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

We are glad to announce that we have had the 200,000 visitor of EVISA's website in March. EVISA's user community is steadily growing and the visits of EVISA's web site at www.speciation.net has doubled during the last 6 month reaching 12,000 visits at the end of March (see our News). 
The increasing interest is both a result of the growing user community and the growing information value of our server.

We will continue to enhance both the information  value (content) and the usability of our site. We have quadrupled the number of pages during the last year and we will enhance the content of our web server by an order of magnitude during this year. We actually have started to incorporate WEB 2.0 features to our database engine. You will find that our server will propose entries in search fields while you have started to type.

However, EVISA's activities are by no means limited by providing information via its server. This year we organize together with the University of Münster and IAEAC the only event focused on speciation analysis: TraceSpec 2007, to be held September 4 -7, 2007 in Münster. This event unifies the experts in the field of speciation analysis, researchers from different fields using speciation analysis and legislators and other interested participants. The call for papers is open !

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 at info@speciation.net or via our contact form available from our homepage.

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.

OSHA Agrees to Monitor Worker Exposure to Hexavalent Chromium-Containing Cement
OSHA has reached a settlement with the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD), Laborers (LIUNA) and Teamsters (IBT) to inspect U.S. construction sites for safety procedures to reduce worker exposure to hexavalent chromium from portland cement. Skin exposure to cement containing hex chrome can lead to a career-ending disease called allergic contact dermatitis.

Trimethylselenonium is not the major metabolite for human cancer patients excreting high doses of selenium
A new study looking at the selenium metabolites in urine from five cancer patients receiving high doses of L-selenomethionine over an extended period provides more evidence that trimethylselenonium is not a major metabolite for humans excreting administered selenium.

EVISA's User Community steadily growing
The activity of EVISA's user community has nearly doubled during the last 6 month. This is both an effect of the increasing user community but also because of the increasing content on EVISA's web site.

Manganese (II) species play a major role for repairing DNA damage by ionizing radiation
Ionizing radiation shatters DNA into fragments, and it has long been thought that this is what makes it so dangerous for living organisms. Now, a research team led by M.J. Daly from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD, found a different explanation: The degree of resistance against ionizing radiation is determined by the level of oxidative protein damage caused during irradiation and not by the damage of the DNA.

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.

Third International Symposium of the Federation of European Societies on Trace Elements and Minerals
Location: Santiago de Compostela, SPAIN
Date: 16.05.2007 - 19.05.2007

SETAC Europe 17th Annual Meeting
Location: Congress and Exhibition Centre in Porto, Portugal.
Date: 20.05.2007 - 24.05.2007

Spectr'Atom 2007
Location: Pau, France
Date: 21.05.2007 - 24.05.2007

55th ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Date: 03.06.2007 - 07.06.2007

First Dalian International Symposia and Exhibition on Chromatography
Location: Dalian, Liaoning , P.R. China
Date: 04.06.2007 - 06.06.2007

ISMEC 2007: XVIII Italian-Spanish Congress on "Thermodynamics of Metal Complexes"
Location: Cagliari (Santa Margherita di Pula), Italy
Date: 05.06.2007 - 09.06.2007

15th International Conference on Cytochromes P450
Location: Bled, Slovenia
Date: 17.06.2007 - 21.06.2007

Location: Laugarvatn, Iceland
Date: 25.06.2007 - 29.06.2007

The next short courses related to speciation analysis will be given during the TraceSpec 2007 workshop to be held September 4-7 in Münster Germany. Please consult the homepage of TraceSpec 2007 for more details.


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 !


National Oceanograpy Centre, Southampton: Iron biogeochemistry and ocean acidification


Marie Curie Research Training Network on Geogenic Chemicals in Groundwaters and Soils
AquaTRAIN is inviting applications for 12 early stage researcher posts (all of which may lead to the award of a PhD or European PhD) and for 3 experienced researcher (post-doctoral research assistant) posts.

The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK: Speciation of U and Th in groundwater
The Department of Earth Sciences at The Open University (Milton Keynes, UK) has an open position for a PHD student in the project "Speciation of U and Th in groundwater: challenging ‘established wisdom’ in U-series dating of authigenic minerals".

GSF: Manganese Speciation and Neurotoxicity
The group of Dr. Bernhard Michalke "Elements and Element Species" of the Institute of Ecological Chemistry (IÖC) is looking for a PhD Student (d.20/06) for their research project Manganese Speciation and Neurotoxicity.


National University of Singapore: Inorganic Mass Spectrometrist
The Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biochemistry at the National University of Singapore (NUS) is seeking for an Inorganic Mass Spectrometrist (TIMS OR MC-ICP-MS) to assist in the set-up of the new facilities for stable isotope research and inorganic mass spectrometry at NUS. Research will focus on the development and application of stable isotope tracer techniques to study absorption and utilization of essential elements in humans.

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.

Marie Curie Research Training Network on Geogenic Chemicals in Groundwaters and Soils
AquaTRAIN is inviting applications for 12 early stage researcher posts (all of which may lead to the award of a PhD or European PhD) and for 3 experienced researcher (post-doctoral research assistant) posts.

Trent University: Selenium speciation in flue gas scrubber waters
The Metalloid Speciation & Geochemistry research group at Trent University is looking for a post-doctoral researcher to study selenium speciation in flue gas scrubber waters at coal-fired power plants. Through funding from industrial stakeholders, we will identify and quantify major Se species in these process waters, using state-of-the-art analytical speciation methods in combination with geochemical and synthetic laboratory experiments.

Laboratory of Physical Chemistry and Colloid Science, Wageningen University NL, Postdoc position in ECODIS
We are looking for a candidate with (i) an internationally acknowledged PhD in environmental analytical/physical chemistry, (ii) experience with dynamic speciation methodology, and (iii) knowledge of bioaccumulation processes.


MATIS ohf, Reykjavik/Iceland: Analytical Chemist
Matis ohf in Reykjavik/Iceland is searching for an Analyitcal Chemist with experience in trace element determination and trace element speciation using ICPMS and HPLC-ICPMS.

UC Davis Interdisciplinary Center for Plasma Mass Spectrometry: Full-time support of an MC-ICP-MS instrument
The UC Davis Interdisciplinary Center for Plasma Mass Spectrometry announces an immediate opening for a full-time technical position in support of the Multicollector Inductively-Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (MC-ICPMS).


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 230 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 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.

If your web site is missing here, please e-mail your link information to info@speciation.net.


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