In this event, students can get advice and encouragement from 10 key players in the mercury world. This lunchtime event will link students and early careers with mentors in an informal setting to exchange ideas and insights about career development, research interests and much more. This event will allow students, early career scientists, and mentors to self-select an area of interest or expertise. Take a seat and start the interaction with colleagues, peers and mentors.
* Lunch with Mentors application will be available ONSITE at the registration desk.
|Lunch with Mentors Location
||Field of Interest
- Atmospheric processes
- Arctic research
- Transport, transformation and deposition of Hg
- Environmental engineering
- Environmental chemistry
- Soil chemistry and environmental quality modeling
- Public Policy, focusing on Health Policy and Chemicals Policy
||Norwegian Institute for Air Research / Chemistry at the Gdansk University of Technology
- Biogeochemical cycling of mercury, sources, emissions and emission projections of mercury
- Implementation of environmental strategies and policies
- Cost-benefit analysis for emission reductions
||University of Ottawa
- Environmental and nutritional toxicology spans from the lab developing new techniques for contaminant analysis
||Jožef Stefan Institute
- Analytical method development and validation
- Metrology in chemistry
- Environmental and human biomonitoring
- Indicators for environmental quality control
-Quality control and assessment
||CNR-Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research
||Department of Marine Sciences, University of Connecticut
- Fate, transport, and transformation of mercury and trace metals
- Metal bioaccumulation into aquatic organisms
- Mercury emission control from thermal processes
- Mercury waste management
- Mass balance and inventory of mercury in various sources
||Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences
- Mercury biogeochemical cycling in the environment and its health impact
- Mercury stable isotope geochemistry
- Remediation of mercury contaminated lands
Dr Alexandra (Sandy) Steffen has worked as a researcher for Environment Canada's Air Quality Research Division since 1995. She obtained her Master of Science degree in 1996 from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in analytical chemistry and her PhD from the Leuphana Universitat Luneberg, Germany in 2013 in natural sciences. Sandys research at Environment Canada has been on the transport, transformation and deposition of mercury from the atmosphere to the ecosystems. She has specialized in Arctic research and was part of the team that discovered the Atmospheric Mercury Depletion Event (AMDE) chemistry that changed our understanding of atmospheric chemistry in the polar regions.
Dr. Charles T. Driscoll is a Distinguished Professor at Syracuse University, Syracuse New York, USA. Driscoll received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine in 1974, and his M.S. in 1976 and Ph.D. in 1980 in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University. Driscoll’s teaching and research interests are in environmental engineering, environmental chemistry, biogeochemistry, soil chemistry and environmental quality modeling. Driscoll’s principal scholarly contribution has been long-term research on the impacts of air pollutants on ecosystems and their response to mitigation. His early research, which continues, involves characterizing the mechanisms by which acid deposition (acid rain) acidifies soil and surface waters, the impacts of this disturbance on ecosystem structure and function, and ecosystem recovery from recent decreases in emissions. In the 1980s Driscoll’s research expanded to address on the inputs, transport, fate and bioaccumulation of mercury from atmospheric deposition. He has expertise in ecosystem restoration, such as the remediation of mercury contaminated Onondaga Lake, New York. Driscoll has been active in science communication and his work has included a series of scientific synthesis and translation efforts to inform the natural resource management and the public. He has provided expert testimony on air pollution effects on ecosystems to U.S. Congressional and State committees. Driscoll participated in the National Research Council committee on Air Quality Management (2004) which reviewed the Clean Air Act and made recommendations for how it should be restructured in the future. He served as a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee panel reviewing the secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Oxides of Nitrogen and Oxides of Sulfur (2009-2011), and the US EPA Science Advisory Board committee reviewing the Mercury Risk Assessment for Coal-Fired and Oil-Fired Electric Generating Units (2011). Dr. Driscoll has authored or co-authored approximately 400 peer-reviewed articles, and has been acknowledged by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) as a highly cited researcher in both engineering and environmental science (H-index 84). In 2007 he was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.
