9-12 April 2013
Fifth International Conference Swimming Pool & SPA

Swimming Pools and SPA represent a great opportunity not only for social development and health promotion but also for basic and applied research in several areas of scientific interest.
Previous International Conferences on Swimming Pool and SPA highlighted great interest and provided relevant advancements in issues related to Swimming Pool and SPA safety, including chemical and microbiological risks, regulation guidelines, monitoring and management.

Tuesday 9 April 2013
  • Open Ceremony
  • Welcome address
  • WHO presentation on activities on recreational water Enkhtsetseg Shinee
  • Round Table
  • Welcome Cocktail
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Wednesday 10 April 2013
  • Public Health issues related to the recreational use of water
  • A review on microbiological issues related to swimming pools
  • A review on monitoring and disinfection issues.
  • The health promotion and social benefits of recreational waters
  • Occupational safety and health promotion
  • Invited Lectures
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Thursday 11 April 2013
  • Monitoring, Surveillance and Prevention
  • Water Treatment and Pool Management
  • Workshop
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Friday 12 April 2013
  • Harmonized Guidelines and Regulations
  • Round table
  • 6th ICSPS election
  • Abstract Prizes
  • Conclusion
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Tuesday 9 April 2013 - At National Institute of Health, Viale Regina Elena n. 299
From Wednesday 10 April 2013 - At University of Rome "Foro Italico", P.zza Lauro de Bosis n. 4


Tuesday 9th April 2013

At “Aula Pocchiari”, Istituto Superiore di Sanità (the National Institute of Health in Italy) Viale Regina Elena n. 299 – 00161 Rome

Tuesday morning
9,15 Registration of participants

Tuesday afternoon
Welcome address:
ISS (Italian Institute of Health), University of Rome “Foro Italico”, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, FINA (Federation Internationale de Natation)

The opening ceremony will take place in the presence of representatives of different institutions including:
Presidenza della Repubblica Italiana
Ministero degli Esteri
Ministry della Salute
Ministero per gli Affari Regionali, il Turismo e lo Sport
Commissione Europea – Rappresentanza in Italia
Regione Lazio
Assessorato Cultura, Arte e Sport Regione Lazio
Roma Capitale
Provincia di Roma
Istituto per il Credito Sportivo

WHO (World Health Organization)
SItI (Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive medicine and Public Health)
SETAC (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry)
SCI (Italian Chemical Society)
SIF (Italian Flebology Society)
FoRST (Foundation for Spa Scientific Research)
Federterme (Italian Foundation of Industries Spa and Mineral Waters Curative)

ILS (International Life Saving Federation)
LEN (Ligue Europeenne de Natation)
FIN (Italian swimming Federation)
IRC (Italian Resuscitation Council)
GIEC (Group for Intervention in Emergency Cardiology)
National Federation of Red Cross
CRI (Italian Red Cross)

and other national and local Institutions.


16:30 - 16:50 WHO presentation on activities on recreational water - Enkhtsetseg Shinee

16:50 Round Table

18:00 - 18:30 Welcome Cocktail


Wednesday 10th April 2013

At University of Rome "Foro Italico", P.zza Lauro de Bosis n. 4

8:00 - 9:00 Registration of partecipants

Chairperson: Mihály Kádár, Lucia Bonadonna

Public Health issues related to the recreational use of water
Michael Beach
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, USA)

A review on microbiological issues related to swimming pools
Athena Mavridou
(Technological Educational Institute of Athens, Greece)

A review on monitoring and disinfection issues
Lothar Erdinger
(University Hospital Heidelberg, Germany)

The health promotion and social benefits of recreational waters
Thomas Lachocki
(CEO National Swimming Pool Foundation, Colorado, USA)

Conclusions and new perspectives for the Conference
Mihaly Kadar
(National Institute of Environmental Health, Budapest, Hungary)


11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break

Chairperson: Vitorino de Matos Beleza, Gabriella Aggazzotti

OPENING LECTURE:“Trichloramine Induced Inhalation Toxicity In Vitro”
Tamara Grummt
(Federal Environment Agency UBA, Germany)

