OFFICIAL SPEAKERS 2022

Topic 1: MORE THAN SWEATING – SAUNA AND HEALTH

PD DR. MED. RAINER BRENKE

Former Deputy Director of the Clinic &Poliklinik for Phys. Med. and Rehabilitation of the Charité, Berlin as well as former Chief Physician and Medical Director in Hospital Departments for Naturopathic Medicine

Title: Fundamentals and evidence of effectiveness of hardening by sauna

PD Dr. med Rainer Brenke received his training as an internist and specialist for physical medicine at the Berlin Charité, among others under Prof. Conradi. He worked here for many years, most recently as Deputy Director of the Clinic and Polyclinic for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. From 1994 to 2011 he worked as chief physician and medical director in hospital departments for naturopathy in Lower Bavaria and Rhineland-Palatinate. He has been scientifically involved with the topic of “sauna” since the 1970s.

PROF. DR. JAN SIEMENS

Vice Dean for Research, Dean of Research at the Heidelberg Medical Faculty

Title: Heat sensation and heat acclimatization – how does it work and what is it good for?

Prof. Dr. Jan Siemens currently works as the Dean of Research at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Heidelberg, where he holds the Current Professorship in the Department of Pharmacologi. He is also group leader of the Molecular Medicine Partnership Unit (EMBL, Heidelberg).

HANS HÄGGLUND

MD. PhD. Professor at University of Uppsala, Sweden

Title: Lessons learned from 50 years of sauna studies – Time for standardized sauna research protocols!

Hans Hägglund is a “Sauna Doctor” at the Swedish Sauna Academy, in 2018 he was one of the leading people in the organizing committee for the XVII International Sauna Congress in Haparanda/Tornio, Sweden. His book “The Sauna Book – Hot Facts about Sauna and Health” was published in Swedish in 2020

JEANNINE HERMANN

Innovation Manager Wellness & Health, Innsbruck

Title: Regionality and Authenticity as a Guarantee for Success in Preventive Health Care


Jeannine Hermann has been working in tourism for more than 20 years and in the field of wellness & health for over 10 years as an innovation manager at the Standortagentur Tirol, Innsbruck. Her hobbyhorse is to track down innovations, trends and potentials of the industry.

Earric Lee

Doctoral Researcher, Exercise Medicine Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä

Doctor researcher Earric Lee works at the University of Jyväskylä at the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences. He has published several times on sauna effects on the cardiovascular system.

Topic 2: Quo Vadis Sauna?

HANS DOLMAN

Quality Wellness Resorts Netherlands; Founder and major shareholder

Titel: Our Wellness-Vision

Hans Dolman is the founder and main shareholder of Quality Wellness Resorts with four spas and two hotels in the Netherlands. In addition, he is very active in the promotion of European infusion competitions and is a member of the board of Aufguss-WM e.V.

Kim Kenseki

Managing Director Skyspa Yokohama

Title: Developments in the Japanese sauna market after Covid 19

Kim Kenseki is the general manager of Skyspa Yokohama. He opened Japan’s first show infusion sauna and co-working sauna. He is also a board member of the Japan Sauna Spa Association as well as the International Sauna Association

GEORG WIESAUER

Operations management Silent Spa and Treatments at Therme Laa

Title: The target group oriented copncept of Therme Wien and SILENT SPA

Georg Wiesauer completed the management trainee program of VAMED Vitaliy World after his tourism management studies at the FH IMC Krems. After working as Assistant Spa Manager at TAUERN SPA Kaprun, Mr. Wiesauer took over the divisional management of Therme, Silent Spa and Treatments at Therme Laa in 2019.

RENÉ PIER

Freelance interior architect & member of the state board of AKBW Architektenkammer Baden-Württemberg

Title: Healthy Neighborhoods – Inner-City Bathhouses as New Social Meeting Places

In 2000, René Pier founded the office SCHIENBEIN+PIER. Parallel to his work in the office, René Pier has been teaching as a lecturer at the HFT (University of Applied Sciences) in Stuttgart in the master’s program IMIAD (International Master of Interior-Architectural Design) since 2016. On the regional board of the bdia (Association of German Interior Architects) and through his extensive lecturing activities, René Pier is networked worldwide in the industry. In 2020, he was a member of the ECIA (European Council of Interior Architects) workgroup for the amendment of the Charter for the Education of Interior Architects in Europe.

TOPIC 3: ECOLOGICAL AND TECHNICAL CHALLENGES FOR SAUNA CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION

MARKUS GÄBELE

Dipl.-Ing., authorized signatory and head of development and design for sauna as well as spa, at KLAFS Schwäbisch Hall

Title: Energy efficiency in public sauna baths

Markus Gäbele, Dipl.-Ing. is an authorized signatory at KLAFS, where he is responsible for sauna and spa technology as head of development and design. His many years of experience in the construction of high-quality sauna and professional wellness facilities make him a specialist in energy and cost efficiency. He is a member of several standards committees. He has lectured several times at events organized by the German Sauna Association.

PROF. DR. ANDRÉ D. THESS

Professor of Energy Storage, Stuttgart; Director of DLR

Title: Green Sauna: Solar Wellness all Over the World

André D. Thess is Professor of Energy Storage at the University of Stuttgart, Director of the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and founder of the technology company Thermal Energy Storage Systems (THESS). Prof. Thess is the author of the book “Seven energy end-of-life fairy tales?”, which spent several months at number 1 on the Amazon bestseller list in the energy technology and energy policy categories in 2021. He is the head of the “Green Sauna” project.

HANS-HELMUT SCHAPER

Managing Director of Planungsgruppe-VA GmbH, Hanover Chairman of the DGfdB Technical Committee

Title: Optimized energetic sauna and bathing operation in the focus of the current worldwide resources

In addition to his entrepreneurial tasks as managing director and shareholder, Hans-Helmut Schaper has been active in the field of swimming pools & wellness throughout Germany for more than three decades. Not least through his association memberships, such as Chairman of the Technical Committee in the DGfdB as well as Deputy Chairman of the Working Group AK Energy and Resources at the German Society for the Bath Industry (DGfdB), as an expert for pool technology, wellness and drinking water hygiene.

Hans DOLMAN

Quality Wellness Resorts Netherlands; Founder and major shareholder

Title: The positioning of wellness – hotel and retreats.

Hans Dolman is the founder and main shareholder of Quality Wellness Resorts with four spas and two hotels in the Netherlands. He is also very active in promoting European infusion competitions and is a member of the board of Aufguss-WM e.V.

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