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Welcome to the September issue of EVISA's Speciation Newsletter.

The months started with a very successful workshop on the "Progress in Analytical Methodology for Trace Metal Speciation" co-organized by EVISA together with the University of Münster and IAEAC in Münster, Germany. More than 200 participants from 34 countries joined this event to discuss the state-of-the-art of speciation analysis. The participants expressed their satisfaction both with the level and composition of the scientific program as well as for the format of the event with integrated exhibition, poster sessions and social events.  Sponsoring from exhibitors together with the concentration on University resources allowed for the organization of the workshop as a low cost event, encouraging especially the participation of young scientists.

The success of the workshop encouraged the organizers IAEAC and EVISA to continue their collaboration and to co-organize the next meeting together with the University of Mainz in 2009. The EVISA agenda of events will keep you informed about this event.

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.

Experts in Speciation Analysis came together in Münster, September 4-7, 2007
About 200 scientists from more than 30 countries joined September 4-7 in Münster for discussing the "Progress in Analytical Methodologies for Trace Metal Speciation".

Speciation and Toxicity: Humic Acids Increase Lead Bioavailability and Toxicity for Marine Invertebrates
A new study of an international research group is questioning the widely accepted "free ion activity model" FIAM that assumes that the free metal ion activity reflects the chemical reactivity of the metal, i.e., the extent to what the metal reacts with binding sites on the cell membrane surface, and hence its bioavailability and toxicity. According to the results of this new study, humic acids increase dissolved lead bioavailability for marine invertebrates.

Thermo Fisher Scientific Introduces Speciation Analysis Capabilities For High Resolution ICP-MS
Bremen, Germany - Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., a company serving science and supporting EVISA announces the addition of a new kit for coupling Gas Chromatography (GC) to the Thermo Scientific high resolution ICP-MS ELEMENT 2 and ELEMENT XR.

With a list of about 50 current 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.

SMAP 2007: Annual joint meeting of the French Societies for Mass Spectrometry, Electrophoresis and Proteomics.
Location: Pau, France
Date: 17.09.2007 - 20.09.2007

4th Black Sea Basin Conference on Analytical Chemistry (BBCAC)
Location: Sunny Beach, BULGARIA
Date: 19.09.2007 - 23.09.2007

Application of Mass Spectrometry to Speciation Analysis in the Life Sciences
Location: SCI, Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PS
Date: 20.09.2007 - 20.09.2007

Colloquium Spectroscopicum Internationale XXXV
Location: Xiamen, China
Date: 23.09.2007 - 27.09.2007

9th International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements (9th ICOBTE)
Location: Beijing, China
Date: 10.10.2007 - 14.10.2007

FACSS 2007
Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Date: 14.10.2007 - 18.10.2007

23nd Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments & Water
Location: University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA
Date: 15.10.2007 - 18.10.2007

12th International Beijing Conference and Exhibition on Instrumental Analysis (BCEIA 2007)
Location: Beijing, China
Date: 18.10.2007 - 21.10.2007

Currently there is no short course scheduled. However, EVISA and its members are able to organize short courses upon request from customers.
If you are interested in training, please directly contact EVISA.


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.


Department of Environmental Science, Lancaster University, UK: Aquatic Chemistry – Trace Metal Dynamics
A post doctoral research associate position, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, is available to work on the dissociation kinetics of metal complexes in freshwaters.

The successful applicant will work in the research group of Professor Bill Davison and Dr Hao Zhang at Lancaster University. They will use a novel approach, based on the technique of DGT (diffusive gradients in thin-films) that was developed at Lancaster, to measure dissociation kinetics of metal-ligand complexes in situ. A systematic series of laboratory and field measurements will establish whether the kinetic signature obtained from a single suite of deployments (see ES&T 41, 2007, 3179) can be used to distinguish complexes of aquagenic and pedogenic origin.

USGS: Coupling geochemical and geoanalytical techniques to study processes affecting exposure to potentially toxic species that negatively impact human health
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) invites applications for the Mendenhall Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program for FY 2009. The Mendenhall Program provides opportunities to conduct research in association with selected members of the USGS professional staff. Through this Program the USGS will acquire current expertise in science to assist in implementation of the science strategy of its programs. FY 2009 begins in October 2008.

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.


Actlabs, Ancaster, Canada: Analytical supervisor and laboratory technicians
Activation Laboratories Ltd (Actlabs) has a number of openings in its ICP/MS and ICP/OES departments. Actlabs positions are in its Ancaster, Ontario, Canada laboratory (suburb of Hamilton and 80 km west of Toronto).

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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