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

The biogeochemical cycle of elements sometimes goes unexpected  ways - or would you expect that mountain lions get exposed to mercury from the seawater ? That is exactly what researchers at UC Santa Cruz have discovered. Coastal upwelling waters brings some methylmercury to the surface, where it is released back to the atmosphere and carried by fog to the coast. Mercury deposited on the ground makes its way up the food chain reaching mountain lions via their prey.  Concentrations of mercury in pumas in the Santa Cruz Mountains were three times higher than lions who live outside the fog zone (see the news below).

Gadolinium used as active component of contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging is in the news for some years now. One of the reasons for headlines is the fact, that gadolinium-based contrast agents have been related to a rare, but very critical disease called "nephrogenic systemic fibrosis" (NSF), that has been observed in people with advanced kidney disease.  Since the first observations of this disease in 2006, screening and prevention measures have been put in place meant to prevent the disease. A group of researchers from the US now analysed the current situation related to the newer group 2 contrast agents and found not a single case of NSF for patients belonging to the risk group (see the news below).

The next event to discuss such topics is the Winter Conference for Plasma Spectrochemistry, which will take place January 12-18, 2020 in Tucson, Arizona.  

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 2020

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.

Group 2 gadolinium-based contrast agents seem to be safe even for patients with chronic kidney disease
Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), who receive a gadolinium-based contrast agent (GBCA) belonging to the newer group 2 type, have a low risk of developing nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF), a systematic review and meta-analysis published online December 9 in JAMA Internal Medicine has shown.

High levels of mercury found in mountain lions linked to coastal fog
Coastal fog, bioaccumulation and biomagnification contributes to mercury levels that approach toxic thresholds in pumas

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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16th International Symposium on Hyphenated Techniques in Chromatography and Separation Technology
Date:     January 29,2020 - January 31,2020
Location:     Ghent, Belgium
January 19,2020    Registration

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

2020 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Date: 12.01.2020 - 18.01.2020

16th International Symposium on Hyphenated Techniques in Chromatography and Separation Technology
Location: Ghent, Belgium
Date: 29.01.2020 - 31.01.2020

PittCon 2020: 71th Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy
Location: Chicago, IL
Date: 01.03.2020 - 05.03.2020

analytica 2020: 27th International Trade Fair for Laboratory Technology, Analysis, Biotechnology and analytica conference
Location: Munich, Germany
Date: 31.03.2020 - 03.04.2020

SETAC Europe 30th Annual Meeting
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Date: 03.05.2020 - 07.05.2020

Location: Palais Beaumont, Pau, France
Date: 12.05.2020 - 15.05.2020


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Europe: Mercury Biogeochemistry
The EU H2020 programme is financing a Marie-Curie training network on 'mercury biogeochemistry' over the next four years (2020-2023). A total of 15 PhD positions are open throughout Europe on a variety of topics, some including ICPMS or 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).


LGC, Teddington, UK: Researcher Inorganic Mass Spectrometry (6702)
LGC is offering a position for a researcher joining its Inorganic Analysis team.

Nestle, Lausanne, Switzerland: Minerals & Metals Specialist
Nestlé Research is seeking a Minerals & Metals Specialist to support its research strategy.

Glass Expansion: European Operations Manager
Glass Expansion is a world leader in the design, manufacture and support of sample introduction system for ICP-OES and ICP-MS. It is establishing a new European office and distribution centre in Weilburg, Germany to provide technical and logistical support to our existing OEM, distributor and end-users around Europe. This newly created position is available for someone to set-up the new facilities, engage the team and then manage the new organization.


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