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

An important exposure route to toxic metal(loid) species for humans is their diet. Environmental pollution is an important cause for the contamination of food sources. Sometimes human activities have an indirect impact on the contamination level of pollutants. American scientists have now investigated the  impact of hydroelectric  power projects on the dietary exposure of humans to methylmercury  by  consuming local fish and game (see the news below).

Beside mercury, arsenic is another food contaminant. Inorganic arsenic and some organic arsenic species are toxic and may cause bladder and lung cancer. While most often contamination of food by arsenic is related to environmental pollution or geochemical sources, the use of drugs or feed additives may also lead to contamination. Organic arsenic compounds such as Roxarsone and Nitarsone have been used as drugs in the poultry industry in the US for decades until 2015, when FDA retracted their approval. Two new studies now investigated the exposure of humans to toxic arsenic species resulting from the use of these drugs (see the news below).

Their results show that consumers of poultry meat were exposed to toxic arsenic species that probably have created
unnecessary health hazards. While the use of these drugs has been terminated in the US, they are still used in other countries such as China.


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.

Enhanced level of toxic methylmercury in the aquatic environment caused by hydroelectric dams
U.S. researchers have now for the first time modeled exposure to methylmercury for humans making use of local food sources impacted by hydroelectric dams.

Arsenic exposure from Poultry Meat produced in the US before 2015
Two new studies show that the use of arsenic drugs in the US poultry industry has resulted in additional exposure of consumers to toxic arsenic species enhancing their cancer risk.

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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ICBTECE 2017: 19th International Conference on Biogeochemistry, Trace Elements and Chemical Engineering

Date:     January 13,2017 - January 14,2017
Location:     Zurich, Switzerland
October 15,2016    Submission of abstracts
December 13,2016    Early registration at reduced fee

14th Rio Symposium on Atomic Spectrometry

Date:     April 2,2017 - April 7,2017
Location:     Hotel Senac Ilha do Boi, in the city of Vitória, State of Espírito Santo, Brazil
November 18,2016    Submission of abstracts
December 2,2016    Early registration at reduced fee
December 23,2016    Notification of acceptance

ICMGP 2017: 13th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant

Date:     July 16,2017 - July 21,2017
Location:     Providence, Rhode Island, USA
December 15,2016    Submission of abstracts
April 15,2017    Notification of acceptance
May 31,2017    Early registration at reduced fee

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

XXIth Slovak - Czech Spectroscopic Conference
Location: The Low Tatras - Liptovský Ján, Slovakia
Date: 16.10.2016 - 20.10.2016

AsBIC8: 8th Asian Biological Inorganic Chemistry Conference
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Date: 04.12.2016 - 09.12.2016

7th NRW Nano-Conference
Location: Münster, Germany
Date: 07.12.2016 - 08.12.2016

ICBTECE 2017: 19th International Conference on Biogeochemistry, Trace Elements and Chemical Engineering
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Date: 13.01.2017 - 14.01.2017

COST Action ES1205: Engineered nanomaterials from wastewater treatment & stormwatEr to Rivers
Location: Aveiro, Portugal
Date: 07.02.2017 - 08.02.2017

EWCPS 2017: European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Location: Sankt Anton, Austria
Date: 19.02.2017 - 24.02.2017


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Bundesanstalt für Gewässerkunde (BfG): Diplom-/Masterarbeit: Entwicklung von speziesanalytischen Methoden zum Nachweis und Untersuchung von metallbasierten Antifouling Bioziden in aquatischen Matrizes
Ziel der ausgeschriebenen Diplom-/Masterarbeit (Chemie, Umweltwissenschaften und verwandten Studiengängen) ist die Entwicklung komplementärer speziesanalytischer Methoden zur Identifizierung und Quantifizierung relevanter metallbasierter Biozide und Spezies der Verbindungen in aquatischen Matrizes.

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.



Nestlé: Trainee
Nestlé Research Center is currently and urgently looking for a trainee for a period of 6 months starting in February 2017.

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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