Dear Reader !

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

Last month was very busy for EVISA. We were present at the big PittCon Show with our booth and had very good contacts there. Many thanks to all of you, who stopped by. We than had two training courses prepared by our partners in Spain. Both well attended and highly appreciated by the participants. At the end of the month we run a workshop on mercury speciation in Umeå/Sweden. We had very intensive discussion with and between the participants and the very positive feedback has  encouraged us to continue with such events. The only thing to complain in Umeå was the whether, we had heavy snow falls during these days. Many thanks again for all you who participated to make this event an interesting and successfull meeting.  By the way, the speakers agreed to make their presentations available on our website. So if you want to consult some of the presentations again or if you could not join us in Umea you have a second chance to see what has been presented during the workshop.

PDF versions of presentations given during EVISA's workshop on Mercury Speciation

This month Europe's biggest show devoted to Analytical Chemistry the "Analytica" will open its doors in Munich. This is another chance to meet EVISA - we are waiting for you !

We hope that our newsletter will attract your interest, and would be happy to receive your suggestions, comments or criticism.

The EVISA team wishes

Happy Eastern to all of you !


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.

Testing finds: Arsenic added to feedstuff finds its way into chicken meat
Findings of a new investigation about the use of arsenic in poultry feedstuff indicate that the "growth promoter" finds its way into the meat.

Mercury Containing Preservative Alters Immune Function
DAVIS, Calif., March 21 - Thimerosal, a mercury-containing organic in the past used as a preservative in many pediatric vaccines, can disrupt certain antigen presenting cells and may affect the immune response to external factors, reported investigators from the University of California at Davis.

American lawmakers initiate mercury probe for vaccines
The US Congress has asked the country’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to conduct research on the connection between vaccines containing the mercury compound thiomersal and neurological disorders such as autism, further battering public confidence not just in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but in vaccine manufacturers as well.

PLSG Invests $100,000 in Applied Isotope Technologies, Inc., for Development of New Technologies for Environmental and Biological Analyses
PITTSBURGH, March 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Doros Platika, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of The Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse (PLSG), the private/public partnership putting the region's life sciences industry on a fast track for growth, today announced that PLSG has invested $100,000 in Applied Isotope Technologies, Inc., (AIT), a Pittsburgh-based firm that is developing a family of proprietary high-value reagents and standards for minute amounts of samples analyzed by academic, non-profit and commercial laboratories. The investment is provided under the PLSG's Technology Development Fund (TDF) program.

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. 

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

Third Nordic Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Location: Loen, Norway
Date: 11.06.2006 - 14.06.2006

ESEAC 2006 : 11th International Conference on Electroanalysis
Location: Bordeaux, France
Date: 11.06.2006 - 15.06.2006

Location: Marriott Hotel, San Francisco, USA
Date: 17.06.2006 - 23.06.2006

EXRS 2006 European Conference on X-Ray Spectrometry
Location: Paris, France
Date: 19.06.2006 - 23.06.2006

In this moment we haven't scheduled new training courses. If you would like to see a special topic, please feel free to contact us. We also might be able to arrange training at your site !


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.



University of Crete: Marie Curie PostDoc
A Marie Curie Postdoctoral fellowship is available immediately with our Group at the University of Crete to conduct research into the development and application of advanced analytical chemistry techniques for characterizing novel metal species in biological and environmental samples (metal speciation analysis) and for investigating their interactions with biomolecules.

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.


National Instite of Chemistry Ljubljana: Scientists
The National Institute of Chemistry, Hajdrihova 19, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia (http://www.ki.si/index-eng.html) is currently looking for two scientists for creative and top-quality research work in the fields of (i) elemental mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), including the hyphenated laser ablation - ICP-MS technique, and (ii) atmospheric solid aerosols and their chemical characterization.

University of Kansas: Laboratory Technician
The (U-Th)/He Laboratory in the Department of Geology at the University of Kansas invites applications for a laboratory manager or technician with experience in geochemistry or inorganic chemistry. The appointment will begin on June 1, 2006, with a later starting date possible.

Analytical Chemist
There is an open position in the analytical sciences laboratory at the General Electric Global Research Center located in Niskayuna, NY.

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.



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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.

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