Dear Reader !

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

We tried very hard to send this issue out directly from EVISA's booth at the PittCon Conference.  However, the show was big and the WLAN system overbooked. While being here at the great show we prepare for our next events for this month, namely EVISA's Training course devoted to modern sample preparation for speciation analysis and a Workshop on Mercury Speciation. You still have some few days left to register for the Workshop!

We recently have enhanced the information available on our web site by opening additional EVISA databases on instruments, materials and companies. For a limited test-phase these databases are available in the public area, after the test phase these databases will be available for our registered users (registration is free !). Very soon we hope to complete the EVISA database system with our literature database.

The databases already today supports you to look for standards, certified reference materials and instruments used for speciation analysis. When totally established all databases will be highly linked to each other, allowing to answer all questions around publications, their authors, the instruments and materials used and the companies behind the products.

We hope that you will find these resources useful 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.

Potential link between aluminum salts in deodorants and breast cancer warrants further research
Underarm antiperspirants may contribute to the risk of breast cancer because they contain aluminum salts with metal ions that mimic the effect of estrogen.

OSHA Issues Final Standard on Hexavalent Chromium
WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a final standard for occupational exposure to hexavalent chromium in the Feb. 28, 2006, Federal Register. The standard covers occupational exposure to hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)) in general industry, construction and shipyards.

Agilent Gets 100% Ownership of Yokogawa Analytical Systems
Agilent Technologies Inc. and Yokogawa Electric Corp. announced January 30 that their joint venture, Yokogawa Analytical Systems, will become a wholly owned Agilent subsidiary effective Feb. 1, 2006.


It is our pleasure to announce our second workshop dedicated to speciation analysis. After the success of our first workshop on chromium (VI) issues in industry, our second workshop is devoted to :

Mercury speciation analysis - The basis for sound risk assessment, and optimized remediation strategies for contaminated soils, sediments and sludge

Well renowned experts as well as experienced practitioners will report during this 2-day workshop on the solutions provided by mercury speciation analysis to characterize and solve mercury issues.

It is the major objective of the workshop to highlight the value of the enhanced information provided by speciation analysis and to demonstrate how this information can be used to tackle mercury related problems. Primary target groups are industries, laboratories, consultants, decision makers and other stakeholders interested in speciation analysis and the biogeochemistry of mercury.

EVISA Workshop on Mercury Speciation analysis

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. 

First Maga Circe conference on metabolic systems analysis
Location: Monte Circeo, Italy
Date: 26.03.2006 - 29.03.2005

EVISA Workshop on: Mercury speciation analysis - The basis for sound risk assessment, and optimized remediation strategies for contaminated soils, sediments and sludge
Location: Scandic Plaza Hotel, Umeå, Sweden
Date: 27.03.2006 - 28.03.2006

Forum Labo & Forum Biotech 2006
Location: CNIT Convention Centre, Paris, France
Date: 28.03.2006 - 31.03.2005

4th International Conference on Plant Metabolomics
Location: Reading, Berkshire, UK
Date: 07.04.2006 - 10.04.2006

Analytica 2006 - 20th International Trade Fair and Analytica Conference
Location: Munich, Germany
Date: 25.04.2006 - 28.04.2006

ISEAC 34: 34th Intern. Symposium on Environmental Analytical Chemistry
Location: University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Date: 04.06.2006 - 08.06.2006


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 !

Speeding up Sample Preparation in Speciation Analysis
Location: Madrid, Spain
Date: 21.03.2006 - 22.03.2006


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. Many laboratories and research facilities have already found their highly educated stuff through this service by EVISA. 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.



National Cheng kung University, Taiwan: Inorganic Isotopic Lab
A post-doctoral position is available in the Inorganic Isotopic Lab at
Department of Earth Sciences, National Cheng kung University, Taiwan. The candidates are expected to carry out geochemical and/or environmental projects.

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.


Trent University: Analytical laboratory technician
The Worsfold Water Quality Centre at Trent University is seeking applications for an Analytical Laboratory technician to work on our various ICP-MS instruments. This is a full time technical staff position, and is available at the beginning of April, 2006. Salary will be in commensurate with qualification and experience.


Frontier Geosciences: Senior Scientist/Principal Investigator
Frontier GeoSciences, Inc., (FGS) is expanding its applied research program on trace element chemistry in the environment. Recognized internationally as a leader in the analytical chemistry of mercury in natural waters since its inception in 1992 and with one of the leading research programs in the atmospheric chemistry of mercury, FGS is looking to hire two senior or principal scientists with nationally recognized research programs to complement and take advantage of FGS’s core strengths.

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.



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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