European Spas & Balneology Congress 2024



Venue: Grand Spa Conference Centre

09:00 – 11:00  ESPA Board Meeting (by invitation only) 11:00 – 12:00  REGISTRATION / Optional: snacks/ light lunch


12:00 – 12:45

  • Karolis Žemaitis, Vice-Minister of the Economy and Innovation of the Republic of LithuaniA
  • Thierry Dubois, ESPA President
  • Olga Gončarova, General Manager at Travel Lithuania
  • Šarūnas Vaitkus, President of Lithuanian Resorts Association, Mayor of Palanga municipality
  • Artūras Salda, president of the National association of medical spas of Lithuania
  • Ričardas Malinauskas, Mayor of Druskininkai municipality

12:45 – 13:00  FLAG PARADE with all international participants

13:00 – 13:15   BREAK

KEYNOTES: Charting New Horizons: Shaping the Future of Health Tourism 

13:15 – 14:00

  • Jean-Guy de Gabriac, Founder of the World Welness Weekend: Grow your visibility, attract new clients and boost your revenue
  • Michel Julian, UN Tourism, Tourism Market Intelligence and Competitiveness department
  • representative of the WHO, responsible for non-communicative deseases (TBC)

SESSION 1Spa medicine & Prevention using balneology and climate-based evidence

14:00 – 16:00

  • M.D. Ph.D. Kęstutis Skauminas, Medical Spa Eglės Sanatorija, Integrative Approach to Prevention of Stress Diseases at Medical Spa Eglės Sanatorija
  • Dr. Martin Gehlen, Chief Physician of the Rheumatology and Osteology Department Bad Pyrmont, spa and rehabilitation clinic specializing in the treatment of osteological and rheumatological conditions/ Corporate health in cooperation with German health insurance companies
  • Heilsustofnun, Iceland about the effectiveness of balneology treatment on strength and endurance, which increases the quality of life of seniors
  • representative of the ISMH (TBC)
  • representative of the ESPA Medical Group (TBC)
  • Private Health insurance company: Insights from the perspective of the private health insurance companies for cooparation with european health resorts (TBC)

16:00 – 16:30  Coffee & mineral water break

SESSION 2 – Balneology research, nature science & technology

16:30 – 17:30

  • Doc. Dr. Lolita Rapolienė, Klaipėda university, Balneotherapy in reducing stress, depression, and anxiety: short and long-term results of randomized controlled study
  • Prof. Patrick H. Carpentier
  • representative of the ISMH (TBC)
  • SPA Vilnius: The use of hot mineral baths in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Ingrida Zurlyte, Head of WHO Country Office in Lithuania, Summary of the section 

17:30 – 18:00Discussion with DG Sante European Patient organization

19:00 – 22:00  Welcome Dinner Venue: Kolonade restaurant


Venue: Grand Spa Conference Centre

SESSION 3 – Balneology in children’s health

09:30 – 11:00

  • Dr. Karin Lehmann, Usedom: Healing Forest and children health
  • Tbilisi Balneology Centre: Spa rehabilitations for Autism kids
  • MSc. Iva Brozičević Dragičević, Prof. of Psychology, Terme Selce & Rijeka: Nutrition program for obesity kids / Mental Wellbeing & Obesity

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee & mineral water break

Session 4 – Climate-based treatments

11:15 – 12:30

  • representative of the ESPA Thalasso group
  • Healing climate
  • Daniel Fajkus, Falkensteiner Spa Resort, Be In, Go Out – Importance of physical activity in climatic spa
  • Austė Juozapaitytė, Healing forests and results of studies

12:30 – 14:00  Lunch

Session 5 – Perspectives of European health resorts

14:00 – 15:30

  • representative of the Commission DG Sante (TBC)
  • Alina Huseynly, CEO of the Karlovy Vary Research centre: A new era for Czech Spas: The transformation power of the Balneology (Spa medicine) research center
  • representative of the EU Patient organisation (TBC)
  • representative of tthe ESPA Medical Group

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee & mineral water break

Session 6 Spa hotel development & Workforce shortages and education and needs of the economy

16:00 – 18:30

  • TBC international hotel brand representatives (2)
  • TBC  medical spa hotel brand operators (3)
  • Representative of

17:00 – 17:15 Break

17:15 – 18:30

  1. Modern technology and education for quality and sustainable spa care,  Karlovy Vary Balneology Research centre
  2. Egle Rukšėnaitė/Prof. Edgaras Neniškis. E77 SPA Hotels Development & ARCHES, The SPA Hotel of After Tomorrow
  3. Vilija Malinauskaitė, Hospitality industry advisor/ Lecturer at Vilnius University Business School, Potential growth of the spa industry and providers
  4. GenZ- the present project with ESPA and 6 european universities

16:00 – 18:30 Parallel session 

European Spas Medical working group round table & workshop

19:00 – 19:45
Setting off to the Snow Arena for an Enchanting Gala Dinner Experience (later information about transfer via cable cart or with a bus)

20:00 – 00:00  European Spas Innovation Awards & Gala Dinner 



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