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

The European Food Safety Autority (EFSA) for the first time considers the importance of speciation when looking for acceptable safety limits for trace elements in food, supplements and feedstuff. EFSA has sent out a call to deliver data on the arsenic speciation in food and water. Another call is asking for data on chromium and selenium, again considering (at least for chromium) their speciation.

We do believe that recognizing the speciation when evaluating risks for the consumer originating from trace element contaminants is the right step, since the bioavailability and toxicity of these trace elements heavily depends on their speciation.


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 pre-registration deadline expires soon
Businesses are being reminded this week that there are only three weeks to go before they face a "mandatory obligation" to register their use of chemicals.

Mechanism of immuno toxicity of dibutyltin clarified
An international team of researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the University of Basel in Switzerland have issued a report on the mechanism of toxicity of a chemical compound called dibutyltin (DBT).

EFSA calls for data on arsenic levels in food and water
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is urgently calling for data on the content of arsenic species in food and beverages.

EFSA calls for data on selenium and chromium
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is calling for data on the content of selenium and chromium in food and beverages to be submitted by the end of November 2008.

Tributyltin added to U.N. trade watch list
The U.N. has placed tributyltin (TBT), a pesticide used in paints, on a watch list that seeks to prevent the importation of toxic products.

Precautionary approach to methylmercury needed
Recent studies hint that exposure to toxic chemicals, such as methylmercury can cause harm at levels previously considered safe.

National Cancer Institute ends Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial, or SELECT
The US federal government is ending a prostate cancer study that involved 35,000 men because the treatment supplements of vitamin E and selenium are ineffective and there's a hint of risk.

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.

24th GMS Annual Meeting 2008 (Society for Minerals and Trace Elements)
Location: TU Berlin, berlin, Germany
Date: 13.11.2008 - 15.11.2008

Third Asia-Pacific Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Location: Tsukuba, Japan
Date: 16.11.2008 - 21.11.2008

SETAC North America 29th Annual Meeting
Location: Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Florida, USA.
Date: 16.11.2008 - 20.11.2008

EspeQBrasil 2008: 1st Brazilian Meeting on Chemical Speciation
Location: Sao Pedro, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Date: 14.12.2008 - 17.12.2008

ISRANALYTICA 2009, the 12th Annual Meeting of the Israel Analytical Chemistry Society
Location: David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Date: 20.01.2009 - 21.01.2009

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 !


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



LCABIE, University of Pau, France: Analytical Chemist
A 2 years postdoctoral position is available for a highly motivated individual to develop new analytical and experimental methods to evaluate environmental and metabolic processes of organomercury (methylHg) and organotin (butylSn) compounds. The work will be included in the project IDEA (Isotopic Deconvolution for Environmental and Analytical Chemistry of Organometallic Pollutants) supported by the French National Research Agency (ANR).

Instituto Tecnológico e Nuclear (ITN), a State Research Laboratory, Lisbon area, Portugal: Researcher
Instituto Tecnológico e Nuclear (ITN), a State Research Laboratory located in the Lisbon area, Portugal, announces the opening of Researcher positions for its Chemistry Department (UCQR) financed by the Portuguese Government Program for research jobs, Ciência 2008. ITN wishes to select 1 research scientist for the UCQR at the Auxiliary Investigator level.


Philips Research Europe: Analyst (temporary)
Within the department Analytical Chemistry of MiPlaza, part of Philips Research, a temporary function is available until the end of 2008. Prolongation for 2009 is possible.


Trent University: Senior ICP-MS Scientist
The Worsfold Water Quality Centre at Trent University is seeking applications for a Senior ICP-MS Scientist. This is a full time permanent staff position, and is available immediately. Salary will be in commensurate with qualification and experience.

Kelly Scientific, Seattle, WA, USA: Project Manger with ICP-MS experience
Kelly Scientific Resources is looking for a Project Manager with a background in analysis of samples for trace metals and trace species by ICP-MS, ICPDRC-MS, and HG-CT-AAS; preparation of environmental samples (waters, sediments, biota, etc.), calibration of lab equipment, lab maintenance, and cleaning.

Nestlé Research Center (NRC), Lausanne, Switzerland: Project Manager / Inorganics analytical scientist
Nestlé, a food, nutrition, health and wellness company aims to work with the best scientists in the world. To support its research strategy, the Quality & Safety Department at the NRC is seeking a:
Project Manager / Inorganics analytical scientist who will drive the research and external collaborations in inorganics analytical sciences. He/she will also define analytical strategies to ensure an appropriate application and implementation of international norms, as well as manage recommendations to partners and follow them up.

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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EVISA provides an easy access to external information. Our database contains more than 1460 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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