Eric Uram, currently employed as Principal at Headwater LLC Consulting, serves as the International Heavy Metals Expert for Sierra Club and Sierra Club – Canada. Currently residing in Madison, WI with my wife and our twelve-year-old son, I graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Natural Resources, focusing on Soil Science. I also received a certificate from the U.W.’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and took numerous graduate courses in journalism and others fields related to environmental issues/policy. As a long-time advocate for eliminating harmful toxic pollution from our environment to protect ourselves, our families, wildlife and our common future, I began my career working on improving the science around fish contaminants and related public health issues while in college. Since then, my pursuit of solutions to the mercury problem have included work at the local, state, federal and international levels for improvements in public policy, public education and research in chemical policy. My career on mercury policy now spans numerous organizations where I have worked or consulted. Serving most recently as Executive Director for SafeMinds, I presented concerns during the Minamata Convention negotiations for recognizing health impacts from mercury exposures. Thus, I helped create the first international environmental agreement with a specific section incorporating language on health and involving the World Health Organization in implementation. My previous roles with NGOs have spanned over 20 years – all focusing on protecting health by protecting water resources and air quality while reducing toxic waste and the use of toxic materials in products. Prior to representing SafeMinds, my work included consulting to NGOs and IGOs on mercury as Headwater Consulting. Clients have included the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the German government, North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation, International Joint Commission for the Great Lakes as well as international NGOs Oceana, IPEN, Mercury Policy Project, and Biodiversity Research Institute. As a lifelong angler and outdoor enthusiast; I regularly fish, canoe and backpack throughout the US/Canadian Northwoods and anywhere else I can, when time permits.
Prof. Jozef M. Pacyna is a Research Director of the Norwegian Institute for Air Research in Kjeller, Norway and Professor of Chemistry at the Gdansk University of Technology, Gdansk, Poland. He was awarded a Visiting Professorship at the University of Michigan (1992-1993) and a 2006 Visiting Professorship at the Yale University. Prof. Pacyna’s expertise is on biogeochemical cycling and fluxes of mercury, other heavy metals, persistent organic pollutants, and radionuclides in the environment. Another field of his expertise is related to the implementation of environmental strategies and policies defined within international agreements on emission and flux reductions, including cost-benefit analysis of this implementation. He has been one of the lead authors providing UNEP with scientific justification for the Minamata convention. Prof. Pacyna is the author of more than 450 scientific publications, including more than 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals and more than 30 books and book chapters. His works have been cited about 7000 times. In 2012 he received Life Achievement Award for recognition of his outstanding contribution to advancing scientific knowledge of heavy metals in the environment, and their impact upon human health.
Prof. Laurie Chan was born in Hong Kong and obtained his B.Sc. and M.Phil. at the University of Hong Kong and Ph.D. at the University of London in Toxicology. He held faculty positions at McGill University and the University of Northern British Columbia and joined the University of Ottawa as Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Toxicology and Environmental Health and Director of the Center for Advanced Research in Environmental Genomics in 2011. Prof. Chan is a world renowned expert in mercury toxicology and have worked with Arctic populations for over two decades. His research in environmental and nutritional toxicology spans from the lab developing new techniques for contaminant analysis, to participatory research in the community on the risk and benefits of traditional foods and impact of environmental change on food security. Prof. Chan has published over 170 peer-reviewed scientific papers and supervised over 60 graduate students. He has also served as an advisor for international and national governments and organizations and numerous Aboriginal communities on environmental health issues. Prof. Chan is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
Prof. dr. Milena Horvat is a Head of the Department of Environmental Sciences of the Jožef Stefan Institute and a Head of the Ecotechnology programme of the International Postgraduate School Jožef Stefan. Her main expertise is in the area of environmental analytical chemistry with a focus on trace metals analysis and speciation. She has been an author and co-author of over 170 SCI journal articles and several book chapters related to the development of analytical methods in areas of characterization and identification of mercury contaminates sites, biogeochemical cycling of mercury in terrestrial and aquatic environment, mercury in industry and biomonitoring as part of the exposure assessment of humans and ecosystems.
