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

Besides mercury, arsenic is the most often analysed element with respect to its species distribution. Since inorganic species are the most toxic ones, their presence in drinking water and staple foods should be carefully watched and limited.  It is well known, that rice is accumulating more arsenic compared to other cereals. UK researchers investigated, whether already the rice consumption in England and Wales is associated with cardiovascular mortality. Their results suggest that the highest 25% of rice consumers may be plausibly be at greater risk of cardiovascular mortality due to inorganic arsenic exposure (see the news below).

French researchers investigated the content and speciation of tin and mercury in red wines from many countries. While methylmercury was not found in any sample, mostly methylated tin species were present at low concentrations. The results from different wines indicated that the origin of these species is probably the result of the biological processes during the wine making (see the news below).

While normally at the end of this month the holiday season would be finished and conferences and symposia would be scheduled, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the diary. All conferences within the EVISA diary scheduled for August and September are either postponed or will be organized as virtual events.

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.

Tin and mercury content and speciation in red wine from different countries
French researchers from Pau investigated the content and speciation of tin and mercury in red wines from many countries by using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and gas chromatography coupled to ICP-MS.

Increased global mortality linked to dietary exposure to inorganic arsenic via rice-based diets
The research of UK researchers shows that there is a significant association between elevated cardiovascular mortality, recorded at a local authority level, and the consumption of inorganic arsenic bearing rice.

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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SciX 2020
Date:     October 11,2020 - October 16,2020
Location:     Nugget Casino Resort, Sparks, NV
July 31,2020    Submission of abstracts for poster contributions
September 21,2020    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.

Cancelled: EUROBIC 2020 – 15th European Biological Inorganic Chemistry Conference
Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Date: 16.08.2020 - 22.08.2020

Postponed:23rd International Mass Spectrometry Conference
Location: Rio de Janeiro
Date: 29.08.2020 - 04.09.2020

Postponed: SPECTR’ATOM 2020
Location: Palais Beaumont, Pau, France
Date: 08.09.2020 - 11.09.2020

Postponed: Copper 2020
Location: Grand Hotel Vesuvio, Sorrento, Naples, Italy
Date: 20.09.2020 - 25.09.2020

Postponed: TEMA 17: 17th International Symposium of Trace Elements in Man and Animals
Location: Aachen, Germany
Date: 20.09.2020 - 26.09.2020

Virtual: SciX 2020
Location: Nugget Casino Resort, Sparks, NV
Date: 11.10.2020 - 16.10.2020


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 !


Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria: TecEUS – Technology-critical Elements in Urban Spheres
Montanuniversität Leoben is offering a PhD position with the topic: Technology-critical elements in urban spheres’ in the field of analytical chemistry with a strong focus on mass spectrometry in a young
team within a highly transdisciplinary FWF-funded project.

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.



University of Crete: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action Individual Fellowship
The research group of Spiros A. Pergantis is currently seeking junior or experienced post-docs with an excellent track record in Analytical or Bioanalytical Chemistry, that are willing to apply for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action Individual Fellowship

U.S. FDA: PostDoc with experience in single particle ICP-MS
The US Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (College Park, Md) seeks a postdoctoral analytical chemist with experience in single particle ICP-MS.

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: Science Leader, Nano-Bio-Imaging, Inorganic Mass Spectrometry (10821)
LGC in Teddington (UK) is looking for a science leader in the inorganic analysis team.

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


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