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Welcome to the first issue of EVISA's Speciation Newsletter in the new year 2013.

We start the year with the same topic that was present in our December issue of last year:  Mercury

There are good reasons for that: Mercury is a strong toxin and  is threatening human health on a global scale. Reducing mercury pollution is on the agenda of the United Nations conference this week in Geneva, where delegations are expected to put the finishing touches on a treaty, meant to limit the anthropogenic emission of mercury. Delegates are confronted with new alarming data, highlighting the importance of an effective treaty.

According to the UNEP Global Mercury Assessment 2013 report (see the news), anthropogenic sources are responsible for about 30% of annual emissions of mercury to air, another 10% comes from natural geological sources, and the rest (60%) is from 're-emissions' of previously released mercury that has built up in surface soils and oceans.

As a result of the emission, mercury pollution is threatening the biosphere globally and is threatening human health by entering the food chain. Another new report from the Biodiversity Research Institute in Maine (see the News) tells to what extent: 84 percent of fish have unsafe levels of mercury,  exceeding the guidelines for eating certain kinds of fish more than once a month.  The report also tells that the pollution has reached humans already: More than 82 percent of human hair samples from 8 countries exceeded U.S EPA reference dose  levels of 1.0 ppm.

Time to act ! That is the title of another UNEP report, meant to motivate governments and civil society to act on this notorious pollutant.

We are really looking forward to the outcome of this final UNEP session and we will report about it.


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 Levels in Humans and Fish Around the World Regularly Exceed Health Advisory Levels
A new scientific report finds that humans and marine ecosystems around the world are contaminated with mercury and that mercury levels in humans and fish regularly exceed health advisory guidelines.

New data shows: Mercury emissions rising globally
While mercury emission from industrialized countries has been reduced during the last decade, communities in developing countries are facing increasing health and environmental risks linked to exposure to mercury, according to new studies by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

United Nations Global Mercury Treaty: Fifth and final session
The fifth and final session of the International Negotiating Committee to prepare a global legally binding instrument on mercury (INC5) has begun yesterday and will end January 18 in Geneva, Switzerland,

Mercury in food – EFSA updates advice on risks for public health
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has established Tolerable Weekly Intakes (TWIs), or ‘safe levels’, intended to protect consumers from adverse health effects posed by the possible presence of the main forms of mercury found in food: methylmercury and inorganic mercury. Recommendations of the EFSA Panel on Contaminants in the food chain where published online on Thursday Dec. 20.


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 following deadlines:

Date:     March 4,2013 - March 7,2013
Location:     Essen, Germany
January 15,2013    Submission of abstracts for last-minute posters

canas 2013: Colloquium Analytische Atomspektroskopie 2013
Date:     March 17,2013 - March 19,2013
Location:     Freiberg, Germany
February 6,2013    Early registration at reduced fee

ISSPA 2013: 13th International Symposium on Soil and Plant Analysis
Date:     April 8,2013 - April 12,2013
Location:     Queenstown, New Zealand
February 15,2013    Early registration at reduced fee

ICOBTE 2013: 12th International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements
Date:     June 16,2013 - June 20,2013
Location:     Athens, Georgia, USA
February 15,2013    Early registration at reduced fee

Spectr’Atom 2013:
Date:     June 25,2013 - June 28,2013
Location:     Grand Lodge Mont Tremblant, Mont-Tremblant, Québec
February 1,2013    Early registration at reduced fee

59th International Conference on Analytical Sciences and Spectroscopy (ICASS 2013)
Date:     June 26,2013 - June 28,2013
Location:     Le Grand Lodge Mont Tremblant, Mont-Tremblant, Québec
February 1,2013    Early registration at reduced fee

DGT Conference 2013: Conference on DGT and the Environment
Date:     July 9,2013 - July 11,2013
Location:     Lancaster University, UK
January 31,2013    Submission of abstracts
February 28,2013    Registration at normal rate

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

ISRANALYTICA 2013: the 16th Annual Meeting of the Israel Analytical Chemistry Society
Location: The David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv, Israel
Date: 22.01.2013 - 23.01.2013

European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Location: Krakow, Poland
Date: 10.02.2013 - 15.02.2013

Location: Essen, Germany
Date: 04.03.2013 - 07.03.2013

XII International Symposium on Metal Ions in Biology and Medicine
Location: Punta del Este, Uruguay
Date: 11.03.2013 - 13.03.2013

Pittcon 2013
Location: Philadelphia,
Date: 17.03.2013 - 21.03.2012

canas 2013: Colloquium Analytische Atomspektroskopie 2013
Location: Freiberg, Germany
Date: 17.03.2013 - 19.03.2013


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University of Pau, France: Methods for the determination of redox forms of chromium and organotin compounds
The 2009/48/EC toy safety European directive was recently modified taking into account the emergence of new manufacturing processes and innovations concerning materials and technologies used. This directive went into effect since July 20, 2011 but will come into force from July 20, 2013 regarding chemical requirements.


Odense, Denmark: Chemodynamic features of organic compounds
University of Southern Denmark is looking for a candidate with an internationally recognised PhD in environmental physical chemistry, and experience with dynamic speciation methodology for organic compounds.


University of Aberdeen: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader in Chemistry
The Chemistry Department is seeking to appoint two staff who will complement and extend existing research activities in the Energy and Environment theme. The current activities include heterogeneous catalysis and surface chemistry, photocatalysis, materials related to energy applications, analysis and speciation of toxic elements. At least one of the new appointees should have expertise in spectroscopic analysis, with relevance to the oil and gas industry.


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