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

In a recent review about speciation analysis published in the August issue of  JAAS (see: Chris F. Harrington, Robert Clough, Helle R. Hansen, Steve J. Hill, Spiros A. Pergantis and Julian F. Tyson, Atomic Spectrometry Update. Elemental speciation, J. Anal. At. Spectrom. , 24/8 (2009) 999-1025. DOI: 10.1039/b911133f ) the noted "While much of the material on the World Wide Web is of uncertain quality, the ...EVISA home page ...is an important source of information highlighting significant developments in the area and is also regularly updated". We are glad about such positive feedback that is also seen in the growing number of visitors making use of our service (in August we welcomed the 1 Millionth visitor, see the news below).

The services provided via our web portal are only one part of our activities. Last month EVISA acted as a co-organizer for the international workshop TraceSpec 2009 that attracted more than 130 participants from 24 nations (for a short report see the news below). In case that you missed this great workshop totally dedicated to speciation analysis you should already mark the next event co-organized by EVISA, the Metallomics 2001, which will be held June 15-18, 2011 in Münster.


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.

A short report from the speciation workshop TraceSpec 2009
The „Johannes Gutenberg Universität“ at Mainz was the meeting place for the TraceSpec 2009 that was held September 15-18. The 12th version of the well accepted Workshop on Progress in Analytical Methodologies for Trace Metal Speciation was organized by the working groups headed by the Chairman Thorsten Hoffmann (Uni Mainz) and his colleague Nicolas Bings (Uni Mainz). The local organizers were supported by Michael Sperling (EVISA) as well as by Dieter Klockow (IAEAC).

REACH: Substances of very high concern
The European Chemicals Agency has published proposals to identify chemicals as "Substances of Very High Concern" under the REACH regulation and is currently welcoming comments on these 15 substances

New Beryllium Reference Material for Occupational Safety Monitoring
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in collaboration with private industry and other government agencies, have produced a new reference material for beryllium. Beryllium, an exotic alkaline-earth metal used as a hardener in high-performance alloys and ceramics, can cause berylliosis, a chronic, incurable and sometimes fatal illness. The new reference material is expected to dramatically improve methods used to monitor workers' exposure and aid in contamination control as well as toxicological research.

EVISA welcomes its one millionth visitor
EVISA's users community is steadily growing since the opening of its web portal in August 2003 and will surpass 50,000 visits per month during this month. The one millionth visitor could be welcomed end of August and more than 40% of all visits happened during the last (sixth) year of operation.

Huge field experiment for assessing human ethylmercury risk starting in october
Governmental health departments all over the world have decided to recommend the injection of an organic mercury compound directly into the bodies of their inhabitants. This field trial will start in a few days, will have millions of participants all over the globe and is especially targeting at pregnant women, infants and the vulnerable elder people.


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 the early registration deadline for the 2010 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry is Friday, October 16 and the deadline for submitting late poster contributions to the
RAFA 2009 (4th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Food Analysis) is October 15.

7th. International Symposium on Trace Elements in Human: New Perspectives
Location: Athens, Greece
Date: 13.10.2009 - 15.10.2009

MEEMB-9: Metal Elements in Environment, Medicine and Biology
Location: "Babes-Bolyai" University, 400028 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Date: 16.10.2009 - 17.10.2009

FACSS 2009
Location: Louisville, KY
Date: 18.10.2009 - 22.10.2009

RAFA 2009: 4th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Food Analysis
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Date: 04.11.2009 - 06.11.2009

SETAC North America 30th Annual Meeting
Location: New Orleans Hilton Riverside, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Date: 19.11.2009 - 23.11.2009

2010 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Location: Fort Myers, Florida
Date: 04.01.2010 - 09.01.2010

IsrAnalytica 2010:
Location: The David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv, Israel
Date: 19.01.2010 - 20.01.2010

HTSP: International Symposium on Hyphenated Techniques for Sample Preparation
Location: Bruges, Belgium
Date: 26.01.2010 - 27.01.2010


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 !


Wageningen University: Biosensor nanoarrays for environmental monitoring (BIOMONAR)



Midi-Pyrenees Observatory (Toulouse, France): Global mercury cycle
A full-time (2yr) Post-Doctoral position is open at the Midi-Pyrenees Observatory (Toulouse, France). We are looking for a candidate in environmental isotope geochemistry to join a recently funded ANR project on the global mercury cycle.

USGS: Effects of Scarce, Technologically Important Metals (Li, In, Te, and Ga) on the Health of Humans and Ecosystems
The USGS Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program provides over 60 research opportunities for the fiscal year 2011.


USGS: Trace-Element Sequestration and Cycling Associated with Secondary Phases in Mine-Drainage Settings
The USGS Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program provides over 60 research opportunities for the fiscal year 2011.

USGS: Role of Trace Metals in Cancer Origin, Development, and Outcome
The USGS Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program provides over 60 research opportunities for the fiscal year 2011.

Trent University: Interaction between selenium and reduced sulfur species
The Metalloid Speciation & Geochemistry research group at Trent University is looking for a post-doctoral researcher to study the interaction between selenium species and reduced sulfur species in industrial process streams and ambient waters.

Wageningen University: Biosensor nanoarrays for environmental monitoring (BIOMONAR)



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

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.

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