2005 / 09
Dear Reader !

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

The month started with the interesting CSI in Antwerp, which hosted an important number of contributions dedicated to speciation analysis. EVISA was present with a booth in the exhibition area. Many thanks to all those who visited us their for learning more about EVISA and its activities, but also for positive feedback, new proposals and criticism. 

The month continues with interesting events in the area of Geochemistry and Environmental Chemistry, important areas for speciation analysis. Speciation analysis is a invaluable tool to study the environmental cycling of elements, its biogechemistry and pollution pathways. This is especially true for mercury, where the speciation dictates whether it acts as a global pollutant crossing borders and even continents or is creating local pollution hot-spots. Since different mercury species also do have quite different toxicity, it is not surprising, that mercury pollution is of global concern (see the news section). 

Especially attractive job openings for young scientists can be found this month in our vacancies section.

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.

FDA Approves Chromium Claim
The FDA has issued a favorable response to a qualified health claim petition filed by Nutrition 21 for the nutritional supplement chromium picolinate, though it concluded that any link between chromium picolinate and either insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes remains highly uncertain.

Regulating Mercury Emissions from Power Plants: Will It Protect Our Health?
In a recent report, posted Friday, September 9th, the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH), concludes that the health benefits of a proposed regulation by EPA to reduce the mercury emission from power plants are not likely to be significant given the current data on the sources and health effects of environmental methylmercury levels.

Most Published Research Findings False ?
The results of most scientific publications are most probably wrong is the conclusion of a recent study of John Ioannidis, a Greek epidemiologist.

Is methyl mercury limiting the delight of seafood ? - To answer this question is a challenge for elemental speciation analysis
Seafood has become very popular in recent time also in countries not having a long coast such as Germany. One of the reasons for its popularity is fast and efficient transportation, allowing the distribution of seafood products even from distant sources satisfying the consumers with respect to freshness.


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 
 ExTech 2005
Please do not hesitate to inform us in case that your conference is missing in our Agenda. 

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 Analysis
Location: Pardubice, Czech Republic
Date: 19.09.2005 - 22.09.2005

Workshop des DFG-Graduiertenkollegs 826 über Elementspeziation: Methodenentwicklungen und ihre Anwendungen in den Umwelt- und Lebenswissenschaften
Location: Universität Mainz, Welderweg 9, Germany
Date: 29.09.2005 - 30.09.2005

4th international conference on Instrumental Methods of Analysis IMA05
Location: Iraklion, Greece
Date: 02.10.2005 - 06.10.2005

5th. Int. Symp. on Trace Elements in Human: New Perspectives
Location: Athens, Greece
Date: 06.10.2005 - 08.10.2005

FACSS 2005
Location: Quebec, Canada
Date: 09.10.2005 - 13.10.2005


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 !

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 !


Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG)
A four year PhD position in Fe isotope geochemistry in aquatic systems is offered at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag). The project is joined with the isotope geochemistry group in ETHZ (Switzerland). The position is available immediately.


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.



University of Mainz: The Research Training Group (Graduiertenkolleg)
The Research Training Group (Graduiertenkolleg) "Trace analysis of elemental species: Development of methods and applications" sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the State Rheinland-Pfalz offers a PostDoc position in Analytical Chemistry.

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


Research Engineer in Analytical, Isotopic and Environmental Sciences
The "Laboratoire de Chimie Analytique Bioinorganique et Environnement"
CNRS UMR 5034 at the "Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour" in Pau, (France) has opened the position for an Research Engineer.

University of Southern Denmark, Odense: Assistant/Associate Professor of Environmental / Analytical Chemistry
The Department of Chemistry at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense, invites applications for a position as Assistant Professor / Associate Professor in the area of Environmental / Analytical Chemistry. The position is available immediately.

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.


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