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Welcome to the February issue of EVISA's Speciation Newsletter for the new year 2009.

This month we are sending out the newsletter directly from the Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry, in Graz. Sorry for those of you who could not join us in this conference, which surely is one of the important meetings within the community of speciation scientists. However, as already mentionend,  this year will be a rather busy year with respect to speciation related meetings. So there will be other opportunities to meet your colleagues and friends in one of the many meetings related to speciation analysis. The focus on meetings this year cleary is going into the direction of metallomics. However, while an important part of scientists working in the field of speciation analysis is exploring this new field of opportunities, we should not  forget the open issues of trace element species in the more traditional fields of environmental issues and topics related to food, nutriton and human health.  Especially, mercury, but also arsenic continues to be a major health concern  for a significant part of the global population....

Visit the TraceSpec'2009 web site

In order to get an overview about relevant meetings, please visit the EVISA Agenda of Events.


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.

Mercury in Fish is a Global Health Concern
Citizens' groups say problem warrants immediate United Nations action

New Reference Material for Hexavalent Chromium in Contaminated Soil
NIST has issued a new reference material to aid in the detection and measurement of the potent carcinogen hexavalent chromium in soil. The new reference material will provide a crucial benchmark for the high-quality chemical measurements needed to guide and assess cleanup efforts.

Using the right recipe for cooking rice reduces toxic inorganic arsenic content
The content of toxic arsenic in rice not only depends on wherefrom you get the rice but also how you serve it; that is the result of a new study performed by a UK research group.

TraceSpec 2009: Experts in Speciation Analysis will join in Mainz, September 15-18, 2009
While many people have the feeling that the number of meetings definitively is too big, those focused on speciation analysis are absolutely rare. TraceSpec is one of those, and with the 12th event scheduled in Mainz, it is a well established series of workshops.


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.

European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Location: Graz, Austria
Date: 15.02.2009 - 20.02.2009

CIA-2009: 5. Conference über Ionenanalyse
Location: Berlin, Germany
Date: 02.03.2009 - 04.03.2009

Pittcon 2009
Location: McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, USA
Date: 08.03.2009 - 13.03.2009

Location: Berlin
Date: 17.03.2009 - 20.03.2009

CANAS'09: Colloquium Analytical Atomic Spectroscopy
Location: TU Bergakedemie Freiberg, Sachsen, Germany
Date: 22.03.2009 - 25.03.2009

AGU Chapman Conference on Arsenic in Groundwater of Southern Asia
Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Date: 24.03.2009 - 27.03.2009


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: Mechanisms of arsenic leaching and transport in abandoned gold mine tailings
The Metalloid Speciation & Geochemistry research group at Trent University is looking for a graduate student to conduct a Ph.D. or M.Sc. thesis project investigating the geochemical mechanisms of arsenic leaching and transport in abandoned gold mine tailings. Through funding from the National Science and Engineering Research Council, we will determine dissolved and colloidal As speciation in mine tailings (via ion chromatography or field flow fractionation coupled to ICP-MS), both in field studies (Nova Scotia) and in controlled laboratory experiments using Trent’s new Microenvironment Facility. The goal of the project is to quantify the individual physical and chemical forms of arsenic that contribute to its emission from abandoned gold mine tailings, determine environmental factors that influence these processes, and study the effectiveness of treatment technologies in reducing these emissions.



Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC): Metal speciation in freshwaters
A post doctoral research associate position, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, is available to work on metal speciation in freshwaters at the Lancaster University. The appointment will be made at the Grade 6 or 7 level, depending on qualifications and experience.


University of Bremen (Germany): Analytical Geochemistry
The Geochemistry and Hydrogeology Group at the University of Bremen (Germany) seeks a to fill a position in analytical geochemistry (TV-L E 13). The position is somewhat comparable to that of an Assistant Professor in the US system. The successful candidate should have expertise in metal speciation using plasma-mass spectrometry coupled to liquid chromatography. Experience with magnetic sector ICP-MS is a plus, since we plan to couple an Element 2 to LC.


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.

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.


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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