ICMGP - International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant. From July 28th – August 2nd 2013 the 11th ICMGP International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland. ICMGP 2013 in Edinburgh was a triumph! We had over 900 delegates from over 65 countries joining together to sing, dance, taste whisky, chat with Mary Queen of Scots at the castle and even attack each other in bumper cars.
And in addition to the fantastic social agenda, we found time to fit in 417 oral presentations and 530 posters. 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. 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.
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.