Host City and Province

Halifax, Nova Scotia is an ideal conference venue. It is a modern port city with a population of approximately 370,000 people that is filled with historic sites, museums and galleries, pubs and fine restaurants, lively night life, shopping, outdoor adventures and summer festivals. Steeped in history and culture, life in Halifax revolves around the sea. We sincerely hope that all participants at the 10th ICMGP will take time to enjoy some of the many attractions that Halifax has to offer, including the magnificent Public Gardens, sailing tours of Halifax Harbour and the Pier 21 and Halifax Citadel National Historic Sites.

Joggins Fossil Cliffs,
UNESCO World Heritage Site

The province of Nova Scotia is an internationally recognized tourist destination known for rugged coastlines, national parks, beautiful beaches and historic locations including the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Old Town Lunenburg and the Joggins Fossil Cliffs. Participants at the 10th ICMGP are encouraged to experience the natural beauty and thriving culture throughout the province by visiting famous attractions such as the idyllic fishing village of Peggy’s Cove or the beautiful highlands of Cape Breton Island. The tourism section of this website provides links to some of the key resources you can use to plan your pre- and post-conference visit to Nova Scotia.

The 10th ICMGP will draw from Nova Scotia’s maritime roots to explore how mercury transport and accumulation in the air, land and sea can translate into exposure and harmful effects on the health of humans and wildlife. Conference presentations will highlight the most current scientific understanding of mercury in the environment and will focus on how best to reduce mercury’s impact through improved public policy.

Water sampling in a tailings-filled wetland, Lower Seal Harbour Gold District, NS

Despite having a relatively small population and abundant pristine forests and coastlines, Nova Scotia is nevertheless affected by regional and global emissions of mercury to the atmosphere. Locally, there are also significant point sources of mercury emissions (e.g. coal-fired power plants, historical gold mines, wastewater outfalls) that are the focus of ongoing scientific study and mitigation efforts. In certain ecosystems, their chemical and biological characteristics have led to relatively large amounts of biologically available mercury—even in areas that show few other signs of human impacts on the natural environment. For example, loons in southwestern Nova Scotia have among the highest blood mercury levels in North America even though there are no point sources of mercury emissions in this area. In keeping with the maritime setting, the 10th ICMGP will also have a strong focus on mercury in the marine environment. Seafood consumption conveys many health benefits, yet remains the main pathway of human exposure to mercury for the majority of the world’s population.

Sampling mine-impacted marine sediments in Seal Harbour, NS

Nova Scotians have a vested interest in mercury research and management issues for reasons that are common in many parts of the world. We look forward to welcoming you to Halifax to share your most recent findings and to enjoy our renowned Maritime hospitality.