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Call for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM)


COST Action TD1407 invites applications for STSM. The Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are exchange visits aimed at supporting individual mobility, strengthening existing networks and fostering collaboration between researchers. The STSM should specifically contribute to the scientific objectives of the COST Action TD 1407 - NOTICE, while at the same time allowing applicants to learn new techniques or gain access to specific data, instruments and/or methods not available in their own institutions / organisations.



For more information, download  the official documents for this call and the evaluation procedure


Deadline for applications:  Closed.



STSMs Coordinator: Natalia Ospina-Alvarez

ospina [at]


Host Institutions may be public or private entities located in one of the current member states of the COST Action TD1407. 


You can apply (i) by finding a host institution not involved in the COST Action TD1407, or (ii) applying to a host institution already involved in the action. Below there is a list of action members with open topics for STSMs, if one of them match with your research interests you should contact directly to the contact person to discuss your work plan.


Within 4 weeks after the STSM
A Scientific Report (description of the achievements of the mission) should be sent by the grantee to the STSM coordinator.

Download here the Scientific Report Template.





Action's members with open topics for STSMs


Miguel Caetano

IPMA - Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera. Division of Environmental Oceanography and Bioprospection. Lisbon, Portugal



Topic: Biogeochemistry studies of Rare Earth Elements (REE).

see current TCE research


Antonio Cobelo
IIM-CSIC. Vigo, Spain



Topic 1: Solid phase extraction for Pt determination in natural waters for routine analysis.
Topic 2: Geochemistry of Pt at the land-sea interaction zone.

see current TCE research



Montserrat Filella

Institute F.-A. Forel, University of Geneva, Switzerland



Topic:  Organic matter – TCE interaction by fluorescence quenching

Period of the STSM: From: April to July 2017. Minimum 2 months.
Lab work: The work will take place at the fluorescence facilities of PROTEE, Toulon, France under the co-supervision of Dr Stéphane Mounier.



Kevin Francesconi

Institute of Chemistry,   Analytical Chemistry. Graz, Austria




Topic:  Determination of Technology Critical Elements in soils and plants by ICP MS

see current TCE research



Laure Giamberini

Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire des Environnements Continentaux. UMR 7360 CNRS - Université de Lorraine (Metz, France)

e-mail: Better contact directly with Ana Romero:



Topic 1: Lanthanides multitoxicity test: Is the toxic effect of lanthanides in waters antagonistic or synergistic?. Study from water bioassays.

Topic 2: Short-term processes of weathering in material rich in REE. Toxic risk associated with REE transfer in future mining areas. 


Period of the STSM: Topic 1 could be done in 3 weeks, while topic 2 will take at least 4 weeks. Possibility of work the same researcher in both topics is available depending on experience.



Marco Guida

University of Naples Federico II. Department of Biology. Naples, Italy



Topic:  Toxicity tests with aquatic and soil organisms (mortality, bioluminescence inhibition, growth inhibition); microbiological tests.

Testing matrices of interest: wastewater, soil, and sediment.  Special interest on single substances and mixtures, especially REEs and PPCP.



Gijs Du Laing

Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry and Applied Ecochemistry, Ghent University. Ghent, Belgium




Topic 1: Technology-relevant elements in fine dust and roadside soils: in vitro assessment of bioavailability.

Period of the STSM: between August 2016 and December 2016 – minimum duration 1 month, but preferably longer – post-MSc/PhD level – experience with ICP-MS is an advantage.


Topic 2: Development of novel analytical techniques to measure concentrations and speciation technology-relevant metals in (industrial) wastewater.

Period of the STSM: from September 2016  onwards – minimum duration 1 month, but preferably longer – experience with ICP-MS is an advantage.



Tatjana Trtic-Petrovic

Vinca Institute of Nuclear Sciences. Belgrade, Serbia



Topic:  Aqueous biphasic systems based on ionic liquids for extraction of the selected TCE as a green sample preparation technique.

see current TCE research


Loïc Martin (France to Netherlands)

Period: 2018-12-03 to 2018-04-14

STSM project: Rare Earth Elements (REE) associated to colloidal phases in temperate river waters: from their characterization using A4F/UV/HR-ICP-MS to modelling validation.

Host: Bert-Jan Groenenberg.

Department of Soil Chemistry, Wageningen University (WU), Wageningen, Netherlands.


Justyna Wojcieszek  (Poland to France)

Period: 04-11-2018 to 22-01-2019

STSM project: A comprehensive study of cerium oxide nanoparticles (CeO2 NPs) uptake, translocation and transformations in Raphanus sativum L. by means of mass spectrometry techniques.

