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

Mercury is one of the most often discussed man made issue, simply because mercury is a global pollutant and a serious health hazard. This is also the reason, that UNEP has initiated the so called "Minamata Convention" meant to reduce the exposure to the toxic mercury by reducing the industrial use and emission to the environment. Unfortunately, the convention allows for some exemptions, e.g. the use of mercury in medical applications such as vaccines.

Mercury in the form of an organic compound called thiomersal is added to some vaccines as an adjuvant mainly meant to prevent bacterial growth in multidose vials. German researchers from the University of Münster now found that thiomersal is more than just an additive since they were able to find adduct formation between ethylmercury and the virus proteins of the vaccine (see the news below).

Another medical application of mercury is its use in dental amalgam. EU regulation coming into force this month is now restricting the use of amalgam fillings in children under the age of 15 and in pregnant women (see the news below). This is a first hesitant step to reduce the use of mercury in dental applications. Unfortunately, it is this application that is used in many countries to explain the importation of mercury that is otherwise banned for its industrial use. Most of the mercury imported to Africa, South America and Asia is used in artisanal gold mining. It is estimated that the informal mining sector is responsible for over 1 600 tons of mercury emissions to the air and on land per year.

Such issues will be discussed during the 14h International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant, taking place in Krakow (Poland) 08 September 2019 - 13 September, 2019.

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 information 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.

EU restricts mercury fillings for children
The use of silver fillings in baby teeth and children under the age of 15 is restricted in the EU since July 2nd, 2018.

Thiomersal in influenza vaccine: more than just an adjuvant
A team of reseachers from the University of Münster shows that the mercury compound thiomersal added as an adjuvant to influenza vaccine is reacting with the proteins in the vaccine.

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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ICIA 2018: 1. International Conference on Ion Analysis
Date:     September 9,2018 - September 13,2018
Location:     Berlin (Germany)
July 31,2018    Extended: Submission of abstracts for poster presentations
August 15,2018    Extended: Early registration at reduced fee

Copper 2018: 11th International Copper Meeting
Date:     September 23,2018 - September 28,2018
Location:     Grand Hotel Vesuvio, Sorrento, Naples, Italy.
August 1,2018    Extended: Submission of abstracts
September 1,2018    Registration

SciX 2018: The Great Scientific Exchange
Date:     October 21,2018 - October 26,2018
Location:     Atlanta, GA, USA
July 31,2018    Abstract submission for poster presentations
September 28,2018    Early registration at discounted rate

ISPTS2018: 15th International Symposium on Persistent Toxic Substances
Date:     November 6,2018 - November 9,2018
Location:     Basel, Switzerland
July 15,2018    Submission of abstracts
July 30,2018    Notification of acceptance
September 1,2018    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.

BioMetals 2018: 11th International Biometals Symposium
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Date: 15.07.2018 - 19.07.2018

ICHMET 2018: 19th International Conference on Heavy Metals in the Environment
Location: Athens, GA, USA
Date: 21.07.2018 - 25.07.2018

HPLC 2018: 47th International Symposium on High Performance Liquid Phase Separations and Related Techniques
Location: Washington, DC, USA
Date: 29.07.2018 - 02.08.2018

NEMC 2018: National Environmental Monitoring Conference
Location: Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, Louisiana
Date: 06.08.2018 - 10.08.2018

IMSC 2018: 22nd International Mass Spectrometry Conference
Location: Florence, Italy
Date: 26.08.2018 - 31.08.2018

13. Symposium „Massenspektrometrische Verfahren der Elementspurenanalyse“ zusammen mit dem 26. ICPMS-Anwendertreffen
Location: Berlin-Adlershof, Germany
Date: 03.09.2018 - 06.09.2018


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 !


IMR/DTU (Denmark): Marine feed resources
At the Institute of Marine Research we currently have a vacancy for a 3 year PhD position to work on new marine feed resources and determination of heavy metals and arsenic speciation.


CEA-Saclay: Development of a nuclearised instrumental platform and associated methods to analyse actinide-peptide species of interest in nuclear toxicology
A Post-doctoral position is open in the Department of Physical Chemistry at CEA-Saclay (10-20 km near Paris).

NC State University (North Carolina, USA): Biogenic Metal Chelators in the Environment
The Baars Group (https://baarslab.wordpress.ncsu.edu) invite applications for a postdoctoral position to study biologically secreted metabolites that are triggered by abiotic and biotic interactions in the environment.

Prague, Czech Republic: Trace elemental and speciation analysis based on atomic spectrometry mainly in biomedical and environmental fields
The Department of Trace Element Analysis of the Institute of Analytical Chemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences is looking for postdoctorial fellows. The research is focused on (i) development of promising aspects of generation, preconcentration and atomization of volatile compounds for trace elemental and speciation analysis by atomic spectrometry methods (AAS, AFS and ICP-MS) and (ii) application of methods of trace elemental and speciation analysis based on atomic spectrometry mainly in biomedical and environmental fields.

University of Aberdeen, Scotland: Speciation analysis
The TESLA Laboratory at the University of Aberdeen is looking for three postdocs to work within three different projects.


Australian Scientific Instruments: Field Service Technician
Australian Scientific Instruments (ASI) manufactures and supplies world leading specialist scientific instruments. Our RESOlution, RESOchron and Alphachron instruments enable our customers to undertake isotopic and chemical microanalysis of materials so as to achieve unmatched precision and reliability.
Our customers are global spanning the research sector (universities, institutes, government agencies) and commercial (mining, environmental) many of whom specialise in the geosciences.
We are looking for one or more Field Service Technicians with a strong background in laser-based systems and instruments and who understand the importance of providing exceptional customer service.


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 290 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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