Learning from the neighbours: International IAKS Pools Conference, 12-13 Sept 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne (UK)

This is your chance to take a look beyond your immediate horizons. What recipes for success do the neighbours in Austria, Germany, Spain and the UK have to offer? As one of the highlights of the conference, international experts will be presenting best practices from their countries. Explore their rich storehouse of experience!

Mike Hall, Partner at FaulknerBrowns Architects, United Kingdom

Mike Hall specialises in the design of sports facilities. He is an advocate of developing expertise as a springboard for innovative solutions in this specialist field, where the social spaces are as valuable as the fields of play. Notable examples include the multi award-winning Derby Arena, Lee Valley White Water Centre for the London 2012 Olympic Games and the University of Surrey Sports Complex. Mike has travelled widely, researching and benchmarking facilities around the world.



Leopold Holzknecht, Spa Manager at Aqua Dome, Austria

Leopold Holzknecht has been spa manager of the AQUA DOME thermal pool in Längenfeld since 2016. After obtaining his B.A. in “company management in the tourism and leisure industry” in 2009, he worked for Ötztal Tourism as destination manager specialising in media and communication, in which he has additionally obtained training alongside his career.



Ruth Pujol, member of Pujol Arquitectura team, Spain

Ruth Pujol, architect partner of Studio Pujol Sadosvki and member of Pujol Arquitectura team, Spain. In both companies works on the field of Sport and Leisure projects especially in the aquatic facilities. Her professional career develops the design and building of swimming pool facilities throughout the world and she is involved in consultancies for aquatic centers which hold high level competitions.



Starting at 11.45 am on 13 September, Ole Gronborg from Ultraaqua (Denmark), is presenting latest research from around the world. He is to show the latest trends in technology applications, as well as a holistic approach on technology and sustainability.