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

Many thanks to all of you who responded to our "call of papers" for TraceSpec 2007, the only event focused on speciation analysis during this year.  Organized by EVISA, the University of Münster and IAEAC, this event  to be held September 4 -7, 2007 in Münster unifies the experts in the field of speciation analysis, researchers from different fields using speciation analysis and legislators and other interested participants.  We have received more than 100 presentations and therefore had to close the call for papers as scheduled. However, you are welcome to submit a poster presentation (deadline for late posters is June 15).

This month news are all about "food". This is emphasizing the fact that speciation plays a major role in metabolomics and nutritional science.

We hope that our Speciation Newsletter is of some interest for you.
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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.

Arsenic-absorbing fern may soak up toxic metal to repel hungry bugs, UF researchers say
In the struggle for survival, plants are often at the mercy of hungry animals – but one fern has turned the tables by using poisonous arsenic to reduce its appeal. This in short is the conclusion of a University of Florida research study published April 24 in the journal New Phytologist.

More nutritious food helps reduce methylmercury in the aquatic food chain
Research led by Dartmouth scientists found that aquatic organisms fed nutritious, high-quality food end up with much lower concentrations of toxic methylmercury in their tissues. The result suggests ways in which methylmercury—a neurotoxin that can accumulate to hazardous levels—can be slowed in its passage up the food chain to fish.

Nutrigenomics: The role of chromium for fat metabolism revisited
In the first study to show that a specific nutrient could alter the expression of genes in the body fat of dairy cattle, a research team from Washington State University has raised the bar for animal production standards while adding to the greater understanding of human health issues. McNamara, professor in the Department of Animal Sciences and (intercollegiate, multidisciplinary) Nutrition Program, and Sumner, his doctoral student and postdoctoral research associate, have demonstrated that chromium in the diet changes the metabolism of body fat in dairy cattle by stimulating the expression of certain genes while simultaneously decreasing the expression of others.

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.

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

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

Trends in Sample Preparation 2007
Location: Seggau Castle (Styria) Austria
Date: 26.06.2007 - 30.06.2007

Location: San Diego, California
Date: 08.07.2007 - 11.07.2007

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.


Trend University: Advanced analytical research
The Ontario Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program (OPDF) was developed to recruit and retain outstanding young scientists to spend two years as post-doctoral fellows in an Ontario research institution. Trent University's Worsfold Water Quality Centre has funds to recruit one OPDF in the area of advanced analytical research. The term for the position would be July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2009. The successful Fellow will receive $50,000 annually for two years.


Technical University of Denmark: Mass spectrometry of bioactive selenium compounds in yeast as a cell factory
The National Food Institute-Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a postdoc position, which is available from June 2007 to December 2009.

The X-Ray Imaging group is seeking to recruit a: Post-doctoral fellow (m/f) for the beamline ID22. ID22 is an undulator beamline devoted to high resolution X-ray micro-analysis and micro-imaging.

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.


University of South Florida: ICPMS/IRMS Instrument Technician
The Department of Geology at the University of South Florida seeks a technician for a new geochemical analytical facility, which will include ICP-MS and IRMS instrumentation. The successful candidate should have expertise in both plasma- and gas-source mass spectrometry and will be responsible for the maintenance of both instruments and support equipment.

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 250 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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