International Sauna Association ISA
International Sauna Association is an association of national and other sauna societies and private people. It was founded first time in 1957 but the real operations started in summer 1977 after the meeting in Helsinki. There it was decided that the domicile of the association is Helsinki. From the founding members Austria , Germany , Japan and Finland have been continuously members. Besides those there are today 13 other members. The President has been all these years from the Finnish Sauna Society.
ISS shall pursue the goal of publicizing the sauna and promoting its use on a global scale by rallying supporters of sauna activities in different countries. This goal is served e.g. by acceptance of the Definition of Sauna recorded in Aachen 1999 as well as promoting the scientific study of the sauna from e.g. such viewpoints as social history , folklore , medicine and technology.
A particular emphasis is given on the collection and compilation in archives of the results of such scientific studies as well as other written material on sauna. This material can be found from the data base www.saunaliteratur.de created by Professor Eberhard Conradi , German Sauna-Bund and ISS.
The goal is also served by organizing International Sauna Congresses. The last Congress was held in Tokyo Japan in 2010 . The next one is going to be in 2014 but the place has not been decided yet. The published material from all 15 gongresses is a valuable data base for sauna reserach .
The Board of Directors for 2011 - 2014 :
Risto Elomaa Finland President
Peter Jeitler Austria Vice President
Carsten Sonnenberg Germany Member
Rolf- A. Piper Germany Member
Jiri Kouba Czheck Member
Rimas Kavaliauskas Lithuania Member
Pekka Tommila Finland Member
Kenichi Nakano Japan Member
Michael B. Jensen Denmark Member