After the first constitutional meeting of the IAKS pool expert circle at FSB 2017 and a very positive feedback on this initiative, the circle met for the second time in Langenhagen (Germany). On the evening of the 19th March 2018, the pool experts met for dinner at the municipal sports and leisure pool “Wasserwelt” in Langenhagen near Hannover which is managed by IAKS member Rainer Pethran of GMF. The dinner was followed by a tour of the house..
At the meeting on the next day, one representative of each country presented an exemplary pool of his or her country. The focus was on pointing out country-specific aspects from technical issues to visitor behaviour. Each representative explained the swimming pool market in his country. The covered countries were: Ireland, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, France, Spain, Canada, Denmark and Norway. The members found this view across borders extremely inspiring and were very pleased with this new initiative from IAKS.
In order to foster international know-how exchange the IAKS has started to set up international expert circles for each type of sports and leisure facilities. These expert circles will be on invitation only. IAKS President Dr. Stefan Kannewischer has started with an international expert circle for swimming pools including 21 members. These are in alphabetical order, mentioning company and country: Bjorn Aas (NTNU Norwegian University) NO, Derek Anderson (Aura Holohan Group) IE, Thomas Atzwanger (Atzwanger) AT, Pere Ballart (Fluidra) ES, Darryl Condon (hcma) CA, Tom Devin (Devin Consulting) UK, Paul Gerrits (Pellikaan) NL, Ole Grønborg (Ultraaqua) DK, Michael Hall (FaulknerBrowns Architects) UK, Gar Holohan (Aura Holohan Group) IE, Leopold Holzknecht (aqua dome) AT, Haymo Huber (hsb) AT, Dr. Stefan Kannewischer (Kannewischer Management) CH, Dr. Christian Kuhn (DSBG) DE, Josef Lassnig (Zeller Bäderbau) DE, François Mouilleron (Recrea) FR, Rainer Pethran (GMF) DE, Ruth Pujol (Pujol Arquitectura) ES, Andreas Ramsauer (Woerglerwasserwelt) AT, Marc Riemann (KölnBäder) DE, Andreas Schauer (Schauer Management) CH, Ernst Ulrich Tillmanns (4a architekten) DE.
An expert circle sports halls is in process to constitute. More to follow.
The 3rd IAKS pool expert circle meeting will be held on the 12th September 2018 in Hebburn / Newcastle upon Tyne (UK) and will discuss specific subjects from the pool industry.
In the evening of the 12th September the circle will mix with the attendants of the IAKS international pool seminar that is also focussing on the international know-how exchange. Kicking-off with a site tour of the municipal multi-purpose sports facility Hebburn Central designed by IAKS member Michael Hall of FaulknerBrowns Architects all attendants will then converge for a networking dinner in Newcastle.