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

At the end of last month, the European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry (EWCPS 2015) attracted more than 700 scientists from 45 countries (the biggest number ever). Organized by Uwe Karst (University of Münster) and EVISA Director Michael Sperling, the very successful conference had three special topics: speciation analysis, nanoparticle analysis and bioimaging. The high number of participants and submitted presentations (in total 178 lectures and 260 posters) allowed for a stimulating program that was organized in four parallel streams framed by plenary lectures (see the news below).

Of course also classical topics, such as environmental analysis, material science and plasma fundamentals were discussed during the EWCPS 2015 within dedicated sessions. However, speciation analysis and isotope analysis are very important tools to study the cycling of elements in the environment. Speciation analysis was also used by Oregon researchers who investigated the case for high arsenic levels in the groundwater in a southern Willamette valley. The researchers found that microbial transformation towards organic arsenic species plays a major role for the release of arsenic from the bedrock into the water (see the news below).

Researchers from the University of Münster used both speciation analysis as well as bioimaging to study the case of a patient who developed a diseases called Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) eight years after the application of Gd-based contrast agents. To the surprise of the researchers they were still able not only to find Gd in the skin of the patient but also traces of the intact Gd-based contrast agent (see the news below).

The EWCPS 2015 was accompanied by an exhibition of instruments and accessories and special vendor seminars informed about new trends in instrumentation. During the conference a new ICP-MS instrument was launched by Analytik Jena, a company that only one year before had launched its first ICP-OES instrument (see the news below).


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.

Plasma Spectrochemists came together in Münster, February 22-26, 2015 for the 16th European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
More than 700 scientists from 45 countries joined Februray 22-26 in Münster for discussing the progress in analytical methodologies using plasma sources.

New insights on arsenic cycling
Oregon researchers detail new insight on arsenic cycling in a southern Willamette Valley aquifer. The team's fieldwork in the study area prompts to the conclusion that organic arsenic levels should not be ignored.

Detection of Gd-based contrast agent in the skin of a patient eight years after administration
German researchers from the University of Münster found intact Gd-based contrast agents in skin biopsies of an NSF patient eight years after the last administration.

Copper molecule shows promise in fighting against cancer
Chemists from the German University at Bielefeld have developed a molecule containing copper that binds with DNA and prevents the spread of cancer. First results show that it binds to DNA much stronger than cisplatin and kills the cancer cells at lower concentrations than cisplatin -- a widely used anti-cancer drug that is frequently administered in chemotherapy.

Analytik Jena AG Expands its Product Range
At the European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry last week in Münster, the Company launched two new mass spectrometers for its global sales.

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: 	June 21,2015 - June 26,2015
ICMGP 2015: 12th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant

Date: June 14,2015 - June 18,2015
Location: ICC JEJU (International Convention Center Jeju), Jeju, Korea (South)
April 15,2015 Early registration at reduced fee

HPLC 2015: 42nd International Symposium on High Performance Liquid Phase Separations
& Related Techniques

Date: June 21,2015 - June 25,2015
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
April 1,2015 Early registration at reduced fee
April 1,2015 Submission of abstracts for poster presentations

Isotopes 2015: Isotope effects accross disciplines
Date: 	June 21,2015 - June 26,2015
Location: Jerusalem, Israel
March 30,2015 Submission of abstracts


Date: September 6,2015 - September 10,2015
Location: Bordeaux, France
March 30,2015 Submission of abstracts

IMA2015, the 9th International Conference on
Instrumental Methods of Analysis

Date: September 20,2015 - September 24,2015
Location: Kalamata, Greece
March 31,2015 Submission of abstracts

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

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

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

ICMGP 2015: 12th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant
Location: ICC JEJU (International Convention Center Jeju), Jeju, Korea (South)
Date: 14.06.2015 - 18.06.2015

HPLC 2015: 42nd International Symposium on High Performance Liquid Phase Separations & Related Techniques
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Date: 21.06.2015 - 25.06.2015


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.

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