2005 / 01
Dear Reader !

Welcome to the first edition of the Speciation Newsletter for this year provided by the European Virtual Institute for Speciation  Analysis (EVISA).

One of the important events this month will be the Winter Plasma Conference in Budapest. We are very glad to announce that EVISA will be present in Budapest within the exhibition area. If you attend the meeting, please feel invited to stop-by.

This Newsletter is meant to inform you about the current trends in elemental speciation analysis with respect to research, techniques, methods, industrial applications, and rules and legislation.

Additional you will profit from most current information regarding events, training activities, and vacancies. Direct linkage to the EVISA web portal http://www.speciation.net connects you immedeately to our highly frequented services, like EVISA's directory of scientists, EVISA's agenda of events and EVISA's hot-link database.

We hope that our newsletter will attract your interest, and would be happy to receive your suggestions, comments or criticism.



EVISA is keeping you updated  with what is going on in speciation analysis. In this section you will find news about the most current research results, about trends, legal issues and informations from manufacturers in the field of speciation analysis.

EVISA in Budapest at the European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
The upcoming European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry in Budapest is an excellent event for all those working in the field of speciation. No wonder that EVISA is also present with a booth (No.23) in the exhibition area.

New ICP-TOFMS system under evaluation
A new type of ICP-TOF mass spectrometer is currently under development at the Institute for Analytical Sciences, Berlin. The project is supported by Gesellschaft für Optik und Spektroskopie, Berlin, and by Analytik Jena. The TOF allows a real simultaneous analysis of the entire mass domain. First two prototypes have been completed at the end of last year.

Poor implementation of EU environmental law
According to a report published by the European Commission, European Union (EU) countries have "serious shortcomings" in how they implement EU environmental laws. This deprives citizens of the high level of environmental protection that they expect. The "Fifth Annual Survey on the implementation and enforcement of EU environmental law" illustrates that Member States are late in transposing environmental Directives: until the end of 2003, there were 88 cases in which environmental Directives were not transposed on time. In 118 cases, the Directives were not correctly transposed, and in 95 cases Member States did not meet "secondary" obligations under the Directives, for example deadlines for presenting certain plans, submitting data or designating protected areas. Compliance varies from Member State to Member State, with France, Greece, Ireland, Italy and Spain having the worst records. Most shortcomings have been found in the sectors of water, waste, nature protection and environmental impact assessments.

Number of fish meals is a good predictor for the mercury found in hair of environmental journalists
The Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) partnered with researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health’s (HSPH) Program on Water and Health (PWH), and Penn Future to study biomarkers of environmental exposure to methyl mercury (MeHg). The overarching goals of the study were to raise awareness and generate discussion among SEJ members about sources of environmental Hg pollution; routes of human exposure to MeHg and potential adverse health effects; and techniques for assessing MeHg exposure. The study also presented an opportunity for attendees of the SEJ October 2004 conference to obtain a biomarker estimate of their recent personal exposure to MeHg, and to identify the patterns of behavior that best explain MeHg exposure among study participants.

Initiative for Science in Europe (ISE), a unique new platform
The Initiative for Science in Europe (ISE) was officially launched on 25 October 2004 at an ISE conference in Paris, France. The launch marked the coming together of some 35 European scientific organizations to structure and give greater weight to the input of the scientific community into science policy-making and to promote the European Research Council (ERC).


EVISA is informing you about interesting events and keeps you updated with their deadlines. By consulting our list of deadlines you won't miss the opportunity for early registration at reduced fee or the chance to submit your contribution in time.

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Third International Conference on Remediation of Contaminated Sediments
Location: Sheraton Hotel, New Orleans, Lousiana, USA
Date: 24.01.2005 - 27.01.2005

European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Date: 29.01.2005 - 02.02.2005

NZIC Trace Elements Conference
Location: Hamilton, New Zealand
Date: 17.02.2005 - 18.02.2005

Sixth Keele Meeting on Aluminium: Aluminium - Lithosphere to Biosphere (and Back)
Location: Palace Hotel Bussaco, Buçaco, Portugal
Date: 26.02.2005 - 02.03.2005

Location: Orlando, Florida
Date: 27.02.2005 - 04.03.2005

Legal Limits on the road to food safety
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Date: 03.03.2005 - 04.03.2005


EVISA is supporting the field with educational and training activities meant to improve in the medium- and long-term the knowledge and know-how of users. 
For learning about EVISA's current training activities please consult the following list of events.

