I International Congress on Water and Health

September 16 and 17, 2020 – Ourense (Galicia) – Spain

Congress Program

NOTE: Congress hours are for Spanish time (GMT + 2 h.)

Day 1.- Wednesday, September 16.

11.30 am.- Opening and welcome session.

Presenta: Emma González. Termatalia Director.


Manuel Baltar. President of the Provincial Council of Ourense, “the thermal province”. President of E.H.T.T.A. and president of the Termatalia advisory committee.

Ricardo Sosa. Executive secretary of INPROTUR – Argentina.

Alfonso Rueda. Vice President and Minister of Tourism of the Regional Government of Galicia.

Armando Ojea. Deputy Mayor of the city of Ourense.

Luis Pedro Martins. President of the Porto e Norte Tourism Entity (Portugal).

Joachim Lieber. Honorary Secretary General of the European Spa Association.

Miguel Mirones. President of the National Association of Thermal Centers of Spain, ANBAL (Spain).

Victor Leal. President of the Associaçao Termas de Portugal.

12.30 pm.- Global vision on Health Tourism in times of COVID, challenges and opportunities.

Moderates: Ana Belén Fernández. Meuhotels director.


Simone Zagrodnik. Executive Director of the European Association of Historic Thermal Towns, E.H.T.T.A.

Teresita Van Strate. Manager of TVS Asesorías Técnicas and International Delegate of Termatalia in Argentina.

Andrew Jacka. President of the Asia Pacific Spa Wellness Coalition, APSWC (Asia – Pacific).

Lotfi Khelifi. International delegate of Termatalia for Tunisia and North Africa.

Camille Hoheb. CEO of Wellness Tourism Worldwide (United States of America).

Florana Menendez. Vice president of World Federation of Hydrotherapy and Climatotherapy, FEMTEC.

2.00 pm.- Lunch Break.

3.30 to 5.30 pm. – Parallel session. Presentation of scientific works.

 Coordinates: Lourdes Mourelle. President of the Galician Thalassotherapy Society – SOGAT (Spain).

  • Propiedades biológicas de determinadas aguas mineromedicinales en enfermedades dermatológicas (Fuente del Tinteiro, Ourense-España). Authors: María Generosa Souto Figueroa and Antonio Freire Magariños (Spain).
  • The Science of Cosmetic Fasting. The new cosmetics paradigm: Regeneration by cutting out the regenerating agents. Authors: Isabel Ramos Rodríguez and Begoña Sanjuan Sansa (Spain).
  • Del Marketing Comercial a la Promoción del Termalismo y la Medicina Termal: La Escuela de Salud como modelo útil en tiempos de pandemia COVID-19. Authors: Salvador Ramos Rey, Vanesa Seoane Amorín, Marta López Caballero, Lourdes Vázquez Odériz (Spain). (+info – download)
  • Compaginar Seguridad y Hospitalidad: Proceso de elaboración del Protocolo de Seguridad ante la COVID-19 en un Centro de Talasoterapia. Authors: Salvador Ramos Rey, Vanesa Seoane Amorín, Marta López Caballero (Spain). (+ info – download)
  • Ionic Strengh Valuations at 481 brazilian natural mineral waters. Author: Fabio Tadeu Lazzerini (Brazil).
  • Brazilian Minerals with Spa Benefits. Author: Fabio Tadeu Lazzerini (Brazil). 
  • Hacia un turismo seguro mediante el control de parámetros de calidad de las Aguas Termales en Salto, Uruguay, en tiempos de COVID-19. Authors: Elena Alvareda, Matías Salvo , Matías Victoria, Rafael Banega, Carlos Cattani, Ana Moriondo, Mariana Martinez, María Direnna, German Bertolini, Flavia Lavecchia, Rodney Colina y Pablo Gamazo (Uruguay).
  • Estimación del Capital Intelectual: Aplicación del modelo THER en el departamento de Reservas y Recepción en Termas Villa Elisa S.A. Author: Alejo Taffarel (Argentina).
  • Health resort medicine can be a suitable setting to recover disabilities in patients tested negative for COVID-19 discharged from hospital? A challenge for the future. Authors: Stefano Masiero and Maria Chiara Maccarone (Italy).
  • Medicina Termal, el desafío de formar sanitarios especializados. AuthorsLorena Vela, Nicolas Gurnik, Ana Zugarramurdi, Miria Baschini (Argentina).

5.30 pm.- Scientific session on Medical Hydrology.

Presentation of the 3rd Vademecum of the mineral-medicinal waters of Spain. Dr. Francisco Maraver. Chair of Medical Hydrology at the Complutense University.

Research in Medical Hydrology. Adriano Barreto. Coordinator of Termas Centro (Portugal).

Mechanisms of action of Balneotherapy as a trigger for the immune response. Authors: Isabel Gálvez, Silvia Torres and Eduardo Ortega. Center: University Institute of Biosanitary Research of Extremadura (INUBE), University of Extremadura, Badajoz, Spain. Presenters: Prof. Eduardo Ortega and Dra. Isabel Gálvez.

7.00 pm.- Showcooking organized by the project “Un descanso en los Caminos”.

