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MinWat2014

8 - 11 September 2014, KARLOVY VARY (CARLSBAD), Czech Republic

MinWat2014 International Multidisciplinary Conference on MINERAL WATERS: Genesis, Exploitation, Protection and Valorisation

The conference will be held in the city of Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad), Czech Republic, 8th - 11th of September 2014.

For information please refer to www.minwat2014.vuv.cz.

MinWat2014 will also be included in the ESPA calendar of events, on www.espa-ehv.eu/events.

The major objective of the MinWat2014 conference is to bring together four groups of experts:

1. Hydrogeologists and hydrogeochemists who deal with the search for and protection of mineral water resources. This regards hydrogeologists from universities, research institutes and private consultancy firms particularly those interested in thermal and mineral waters, who want to see up-to-date studies on the structure and functioning of such hydrosystems, who want to learn about methodologies they can use to characterise existing springs or springs to be developed in the next future;

2. Professionals involved in distribution of bottled mineral waters whose activities are essentially dependent on the results of hydrogeological exploration. This includes also the managers and hydrogeologists from bottling companies;

3. Balneology professionals for whom the mineral water is a tool used for treatment of various diseases and their prevention. There exists a broad spectrum of issues, which are dealt with in balneology, i.e. balneotherapy and balneotechnics. Experts in this group are represented mostly by physicians who use mineral waters for medicinal procedures, for complex balneotherapy and physiotherapy;

4. Administrations (local, regional, national, European, etc.) that evaluate projects aimed at development of new sources of natural mineral waters. It also includes professionals and administrators involved in designing the regulatory measures for safeguarding and protection of natural mineral water resources.

Three conference themes are distinguished, where Theme C is supported by the European Spas Association (ESPA):

Theme A: HYDROGEOLOGY AND HYDROGEOCHEMISTRY — ORIGIN, PROTECTION AND MANAGEMENT
Theme B: BOTTLED WATER — MARKET AND DEMAND, HEALTH ISSUES
Theme C: BALNEOLOGY — BALNEOTHERAPY AND BALNEOTECHNICS

Conference structure – combination of plenary and parallel presentations

At the beginning of each day, during a plenary session (in one lecture hall), the three parallel sessions (Themes A, B and C) will be introduced by a series of invited keynote lectures. The main objective if these keynote lectures will be the presentation of typical problems existing in the fields of hydrogeology and hydrogeochemistry (Theme A), bottled mineral water (Theme B), and balneology (Theme C) to other colleagues in the audience. These introductory keynote lectures will be relatively easy to follow also for colleagues from other disciplines. By doing so, the experts from, for example, balneology and water bottling will learn about current issues in the field of hydrogeology and hydrogeochemistry, and vice versa, of course.

 

Within Theme C (BALNEOLOGY — BALNEOTHERAPY AND BALNEOTECHNICS) the following topics are identified:

C.1.

Medical use of radon-rich mineral waters – locomotion apparatus diseases

C.2.

Medical use of carbonated mineral waters – breathing apparatus diseases

C.3.

Medical use of the sulphuric waters – skin diseases

C.4.

Medical use of mineral waters in the field of gastroenterology

C.5.

Treatment of neurological diseases

C.6.

Treatment of metabolic disorders

C.7.

Treatment of other diseases – dermatology and psychiatry

C.8.

Use of mineral waters in the field of sports rehabilitation

C.9.

Application of mineral waters for cosmetology

 

ATTENDING CONFERENCE – ABSTRACT SUBMISSION

As the event also involves the application of mineral waters for balneology, in our view, it might be useful for you and your colleagues to attend this international meeting.

You can submit an abstract via the conference website. The deadline for abstract submission is on the 1st of February 2014.

Attached two flyers (PDF) for your information:

 - <MinWat2014, flyer, overview, 03-12-2013.pdfgeneral overview, for all themes

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