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VIII National Congress on Legionella and Environmental Quality

  • Presentation
  • Abstracts
  • Organization
  • Place and Dates
  • How to get there
  • Accomodation


Although Legionellosis is a relatively new disease, which was first recorded in 1976, after an outbreak of pneumonia in a Philadelphia hotel that affected the members of the American Legion who were celebrating their annual convention, the Legionella bacterium is naturally found in almost all aquatic environments (rivers, lakes, etc).

From its natural environment, the bacterium starts to colonize the cities's supply systems and, through the distribution network, it reaches the domestic water installations or other facilities that require the use of water for their operation (cooling systems , irrigation, swimming pools, washing tunnels, etc).

If the appropriate measures are followed, such as the establishment of a correct therapy in patients and the control of buildings, at present the infection can be considered perfectly controllable. In spite of that, the contamination of the interior environments of buildings is the cause of several health problems.

Macrobiótica intestinal

With an eminently practical approach, during the Congress the causes of the distortion of the internal environment will be analyzed, as well as the initiatives and strategies that will guarantee its suitability in a sustainable manner, focusing this study on the variables that significantly influence in this sense : air quality, hygiene conditions and risk factors of legionellosis.

Presentation of the Conference's Communications and Posters

  • Communications:
  • Communications will last 10 minutes + 5 minutes of discussion.

    The deadline for submissions will end on December 14, 2018

    You have to send a summary of one page, maximum, to info@cresca.upc.edu.

    It is recommended to use the font "Arial" size 10. The Scientific Committee reserves the right to pass a communication to poster or paper. Before January 15, 2019Participants will be informed of the committee's decision.

  • Posters
  • The deadline for submitting posters will end on December 14, 2018

    Size: recommended 0.92m wide x 1.20 m high (approx size A1) - ceiling size 2.41 high x 0.94 wide

    You have to send a summary of one page, maximum, to info@cresca.upc.edu Placement: during the registration period February 13 between 8:30 am and 9:30 am. In the opinion of the Scientific Committee, the best posters will be passed on to oral communication. Before January 15, 2019Participants will be informed of the committee's decision.

  • It is an indispensable condition to register to the congress to present a communication and/or poster.

Scientific Committee

President: Dr. Josep Garcia Raurich, Director of CRESCA

  • • Mr. Antoni Sempere, Hospital Engineering and Maintenance Department
  • • Ms. Gloria Cruceta, Director of SEGLA
  • • Mr. Jordi Morató, Laboratory of Sanitary and Environmental Microbiology (MSMLab)
  • • Mr. Josep Lana, Technician of the Environmental Health Unit. Public Health Service. Care of citizens of the Diputación de Barcelona
  • • Ms. Marta Brull, Technical Director of the Aigües de Terrassa Laboratory
  • • Mr. Maurici Espaliat, Counselor and advisor of the areas of Sustainability, Environmental Hygiene and Safety at CPL, UNIQUE, ITEL and NORTHWARD GROUP.
  • • Mr. Sergi Marti, President of AQUA ESPAÑA. General Director of STENCO
  • • Mr. Valentí Casas, President of ITEL
  • • Ms. Núria Mallafré, Industrial Engineer & Facility Manager of health infrastructure, expert in energy management. Sub president of the Association of Maintenance Building Managers of Catalonia.

Organizing Committee

President: Ms. Judith Crespiera Portabella, Manager of CRESCA

  • • Mr. Marc Pallarès, Director of R & D Projects of GdE and external collaborator of CRESCA
  • • Mr. Pere Monagas, Quality Director of CRESCA
  • • Mr. Rafael Sitjar, Project Director of the Mechatronics Area of CRESCA

Place and Dates

The congress will take place on 20 and 21 February 2019 at the Museu de la Ciencia y de la Tècnica de Catalunya (MNACTEC):
Rambla d'Ègara, 270, 08221 Terrassa, (Barcelona).

How to get there

  • By plane: From Barcelona airport you can take trains from 6.13 am to 10.43 pm every 30 minutes. You must change at Plaça Catalunya and take a train to Terrassa or Manresa.
  • By train: From the stations of Sants, Catalunya, Arc de Triomf and Sant Andreu Arenal, you can take the RENFE train. The FGC (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat) also provide service to Terrassa. The two options are recommended.
  • By car: Terrassa is connected to Barcelona by the C-58 motorway, and also the C-17 road. Both roads are taken at the northern end of the city from Meridiana Avenue. It is also possible to take the A-2 motorway from the city on the Diagonal avenue to the south and connect with the A-7 motorway and the C-58 towards Terrassa. Finally, there is the possibility of taking the E-9 motorway, which passes through the Vallvidrera tunnels. This road is toll and allows the journey in 10 minutes.



During the two days plenary lectures, round tables, and free technical oral communications will be held.

