions 
  • Sources, emissions and inventories 
  • Energy production and mercury emissions (mercury and coal) 
  • Life cycle analysis of mercury in coal, gas, oil, PVC productions and cement production
  • Pollution control and recovery 
  • Clean technology 
  • Mercury at the interfaces (air- snow; air-soil; air-water) 
  • Climate change and mercury cycling 
  • Mercury in aerosols and clouds 
  • Atmospheric transport and deposition 
  • Local, regional and global scale modeling 
  • Mercury in polar regions 
  • Mercury in urban areas (air and water) 
  • Impacts of mining (gold mining, mercury mining; small scale mining) 
  • Mercury in products (dental amalgams) 
  • Assessment, management and remediation of contaminated sites
  • Health effects (synergy of mercury and other contaminants; Selenium and mercury; exposure assessment; Susceptibility and sensitivity) 
  • Ecotoxicology of methylmercury (bio-monitoring) 
  • Environmental monitoring and assessment 
  • Advances in analytical chemistry 
  • Environmental biogeochemistry 
  • Bioaccumulation and trophic transfer 
  • Fisheries (Fish, tissue testing, sources of fish, fish consumption advisory) 
  • Mercury in aquatic systems (DOC, organic macro molecules) 
  • Watershed processes 
  • Societal and Socioeconomic effects of mercury pollution Environmental justice 
  • Integration of science and policy 
  • Risk communication and public education 
  • Ecosystem sensitivities and human-wildlife vulnerability


August 31,2008Proposals for special sessions
October 31,2008Submission of abstracts
March 31,2009Early registration at reduced fee

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