The 12th ICMGP Conference in 2015

Call for Proposals to host the 2015 ICMGP

The organizers of the 10th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP) welcome proposals to host the 2015 ICMGP.

The ICMGP is a scientific conference that provides an open venue for discussing recent advances in science and policy related to local, regional and global mercury issues. The ICMGP has no formal parent society, is organized by volunteers, and does not include staff or a governing committee. As a result, conference hosts are responsible for:

  1. Covering the costs of their conference through funds raised by sponsorships, donations and conference registration fees;
  2. Establishing a Scientific Steering Committee consisting of global mercury experts who oversee development of the technical program (including past and subsequent conference hosts to maintain continuity among meetings);
  3. Establishing a Local Organizing Committee with volunteers who have experience with regional mercury research and policy issues;
  4. Running a successful conference that will attract mercury experts from around the globe.

Interested applicants should be professionals with a strong background in mercury research and/or policy development. Please submit a proposal no longer than three letter sized pages (longer proposals will not be considered), clearly addressing the following criteria:

  • Ability to organize a major scientific meeting
  • Familiarity with past ICMGP meetings, important functions and technical emphasis
  • A conference theme that guides the feel of the conference
  • A destination city that that is vibrant, of interest to the international community, easily accessible to international visitors and reasonably priced
  • Relevance of the proposed location to global mercury issues
  • A conference venue that can hold the projected participant numbers (generally between 400 and 900 people, depending on location), has appropriate facilities and which is available during the proposed dates in 2015
  • Ability to successfully fund the conference with a mix of sponsorship and reasonable registration fees (proposal should include a list of potential sponsors)
  • Demonstrated support of employers and/or governments

The proposals will be reviewed and the successful applicant will be decided upon by the 10th ICMGP Scientific Steering Committee. The successful proponent will be contacted via e-mail or phone by the end of March 2011 and will be asked to make a short presentation about the 2015 conference at the closing ceremony of the 10th ICMGP in Halifax.

The deadline for submission of proposals was February 1, 2011.