Host: Joanna Szpunar

Laboratoire de Chimie Analytique Bio-inorganique et Environnement au sein de I’UMR 5254-IPREM Université de Pau et des Pays de I’Adour-CNRS, Pau.


Ana Romero (Spain to Italy)

Period: 2018-09-09 to 2018-12-15

STSM project: Effects of multi-generational exposure of Daphnia magna to natural content of REE.

Host: Marco Guida

University of Naples Federico II, Italy.


Guillaume Jiranek (Switzerland to Spain)

Period: 2018-07-08 to 2018-08-23

STSM project: History and behaviour of TCEs in the Geneva lake.

Host: Antonio Cobelo Garcia

Instituto de Investigacións Mariñas (IIM-CSIC), Vigo


Aleksandra Dimitrijević (Serbia to Austria)

Period: 2018-07-02 to 2018-07-27

STSM project: Evaluation of task-specific ionic-liquids based aqueous two-phase systems as a separation platform for purification of TCEs.

Host: Kevin A. Francesconi

University of Graz, Austria


Yasmine Kouhail (Israel to France)

Period: 2017-06-05 to 2017-08-11

STSM project: Determination of interaction constants for Indium/humic acid and Gallium/humic acid complexes using the Donnan membrane technique.

Host: Marc Benedetti

Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, Paris


Marge Muna (Estonia to France)

Period: 2017-03-03 to 2017-06-03

STSM project: Short-term processes of weathering in material rich in REE. Toxic risk associated with REE transfer in future mining areas.

Host: Laure Giamberini and Ana Romero Freire

University of Lorraine, Metz


Noelia Estévez (Italy to Germany)

Period: 2017-01-29 to 2017-04-30

STSM project: Assessment of the effect of different humic substances on the bioavailability and accumulation of palladium (Pd) in freshwater mussels Dreissena polymorpha using isotopically-enriched Pd as metal source.

Host: Sonja Zimmermann

University Duisburg-Essen

Yves Schulze (Switzerland to Sweden)

Period: 2016-09-19 to 2016-12-16

STSM project: Elucidating the toxicity and biological mechanisms of action of indium and gallium through chemical-genomic profiling assays.

Host: Markus Tamas

University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg


Katarzyna Kinska (Poland to France)

Period: 2016-09-12 to 2016-12-10

STSM project: Sinapis alba L. response to stress caused by the presence of palladium nanoparticles and its soluble salts.

Host: Joanna Szpunar

Laboratoire de Chimie Analytique Bio-inorganique et Environnement au sein de I’UMR 5254-IPREM Université de Pau et des Pays de I’Adour-CNRS, Pau


Maria Wiesinger (Austria to Israel)

Period: 2016-09-01 to 2016-11-30

STSM project: TCEs in our Environment: Occurrence, Mobility and fate.

Host: Brian Berkowitz

Weizmann Research Institute of Science, Rehovot 


Karel Folens (Belgium to Sweden)

Period: 2016-05-08 to 2016-07-08

STSM project: Characterization and behaviour of platinum in road dust by chemical fractionation and particle size determination.

Host: Sebastien Rauch

Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg 


Carlos Monteiro (Portugal to Spain)

Period: 2016-05-22 to 2016-06-04

STSM project: Biogeochemistry of platinum-group elements (PGE) in aquatic ecosystems.

Host: Antonio Cobelo Garcia

Instituto de Investigacións Mariñas (IIM-CSIC), Vigo


Patricia Neira del Río (Spain to France)

Period: 2015-11-02 to 2015-12-18

STSM project: Determination of TCEs in time-series samples (1991-2011) of wild mussels from an urban beach (Vigo Ria, NW Iberian Peninsula).

Host: Jörg Schäfer

University of Bordeaux, UMR EPOC 5805 CNRS


Jelena Dordević (Serbia to UK)

Period: 2016-01-17 to 2016-01-29

STSM project: Use of vibrated microwire electrode for later potential applications to the determination of selected TCEs in aqueous samples.

Host: Pascal Salaün

University of Liverpool, School of Environmental Sciences


Conducted STSMs

Katarzyna Kinska at the Laboratory of Bio-inorganic Analytical Chemistry and Environment of the University of Pau in France.

Yves Schulze working at the laboratories of the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology of the University of Gothenburg.

From left to right: Elise Joonas, Ana Romero-Freire and Marge Muna at the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Continental Environments (LIEC) in Metz, France.

Karen Folens at at the CHALMERS laboratory facilities in Göteborg.

Jelena Dordević during her research stay at the University of Liverpool, School of Environmental Sciences.

From left to right: Stan Van den Berg, Jelena Đorđević, Pascal Salaün.

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