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

Last month we reported about a study that found that mercury speciation in fish cannot significantly be changed by any cooking style. This month we report about a study that indicates an increase of methylmercury concentration in tuna over the years. This study adds to the evidence that anthropogenic mercury emission, particularly from burning coal, is pumping mercury into the ocean food chain, potentially posing a hazard to human health (see the news below).

Another potential health hazard, namely that one resulting from the use of cadmium pigments in artists paints, was found to be insignificant by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) (see the news below).

While there is no limiting rule for arsenic in food, both, European Food Safety Authority (2009, 2014) and the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) (2011) have recently shown their interest in the content of iAs in food. A European proficiency test looked at the capability of laboratories to determine inorganic arsenic in mushrooms. Results showed improved capabilities to determine arsenic and inorganic arsenic compared to an earlier test in 2010 (see the news below).

The state-of-the-art of measuring trace elements and their species will be discussed during the European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry - EWCPS 2015 - taking place February 22 to 26, 2015 in Münster, Germany.  About 600 researchers from all over the globe have registered already 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. 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.

Capabilities of EU labs to determine inorganic arsenic in food have improved
A European proficiency test looked at the capability of laboratories to determine cadmium, lead, arsenic, mercury and inorganic arsenic in mushrooms. Results showed improved capabilities to determine arsenic and inorganic arsenic compared to an earlier test in 2010. However the scores were not as good when compared to the other heavy metals analysed.

Cadmium in artist paints - a health hazard ?
The request to ban cadmium from artist paints is not supported by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)

Mercury levels in Pacific yellowfin tuna increasing
Mercury concentrations in Pacific yellowfin tuna are increasing at a rate of 3.8 percent or more per year, according to a new University of Michigan-led study that suggests rising atmospheric levels of the toxin are to blame.

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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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 - 11.03.2015

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 !


Umeå University: Mercury Biogeochemistry
Umea University, Department of Chemistry has an open position for a PhD student in the field of mercury biogeochemistry.

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.


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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