Mineral-medicinal and thermal waters are included in a field of high scientific interest within the specialization areas of the Campus of Ourense (Campus of water) in the University of Vigo. Their study, exploitation and use can clearly influence life quality of the current society, contributing significantly to their health and well-being.
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Ourense stands out as one of the province with more tradition in thermal springs and healing spa resorts of Spain. Ourense is also considered as one of the main thermal cities of Europe. Therefore, the curative spa is a strategic area, as well as an engine for its socioeconomic development in the field of thermal tourism, becoming a preferred destination for the so-called Experimental tourism and thermalism.
From an institutional point of view, the “IInd International Symposium on Healing SPA and life Quality” constitutes an opportunity to advance in the strategy of collaboration between the public institutions of Ourense province involved in healing spa development: “Concello de Ourense”, “Diputación Provincial de Ourense”, “Expourense” and “University of Vigo” (Campus of Ourense-Campus of water), with a long-standing cooperation background in this matter.
The IInd International Symposium on Thermalism and Quality of Life has been organized around three main topics and a fourth focused in general research on water:
Mineral and medical water and thermalism
Physical and chemical characterization of mineral and thermal water. Hydrogeology.
Quality control and analysis of water.
Traditional and modern aspects of water utilization (energy, cosmetics, etc.).
Administrative and legal aspects of thermal water exploitation.
Heritage and architecture in thermalism
Historical heritage (modern and contemporary periods).
Architecture, restauration and revaluation of historical SPAs.
New architecture for thermalism: projects, challenges, and perspectives.
Experimental tourism and thermalism
Hydrotherapy, balneotherapy, thalassotherapy.
Thermalism for elderly people.
Planification and promotion of thermal tourism.
Management and administration.
General research on water