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

EVISA's Team just came back from the Nordic Plasma Conference at Loen/Norway where we took the chance to meet the scientists from Scandinavia.  We had a wonderful time in this beautiful country !  By the way, EVISA is a global service provider not limited to any European Country but having users and customers all over the world.

EU funding is coming to an end and EVISA has to become self-sustained. You - the users - are part of this process.  We thank you for your support!  With your ongoing and increasing number of visits you contributed to the establishment of the EVISA site as the “primary information site related to speciation analysis”.

While we intend to keep most of the web-based services free for you, this only works if we can motivate enough "sponsors" to support the site. Many thanks to our first platinum sponsors (Agilent, Thermo, Gerstel) for their invaluable support! Their early recognition of our expertise and quality of our services has motivated us to continue to establish this platform. We hope that many more companies will follow these “early birds”in understanding the growing interest in speciation analysis.

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The EVISA teams wishes "Nice summer holidays" for 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.

With all the links to further information and publications the News archive is a valuable collection of "hot topics" in speciation analysis. We continuously update even "old" news with new links.

Sulfur fuels the methylation of mercury
Researchers have long worked under the premise that sulfate-reducing bacteria are responsible for the production of methylmercury. Now, the first large-scale field experiment on the interactions of mercury and sulfate in wetlands, described in the June issue of Environmental Science & Technology, provides the most persuasive evidence yet that acid rain increases production of MeHg.

Scientific journal adds fuel to ongoing chromium debate
The "Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine" is planning to retract a 1997 paper that claimed no link between drinking water polluted with toxic chromium and cancer incidence. The decision comes after editors discovered that much of the paper was put together by consultants hired by a public utility that was at the time being sued for allegedly endangering California residents through chromium pollution.

Methylmercury in fish: Can you cook it out ?
Methylmercury is a lot more toxic than inorganic mercury. Unfortunately most mercury found in fish is in the organic form. An interesting question is, whether food processing such as cooking or frying can alter the ratio of inorganic/organic mercury within the fish meal.

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. 

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

As 2006: Natural Arsenic in Groundwaters of Latin America
Location: Mexico City
Date: 20.06.2006 - 24.06.2006

6th International Symposium on Speciation of Elements in Biological and Toxicological Sciences
Location: Bialowieza, Poland
Date: 21.06.2006 - 25.06.2006

ICAS 2006
Location: Moscow, Russia
Date: 25.06.2006 - 30.06.2005

7th European Furnace Symposium on Atomic Absorption Spectrometry, Electrothermal Vaporisationb and Atomisation
Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
Date: 02.07.2006 - 07.07.2006

BNASS: 13th Biennial National Atomic Spectroscopy Symposium
Location: Glasgow Calendian University, UK
Date: 10.07.2006 - 12.07.2006

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 (from Greenland to Crete) 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.



Trent University: Trace metal speciation and analytical method development
A position is available immediately for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Trent University, Peterborough, Canada. Applicants should have an interest in trace metal speciation and analytical method development, with demonstrated experience with ICP-MS.

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.


Diego State University: Technician
The Department of Geological Sciences at San Diego State University is hiring a mass spectrometry and clean laboratory technician to support our research in Isotope Geochemistry.

Armed Forces Institute of Pathology: Laboratory manager
The division of Biophysical Toxicology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology is seeking a Laboratory Manager to oversee and maintain the running of their trace metal analysis and vibrational spectroscopy laboratory.

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.



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.


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