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

Emerging pollutants are an upcoming environmental issue. Different chemicals of our daily life, such as cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, hormones and chemotherapeutics, to name only some, are entering the environment via wastewater discharge. Often at concentrations below threshold values triggering regulation, these chemicals are neither retained nor degraded during wastewater treatment. Gadolinium-based contrast agents belong to this class of contaminants. Because of the quite low natural gadolinium background, gadolinium can be used as a tracer for monitoring the contamination of the aquatic environment by urban waste water. German researchers now were able to follow the gadolinium contamination into the drinking water of several water plants (see the news below).

Inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry is the sensitive detection technique to follow gadolinium throughout the aquatic environment. At the Pittcon Conference last week a new player entered the market with an ICP-MS instrument. While Shimadzu has a long history in the manufacturing of ICP-MS systems, the new ICPMS-2030 is the first system appearing on the European market (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.

Tracing Gadolinium-based Contrast Agents from Wastewater, via Surface Water to Drinking Water
German researchers from the University of Münster investigated the fate of Gadolinium-based contrast agents emitted to the environment via wastewater discharge and were able to follow it into the processed drinking water of several water plants in Germany.

Shimadzu: New Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS)
Shimadzu Scientific Instruments announced on Thuesday March 8 the release of its new ICPMS-2030 inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer. Featuring unique analysis assistant functions and incorporating proprietary cost-reducing capabilities, the ICPMS-2030 provides efficient, sensitive trace element analysis for environmental testing, food and agriculture studies, and pharmaceutical work.

European Commission consults on chemicals legislation outside REACH
The European Commision has launched a public consultation meant to obtain stakeholder views on the functioning of the legislative framework for chemicals (exclusing REACH).

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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SETAC Europe 26th Annual Meeting

Date:     May 22,2016 - May 26,2016
Location:     Nantes, France,
November 25,2015    Submision of abstracts
March 22,2016    Early registratioin at reduced fee

8th Nordic Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry

Date:     June 5,2016 - June 8,2016
Location:     Loen, Norway
March 31,2016    Submission of abstracts
April 1,2016    Early registration at reduced fee

Kolloquium LC-MS in der Umweltanalytik 2016

Date:     June 6,2016 - June 8,2016
Location:     Leipzig
March 31,2016    Submission of abstracts for oral presentations
April 30,2016    Submision of abstracts for poster presentations
May 6,2016    Early registration at reduced fee

DUST 2016: 2nd International Conference on Atmospheric Dust

Date:     June 12,2016 - June 17,2016
Location:     Castellaneta Marina - Taranto, Italy
November 16,2015    Submission of abstracts
March 31,2016    Registration of oral presenters
March 31,2016    Early registration at reduced fee
May 1,2016    Registration of poster presenters

BNASS 2016: 18th Biennial National Atomic Spectroscopy Symposium

Date:     July 4,2016 - July 6,2016
Location:     Liverpool, John Moores University
March 24,2016    Extended: Submission of abstracts for oral presentation
March 24,2016    Extended: Submission of abstracts for poster presentations
May 6,2016    Early registration at reduced fee
June 30,2016    Registration

EWLA2016: 13th European Workshop on Laser Ablation

Date:     July 12,2016 - July 15,2016
Location:     Ljubljana, Slovenia
April 1,2016    Submission of abstracts
May 1,2016    Notification of acceptance
May 20,2016    Early Registration at reduced fee
September 30,2016    Full paper submission (JAAS themed issue)

ISEAC 39: 39th International Symposium on Environmental Analytical Chemistry (“Environmental and food monitoring”)

Date:     July 19,2016 - July 21,2016
Location:     Hamburg, Germany
April 1,2016    Submission of abstract
April 30,2016    Early registration at reduced fee

IAP2016: 9th International Conference 'INTERFACES AGAINST POLLUTION'

Date:     September 4,2016 - September 7,2016
Location:     "Centre Transfronterer", in Lleida, Catalonia, Spain
March 31,2016    Submission of abstracts
April 30,2016    Notification of acceptance
May 31,2016    Early registration at reduced fee
January 5,2017    Submission of manuscripts for the special issue in Environmental Chemistry

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

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

Spectr'Atom 2016
Location: Pau, France
Date: 24.05.2016 - 27.05.2016

64th Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics
Location: San Antonio, TX
Date: 05.06.2016 - 09.06.2016

8th Nordic Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Location: Loen, Norway
Date: 05.06.2016 - 08.06.2016


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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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