Mercury Australia was pleased to hold its inaugural symposium on 7-8 November 2019 at the School of Culture, History and Language – Australia National University, Canberra. The symposium brought together a diverse range of researchers and others stakeholders working on mercury related issues, including both Australian academics and international guests, and scientists and social scientists.
Topics addressed included:
atmospheric mercury in Australia
mercury emissions from coal-fired power stations
the historical deposition of mercury in Australian lakes
mercury in estuarine ecosystems
sulfur polymers for the safe mercury remediation
mercury analysis of Northern long necked turtles
mercury in historical gold mining in Victoria
regulation and governance of Mercury in the Southern Hemisphere
regulation and compliance in Australia
progress on the ratification of the Minamata Convention by Australia
understanding the biogeochemical cycle of mercury in Australia
priorities for Australia in becoming ‘Minamata ready’
lessons for Australia from the mitigation of mercury in North America
priorities for best available technology to reduce mercury emissions.
The symposium concluded with a commitment to coordinate, collaborate and communicate future research activities by Mercury Australia, to engage with interested stakeholders and to provide support to government in both ratifying the Minamata Convention and, subsequently, in meeting the obligations of the Convention.
Posted by: Dr Darren Sinclair and Larissa Schneider