Sample Preparation for Speciation Analysis
Location: Technical University Vienna / Austria
Date: 05.04.2005 - 05.04.2005

Arsenic speciation in foodstuffs and water in relation to legislative requirements
Location: The Danish Institute for Food and Veterinary Research, Søborg, Denmark
Date: 12.09.2005 - 13.09.2005

Speciation analysis applied to environmental issues
Location: Pau / France
Date: 12.09.2005 - 15.09.2005

Fundamentals of coupling techniques in speciation analysis
Location: Pau, France
Date: 19.10.2005 - 20.10.2005

Organic mass spectrometry in speciation analysis
Location: Pau / France
Date: 21.10.2005 - 21.10.2005

Selenium speciation in foods and food supplements
Location: The Danish Institute for Food and Veterinary Research, Søborg, Denmark
Date: 14.11.2005 - 15.11.2005

Speciation analysis and food security
Location: Pau, France
Date: 24.11.2005 - 25.11.2005

Speciation analysis applied to industrial issues: Waste management, Semi-conductors, Petroleum products, Car and electroplating industries, Cement industries, Mining industries
Location: Pau, France
Date: 05.12.2005 - 08.12.2005

Accuracy and quality assurance in speciation analysis by isotope dilution mass spectrometry
Location: Pau, France
Date: 23.02.2006 - 24.02.2006


EVISA provides information about open positions for Ph.D. students, PostDocs and permanent staff in the field of speciation. Looking to fill a vacancy or needing a new career challenge? Either way this service is FREE. If you would like to post an open position here, please contact us at info@speciation.net !


Call for Marie Curie Fellowships at MiTAC
The XMBA research group is part of MiTAC, the Centre for Micro- and Trace Analysis. MiTAC is a multidisciplinary research institute with ca 70 scientists and 15 senior/staff researchers. MiTAC recently was recognised by the EU as a Host Institute for Marie Curie fellowships in the framework of the INCAS agreement: Innovative methods for chemical analysis of solids.

Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen,
The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen, Denmark is currently interested in applications from talented post-graduate students who would like to qualify for a PhD study in the interface between analytical chemistry and plant biology using HPLC-ICP-MS and other techniques to study metal speciation in plants and in the rhizosphere.


Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm
The Laboratory for Isotope Geology at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, has funding for a short-term postdoctoral fellow to work on the establishment of in situ Hf-isotope analytical routines in zircon using the Micromass/GVI Isoprobe and New Wave 213 nm laser ablation facility.

USGS Mendenhall: Menlo Park, CA
Characterization of Microbial Communities Involved in Methylmercury Cycling at Historic Hg and Au Mining-Impacted Sites

The historic mercury (Hg) and gold (Au) mining operations in California produced a great deal of wealth, but also produced waste material (e.g., tailings, calcines, unprocessed ore, and waste rock) that still pose physical and chemical hazards. The greatest of these may well be the chemical hazard of Hg itself, but the toxicity, mobility, and bioavailability of Hg depend on its chemical form (i.e., species). Methylmercury (CH3Hg+) is the form most detrimental to the environment, because it is a potent neurotoxin that is readily bioaccumulated and biomagnified in aquatic food webs. Toxic effects are primarily manifested in the developing embryos of organisms at higher trophic levels, particularly those organisms for which fish constitutes a large portion of the diet.

ACTLABS has an immediate position available for someone who will qualify for an NSERC Postdoctoral INDUSTRIAL FELLOWSHIP (must be a recent PhD graduate or who will complete the degree by the date of tenure and is not employed in Canadian industry at the postdoctoral level). The tenure will be for 20 months with the possibility of permanent employment for the right candidate.

Isotope Geochemistry/Hg Biogeochemistry, University of Michigan
Research positions are available in the area of isotope geochemistry and/or Hg biogeochemistry at the Postdoctoral Fellow or Research Faculty level. The successful candidate(s) will conduct biogeochemical research utilizing the single and multi-collector ICP-MS and/or Hg analysis laboratories. Expertise in ICP-MS isotopic analysis, and/or Hg biogeochemistry is highly desirable.

Ghent University (Belgium)
The research group on 'Atomic and Mass Spectrometry' of Ghent University (Belgium) has a position for a postdoctoral fellow (contract for three years, renewable once). The successful candidate holds a PhD in Chemistry, Geology or Physics and has experience in isotopic analysis via multi-collector ICP-MS and/or thermal ionisation MS. His or her expertise can be documented via peer-reviewed articles in the international literature and abstracts of conference presentations.

CABE, University of Geneve, Switzerland
Positions for studying ENVIRONMENTAL SENSORS AND PROBES AND THEIR APPLICATIONS at the Department of Inorganic, Analytical and Applied Chemistry of the University.


USDA: Research Nutritionist (Biochemistry) at Grand Forks , ND
The position is located at the Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center , Grand Forks ,ND. The incumbent will participate in studies of selenium metabolism, including the chemical speciation and transport of food selenium compounds and stable isotopic tracers in animal models, human subjects and cell culture models.

Faculty Position in Analytical Geochemistry
The Department of Earth Sciences at Memorial University of Newfoundland invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Analytical Geochemistry at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. The successful candidate will join a team of faculty and research staff developing multicollector-magnetic sector-ICPMS (with laser ablation capabilities), ion microprobe and scanning electron microscope instruments in the new Inco Innovation Centre at the St. John's campus.


EVISA's directory of scientist is a versatile tool to facilitate contact with scientists in the field of speciation. The directory is fully searchable for names, addresses, research topics etc. You should bookmark this directory as an always up-to-date address book.

If your entry is missing in this directory, please contact us at info@speciation.net.



EVISA'S discussion forum provides an open room to talk, to reach others with similar interests, and to find answers to your burning questions.

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