Where do the experts discuss international trends in the design and operation of swimming pools? The pool sector has a lively community in many countries, but there is (almost) no international exchange of expertise. Intelligent solutions rarely find their way across national borders, or only after a long delay. The IAKS is therefore organising the first-ever swimming pool seminar specifically devoted to the exchange of international expertise among operators/owners, designers/consultants and manufacturers.
This first IAKS International Pool Seminar is taking place in Newcastle upon Tyne (UK) on 12 and 13 September 2018. Decisive for the choice of venue were an international airport and a local pool facility worthy of a tour.
The event starts on 12 September with a tour of Hebburn Central designed by IAKS member Michael Hall of FaulknerBrowns Architects. This is a municipal, multifunctional pool plus a gym combined on the English principle with non-sports usage (in this case a library)[A1] . With such an approach, Sport England’s idea is that people come to the facility for a non-sports activity and witness sports activities inspiring them to take up physical exercise. The challenge for the future will be to mobilise people previously uninterested in physical activity.
The tour will be followed by a networking dinner in Newcastle, which will also be attended by the IAKS circle of pool experts.
On 13 September, the seminar run by IAKS President and pool expert Dr Stefan Kannewischer will be held. Speakers and discussion participants from many countries will be airing international trends in the fields of management, architecture and technology. The agenda will also of course include such highly topical subjects as digitisation and inclusion.
The detailed programme will be published soon in the IAKS media. Make a note now of the date of this highly exciting top-level meeting.