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

In our last issue of the Speciation Newsletter for the year 2018 we would like to report about new European regulation meant to reduce health risks for the European population. Three elements and their species are in the focus of the European Commission:
  • Mercury
  • Cadmium
  • Chromium
Human exposure to cadmium is mainly via the diet. According to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the mean dietary exposure for adults across Europe is close to or slightly exceeding the tolerable weekly intake, calling for stricter regulation reducing the exposure.
Since cadmium is entering the food chain via the soil, and soil is contaminated via the use of phosphate fertilizer, the EU has decided to reduce the tolerable cadmium content of phosphate fertilizer (see the news below).

Since the half-life of cadmium in the human body is longer than 10 years, and subgroups of the population such as children are especially vulnerable, new EU regulation aim especially at an increased protection of infants and young children. For children, chocolate is a significant source for cadmium exposure. New regulation coming into force on January the first next year are meant to reduce the exposure through chocolate (see the news below).

Such regulation restricting the access to the European market are always heavily discussed between regulators and stakeholders. Most of the time the final rules are a compromise between the risk reduction for the consumer and the demands by the market suppliers. With respect to mercury, fish is the most important source of exposure. The EU had plans to double the maximum mercury level tolerated in predatory fish. Yet following a meeting held in September between the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCOPAFF) with the European Commission, it has been decided to discontinue such plans for the time being (see the news below). 

The capabilities of plasma-based techniques such as ICP-MS will be discussed during the European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry taking place in early February next year in Pau (France). There is still time to submit poster contributions (until January 10).

The ANAKON 2019 in Münster is the most important German speaking conference on analytical chemistry. There is still time to submit an abstract for a late poster presentation (until February 8, 2019).

The role of trace metals in life science will be discussed during the 7th International Symposium on Metallomics, taking place June 30 to July 3rd next year in  Warsaw (Poland).  

We thank you all for your interest and your fidelity and we hope that we can meet your expectation also during the next year.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous Year 2019

Your EVISA team


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.

Cadmium in chocolate: New EU regulation enter into force 1 January 2019
EU regulation from 2014, meant to reduce the dietary exposure to cadmium, gave ample of time to allow the cocoa producing countries and chocolate industry to adapt to these. The "new" regulation for maximum cadmium levels in cocoa products will finally enter into force on 1 January 2019.

The European Commission has put on hold plans to increase maximum authorised mercury level in fish
Following a meeting held in September between the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCOPAFF) with the European Commission, it has been decided to discontinue for the time being the review of the maximum levels (MLs) for mercury in fish.

EU agrees on maximum cadmium level in fertilisers
The European Union on Tuesday agreed on a cap for cadmium levels in fertilisers in a move welcomed by Russia’s Phosagro but greeted with some scepticism by a European industry lobby.

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.
 more infos...

Date:     February 3,2019 - February 8,2019
Location:     Pau, France
January 10,2019    Submission of abstracts for late poster presentations

Date:     March 25,2019 - March 28,2019
Location:     Münster, Germany
February 8, 2019    Submission of abstracts for late poster presentations

FESTEM 2019: 7th International Symposium of the Federation of European Societies on Trace Elements and Minerals together with 35th Annual GMS Meeting
Date:     April 2,2019 - April 5,2019
Location:     Potsdam/Germany
December 31,2018    Early registration at reduced fee

ISM 2019: 7th International Symposium on Metallomics
Date:     June 30,2019 - July 3,2019
Location:     Warsaw University of Technlogy, Poland
January 15,2019    Notification of acceptance
February 28,2019    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.

18th European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry 2019
Location: Pau, France
Date: 03.02.2019 - 08.02.2019

PittCon 2019: 70th Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Date: 17.03.2019 - 21.03.2019

Location: Münster, Germany
Date: 25.03.2019 - 28.03.2019

FESTEM 2019: 7th International Symposium of the Federation of European Societies on Trace Elements and Minerals together with 35th Annual GMS Meeting
Location: Potsdam/Germany
Date: 02.04.2019 - 05.04.2019

ISABC15: 15th International Symposium on Applied Bioinorganic Chemistry
Location: Nara, Japan
Date: 02.06.2019 - 05.06.2019

ReMiND 2019: Biomolecules in Neurodegenerative Diseases
Location: Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Braunschweig, Germany
Date: 26.06.2019 - 27.06.2019


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Pau, France: Large-scale analysis for metallophores in bacterial exudates
The IPREM CNRS-UPPA group UMR5154 has an open postdoctoral position for a scientist working on the Large-scale analysis for metallophores in bacterial exudates using high resolution high accuracy mass spectrometry.

IPREM, Pau, France: Environmental Sciences
The scietific team around Marie-Pierre Isaure at IPREM (Pau, France) is looking for a postdoctorial fellow that will work on both imaging and spectroscopy.

University of Crete: Marie Curie Fellowship
The group of Spiros A. Pergantis is currently seeking junior or experienced post-docs with an excellent track record in Analytical, Bioanalytical or Physical Chemistry, that are eligible and willing to apply for a Marie Sklodowska Curie fellowship. The group has hosted 5 Marie Curie postdoctoral fellows so far and has the expertise to prepare competitive research proposals under the MSCA scheme for the following research project:
“Ion Mobility Spectrometry on-line with Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry: A New Analytical Tool for Studying Physicochemical Matrix Effects Occurring in an Inductively Coupled Plasma, for Determining Metal Containing Nanoparticles and Metalloproteins”


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.



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