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

Selenium is an essential trace element with very special characteristics. It is a constituent of more than two dozen selenoproteins that play critical roles in reproduction, thyroid hormone metabolism, DNA synthesis, and protection from oxidative damage and infection. Some studies indicated a positive effect of selenium on cancer risk, but a review of 55 studies in 2011 concluded that selenium supplementation does not reduce cancer risk. Now a new study put the debate around selenium and cancer back on the table and highlights the need for further research to understand the benefits, if any, of supplementing diets in regions where selenium is naturally low (see the News below).

With this issue of EVISA's Speciation Newsletter we celebrate 10 years of its existence. The first Speciation Newsletter was submitted in December 2004 and since then a growing community of subscribers was informed through the Newsletter on all aspects of elemental speciation (see the News below).

We thank you all for your interest and your fidelity.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous Year 2015

Your EVISA team


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.

Decreased risk of colorectal cancer linked with higher selenium status
Higher levels of selenium in blood are associated with a decreased risk of colorectal cancer, according to new research published in the International Journal of Cancer.

Ten years EVISA Speciation Newsletter
The European Virtual Institute for Speciation Analysis (EVISA) started in December 2004 to send out its "Speciation Newsletter" to a growing community of subscribers. The newsletter is meant to update all those interested in elemental species, with information about speciation analysis, the role of elemental species in life sciences and other scientific research, as well as rules and legislation related to such element species.

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...

EWCPS 2015: 16th European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry.
Date: February 22,2015 - February 26,2015
Location: Münster, Germany
January 9,2015 Early registration at reduced fee

CANAS 2015: Colloquium Analytische Atomspektroskopie
Date: March 8,2015 - March 10,2015
Location: Leipzig
January 30,2015 Early registration at reduced fee

Date: March 23,2015 - March 26,2015
Location: Graz, Austria
January 16,2015 Submission of abstracts for regular posters
February 27,2015 Submission of abstracts for last minute posters

HPLC 2015: 42nd International Symposium on High Performance Liquid Phase
Separations & Related Techniques
Date: June 21,2015 - June 25,2015
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
January 5,2015 Submission of abstracts for oral presentations

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

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

PittCon 2015: 44. Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy
Location: New Orleans, LA, United States
Date: 08.03.2015 - 15.03.2015

Location: Graz, Austria
Date: 23.03.2015 - 26.03.2015

63th ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics
Location: St. Louis, MO, United States
Date: 31.05.2015 - 04.06.2015

ISABC13: 13th International Symposium on Applied Bioinorganic Chemistry
Location: Galway, Ireland
Date: 12.06.2015 - 15.06.2015


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.


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.



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.



EVISA provides an easy access to external information. Our database contains more than 2700 links to relevant information from numerous top scientific resources spread over the whole Web. The database is searchable both via full-text and categories such as elements, type of species and type of information. We are permanently updating our links section.

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


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