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Welcome to the Mercury Science and Policy Workshop. See the full program for the day. 

Published 30.10.2018 - Updated 30.10.2018

8:45-9:00 Welcome and Introduction (Michael Bank, Institute of Marine Research, Norway)

  • Advances in Mercury Science

9:00-9:20 Atmospheric Chemistry and Transport of Hg – Johannes Bieser (Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany)

9:20-9:40 Mercury Pathways and Bioavailability in Aquatic Ecosystems – Vera Slaveykova (Univ. of Geneva)

9:40-10:00 Climate Change and Trophic Transfer of Mercury in Marine Food Webs – Michael Bank (Norway, IMR)

10:00-10:20 Mercury Isotopes: Tracing Sources and Pathways – David Amouroux (CNRS - Univ of Pau)


10:20-11:00 Coffee Break and Networking

11:00-11:20 Advances in Experimental Mercury Research – Marc Metian (IAEA)

11:20- 11:40 Country Experience on the Implementation of the Minamata Convention: from International Policy to National Reality – John Pawmang (Ghana EPA)  

11:40-12:00  Improving Analytical Capabilities for Mercury Monitoring in the Marine Environment – Emilia Vasileva (IAEA) 


12:00-13:00 Lunch 

  • Surveillance, Policy and Management of Mercury 

13:00-13:20 Experience with mercury inventories (MIAs) in developing countries: Results, challenges and uncertainties – Jakob Maag (UNITAR)

13:20-13:40  IAEA Technical Cooperation Programmes to Build Capacity for Mercury Analysis in Developing Countries –Sylvia Sander (IAEA)

13:40-14:00 STAP-GEF Technical Advising at the Science-Policy Interface – Sunday Leonard (STAP-GEF)


14:00-14:40 Coffee Break and Networking

14:40-15:00 Human biomonitoring programmes as a tool for exposure assessment – Milena Horvat (Jožef Stefan Institute)

15:00 15:20 Effectiveness Evaluation of the Minamata Convention – Eisaku Toda (UN Environment)

15:20-15:40 United Nations Minamata Convention on Mercury:  Progress and Future Perspectives – Rossana Silva Repetto (UN Minamata Convention on Mercury Executive Secretary)

15:45—16:30 Workshop Wrap-Up and Discussion


19:00 Social Dinner (Optional)

Workshop Chairpersons:  Michael S. Bank, Peter Swarzenski, Vera Slaveykova and Jorge Ocaña