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International Multidisciplinary Conference on Mineral Waters - Genesis, Exploitation, Protection and Valorisation, will be held in Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad), Czech Republic, on 8-11 September 2014.
The major objective of the conference is to bring together four groups of experts:
The first group includes mostly 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.
The second group include 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 and, if such companies do not have their own hydrogeologist, the quality managers.
The third group includes 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. Therefore, groundwater during this conference should be presented and considered a very complex scientific field of which results may have extremely broad consequences and effects.
The fourth group regards 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.
Themes and Topics
Three conference themes are distinguished:
Theme A: HYDROGEOLOGY AND HYDROGEOCHEMISTRY — ORIGIN, PROTECTION AND MANAGEMENT
Theme B: BOTTLED WATER — MARKET AND DEMAND, HEALTH ISSUES
Theme C: BALNEOLOGY — BALNEOTHERAPY AND BALNEOTECHNICS
Balneologický institut Karlovy Vary o.p.s. is involved in the organization of professional events.
More informations: http://minwat2014.vuv.cz/index.php/en