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

An important event for the community of elemental speciation analysts happened last week: The Second International Symposium on Metallomics. Congratulation to the team in Cincinnatti headed by Joe Caruso - they organized a very stimulating event. Already at the end of the meeting the next one was decided: EVISA, together with the research group at the University of Münster headed bei Prof. Uwe Karst are the organizers for the 3rd Metallomics Symposium scheduled for June 15-18, 2011 in Münster, Germany.  We will keep you informed about this event.  However, the next important event co-organized by EVISA will be TraceSpec 2009. While the deadline for submitting oral presentations is meanwhile gone, you still have a chance to submit late poster contributions (until July 15).

TraceSpec 2009 will have a broad range of topics including environmental, food and health related issues. Methylmercury is one of the topics that is of high concern and therefore is in the news quite often (see the EVISA News section below). Other organometallic compounds, such as Tributyltin (TBT), due to their toxicity  have even reached the attention of legislators. The European Union just decided to ban some of these compounds from consumer goods.


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.

'Surprisingly High Levels' of Methylmercury Contamination found in Groundwater
SANTA CRUZ ­– For the first time, scientists detect a highly toxic form of mercury in groundwater flows at two coastal sites in California.

EU bans certain organotin compounds
Tri-substituted organostannic compounds such as tributyltin and triphenyltin compounds are limited in articles marketed within the EU to concentrations below 0.1% by weight of tin.

Hexavalent chromium rule added to revised OSHA Shipyard Industry Document
Fire Protection in Shipyard Employment, contamination issues related to Hexavalent Chromium and Employer Payment for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are three additions to the Shipyard Industry Standards, a revised guidance document recently published by OSHA that provides employers and workers with an overview of all safety and health standards associated with the shipyard industry.

UK Food Standards Agency releases research on arsenic in rice milk
Infants and young children up to the age of four-and-a-half should not consume rice milk as a substitute for cow’s milk, breast milk, or infant formula, the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has advised.


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.

Please also recognize that deadlines for submitting (late) contributions to some conferences will end during the next 4 weeks e.g.

7th. International Symposium on Trace Elements in Human: New Perspectives
TraceSpec 2009: 12th Workshop on Progress in Analytical Methodologies for Trace Metal
2010 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry

20 th NASTEC
Location: Hotel Tanumstrand, Grebbestad, Sweden
Date: 14.06.2009 - 17.06.2009

9th Workshop on (Bio)sensors and Bioanalytical microtechniques in environmental and clinical analysis
Location: 9th Workshop on (Bio)sensors and Bioanalytical microtechniques in environmental and clinical analysis
Date: 14.06.2009 - 17.06.2009

HPLC2009: 34th International Symposium on High-Performance Liquid Phase Separations and Related Techniques
Location: Dresden, Germany
Date: 28.06.2009 - 02.07.2009

Euro Food Chem XV - Food for the Future
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Date: 05.07.2009 - 08.07.2009

BERM'12: 12th Biological and Environmental Reference Material Symposium
Location: Keble College, Oxford, UK
Date: 07.07.2009 - 10.07.2009

ICBIC 14: 14th International Conference on Biological Inorganic Chemistry
Location: Nagoya, Japan
Date: 25.07.2009 - 30.07.2009


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The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology: Research Chemists
The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology has a job vacancy for a research chemist with expertise on trace element analysis and ICP-MS applications.

LGC Ltd, Teddington, Middlesex, UK: Science Leader, Speciation Analysis
This is an excellent development opportunity for a candidate looking to build their career in analytical science, working with recognised experts. The role requires an able scientist who will contribute to the successful delivery of R&D analysis projects. You will be expected to promote your achievements with appropriate scientific publications, reports and presentations

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.


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.

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