Monitoring of halogenated compounds in indoor seawater swimming pools treated with chlorine
Jean L. Boudenne, Julien Parinet, Bruno Coulomb
(Aix-Marseille Université, Laboratoire Chimie de l’Environnement, France)

Impact of operation parameters and carbon surface oxidation on monochloramine degradation by granular activated carbon filtration
Bertram Skibinski, Christoph Götze, Wolfgang Uhl
(Technische Universität Dresden, Chair of Water Supply Engineering, Dresden, Germany)

UV-induced free-radical reactions in chlorinated poolwater
A. El-Kallinya, M.L. Dellb, Peter W. Appela
(aDelft University of Technology, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Department of Chemical Engineering, Delft, The Netherlands; bUniversidad Nacional de La Plata, Departmen of Chemistry, La Plata, Argentina)

Effect of pH on DBP formation
Kamilla M. S. Hansen, Henrik R. Andersen
(Department of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)

Occurrence and fate of trace chemicals in swimming pools
Tiffany L.L. Teo, Stuart J. Khan, Heather M. Coleman
(UNSW Water Research Centre, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of New South Wales, Kensington, Australia)


13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

Chairperson: Regina Sommer, Giorgio Liguori

OPENING LECTURE: Cryptosporidium reduction and outbreak risk: intelligentlybalancing filtration, disinfection, and recirculation subsystem efficiencies
James E. Amburgey
(University of North Carolina at Charlotte, NC, USA)

The evaluation of 24 hour rapid Pseudomonas aeruginosa assay techniques, using a commercially available test kit (Pseudalert)
Richard Lawson, Simone Ruddle, Janice Calvert
(Director Oakland Calvert Consultants/Latis Scientific Ltd, Chair PWTAG, United Kingdom)

Performances and pitfalls of free-living amoeba infections diagnostic
Pablo Goldschmidt, Sandrine Degorge, David di Cave, Christine Chaumeil
(Laboratoire du Centre Hospitalier National d'Ophtalmologie des Quinze-Vingts, Paris, France)

Adenovirus as swimming pool virological quality indicator
Marco Verani, Annalaura Carducci
(Hygiene and Environmental Virology Laboratory, Department of Biology, University of Pisa, Italy)

Identification and characterization of microbiologic critical points in swimming-pool surfaces
Mónica S. Garrido Mata, José M. Rocha Nogueira, Ana M. Heitor
(Public Health Department, Regional Health Administration, Porto, Portugal)

Legionella spp survival after different disinfection procedures: comparison between conventional culture and EMA-qPCR
Antonella Mansia, Ilaria Amoria, Isabella Marchesib, Anna Maria Marcellonia, Anna Rita Proiettoa, Greta Ferrantib, Annalisa Bargellinib, Valter Maginic, Federica Valerianic, Paola Borellab
(aDepartment of Occupational Hygiene, INAIL Research Centre, Monte Porzio Catone; bDepartment of Diagnostic, Clinical and Public Health Medicine, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia; cPublic Health Unit, University of Rome “Foro Italico”, Italy)

Cleaning devices may be sources for Pseudomonas aeruginosa contaminations in swimming pools
Sonia Fernandez-Alba, Lothar Erdinger
(Department for Infectious Diseases University hospital Heidelberg, Germany)


15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break

Chairperson: Jan Bakker, Marco Vitale

OPENING LECTURE: “Hydrogen Sulfide: chemical and biological interactions in SPA waters”
Emilio Bottari
(Chemistry Department, “La Sapienza” University of Rome)

Aquatic Environmental Exposure and Operation Questionnaire Standardization and Validation
Laura M. Suppes
(University of Arizona, USA)

Evaluation of hygienic and safety conditions in swimming pools: a proposal from the Italian Working Group “Movement Sciences for Health”
Giorgio Liguoria, Enrico Di Rosab, Erica Leonic, Lorenzo Marensid, Christian Napolie, Cesira Pasquarellaf, Giovanni Capellig, Vincenzo Romano Spicah & Working Group “Movement Sciences for Health”
(aUniversity of Naples “Parthenope”; bLocal Health Unit Rome/E; cUniversity of Bologna; dLocal Health Unit Genoa; eUniversity of Bari; fUniversity of Parma; gUniversity of Cassino, hUniversity of Rome “Foro Italico”, Italy)

