International Society of Medical
Hydrology and Climatology

45th ISMH World Congress

10 & 11 June 2021

Dax - France

The 45th ISMH Congress

Both live (on site) and virtual (on line) sessions

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The course of the pandemic remains quite unpredictable due to the role of variants and the pace of vaccination. It is therefore impossible to know if international travels will be possible in June.

The Congress will therefore be organized as a webinar. Nonetheless we hope that a lot of delegates will be present in Dax.

The topics are listed on the website; in addition to the initial topics a large place is now given to COVID 19 matters. We will also celebrate the hundredth anniversary of ISMH. Abstracts must be submitted before April 30, 2021 on the Congress website; their writing must obey the rules displayed on the website.

Presentations should be sent in the form of a PowerPoint document including voice recording.

The duration and number of slides will be confirmed to each author. However, the general rule is:

  • for invited lecturers: 20 minutes and 20 slides;
  • for oral communications: 10 minutes and 12 slides;
  • for poster papers: 5 minutes and 5 slides.

For technical reasons are not allowed video or sound recording enriched documents inserted on slides of the PowerPoint files.

The presenting author must record the commentary in the different slides of their PowerPoint file:

  • They have to go to the “slide show -or diaporama- menu” and select “slide recording”: the screen will display the current slide and, smaller, the next slide. The commentary will be made by the speaking author using the microphone of the computer.
  • At the end of the recording the file will be saved chosing “save” in the “file menu”.
  • To enable playback with automatic advancement, the slides must be forwarded with the pointer of the screen during the recording and not using the computer keyboard.
  • In the “slide sorter mode” a star and the duration of the recording is displayed below each slide.

PowerPoint documents should be sent by "WeTransfer" to the following email:
before 2021 May 20, the deadline.

The PowerPoint files will be checked and returned to the authors until they meet the requirements in terms of number of slides and duration.

On the day of the conference, the author will answer the questions of the delegates through Zoom after the broadcast of their recorded presentation.

The registration fees have been modified with less different fares and lower fares:

  • For participation on site in Dax: delegates 200 €, trainees 100 €, accompanying persons 100 € (scientific and social sessions, meals of Thursday and Friday, Thursday dinner and Friday gala-dinner).
  • For on-line participation: delegates 100 € and trainees 50 € (when presenting papers).

I hope that a lot of you will be able to participate in the congress with the greatest number possible on site in Dax.

My best and most friendly regards.

Member of the National Academy of Medicine
President of the ISMH 45th Congress

Welcome to the 45th International Society of Medical Hydrology and Climatology World Congress

The Congress

“Of waters and persons - balneology: the new decade or Covid era?!”

Curation, prevention, development, sustainability, research, education, training, ...

What about the future in the covid era?

Welcome by the President of the Congress

20 centuries ago, the troops of the famous roman general Cneius pompeius magnus, were already benefiting from the Dax maturated muds. The roman soldiers returned home long ago, but patients with musculo-skeletal conditions continue to be successfully treated. The peloids made Dax one of the most antique, much-acclaimed and active spa resort in France.

20 years ago, an academic institute was created in Dax. It is dedicated to the training of professionals for balneotherapy care facilities and other hydrotherapy activities as well as to scientific research. The Dax institute will host the venue of the 45th ISMH Congress. We hope the delegates will share the best and most novel of the scientific knowledge and professional experiences.

2021 june 10 & 11, Dax will be proud to offer you the traditional and celebrated hospitality of the south-west of France. I am sure all of you will enjoy it..

Welcome in Dax.

Professor Christian-F. Roques MD

Congress President

Professor Christian-F. Roques MD

Address by the President of the ISMH

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Welcome to the 45th World Congress of Medical Hydrology.

The International Society of Medical Hydrology (ISMH) is proud to have its 45th Congress in Dax under the Presidency of Prof. Christian-François Roques-Latrille.

France has a great tradition in Balneology. Not only historical but also in scientific, social and cultural aspects. Dax is a very good example of this with its rich history and its Institute of Thermalism where Education and Research get together allowing a very important development on Balneology knowledge. Thus, having an ISMH Congress in this thermal city constitutes a very special occasion. We are expecting participants from all over the world. ISMH is spreading its presence on more places allowing the contact of scientists from different countries, regions and cultures. With this we are giving people more opportunities to share their knowledge and experience with their colleagues from all over the world. I am convinced that the presentations within the proposed topics will reach a high level and will interested you. Besides the scientific contents this congress aims to increase the participation of all the ISMH members in its activities. To start this process we would like to invite you all to our General Assembly to share and discuss our ideas and future plans. We will talk there about statutes review, website renewal, financial situation, next congresses, international courses, cooperation with other balneology institutions.  For this we do need the contribution of all of you.

In conclusion we may say that this 45th Congress has many important aspects to the future of Medical Hydrology. We trust on a good participation in the success of the organization. Wish you a fruitful meeting and a wonderful stay in Dax that can bring you excellent memories.

Sincerely yours,

Pedro Cantista

ISMH President

Pedro Cantista

Official language of the congress

English is the official language of ISMH Congresses.
All the documents, correspondence, abstracts of scientific papers, presentations and discussion in scientific sessions, website will be in English.

Covid 19

Clinical, organizational, economical issues for balneology
Scientific investigation


ISMH centenary

Persons, Congressists and meeting, Achievements


Actual medical and/or medico-economical benefits

Evidence Based Medicine in the usual conditions treated in health resorts


Particular trends


The persons taking the waters


Medical climatology - climatic transition


Prevention, patients’ education


Rehabilitation, Covid 19


Thermal products (muds, waters, gases, …)

Biology, therapeutic properties, safety, quality, sustainability, …


Mineral elements


Drinking mineral waters


Thermal care facilities, technique and equipment

Quality issues, management, …


Health resort medicine

Medical and management challenges, …


Innovative models of resorts organization and cooperation


Health resorts medicine and economics


Methodology of clinical research

Novel paradigms of investigation, clinical research protocols, …


Mechanisms of action


Scientific investigation on economics, products and processes


Institutions and balneology

Scientific societies, academies, international bodies, international cooperation and initiatives, …


Training of the doctors and involved professions, …


Balneology, history, culture and arts.



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Practical information




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The fees include:

Congress scientific sessions,
Thursday and Friday lunches,
Thursday get-together party,
Friday gala dinner

  • Delegate
  • On site200 €
  • On line100 €
  • Register
  • Trainees
  • On site100 €
  • On line50 €
  • Register
  • Accompanying Person
  • On site100 €
  • On line-
  • Register

Special fees for group

If you want to register as a group (more than 5 persons), please contact the congress organisation.

2 days congress


  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am


  • 9:00 am - 10:30 am

    Scientific session(s)

  • 10:30 am - 11:00 am

    Coffee Break

  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

    Scientific session(s)

  • 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


  • 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Scientific session(s)

  • 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

    Coffee Break

  • 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

    Scientific session(s)

  • 8:30 pm

    Get together Party

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