Dishes to prepare:
Prawn salpicón with apple, mango, almond and goat crumbs with Thai basil.
Antonio Lorenzo. Chef of Restaurant A Faragulla of Chantada (Galicia – Spain).
Shot of bica de trives with coffee liquor and red fruits.
Javier Lorenzo. Pazo de Monterrei restaurant in Ourense (Galicia – Spain).
Octopus salad with vinaigrette. Javier Outomuro.
A Taberna Restaurant in Ourense (Galicia – Spain).
Dishes paired with wines from the Denominations of Origin of Galicia D.O. Ribeiro and D.O. Monterrei.
Presents and coordinates: Mercedes González. Sommelier. Vitislucus.


Day 2.- Thursday, September 17.

10.30 to 12.00 am.- The process for the declaration of public utility of a spring.

Moderates: José Antonio Fraiz. Director of Master’s Degree in Tourism of University of Vigo.


The enhancement and exploitation of mineral and thermal resources from a technical perspective. Luis de Ramón Sánchez. Hydrogeologist. Geocisa (Spain).
Exploitation of thermal resources for their therapeutic and recreational use. María del Mar Corral Lledó. Certified scientist of the Geological Resources Research Department. Geological and Mining Institute of Spain.
The administrative procedure for the declaration and use of mineral-medicinal and thermal waters. The recreational use of the thermal waters. Diego Casal Ramos. Optional Mining Engineer. Xunta de Galicia.

12.00 am.- Session of Tourism, Innovation and Sustainability. Spain 2020, thermal sector and Covid19. The pandemic in the public social thermalism programs, case of the “Ourense, the thermal province” program. José Juan Cerdeira. Director of the Wellbeing Area of ​​the Provincial Council of Ourense.

12.30 pm.- Session of Tourism, Innovation and Sustainability. Panel of innovative tourism products:

Moderator: Jorge Pumar. Deputy delegate of Innovation and Tourism of the Provincial Council of Ourense.


  • Health Tourism in Galicia. Nava Castro. Director of the Galician Tourism Agency.
  • Project “Un descanso en los Caminos”. Benigno Amor. Manager of Balnearios de Galicia (Galician Mineral Spas association).
  • Mineral Spas of Extremadura. Carlos Yubero. President of Asociación de Balnearios de Extremadura (Mineral Spas Association of Extremadura).
  • Costa Cálida Region of Murcia, source of well-being: the Region awarded as a health destination. Mamen Martínez, Manager of the Costa Cálida Cares Cluster (Spain).


  • Opportunities and Innovation. Termas de Portugal e Turismo do Porto e Norte de Portugal.
  • João Barbosa. General Secretary of Termas de Portugal Association.
  • New Products and Thermal Experiences of the cross-border Tourist Destination “The Eurocity of Water” Spain-Portugal. Pablo M. Rivera Búa. Executive Director of the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (AECT) EuroCidade Chaves-Verín.

2.00 pm.- Lunch Break. 

3.30 pm.- Safety and prevention protocols in spas and thermal centers.

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Juan Gestal. Director of the Chair of Medical Hydrology at the University of Santiago de Compostela.

Measures to reduce the spread of SARS – CoV-2 in Spas. Guidelines and Recommendations. Fernando Fraile. General Director of ICTE – Institute for Spanish Tourism Quality.

Presentation of the Clean & Safe Termas de Portugal seal. João Barbosa. General Secretary of Termas de Portugal Association.

Covid-19 protocols in a Spa Hotel. Dra. Mª Dolores Fernández Marcos. Specialist in Medical Hydrology. Medical Director of Caldaria Termal.

Termas de Chaves. Manuel Alberto magalhaes. Advanced Technician of Termas de Chaves.

Primary Care. Dr. José Miguel González Lemos. Specialist in Family and Community Medicine.

The coronavirus pandemic is the historical time for revival and recognition of Balneology and climate health resorts. Kurt Von Storch. CEO of Quality in Health Prevention Association (Germany).

5.30 pm.- Coffee Break.

6.00 pm.- Panel on thermal destinations in Argentina.

Coordinates: Ricardo Sosa, executive secretary of INPROTUR.

ENTRE RÍOS, National Capital of Thermal Circuits. Gastón Irazusta. Secretary of Tourism of the province of Entre Ríos.
CATAMARCA, as a developing destination for thermal tourism. Maria Leonor Acevedo Corpacci. Director of Tourist Products of the province of Catamarca.
CHACO, the Secret of Argentina: Thermalism and Wellbeing. Ariel Ybarra. President of the Institute of Tourism of the province of Chaco.
JUJUY, sacred hot springs of the Incas. Carlos Federico Posadas. Minister of Tourism of the province of Jujuy.
LA RIOJA, hot springs between dinosaurs and olive trees. Pablo Barros. General Director of Development of Tourism Products of the province of La Rioja.
MISIONES – OBERÁ, Termas de La Selva misionera. Carlos Antonio Lindstrom. Undersecretary of Tourism. / Adriana Cecilia Lagable. Representative of the Ministry of Tourism of the province of Misiones.
NEUQUÉN, paradise of thermal wellness. Lorena Vela. General Director in Thermal Research of the Provincial Thermal Entity of the province of Neuquén.
SALTA, so cute that it falls in love. Soledad Issa. General Director of Tourist Products of the province of Salta.
SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO – LAS TERMAS DE RIO HONDO, a thermal city. Jorge Mukdise. Mayor of Termas de Río Hondo, province of Santiago del Estero.

6.30 pm.- Conclusions and closing.

7.00 pm.- Close the Congress.

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