Call for papers has started – talks for the thematic areas can be submitted

Publication of the articles in April

The International Sauna Congress will be held from 24 to 27 October 2022 as part of the interbad trade fair in Stuttgart. The International Sauna Congress is staged every four years by the International Sauna Association (ISA), whose head office is located in Helsinki. The ISA has commissioned the German Sauna Association to organise this year’s event. The organisers are now asking scientists, experts from the fields of medicine, physiotherapy, architecture and marketing, as well as sauna manufacturers and operators from home and abroad to submit papers for the Congress. The experts are requested to present their current research results, future-oriented business concepts and the latest surveys relating to saunas to the international sauna industry.

“Especially during the corona pandemic, it has been shown how important dialogue between research, development and practice is within the context of sustainable and intrinsic further development of the offerings in our industry. Going to the sauna has experienced a dramatic boom although bathing opportunities in public saunas or in wellness areas of hotels were only available to a limited extent. Home saunas, in particular, have benefited from this boom. The decisive factors here were increased interest in health-enhancing offers and the search for a mental balance in the exceptional pandemic situation. In the area of digitalisation the pandemic also led to a major boost in saunas’ business and organisational processes. I am expecting exciting exchanges in this respect during the discussion forums in the Congress,” said Martin Niederstein, Managing Director of the German Sauna Association.

The Congress will examine four content-related complexes: the thematic area “Saunas and health” will focus, for example, on the effect of saunas on physiological processes and will examine the preventive aspects from which sauna guests benefit. In the second thematic area sauna operators will present new business models, including operating concepts from Europe, Asia and North America. The thematic area “Ecological and technical challenges for sauna construction and operation” will look at questions of sustainability, energy efficiency and climate neutrality in company management. The agenda will also include the thematic area “Quo vadis, sauna?” in which trend and market research results will be presented and future-oriented offers and services for public saunas will be demanded.

In its capacity as the organiser of the International Sauna Congress, the German Sauna Association is hoping for keen interest in the call for papers in order to therefore create a basis for a varied, interesting and future-oriented Congress. The detailed programme of the 18th International Sauna Congress will be published in April. Workshops and master classes also form an integral part of the Congress programme.

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