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

This month mercury speciation is in the focus of our newsletter. Mercury is a global pollutant, and therefore UNEP has initiated the Minamata Convention meant to reduce the anthropogenic emission of mercury into the environment. Now the
European Commission said it adopted proposals setting in motion the ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury by the European Union (see the news below).

Ultimately, this convention is meant to reduce the human exposure to mercury through ingestion of food. A new study now concludes that the mercury contamination of seafood does not defeat its beneficial function for the brain resulting from omega-3 fatty acids. M
ercury levels were not significantly associated with increased brain neuropathology. Overall an increased seafood consumption was associated with less Alzheimer pathology among those at the greatest risk of developing Alzheimer disease — APOE ε4 carriers (see the news below).

How much mercury emitted from anthropogenic activities ends up in the food-web is a matter of mercury speciation. Mercury speciation is a result of biogeochemical processes in which microbes play a significant role. Researchers now for the first time identified microbes that are not only tolerant to the toxin but benefit from its presence (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.

First biological function of mercury discovered
Researchers from the University of Ottawa studied the growth of purple bacteria under mercury exposure and found that Hg(II) can fulfill a physiological function in these bacteria by acting as an electron sink to maintain redox homeostasis during photosynthetically energy gain.

Mercury may not defeat seafood brain benefits
Accumulation of mercury in the brain resulting from seafood consumption does not appear to lead to Alzheimer’s disease (AD) neuropathology, shows research published by a group of researchers from the US and the Netherlands.

EU proposes to ratify international Minamata Convention meant to protect citizens from mercury pollution
The European Commission on Tuesday (February 2nd) said it adopted proposals setting in motion the ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury by the European Union (EU).

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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Spectr'Atom 2016
Date:     May 24,2016 - May 27,2016
Location:     Pau, France
February 29,2016    Submission of abstracts

Goldschmidt Conference, session 15c : Microbiological and Geochemical Controls on Trace Metal Speciation, Transformation, and Transport
Date:     June 26,2016 - July 1,2016
Location:     Yokohama, Japan
February 26,2016    Submission of abstracts
April 26,2016    Early registration at reduced fee

Biometals 2016: 10th International Biometals Symposium
Date:     July 10,2016 - July 15,2016
Location:     Dresden (Germany)
February 27,2016    Submission of abstracts
April 22,2016    Early registration at reduced fee
June 10,2016    Registration

Please do not hesitate to inform us in case that your conference related to speciation

analysis is missing in our Agenda.

ICMG - 2016: 6th International Conference on Metals in Genetics, Chemical Biology and Therapeutics
Location: Bangalore, India
Date: 17.02.2016 - 20.02.2016

Anwendertreffen Plasmaspektrometrie 2016
Location: BAM, Berlin
Date: 22.02.2016 - 22.02.2016

PittCon 2016: 45th Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy
Location: Atlanta, GA, United States
Date: 06.03.2016 - 11.03.2016

ESAS 2016: European Symposium on Atomic Spectrometry
Location: Eger, Hungary
Date: 31.03.2016 - 02.04.2016

analytica 2016
Location: Munich, Germany
Date: 10.05.2016 - 13.05.2016

SETAC Europe 26th Annual Meeting
Location: Nantes, France,
Date: 22.05.2016 - 26.05.2016


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BFG: Naturwissenschaftler/in, Geoökologe/in oder Chemiker/in (Uni-Diplom/Master)
Die Bundesanstalt für Gewässerkunde sucht für das Referat G2 „Gewässerchemie“ im Rahmen des Projektes „BMVI Expertennetzwerk“ zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt befristet bis zum 31.12.2019 eine/n Naturwissenschaftler/in. Bei der Projektbearbeitung ist die Anfertigung einer Promotion erwünscht.

BFG: Diplom/Master-Arbeit: Modellierung der Belastungssituation durch Antifouling-Wirkstoffe (Sportbootbereich) in deutschen Binnengewässern
Im Referat G1 „Grundsatzfragen der qualitativen Gewässerkunde“ wird im Rahmen des Forschungsprojektes „Minimierung von Umweltrisiken der Antifouling-Schiffsanstriche in Deutschland: Entwicklung von Handlungsoptionen im Rahmen der Produktzulassung“ eine Diplom-/Masterarbeit vergeben.

University of Aberdeen: Quantitative determination of phosphoproteins and phosphopeptides in tissue samples by HPLC-ICP-MS / ES-MS – method development and application to isoforms of τ-protein
We are looking for a PhD-student, who is interested in method development for the quantification of phosphoproteins and phosphopeptides using HPLC, ICP-MS and ES-MS and quantification of metals in biological samples using stable isotope dilution methodology. Fully developed methods will be applied to samples of mouse and human origin and the results will be compared to results using "standard" clinical methods.

SCK-CEN Belgium: Development and validation of HPLC-SF-ICP-MS methodologies for characterization of spent nuclear fuel
The Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN) recently opened its call for PhD and post-doc positions (2016 campaign). Two challenging research topics on SF-ICP-MS method development are offered for this purpose by the Radiochemistry expert group.

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



National Research Council Canada: Research Associate, Analytical Chemistry
We are looking to fill one or more Research Associate (RA) positions to support our Measurement Science and Standards Portfolio. The RA would be someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.


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