Review of the literature on swimming related exposures and asthma in children: is a meta-analysis possible?
Dick Heederik, Jose Jacobs
(Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht University, The Netherlands)

Assessment of water quality of some swimming pools in Tirane, Albania
Drita Mema, Donika Bocari, Arben Luzati, Olta Petri
(Department of Health and Environment Institute of Public Health "Alexander Mosiu", Tirana, Albania)

CONCLUSION: Swimming Pools and Spas: one-eye in the land of the blind
Jan Bakker
(Coronel Institute Of Occupational Health/AMC/University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)



Thursday 11th April 2013

Chairperson: Kathy Pond, Sergio Caroli

OPENING LECTURE: “Evaluation of Atmospheric chloramines in UK pools”
Janice Calvert
(Director Oakland Calvert Consultants/Latis Scientific Ltd, Chair PWTAG, UK)

Quantification of continual anthropogenic pollutant release in swimming pools
Maarten G.A. Keuten1,2, Marjolein C.F.M. Petersa,c, Hein A.M. Daanend, Merle K. de Kreuka,c, Luuk C. Rietvelda, Mark C.M. van Loosdrechta,c, Hans C. van Dijka,c
(aDelft University of Technology, department of watermanagement; bHellebrekers Techieken; cDelft University of Technology, department of environmental biotechnology; dTNO Training and Performance Innovations)

Removal of virus size particles from swimming pool water by a silicon carbide microfiltration membrane"
Wolfgang Uhl, Bertram Skibinski, Pascal Müller
(Technische Universität Dresden, Germany)

Chlorate and bromate in Swiss swimming pools
Gérard Donzéa, Urs P. Vonarburgb, Ursula von Wartburgb
(aDivision of Chemical Products, Federal Office for Public Health, Berne; bLaboratory of Urkantone, Brunnen, Switzerland)

Hazards caused by suction intakes in swimming pools
Stefan Mersmann
(Manager btplan GmbH, Essen, Germany)

Round table: David Cohen, Mingle Zhao, Giovanni Gurnari

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break

Chairperson: Wolfgang Uhl, Guglielmina Fantuzzi

OPENING LECTURE: “Technical requirements testing and certification of AC, UV, and WQTD systems for recreational water use in North America”
Richard Martin
(NSF International)

CFD study of flow field in different public swimming pools
Cloteaux Anaëllea,b, Gerardin Fabiena,Midoux Noëlb
(aDépartement Ingénierie des Procédés, Institut National de Recherche et de Sécurité (INRS), France; bLaboratoire de Réactions et Génie des Procédés (LRGP), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Industries Chimiques (ENSIC), Université de Lorraine Nancy, France)

How does swimming pool water treatment affect formation and removal of disinfection by-products: first experience using a pilot scale swimming pool model
Stephan Uhlig, Bertram Skibinski, Wolfgang Uhl
(Technische Universität Dresden, Chair of Water Supply Engineering, Dresden, Germany)

Minimum chlorine concentration in swimming pools to ensure disinfection
Marjolein C.F.M. Petersa,b, Maarten G.A. Keutena,c, Merle K. de Kreuka, Mark C.M. van Loosdrechtb, Luuk C. Rietvelda
(aDelft University of Technology, department of watermanagement; bDelft University of Technology, department of environmental biotechnology; cHellebrekers Techieken, The Netherlands)

Evaluation of swimming pool water quality using sum parameters for organic carbon
Lothar Erdinger, Sonia Fernandez-Alba
(Department for Infectious diseases University hospital Heidelberg, Germany)

Optimization of HS-SPME analytical conditions using factorial design for THMs determination in swimming pool water samples
Raquel Maiaa,b, Manuela Correiab, Isabel M. Brás Pereiraa, Vitorino de Matos Belezac
(aCIETI, Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto, Instituto Politécnico do Porto; bREQUIMTE, Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto, Instituto Politécnico do Porto; cInstituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto, Instituto Politécnico do Porto)


