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

This month the European Legislation for Chemicals called "REACH" came into force. This legislation will require that those chemicals out of the  European Inventory of Existing Commercial Chemical Substances (EINECS lists about 100,106 existing substances) marketed in volumes above 1 tonne have to be registered (about 30,000). Registration will involve providing information about properties and hazards of each substance (such as physicochemical, toxicological and eco toxicological properties). This information - if not already available - can be found through a variety of means such as computer modelling and epidemiological studies, or through testing. Since such properties will depend on the compounds as they exists rather than on the elements they are made from speciation analysis will be required in many cases.

A good opportunity to get information about speciation analysis will be the workshop
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.  An attractive program consisting of plenary lectures, contributed presentations, posters and an exhibition will provide an overview about the state-of-the-art. You should not miss this important event !

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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.

REACH enters into force
Today is an important day for the European chemical industry, a significant milestone for the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) and its continuing role in supporting the industry with one of the biggest regulatory challenges it has ever faced. From today the clock will start ticking and there will be just 18 months to comply with the requirements of the pre-registration phase for approximately 30,000 substances. After that, the registration process begins with other tight deadlines.

Trivalent Chromium supplemention no help in controlling diabetes
People with type 2 diabetes often take chromium supplements to help keep their blood sugar levels under control, but new findings from a Dutch study raise doubts about the value of this approach.

Hexavalent Chromium in Drinking Water Causes Cancer in Lab Animals
Researchers announced yesterday that there is strong evidence a chemical referred to as hexavalent chromium, or chromium 6, causes cancer in laboratory animals when it is consumed in drinking water. The two-year study conducted by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) shows that animals given hexavalent chromium developed malignant tumors.

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.

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

9th International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements (ICOBTE)
Location: Beijing, China
Date: 15.07.2007 - 19.07.2007

Location: Bakgatla, Pilansberg Reserve, South Africa
Date: 22.07.2007 - 26.07.2007

17th Annual Goldschmidt Conference
Location: University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Date: 19.08.2007 - 24.08.2007

NEMC 2007: 23rd Annual National Environmental Monitoring Conference
Location: Hyatt Regency, Cambridge, MA
Date: 20.08.2007 - 24.08.2007

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.


Clemson University: Analytical Methods Development
A postdoctoral position is being filled through the Department of Chemistry and the Institute for Nutraceutical Research. This Postdoctoral Fellowship is funded by Gaia Herbs for the purpose of developing analytical methodologies to advance the science of heavy metals (and metals in general) as they apply to herbal dietary supplements.

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.


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 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.

If your entry is still missing in this directory, please contact us at info@speciation.net.


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