Nicola Pirrone is Director of the Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research of the National Research Council of Italy (www.iia.cnr.it) and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Environmental and Health Sciences of the University of Michigan. The goal of his research is to understand the dynamic processes of mercury and other atmospheric pollutants by combining filed measurements and atmospheric modelling on different spatial scales. He has coordinated a number of international research projects and policy working groups. He is currently Chair of the UNEP Global Partnership for Mercury Air Transport and Fate Research, Chair of the WG on Global Atmospheric Mercury Models Intercomparison within the Task Force on Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollutants (TF HTAP) of the UN-ECE-LRTAP convention and Chair of the GEO Task HE-09-02d “Global Monitoring network for Mercury” within the GEOSS program. He has been Chair of the European WGs that prepared the "Air Quality Position Paper on Mercury" that is one of the scientific background documents of the Forth Air Quality Daughter Directive of the European Union and Chair of the WG TC264 of the European Standardization Body (CEN) that was in charge to prepare the standard methods for measuring mercury concentrations in ambient air and precipitation samples as part of the European Air Quality Directives. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles on different topics associated to atmospheric transport and chemistry and policy relevant issues related to mercury and other major atmospheric pollutants.
Robert Mason is a professor in the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Connecticut (UCONN), with a joint appoint in the Chemistry department. Prior to UConn, he was a faculty member within the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences (1994-2005). He received his PhD in Marine Sciences from UConn in 1991; his MS degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in Analytical Chemistry in 1983 and a BS from the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa in Chemistry in 1979. His interests cover all aspects of mercury biogeochemical cycling and the bioaccumulation of methylmercury, with a focus on the marine environment, and on the exchange across surfaces (air-sea and sediment-water interfaces). Interests also include understanding the mechanisms of mercury reduction, oxidation and methylation and methylmercury degradation by both biotic and abiotic processes. He has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters, and has been an editor of a number of books on mercury and environmental subjects, and has published the book Trace metals in aquatic systems. He has been involved in mercury research for nearly 30 years, and has been the major advisor of 17 PhD and MS students. He has also served as an advisor for industry and regional, national and international governments and organizations on the fate, transport and bioaccumulation of mercury in the environment.
Professor Yong-Chil Seo is a professor of Department of Environmental Engineering, Yonsei University, Republic of Korea and is working as one of the co-chairs in ICMGP2015. He received his MS in 1982 and PhD in 1985 in chemical engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, US. From 1985 to 1994, he has been working at Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute for developing radioactive waste incinerators and has participated in many national waste incinerator installation programs with off-gas control technology development. After moving to Yonsei University in 1994, he has taught and researched on waste treatment technology including waste to energy processes and air pollution control engineering. While he spent his sabbatical leave at USEPA in 2002-2003, he has expanded his research fields to characterization and reduction heavy metals including Mercury from thermal processes. He realized the nation needed to perform inventorying and investigating on mercury and adopted source sampling techniques to measure mercury emission from domestic sources to provide national emission inventory. He published more than 20 journal papers and disciplined more than 10 students with the degrees on the subject of mercury. Including waste management field, he made more than 100 publications and brought up 50 graduates with degree. In recent he has performed researches on "mercury mass balances in anthropogenic sources", "mercury recovery from wastes", "trans-boundary mercury movement in north-east Asian region", and "development of hybrid filter to remove mercury and fine particulates". For UNEP mercury program, he has worked as a member for the preparation of Global Assessment Report 2013 and a member of partnership program on mercury reduction from coal power plant. At present he is working to develop BAT Guidance on mercury emission control as a member of expert working group under UNEP. He has also been working as a president of Korea Waste Management Society in 2012-2014 and a dean of School of Health Sciences in Yonsei University in 2005-2007.
Xinbin Feng is a Professor at the State Key Laboratory of Environmental Geochemistry, Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. He obtained a PhD in geochemistry in 1997 at the same institute and did post-doctoral study at Gothenburg University, Sweden. His research focuses on mercury biogeochemical cycling in the environment and its health impact, mercury stable isotope geochemistry and remediation of mercury contaminated lands. He is the coordinator of China’s large scale project of mercury in the environment, which will provide the scientific base for China’s implementation of Minamata Convention. He is now an associate editor of Journal of Geochemical Exploration. He also serves as editorial board members for a number of journals. He was the Chair of the 9th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant and the 17th International Conference on Heavy Metals in the Environment. He has published more than 180 peer reviewed papers in international journals.