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

A few days ago the Green and liberal Members of the European Parliament in the Environment Committee pulled their weight behind Socialist Rapporteur Guido Sacconi to strengthen the Parliament's position ahead of a final round of negotiations on REACH. If everything goes as scheduled, then this new European regulation on the Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals (REACH) will be approved before the end of the year. It is foreseable that REACH will have also a major impact on the Analytical Industry.

The new laws will set compulsory tests for about 30,000 chemicals that have been on the market since before 1981, when there were no stringent health and safety requirements. In general, this will also imply speciation analysis since the chemicals have to be analysed in the form as they are being brought to the market.

We hope that our Speciation Newsletter is of some interest for you. If you have comments, suggestions for new topics or criticism, please feel free to contact us.


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 former news with new links and information so that all news are actual all the time.

TBT from antifouling paint is still endangering marine life, says WWF
WWF Wildlife campaigners warned yesterday that tributyltin (TBT) used in antifouling paint on boats and ships is spreading pollution from the Arctic to the Antarctic.

Parties unite on EU chemicals safety law (REACH)
Green and liberal Members of the European Parliament in the Environment Committee pulled their weight behind Socialist Rapporteur Guido Sacconi to strengthen the Parliament's position ahead of a final round of negotiations on REACH.

Linking atmospheric mercury to methylmercury in fish
Scientists have, for the first time, demonstrated a direct link between the amount of mercury being loaded into a lake by atmospheric deposition and the amount of toxic methylmercury that accumulates in fish swimming in the lake.

OSHA Issues Hexavalent Chromium Guidance for Small Businesses
On October 2nd the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) issued safety and health guidance to help small businesses comply with the agency's new hexavalent chromium (Cr[VI]) requirements for general industry, construction and shipyards.

Report Finds Mercury Contamination Permeates Wildlife Systems
For years, wildlife scientists thought mercury was a problem only in fish. But a study released September 19th reported elevated mercury levels in 40 species, including polar bears, frogs, bats and forest songbirds.

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 related to speciation analysis is missing in our Agenda.

Copper and Interacting Metals in Biology
Location: Hotel Calabona in Alghero, Sardinia, Italy
Date: 14.10.2006 - 18.10.2006

XVIII Slovak Spectroscopic Conference
Location: Spišská Nová Ves, Slovakia
Date: 15.10.2006 - 18.10.2006

22nd Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments & Water
Location: University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA
Date: 16.10.2006 - 19.10.2006

12th Symposium on Sample Handling for Environmental and Biological Analysis
Location: Zaragoza,Spain
Date: 18.10.2006 - 20.10.2006

9th Rio Symposium on Atomic Spectroscopy
Location: Maracaibo, Venezuela
Date: 05.11.2006 - 10.11.2006

LC/MS Montreux Symposium
Location: Montreux, Switzerland
Date: 08.11.2006 - 10.11.2006

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 !



Trent University: Selenium speciation in sediments and its impact on mercury availability
The Metalloid Speciation & Geochemistry research group at Trent University is looking for a post-doctoral researcher to study selenium speciation in sediments, and the mechanisms of selenium interaction with mercury. Through funding from industrial stakeholders, we will investigate the mobility and fate of selenium deposited in sediments, and how the encountered selenium species might interact with simultaneously present mercury species, using state-of-the-art analytical speciation methods in combination with geochemical laboratory and field experiments.

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.


Staff Scientist (Laboratory Manager) @ Harvard University
Requisition Number: 26885
School / Unit: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Department: Earth and Planetary Sciences
Location: Cambridge
Type: Full-Time

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.

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.


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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EVISA provides an easy access to external information. Our database contains more than 1100 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.

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