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

Mercury is a global pollutant and mercury pollution is to a great extent caused by manmade activities. Unfortunately due to the environmental cycling, mercury is contaminating also the food web and is creating a health risk for animals and humans. When discussing such health risk, the risk assessment is most often based on the concentration of the pollutant in the raw foodstuff. However, mercury is also transformed during its way into the food web, and the species with highest bioaccumulation factors is methylmercury, a very toxic mercury species, that often is the main mercury species in sea food. However, humans most often eat seafood after some cooking and the question is whether such kitchen preparation might influence the concentration and speciation of mercury. The researchers found no significant mercury transformation during cooking and only the high temperatures applied during roasting and frying led to some mercury loss of 4 to 33% due to evaporation of methylmercury (see the news below). 

Such questions related to chemical speciation will be discussed during the European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry - EWCPS 2015 - taking place February 22 to 26, 2015 in Münster, Germany.  More than 600 researchers from all over the globe are expected for this important event. The conference will focus on the major topics in analytical plasma spectrochemistry, such as: fundamentals and instrumentation, sample introduction techniques into plasma, hyphenated techniques using plasma sources for detection, stable isotope analysis, laser ablation and elemental imaging, elemental speciation, applications of plasma spectrometry, quality control and validation methods. While the deadline for submitting regular contributions is already gone, you still can submit abstracts for poster presentations. Do not miss this major event for all those working in the field  of trace elemental and speciation analysis !


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.

Influence of culinary treatments of fish on its mercury content and speciation
No significant conversion of Hg species was observed with any of the common cooking treatments for fish. On the other hand, an overall loss of up to 33% of Hg species was observed after frying.

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 31,2015 Submission of abstracts for poster presentations

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
February 27,2015 Submission of abstracts for last minute posters

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

Organic Ligands - A Key Control of Trace Metal Biogeochemistry in the Oceans - An Open Workshop and Symposium organized by SCOR WG 139
Location: Šibenik, Croatia
Date: 07.04.2015 - 11.04.2015

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


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.


Bergalademie Freiberg: W-3 Professur "Analytische Chemie"
An der Fakultät für Chemie und Physik der Bergakadmie Freiberg ist zum 01.04.2016 die Stelle W3-Professur „Analytische Chemie“ zu besetzen.


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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.

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