Mercury conference in Gdynia

On 8-10 May 2013 in Gdynia (Poland) dr Damian Panasiuk participated in 3rd Polish scientific conference “Mercury in the Environment – Identification of Threat to Human Health”. Conference organized by Institute of Oceanography of the University of Gdańsk once in three years collects group of Polish experts on mercury emission and concentration in the environment.

Subject of dr Panasiuk and A. Głodek’ presentation was “Assumptions of scenarios of mercury emission to air to year 2020”. Conference paper in Polish was published in third monograph “Rtęć w środowisku” (Mercury in the Environment) edited by prof. L.Falkowska.

Autor: Damian Panasiuk 2013.05.14


Minamata Convention text

The fifth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC5) was held in Geneva from 13 to 19 January 2013. Text of Minamata Convention on Mercury was agreed by nations on this meeting. Convention text is now available on UNEP Website.

The manufacture, import and export of some mercury-content products (batteries except button cells with mercury content < 2%, compact fluorescent lamps with mercury content exceeding 5 mg per lamp, barometers, thermometers, sphygmomanometers for blood pressure measure etc. - banned for launch to EU market) shall not be allowed also in global scale after 2020. In dental practice each party shall take measures for reduction of dental amalgam use, for example setting national objectives or promoting the use of best environmental practices.

For industry each party shall require the use of best available techniques in new sources and shall take measures to control emissions e.g. prepare national plan from existing sources. Additionally global phase-out of mercury cells in chlor-alkali production after 2025 was established.

Minamata Convention will be open for signature on planned diplomatic conference in Kumamoto and Minamata, Japan, from 9 to 11 October 2013.

Autor: Damian Panasiuk 2013.04.03


Change of address

On 1 February 2013 NILU Polska moved from Katowice to Industrial Park in Częstochowa.

New address is:

NILU Polska

ul. Wały Dwernickiego 117/121 pok. 309P

42-200 Częstochowa

We thank Mr. Leszek Sebesta for firm management by almost 5 years and Ms. Beata Muszer for keeping of secretariat in Katowice.

Autor: Damian Panasiuk 2013.02.02


Expert panel “Partnership for innovativeness”

Expert panel “Partnership in implementation of innovative methodes for environment management” took place on 16 January 2013 at President’s office of University of Silesia, Katowice.

Results of NILU Polska’s questionnaire survey concerning tourist exploatation of Goczałkowice reservoir were also presented on this conference. Detailed results and conclusions are included in ZiZOZap report “Analysis of tourist potential of Goczałkowice reservoir” (in Polish).

Autor: Damian Panasiuk 2013.01.20


16th International Conference on Heavy Metals in the Environment

In last September week prof. Jozef Pacyna, dr Elisabeth Pacyna and dr Damian Panasiuk participated in 16th International Conference on Heavy Metals in the Environment (ICHMET) in Roma. Conference provided on 23-27 September 2012 was a continuation of a series of conferences that have been held each two years. Venue of 16th ICHMET was Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum).


Prof. Pacyna presented GMOS results and together with Kyrre Sundseth “A Novel Combination of Methods Developed for Decision Support on Abatement of Mercury in Europe”. Subject of dr Panasiuk and Anna Głodek was “Substance flow analysis for mercury emission in Poland”.

Professors Jerome Nriagu and Jozef Pacyna was honoured by Nicola Pirrone by Lifetime Achievement Award for senior-level researchers.


Autor: Damian Panasiuk 2012.10.01




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