12:15 - 13:00 SESSION VII-POSTER

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 14:45 SESSION VII-POSTER


14:45 - 15:50 Emerging etiologic agents and advanced technological tools
Chairperson: Athena Mavridou, Saverio Giampaoli

OPENING LECTURE: Legionellosis risk in swimming pool and SPA
Paola Borella
(Department of Diagnostic, Clinical and Public Health Medicine, University of Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy)

An Outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease linked to a water pool with aerosol producing attractions, Austria 2010-2011
Daniela Schmida,b, Markus Schuppc, Günther Wewalkaa
(aNational Institute of Legionella infection; bDepartment of infectious disease epidemiology; cUmweltinstitut, Vorarlberg, Austria)

Occurrence of Legionella SPP. In thermal environments: characterization of virulence factors and evaluation of biofilm formation in isolates from a SPA
Giorgio Liguoria, Valeria Di Onofrioa, Francesca Gallèa, Renato Liguoria, Rosa Anna Nastrob, Marco Guidab
(aDepartment of Studies of Institutions and Territorial Systems School of Movement Sciences (DiSIST), “Parthenope” University, Naples; bDepartment of Biological Sciences, University of Naples “Federico II”, Naples, Italy)

Risk of legionellosis associated with spa-pools in Hungary
Marta Varghaa, Csaba Kissb, Anita Szaxa, Zsófia Barnaa, Mihály Kádára
(aNational Institute of Environmental Health, Budapest; bPublic Health Laboratory of the Győr-Sopron County Governmental Office, Hungary)

Swimming pools water circulation optimization with CFD analysis. From competition lap pools to freeform recreational pools
Innocenzo Pochinia, Domenico Strazzab
(aR&D Director – Piscine Castiglione/ Myrtha Pools; bPhD Group of Thermal and Fluid Sciences, University of Brescia, Italy)


15:50 - 17:30 Health promotion and emergency managment in pools
Chairperson: Andrea Scapigliati, Marco Bonifazi, Maurizio Santomauro

Aquatic sports and wellness: myth or reality?
Gianluca Camillieri
(FIN, Rome, Italy)

Cardiovascular and Respiratory Health Benefits of Aquatic Activity
Daniel Daly
(Faculty Coordinator Student Affairs, Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences, K.U.Leuven, Belgium)

The emergency management of drowning in swimming pools
Joost Bierens
(Society to Prevent People from Drowning, The Netherlands)


Conclusion – Claudio Sandroni

17:30 – 18:30 Universality of swimming and life saving
Life saving demo: cardiopulmonary resuscitation mass training

18:30 Closing candidature presentation for the next international conference


Friday 12th April 2013

Chairperson: Roger Aertgeerts, Vincenzo Romano Spica

OPENING LECTURE: “The guidance on safety in swimming pools in Italy”
Emanuele Ferrettia, Lucia Bonadonnaa, Rossella Colagrossib
(aItalian Institute of Health; bItalian Ministry of Health, Rome Italy)

Protecting a Nation of Swimmers: Using Surveillance, Disease, and Outbreak Data to Change Public Health Policy and Influence Regulation
Michael J. Beach, Michele C. Hlavsa
(U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Atlanta, USA)

New regulations for swimming pools and spas in the Netherlands
Wilfred Reinhold, Sybrand Landman
(Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Netherlands)

A new legal regulation for the quality of bathing water in Austria
Regina Sommer, Elisabeth Holzhammer
(Medical University Vienna, Institute for Hygiene and Applied Immunology, Water Hygiene, Vienna, Austria)

A UK code of practice for public swimming pools
Ralph Riley
(Independent Recreational Facilities and Services Professional, United Kingdom)

The new German Standard DIN 19643 "Treatment of Swimming Pool Water"– Some Insights
Ernst Stottmeister
(Federal Environment Agency, Bad Elster, Germany)

An overview of pool and spa regulations in Mediterranean countries
Athena Mavridou, Olga Pappa, Olga Papatzitze, Panagiotis Drossos
(Technological Educational Institute, Department of Medical Laboratories, Athens, Greece)


10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break

6th ICSPS election

Abstract Prizes

12.30 End of the Conference