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Global Mercury Observation and Training Network in Support to the Minamata Convention

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 860497

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2020

  • End date

    31 December 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 989 595,60

  • EU contribution

    € 3 989 595,60

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN

Slovenia

Objective

With the signing of the UNEP Minamata Convention in 2013, governments have globally accepted that Hg is global relevance and toxic; scientific needs will therefore shift towards best implementation practices of the Convention. With most Hg emissions emanating from the energy-industrial sector this means that governments have to balance economic and environmental interests. How does one asses that balance? Biogeochemical Hg cycling is complex: superimposed on the strongly perturbed inorganic Hg cycle is the natural process of biomethylation that generates the bioaccumulating monomethyl-Hg form that we are all exposed to when we consume fish. Today, comprehensive multimedia models of the biogeochemical Hg cycle are being developed and capture this complexity to try and evaluate the effectiveness of environmental policy scenarios. For the models to work however, they must include realistic descriptions of fundamental Hg transformations and fluxes across Earth’s surface environments. Despite decades of Hg science, we still lack answers to some of the most basic questions on those fundamental Hg transformations and fluxes. The objectives of the GMOS-TRAIN network are (1) to provide urgently needed training in mercury science within the context of the UNEP Minamata convention, and (2) to bridge key knowledge gaps on biogeochemical mercury cycling that currently hamper the optimization of national environmental policy regarding mercury emissions. The process of training a pool of 15 Early Stage Researchers represents an excellent capacity building needed for the implementation of the Minamata Convention. Being trained in highly relevant research topic will enhance researchers career prospective and employability. Moreover, complimentary training in dissemination using Open science principles, communication, exploitation and outreach will enforce the transfer of science results to effective policy making.

Coordinator

INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN

Address

Jamova 39
1000 Ljubljana

Slovenia

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 479 913,84

Participants (10)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 274 802,04

UNIVERSITE D'AIX MARSEILLE

France

EU Contribution

€ 274 802,04

IOS, INSTITUT ZA OKOLJEVARSTVO IN SENZORJE, DOO

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 239 956,92

PS ANALYTICAL LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 303 172,56

STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 563 965,92

UNIVERSITE GRENOBLE ALPES

France

EU Contribution

€ 274 802,04

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 522 999,36

UNIVERSITE DE PAU ET DES PAYS DE L'ADOUR

France

EU Contribution

€ 274 802,04

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM GEESTHACHT ZENTRUM FUR MATERIAL- UND KUSTENFORSCHUNG GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 505 576,80

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER

France

EU Contribution

€ 274 802,04

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 860497

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2020

  • End date

    31 December 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 989 595,60

  • EU contribution

    € 3 989 595,60

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN

Slovenia