The Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) of the 15th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP 2022) to be held in July 2022 in Cape Town, South Africa is now accepting nominations for the Kathryn R. Mahaffey Lifetime Achievement Award in Mercury Research. This award was established in 2011 to celebrate and recognize selected individuals who have made extraordinary lifetime achievements in mercury research, mentoring, and/or contributions to governmental policy and public outreach.
Dr. Kathryn R. Mahaffey passed away in 2009. Her career embodied all that this award is meant to honor: scholarly research on global mercury issues that met the highest scientific standards, greatly enhanced understanding of mercury as a pollutant, and support of public health protection globally. Dr. Mahaffey was a prolific writer, including the scientific literature, but also understood the importance of dissemination of her work to the broader global community of non-governmental organizations, regulators and the general public. She was a model for scientific integrity, reporting her scientific findings even when the results were unpopular. Those who worked with Dr. Mahaffey knew her as thoughtful and kind as well as someone with great intellect and tenacity.
In keeping with the tradition of prior conferences, the recipient of the 6rd Kathryn R. Mahaffey Lifetime Achievement Award in Mercury Research will be announced and celebrated at the 15th ICMGP in Cape Town, South Africa in July 2022. The awardee will have the opportunity to make a presentation at a special award ceremony and will receive a handcrafted crystal lifetime achievement award that is transferred between award recipients at each conference as well as an award from the host country as a keepsake. The conference organizers will provide complimentary registration and reimburse the awardee for the costs of travel to the conference.
The selection committee for this award will not accept self-nominations. All nominees are expected to have made contributions to global mercury research and policy, not only regional issues. All nominations must follow the formatting and length requirements outlined below or will not be considered by the selection committee. The nominations will be reviewed and the awardee selected by an independent review committee of up to seven individuals (excluding all nominees and nominators) chosen by the Scientific Steering Committee. The winner will be announced at least two months before the conference.
Nominations packages should be e-mailed to the 15th ICMGP Organizing Committee no later than August 8, 2021.
Information that must be included in the nomination package is listed below.
Nominations should be emailed to Prof. Jozef Pacyna at: firstname.lastname@example.org