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

According to the 2011 Report from the Blacksmith Institute (see the News section below), Mercury is the most hazardous  pollutant. For the first time this report tries to estimate the population at risk and the health impact. The biggest problem is artisanal gold mining threatening the health of about 3.5 Million people. The report also reveals that, contrary to popular belief, most toxic hotspots result from poorly regulated, locally owned small- and medium-scale operations, rather than large multinational corporations.

Also WHO agrees that mercury is one of the top 10 chemicals of public health concern and is highly toxic. Most of the worry is centered on mercury emissions from burning coal, gold mining and people eating mercury-tainted fish.

In February 2009, the Governing Council of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) agreed on the need to develop a global legally binding instrument on mercury in order to reduce emission of mercury and the related health risks. Artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) remains the largest demand sector for mercury globally, with an estimated 1300 tons set to be used in 2011.

The next round of negotiations of the treaty (INC-4) will take place in Punta del Este, Uruguay, from 25-29 June 2012. The final meeting is scheduled for early 2013. Hopefully this will put an end to this most important threat.


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.

New Report is first to quantify Health Impacts from World's Worst Toxic Pollution Problems
Report Identifies Top Pollution Problems and Sources, and Reveals Surprising Finding About Corporations and Pollution

WHO worries mercury treaty could affect costs and availability of vaccines
The World Health Organization is trying to fend off an effort to include the mercury derivative Thimerosal used in vaccines from being banned in a global treaty on mercury currently under negotiation.


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 recognize the upcoming deadline for the:
6th SETAC World Congress 2012 - 22nd Annual SETAC Europe Meeting
November 30, 2011:    Submission of abstracts

Please do not hesitate to inform us in case that your conference related to speciation analysis is missing in our Agenda.

Graduate Course on Speciation and Bioavailability
Location: Wageningen, The Netherlands
Date: 21.11.2011 - 25.11.2011

11 ISABC: International Symposium on Applied Bioinorganic Chemistry
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Date: 02.12.2011 - 05.12.2011

2012 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Location: Tuscon, Arizona, USA
Date: 09.01.2012 - 14.01.2012

ISZB 2012 : International Society for Zinc Biology Conference
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Date: 15.01.2012 - 19.01.2012

Workshop and Training on Applications of DGT in Waters, Soils and Sediments
Location: São Pedro-SP (part I Conferences and Posters), Rio Claro-SP (part II Training)
Date: 29.01.2012 - 31.01.2012

HTC-12: Twelfth International Symposium on Hyphenated Techniques in Chromatography and Hyphenated Chromatographic Analyzers
Location: Bruges, Belgium
Date: 31.01.2012 - 03.02.2012

Pittcon 2012
Location: Orlando, FL, USA
Date: 11.03.2012 - 16.03.2012

analytica 2012: 23rd International Trade Fair for Laboratory Technology, Analysis, Biotechnology and analytica Conference
Location: New Munich Trade Fair Centre, Munich, Germany
Date: 17.04.2012 - 20.04.2012

6th SETAC World Congress 2012 - 22nd Annual SETAC Europe Meeting
Location: Berlin, Germany
Date: 20.05.2012 - 24.05.2012

60th ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry
Location: Vancouver
Date: 20.05.2012 - 24.05.2012


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Brooks Rand Labs, Seattle: ICP-MS Analyst
Brooks Rand Labs, an environmental laboratory in Seattle specializing in trace metals analysis and speciation, is looking for a bright, hard-working, and enthusiastic person to fill a chemist/analyst position

CDC Atlanta: Analyst
The Emergency Response and Air Toxicants Branch seeks a qualified M.S. or Ph.D. level chemist in the tobacco analysis laboratory. This is a replacement for personnel no longer at CDC.

Northwestern University: Research Associate/ Manager
The Quantitative Bioelemental Imaging Center (QBIC) at Northwestern University is seeking a candidate to serve as a manager in the QBIC shared instrument facility. QBIC focuses on quantitative elemental mapping of a wide variety of sample types ranging from single cells to complex materials.

Nestlé Research Center (NRC) located near Lausanne: Research Scientist in Mineral Analysis
To support its research strategy, the Quality & Safety Department at the NRC is seeking a:
Research Scientist in Mineral Analysis
who will work within the Functional Ingredients Analysis group.


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More than 270 active scientists in the field of speciation analysis already joined the directory. Join this great directory that is extensively linked to all type of other information on this site, such as homepages, conferences and literature.

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