2005 / 07
Dear Reader !

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

Last month we saw that speciation is influenced by chemistry and biology. This month’s news gives an indication that human metabolism of arsenic species is influenced by genes. Another news is questioning, whether mobilization of arsenic into the groundwater of Bangladesh has been produced by human activities influencing the geochemistry of arsenic. Again, these news are good examples to show the complexity of factors that are under discussion to have influence on the speciation of elements.  To gain information about such complexity, interdisciplinary cooperation between scientists in different fields is an absolute prerequisite. EVISA is supporting such cooperation by giving easy access to the communication channels of scientists all over the world (see our directory).

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.

SPECTRO Analytical Instruments acquired by AMETEK
Acquisition positions SPECTRO for continued growth Kleve, Germany, June 14, 2005 – SPECTRO Analytical Instruments is pleased to announce that it has been acquired by AMETEK, Inc. (NYSE: AME) a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electric motors. SPECTRO was acquired from an investor group led by German Equity Partners BV for approximately €80 million ($98 million). With its headquarters in Kleve, Germany, SPECTRO has annual sales of approximately €85 million ($104 million).

European chemicals legislation REACH must be consumer-friendly
BfR calls for improvements to the test concepts, consumer information and use of alternative test methods in the REACH proposal.

Susceptibility to arsenic toxicity influenced by genes
Human metabolism of toxic arsenic, taken up with contaminated drinking water may not be the same in all people.

Arsenic desaster in Bangladesh man-made ?
Two US environment experts in an article blamed groundwater arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh on Farakka, Tista and other dams and barrages.


With a list of about 50 entries 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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Please note, that for some conferences the deadline for the submission of abstracts is approaching, e.g. for the 
2006 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
2006 Pittsburgh Conference (PittCon)

NEMC: 21st National Environmental Monitoring Conference
Location: Wyndham City Center Hotel, 1143 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20037, USA
Date: 25.07.2005 - 29.07.2005

ICBIC 12: International Conference on Bioinorganic Chemistry
Location: Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Date: 31.07.2005 - 05.08.2005

2nd Omaha Workshop on Magnetic Sector ICP-MS
Location: Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Date: 15.08.2005 - 17.08.2005

Date: 01.09.2005 - 03.09.2005

Colloquium Spectroscopicum Internationale XXXIV
Location: University of Antwerp, Belgium
Date: 04.09.2005 - 09.09.2005

Dalton Discussion 8: Metals: Centres of Biological Activity
Location: University of Nottingham, UK
Date: 07.09.2005 - 09.09.2005

6th International Symposium on Applied Isotope Geochemistry (AIG-6)
Location: Brevnov Abbey, Prague, Czech Republic
Date: 11.09.2005 - 16.09.2005

Uranium Mining and Hydrogeology (UMH IV)
Location: Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg /Germany
Date: 11.09.2005 - 16.09.2005


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. Well known scientists working in the field are giving the lectures as well as transferring the know-how during the hands-on part of the training courses.
For learning about EVISA's current training activities please consult the following list of events that also provides more specific information and details for registration. Since the number of places in these courses is rather limited, early registration is recommended !

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 !


University of Southern Denmark, Odense
PhD studentships in dynamic metal speciation analysis are available at the Department of Chemistry, University of Southern Denmark. The projects will involve development of electrochemical approaches to understanding metal speciation in aquatic systems, including the sediment/water interface and biofilm matrices.



Department of Chemistry at Clemson University
A postdoctoral position is being filled through the Department of Chemistry at Clemson University and its Institute for Nutraceutical Research. This Postdoctoral Fellowship is funded by Gaia Herbs for the purpose of developing analytical methodologies to advance the science of heavy metals (and metals in general) as they apply to herbal dietary supplements. The position exists in the laboratory of Professor R. Kenneth Marcus and will focus in the further development of comprehensive metals speciation methods involving HPLC separations and particle beam-glow discharge mass spectrometry.

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.


Frontier GeoSciences, Inc.: Quality Assurance Officer
Frontier GeoSciences, Inc. a progressive environmental research and specialty inorganic analytical lab in Seattle is searching for a Quality Assurance Officer. Frontier's areas of expertise include ultra-trace metals analysis and metal(loid) speciation (primarily for Hg, As, Se, Cr, and Sb). Candidates should be extremely knowledgeable about trace metals analysis and have several years' experience at an inorganic lab. Strongly positioned for growth in 2005, Frontier is looking for a proven, innovative leader to join our team.



EVISA's directory of scientist is a versatile tool to facilitate contact with scientists in the field of speciation and related sciences. The directory is fully searchable for names, addresses, research topics etc.  You should bookmark this directory as an always up-to-date address book. (In order to hinder SPAM robots for collecting the E-mail accounts, we hide them in a special format).

More than 220 active scientists in the field of speciation analysis already joined the directory. Join this great directory that is extensively linked to all tye of other information on this site, such as homepages, conferences and literature.

If your entry is still 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. goto forum


EVISA provides an easy access to external information. Our database contains about 800 links to relevant information from numerous top scientific resources spread over the whole Web. The database is searchable both via full-text and categories such as elements, type of species and type of information. We are permanently updating our links section.

If your web site is missing here, please e-mail your link information to links@speciation.net.

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