Mercury conference, Mercury as a Global Pollutant – ICMGP2017 /

Prof. Dr. Milena Horvat, Dr. David Kocman, Vesna Fajon and Majda Pavlin attended the 13th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant that was organized in Providence (Rhode Island, USA) between 16th – 21st July, 2017.

Mercury is a global pollutant and its effective control in the environment take scientific study, innovative management strategies, and the cooperation among all nations. At the conference world-renowned scientists and other researchers had the opportunity to present the latest research and discoveries in the field of better understanding and effectively managing mercury releases and emissions to decrease human and wildlife exposure. More than 1000 participants from 55 countries participated at this conference.

In authorship and co-authorship the Department presented 4 oral presentations and 8 posters. We also organized one day workshop (16th July) entitled  “Issues and solutions - Quality Assurance in Laboratory measurements”, Workshop presenters provided updates on international metrology systems in chemical measurements and proper understanding of the terminology related to comparability, traceability, and uncertainty of analytical results. Workshop attended 40 participants. On the 18th of July, we also organized special session with the topic related to comparable measurement results for mercury analysis and speciation. 8 lectures and 16 posters were included in this section.

ICMGP conference is organised every two years and the next one will be held in Krakow (Poland) in September 2019. More information on the conference web page: http://mercury2017.com/.

Oral presentations:

  1. Kocman et al. »Evaluating releases of mercury  to aquatic environments for meeting needs of the Minamata Convention – global perspectives«
  2. Sprovieri et al. »Five-years records of mercury concetrations  observed at ground-based monitoring sites in the framework of the GMOD network«
  3. Pavlin et al. »Thermal desorption of Hg compounds from the FGD gypsum studied by mass spectrometric detection«
  4. Fajon et al. »A new simplified method for determination of monomethylmercury in biological samples based on separation of Hg dithizonates and CV AAS detection«

Posters:

  1. Fajon et al. »A new simplified method for determination of monomethylmercury in sediment samples based on sepration of Hg dithizonates and CV AAS detection«
  2. Živković et al. »Comparison of uncertainties contributions to the expanded relative uncertainty of hydride generation  and ethylation  methods  for the determination of MeHg in seawater«
  3. Kotnik et a. »Traceable method for mercury total mass meassuremnt emitted following compact fluorescence lamp breackage«
  4. Trdin et al. » Apolipoprotein E genotypes in relation with Hg, MeHg and se in mothers and thrie newborns«
  5. Kotnik et al. »Spatial and tempšoral trends of mercury species in the medietrranean  Sea«
  6. Živković et al. »Relationship between mercury species and microbial communities in the seawater of the Central Adriatic sea«
  7. Shlyapnikov et al. » New inhouse secondary standard for Hg stable isotope ratio anaysis using CVG-MC-ICP-MS«
  8. Sotocardenas et al. »Mercury in pristine Andean Patagonian ccachment: species occurance and interaction with DOC with a fluvial network«