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

These days new rules for metal contamination in pharmaceutics are expected to be announced. Actually an International Conference  on Harmonization (ICH) is meant to publish the results of its harmonization of the different rules proposed from the stakeholders from the US, Europe and Japan. One thing is clear, the more than 100 years old test on metal residues based on sulfide precipitation and judgement by the naked eye will be replaced by a real determination of the different metals by means of atomic spectrometry.

In case that the metal is part of the active component of the drug, this new rule will not apply. Even for such drugs the pharmacopeial test sometimes only determines the metal concentration to characterize the drug.  Now researchers from Brazil have shown that the side effects induced by Cisplatin used in chemotherapy against cancer heavily depend on the degree of hydrolysis products within the formulation  (see the news below). This is just another example of what we at EVISA try to tell: Speciation matters !

One of the next important conferences discussing speciation analysis is the European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry that will take place February 22-26, 2015 in Münster, Germany (see EVISA's Agenda of Events). EVISA acts as a co-organizer for this conference. Please join us for this major event in the beginning of next year. Poster presentations can still be submitted until December 12 !


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.

Side effects of cisplatin chemotherpy: Platinum speciation matters
Researchers from Brazil found that side effects of cisplatin chemotherapy appeared to be dependent on the brand of the drug.

EFSA: No evidence for essentiality of chromium
In its latest work on dietary reference values (DRVs), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has set population reference intakes (PRIs) for zinc and Adequate Intakes (AIs) for selenium, but advised that setting similar levels for chromium was not warranted.

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.
 more infos...

Date: March 23,2015 - March 26,2015
Location: Graz, Austria
December 5,2014 Registration
December 5,2014 Submission of abstracts for oral presentations

CEST2015: 14th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology
Date: September 3,2015 - September 5,2015
Location: Rhodes, Greece
November 30,2014 Submission of abstracts

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

XIII RIO Symposium on Atomic Spectrometry
Location: Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
Date: 19.10.2014 - 25.10.2014

ICFIA 2014:19th International Conference on Flow Injection Analysis and Related Techniques
Location: ACROS Fukuoka, Japan
Date: 30.11.2014 - 05.12.2014

AsBIC7: 7th Asian Biological Inorganic Chemistry Conference
Location: Crowne Plaza Gold Tower, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast , Australien
Date: 30.11.2014 - 05.12.2014

4th EspeQBrazil - 4th Brazilian Meeting on Chemical Speciation
Location: Bourbon Curitiba Convention Hotel, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
Date: 09.12.2014 - 12.12.2014

EWCPS 2015: 16th European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry.
Location: Münster, Germany
Date: 22.02.2015 - 26.02.2015

CANAS 2015: Colloquium Analytische Atomspektroskopie
Location: Leipzig
Date: 08.03.2015 - 10.03.2015


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 !


Dublin City University: Laser assisted species adsorption and detection for toxic metal species
Applicants should have a degree or masters in chemical engineering, chemical science, materials science, laser processing or closely related subject.


Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Umeå: Mercury Biogeochemistry
Within the VR funded Sino-Swedish Mercury Management Research Framework (SMaReF) two post-doctoral positions are announced. One position will be placed at the Department of Chemistry at Umeå University (UmU) and one at the Department of Forest Ecology and Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Umeå.

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU): Mercury biogeochemistry


Trent University: Speciation and Isotope Geochemistry
Two postdoctoral scholar positions are available in the areas of Metal Speciation and Isotope Geochemistry. The positions are available immediately and will remain open until filled.

The Office of Regulatory Science of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition is seeking outstanding analytical or bioanalytical chemists with mass spectrometry expertise to participate in our food safety/food defense research program.


Aarhus University, DK: Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopist/Engineer (ID 686078)
The Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University, Denmark, invites applications for a spectroscopist/engineer to manage and support the new Danish Interdisciplinary Centre for Plasma Mass Spectrometry at Aarhus University.

University of Loughborough, UK: Professor
This appointment is part of a number of new academic posts within the School of Science and therefore is embedded in a call that comes under the heading of the Centre for Data Science, but is actually about elemental mass spectrometry with the particular emphasis on personalized medicine.


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 280 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.

If your entry is still missing in this directory, please contact us at info@speciation.net.



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If your web site is missing here, please e-mail your link information to info@speciation.net.


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