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Presentations given during EVISA's Workshop on Mercury Speciation

Workshop Program

Day 1: Start of Workshop: 10:30 h

Introduction (Chairman Thomas Liljedahl)

10:30 -
Welcome address,
Erik Björn,
Umeå University


10:35 -
Chemical forms, occurrence, and speciation analysis of mercury,
Petra Krystek, RIVM, The Netherlands

The importance of mercury speciation for society

10:55 -
Global mercury cycling,
John Munthe, Swedish Environmental Institute, Gothenburg, Sweden


11:25 -
The Mercury Problem in Boreal Lakes: Forestry, speciation and the search for explanation,
Kevin Bishop, Markus Meili, Mats Nilsson, SLU, Uppsala, Sweden


11:55 -

Mercury in crude oil and natural gas. A concern for the oil and gas industry,
Audun Gangstad, Stale Berg, Statoil Research Center Trondheim, Trondheim, Norway


Lunch Break 12:15 - 13:20

State-of-the-art mercury speciation analysis, Chairman Ulf Skyllberg

13:20 -
State-of-the-art of mercury speciation analysis, Erik Björn, Tom Larsson, Lars Lambertsson and Wolfgang Frech, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden


How do speciation data improve risk assessment ? Chairman John Munthe

14:20 - 15:00   Human toxicity and mercury speciation,
Ulrike Bernauer. Bundesinstitut für Riskobewertung (BfR), Berlin, Germany


15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 - 15:50 Mercury in the workplace: air monitoring and exposure assessment procedures,
Owen Butler, Health and Safety Executive, Sheffield, U.K.


15:50 - 16:10 Combining speciation and isotope labelling to assess net mercury methylation in sediment and soil samples, Mats Nilsson, SLU, Umeå, Sweden


16:10 - 16:30 The importance of mercury-sulphur speciation for solubility, methylation and demethylation rates in sediments contaminated by the paper and pulp industry - implications for risk assessment, Ulf Skyllberg, SLU, Umeå, Sweden  
16:30 - 17:30 Round Table Discussion with all lecturers of the day,
Chair person: Wolfgang Frech
16:30 - 17:30
Poster Session

18:30 Workshop dinner at the hotel

Day 2

Ongoing routine mercury speciation analysis in service laboratories

8:30 -
Sample preparation and analytical methodology solving matrix dependent problems in mercury speciation analysis, S. McSheehy, LCABIE,  UMR CNRS 5034 - Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour, France


8:50 - 9:10 Mercury speciation in routine analysis - current status and future prospects, Jürgen Kuballa GALAB, Hamburg, Germany


9:10 - 9:30 More samples, fewer methods. Douglas Baxter, Analytica, Luleå, Sweden


9:30 - 9:50 Mercury speciation for the Swedish Environmental Monitoring program, Ingvar Wännberg, John Munthe, IVL, Gothenburg, Sweden


9:50 - 10:10
Accreditation of a speciation method: the example of methylmercury analysis in sediment, Jean-Philippe Gestem, BRGM, France


Coffee break 10:10 - 10:30 

The benefit of speciation analysis for soils, sediments and sludges;
chairman Owen Butler

10:30 -
Safe remediation of soil at an industrial site in Sundsvall, Sweden, Sven-Åke Heinemo, Sweco-Viak


10:45 - 11:00 Speciation in risk assessment of soil, Nadja Lundgren, Tyréns, Umea


11:00 - 11:20 A simple field method to quantify mercury volatilization from soils,
Anja Stubbe, UFZ, Halle, Germany


11:20 - 11:40
Development, Analysis and Assessment of Processes, S. Mangold, Institut für Synchrotronstrahlung, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe
11:40 - 12:00
Solid Phase Thermal Desorption - A Tool to Identify Mercury Species in Contaminateed Soils and Sediments, H. Biester, Anne Bollen, Institute of Environmental Geochemistry,
Heidelberg, Germany


Lunch Break:  12:00 - 13:10  
How EVISA, the European Virtual Institute for Speciation Analysis, will
assist users

13:10 -
EVISA - the premium source of speciation related information,
Michael Sperling, EVISA, University of Münster, Germany


General discussion: What benefits do we see using mercury speciation?
Moderator: Michael Sperling, EVISA, University of Münster, Germany

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