2005 / 08
Dear Reader !

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

Summer holidays will soon come to an end, and autumn will start with exciting events for the community of speciation analysts. One of the bigger conferences will be CSI in Antwerp. EVISA will be present ! Come along and meet us for learning more about EVISA and its activities !

EVISA is engaged in different types of activities meant to enhance the quality of analytical information based on speciation analysis. Of course, as in any case related to chemical analysis, stringend requirements have to be fulfilled in order to receive meaningful results. If you want to learn more about how to reach these goals, you may be interested in an paper by Kevin A. Francesconi and EVISA director Michael Sperling discussing some poor analytical methodology as reported in the literature, that appeared recently in "The Analyst". 

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.

Surprisingly high concentrations of toxic arsenic species found in U.S. rice
Rice grown in the USA has up to five times higher levels of arsenic than those found in rice grown in Europe, India and Bangladesh, says a report in the August edition of Environmental Science and Technology.

New CRM for Selenomethionine in yeast developed by NRC Canada is now on the market
Institute for National Measurement Standards, National Research Council Canada recently completed the certification of selenized yeast reference material SELM-1.

Arsenic-free water still a pipedream
Decontamination plants installed at wells throughout West Bengal are failing to reduce arsenic in local drinking water to safe levels, according to a report published this month in Environmental Science & Technology.

Stagnation of R&D intensity a major threat to the European knowledge-based economy
Recently (July 19th) the European Commission presented a new publication on Europe’s position in research and innovation. The “Key figures 2005 for science, technology and innovation” show worrying trends in R&D investment and innovation in Europe. The growth rate of R&D intensity (R&D expenditure as % of GDP) has been declining since 2000 and is now close to zero. Europe is on track to miss the objective it set itself to boost spending on R&D from 1,9 to 3% by 2010.

DFG presents the 2005 MAK and BAT value lists
Numerous changes and new entries – for the first time, it is now possible to submit comments on all new proposals by the end of the year


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.
more infos...

Please note, that for some conferences the deadline for the submission of abstracts is approaching, e.g. for the 
 The XII Hungarian-Italian Symposium on Spectrochemistry

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

Analytical Chemistry and Chemical Analysis (AC&CA-05)
Location: Campus of Kiev Taras Shevchenko National University, Kiev, Ukraine
Date: 12.09.2005 - 18.09.2005

15th International Conference on Inorganic Environmental Analysi
Location: Pardubice, Czech Republic
Date: 19.09.2005 - 22.09.2005


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 !


Laboratory of Physical Chemistry and Colloid Science, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
ECODIS is a joint research programme with 8 partners from 6 different European countries. It is carried out with financial support from the EU. Its over all objective is to develop dynamic chemical sensors and methodology for analyzing the physicochemical reactivity, biological impact and spread of pollutant species in aquatic systems.

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.



USGS Mendenhall: Denver, CO
Development of stable-metal isotope techniques to determine metal pathways and bioavailability to aquatic organisms.


Research Assistant at Frontier Geoscience
Frontier Geoscince is looking for a research assistant with trace metals background.

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.

Today we would like to recommend you to visit some sites related to Toxicology: 

This issue of evisa's Speciation Newsletter has been sent to you by EVISA, because you have registered for this service. If you would like to modify your user account, please log-in on EVISA's web portal at http://www.speciation.net with your username and password and edit your user account.

Please feel free to pass this Speciation Newsletter to others who may benefit from EVISA. If you have any contributions or suggestions, please send these to editors@speciation.net.

This is a post-only e-mail.  Please do not reply to this message.  For all inquiries, problems or suggestions regarding this service, please visit http://www.speciation.net or contact info@speciation.net

Copyright 2005 EVISA 
All rights reserved.  Any unauthorized use, reproduction, or transfer of this message or its contents, in any medium, is strictly prohibited.  No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of EVISA.

No responsibility is assumed by the publisher for any injury and/or damage to persons or property as a matter of products liability, negligence or otherwise, or from any use or operation of any methods, products, instructions or ideas contained in the material herein.The authors are solely responsible for the information provided in the present poster. The Newsletter represents only the opinion of the authors and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Community. The European Community is not responsible for any use that might be made of the information provided.