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

The International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-Fouling Systems on Ships (AFS Convention), adopted on October 5, 2001 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as well as the United Nations' specialized agency with responsibility for safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships will finally enter into force on September 17 this year. Meanwhile tributyltin (TBT), the active compound most often used in these antifouling paints has found its way into the human food chain and even has reached into the deep-sea food web.  Because of the persistency of TBT and the reduced degradation rate within the deep-sea environment, we probably will find this endocrine disruptor for many years to come even if the AFS Convention will be effective.

The new European Chemicals Legislation (REACH) aims at reducing such risks in the future. The pre-registration phase of existing chemicals just started.


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 and other Persistent Man-Made Chemical Pollutants Found in Deep-Sea Octopods and Squids
New evidence that chemical contaminants are finding their way into the deep-sea food web has been found in deep-sea squids and octopods, including the strange-looking “vampire squid”. These species are food for many deep-diving toothed whales and other predators.

Organotin ban in hull paint begins in September
An international convention banning the use of harmful organotin compounds in anti-fouling paints used on the hulls of ships and yachts will enter into force on Sept. 17. Organotin compounds are those based on tin with hydrocarbon substituents. The most often used is tributyltin (TBT).

European Chemicals Agency opens in Helsinki
The new European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is expected to open in Helsinki today, June 3. Ahead of the event, environmentalists stressed that the ECHA should assure the implementation of REACH, the EU chemicals regulation that entered into force one year ago after almost a decade a fierce debate.

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.

ISEAC 35 - 35th International Symposium on Environmental Analytical Chemistry
Location: Gdansk, Poland
Date: 22.06.2008 - 26.06.2008

20th New Phytologist Symposium: Arsenic - unravelling its metabolism and speciation on plants
Location: Aberdeen, Scotland
Date: 26.06.2008 - 27.06.2008

ISBOMC' 08: 4th International Symposium on Bioorganometallic Chemistry
Location: Missoula, MT, USA
Date: 06.07.2008 - 10.07.2008

14th Biennial National Atomic Spectroscopy Symposium (BNASS)
Location: University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
Date: 07.07.2008 - 09.07.2008

"Plutonium Futures – The Science" 2008: A Topical CONFERENCE on Plutonium and Actinides
Location: Dijon, France
Date: 07.07.2008 - 11.07.2008

Goldschmidt Conference 2008 "from Sea to Sky"
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Date: 12.07.2008 - 18.07.2008

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.


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Trent University: Metal speciation and bioavailability in freshwaters affected by oil sands activities
Trent University is seeking 10 graduate students (Masters or Ph.D.) to work as part of multidisciplinary teams on five NSERC-funded strategic research programs in the area of Aquatic Sciences and Aquatic Ecology.

National Oceanograpy Centre, Southampton: Iron biogeochemistry and ocean acidification



University of Southern Denmark: Functionalised gel coated microsensors for dynamic metal speciation analysis
The work involves application of electrochemical techniques to dynamic metal speciation analysis with functionalized microelectrodes to obtain information on the reactivities and fluxes of metal species.


Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Milton Keynes, UK: Project Officer - MC-ICP-MS
Applications are invited for a Project Officer to work within the isotope geochemistry group, making precise measurements of isotopic tracers in the natural environment.

Applied Speciation and Consulting, LLC: Project Manager
Applied Speciation and Consulting, LLC is hiring for the position of Project Manager.

Primary responsibilities include report generation, data validation, client relations, and project scheduling.

GE Global Research: Analytical chemist
The Analytical Sciences Laboratory within MACS, has an opportunity for an Analytical chemist to be part of an energized team of scientists involved in analytical characterization of GE materials. We work in a diverse, exciting environment with access to state-of-the-art equipment applied to cutting-edge technology projects.


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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