2005 / 12
Dear Reader !

Welcome to the December edition of the Speciation Newsletter provided by the European Virtual Institute for Speciation Analysis (EVISA). We  apologize that due to technical problems this newsletter could not be send out in the middle of the months.

One year serving you with the EVISA Speciation Newsletter and two years of operating the EVISA web site, this is a good reason to proudly look back for a short moment. We tried to keep you updated with about one News per week about all different aspects of speciation analysis (science, legislation, politics) providing extensive cross-links to further information on our site or to external sites.

We continuously extended the information available on our web site to actual more than 2000 pages. Your response is encouraging, the server is sending out about 200,000 pages a month. We will make a real big jump to enhance the information available on the EVISA web site during the first quarter of the coming year by introducing our network of databases. Our database system on Instruments, Materials, Journals, Publications and the related Producers, Manufactureres and Publishers will be accessible by all registered users. (If you have not yet registered as a user, this should be a good reason to do it now ! Another good reason - registration is still free !)

The new year will early start with a real important event for the scientific community - The Winter Plasma Conference on Spectrochemistry. While previous conferences in the US were always less interesting with respect to speciation analysis compared to their european counterparts, this time the program related to speciation is really great. There are numerous sessions, short courses and a discussion panel related to speciation. EVISA is present in many aspects, with a booth to inform you but also represented by many members reporting about their recent work or discussing with you the open issues.

Analytical Chemistry and especially Speciation Analysis will receive a major boost from upcoming legislation in Europe. REACH will require the registering and testing of potentially hazardous chemicals and will affect some 30,000 chemicals. The European Union Council of Ministers' agreed this month on a revised version and it is expected that the rule will finally approved during 2006.

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.

Seasonal supply of arsenic to Bangladeshi groundwater
Arsenic enters Bangladeshi drinking water from soil near the surface rather than from minerals within the aquifier deep underground as thought, say researchers. The finding suggests that there is an seasonal renewed supply of the poison to Bangladeshi water.

One year EVISA speciation Newsletter - Two years of EVISA web site operation - Time to look back
EVISA started to publish a regular monthly Speciation Newsletter in December 2004. Since then a small and slowly growing group of registered subscribers has followed our service, providing weekly news on all aspects of speciation analysis, events and vacant positions.

REACH: A further step towards final approval
The European Union Council of Ministers' agreed yesterday on a revised proposal for the "Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH)". The new system aims at ensuring greater safety in the manufacture and use of chemical substances by establishing an integrated system for the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals. It is expected that REACH will help to fill the gaps in existing information on the hazardous properties of some 30,000 chemicals and to transmit the necessary information on the safe use of substances along the industrial supply chain leading to reduced risks for workers, for consumers, and for the environment.


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

2006: Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Location: Tuczon, AC
Date: 08.01.2006 - 14.01.2006

Location: The David InterContinental Hotel, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Date: 15.01.2006 - 23.01.2006

ExTech 2006
Location: Royal York Hotel, York, UK
Date: 06.02.2006 - 10.02.2006

Location: Royal York Hotel in York, United Kingdom
Date: 08.02.2006 - 10.02.2006

Graduate Course on Speciation and Bioavailability
Location: Wageningen / The Netherlands
Date: 27.02.2006 - 03.03.2006

Bioavailability 2006
Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Date: 07.03.2006 - 10.03.2006


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 !

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 !


Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany: Trace analysis of elemental species - Development of methods and applications
Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the State Rheinland-Pfalz, the International Research Training Group (Graduiertenkolleg) „Trace analysis of elemental species: Development of methods and applications“ offers 11 PhD-Grants from October 1, 2005

UFZ Halle-Leipzig: - Analytical Chemistry
The Department of Analytical Chemistry cooperates in the field of “chemo dynamics“ and invites applications for a Doctoral Fellow in the field of Miniaturized Techniques in Environmental Analytical Chemistry. Analysis and assessment of anthropogenic impact to environmental relevant compartments are performed by the application of different techniques of analytical chemistry. The introduction of microsampling methods allows the distribution and local analysis of trace elements, metalloids and their species in samples of environmental interest.

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.



Frontier Geosciences: Elemental Speciation Specialist
Frontier GeoSciences, Inc., seeks an ICP-MS post-doctoral candidate for advanced and novel analytical method development. Primary responsibilities will be for developing hyphenated ICP-MS analysis techniques including customized application and method development for special projects.

UFZ Leipzig-Halle: Analytical Chemistry
The department invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the field of Analysis of Solid Samples in Environmental Analytical Chemistry. Analysis and assessment of anthropogenic impact to environmental relevant compartments are performed by the application of different techniques of inorganic analytical chemistry. The employment of different analytical techniques allows the determination of trace elements (isotopes), metalloids and their species in solid samples of environmental interest.


ICP-MS Technician or Research Associate/ University of Utah.
A technical specialist position involving the management and operation of our Agilent 7500-CE ICP-MS is available in the UU Center for Water Ecosystems & Climate Sciences (CWECS). Responsibilities include instrument operation and maintenance as well as participation in research activities.


Frontier GeoSciences: Chemist/Mercury Analyst
Frontier GeoSciences, Inc. a progressive environmental research and specialty inorganic analytical lab in Seattle is searching for a Chemist/Mercury Analyst.

Icelandic Fisheries Laboratories, Reykjavik, Iceland: Analytical Chemist
The Icelandic Fisheries Laboratories in Reykjavik, Iceland is looking for an analytical chemist that can provide scientific leadership to their trace analytical chemistry laboratory. The main responsibilities of this analytical chemist would be to develop analytical methods for determination of trace elements (e.g. heavy metals, minerals) in biological samples.

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 225 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 more than 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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We wish you a Happy and Prosperous Year 2005.

Your EVISA team


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