  • All presentations
  • February 20
  • February 21
 Situación actual de la Legionella
Dr. Covadonga Caballo
  • February 20, 2019
  • 10:00h - 10:30h

Current Status of Legionella

- Dr. Covadonga Caballo

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Unificación de criterios de la inspeccióo sanitária de las CCAA de la complemetariedad de la Norma UNE 100030:2017 vs Real Decreto 865/2003
  • February 20, 2019
  • 11:00h - 11:30h

Unification of criteria of the sanitary inspection of the Autonomous Communities of the complementarity of the UNE 100030 Standard: 2017 vs Royal Decree 865/2003


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Brote de legionelosis relacionado con un riego de aspersión
Sra. Rosa Sala
  • February 20, 2019
  • 11:30h - 11:50h

Epidemic outbreak of Legionella in Cardedeu and Llinars del Vallès.

- Ms. Maria Rosa Sala

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Nuevo marco regulador en la prevención de la legionelosi en Andorra
Sra. Aran Massar
  • February 20, 2019
  • 11:50h - 12:10h

New regulatory framework in the prevention of Legionella in Andorra.

- Ms. Aran Massa

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Estudio sobre la enfermedad del legionario y torres de refrigeración y condensadores evaporativos en España. Una reflexión sobre la realidad actual
Dr. Juan Ángel Ferrer Azcona
  • February 20, 2019
  • 15:00h - 15:50h

Study on Legionnaire's disease and cooling towers and evaporative condensers in Spain. A reflection on the actual reality.

- Dr. Juan Ángel Ferrer Azcona

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Resumen del efecto de la Norma UNE 100030: 2017 de Prevención y  Control de la legionella después de 2 años de su publicación
Dr.Sergi Martí Dr.Sergi Martí
  • February 20, 2019
  • 15:20h - 15:50h

Summary of the effect of the UNE 100030: 2017 Prevention and Control of Legionella Regulation after 2 years of publication

-Dr.Sergi Martí
-Ms. Milagros Fernandez

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Innovative Photonic Technologies for Biofilm Monitoring
Dr. Xavier Muñoz-Berbel
  • February 20, 2019
  • 16:20h - 16:40h

Innovative Photonic Technologies for Biofilm Monitoring

-Dr. Xavier Muñoz Berbel

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Implicaciones de la nueva Norma ISO11731:2017 : en la gestión del laboratorio
Sra. Marta Brull Sr. Albert Manero
  • February 20, 2019
  • 16:40h - 17:00h

Implications of the new Standard ISO11731:2017 in the management of the laboratory

-Ms. Marta Brull
-Mr. Albert Manero

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Las instalaciones de lavado de coches y sus características como instalaciones  de riesgo de proliferación de Legionella
Sr.Gregori de Dios
  • February 20, 2019
  • 17:00h - 17:20h

Vehicle washing facilities and their characteristics as facilities for risk of proliferation of Legionella

-Mr.Gregori de Dios

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Sr. Paulino Pastor
  • February 21, 2019
  • 10:00h - 10:30h


- Mr. Paulino Pastor

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  • February 21, 2019
  • 10:30h - 10:50h

Wastewater management, hospital infections and environmental quality. Context, relevance and solutions.

-Mr. Rubén Santos

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Control ambiental en el museo Nacional de Arte de Cataluña
Sr. Xavier Abelló Alvarez
  • February 21, 2019
  • 10:50h - 11:10h

Environmental control in the National Art Museum of Catalonia

- Mr. Xavier Abelló Alvarez

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Una envolupante térmica controlada y hermética, Calidad Ambiental Interior óptima y Espacios Saludables
Sr. Toni Gassó
  • February 21, 2019
  • 11:40h - 12:00h

A controlled and hermetic thermal envolupant, Optimal Interior Environmental Quality and Healthy Spaces.

- Mr. Toni Gassó

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Nos importa el Aire que Respiran
Sr. Jose Manuel Felisi
  • February 21, 2019
  • 12:00h - 12:20h

Air quality inside schools

- Mr. Jose Manuel Felisi

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Microorganismos resistentes en superficies y redes de agua, materiales , biocidas y bacteriostaticos
  • February 21, 2019
  • 15:10h - 15:30h

Resistant microorganisms in surfaces and networks of water, materials, biocides and bacteriostats

- Mr. Luis A.Sánchez

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 Utilización del Ozono en la higienización de ambientes interiores y otros émbitos relacionados
  • February 21, 2019
  • 15:30h - 15:50h

Use of ozone in the sanitation of indoor environments and other related areas

- Mr. Antonio Lafuente

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  • February 21, 2019
  • 15:50h - 16:10h

Minimization of physical and chemical risk factors in the quality of the indoor environment

-Mr. Carles Surià

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  • February 21, 2019
  • 16:10h - 16:30h

OH Radicals Harmless to humans and highly useful to eliminate pathogenic microorganisms and VOCs in large spaces of air, surfaces and water

-Dr. Roberto Vimbert

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Discover the active professionals who will be responsible for the presentations of the VIII National Congress on Legionella and Environmental Quality

Dr. Covadonga Caballo Díeguez

PhD in Biological Sciences.

Deputy General Director of Environmental Health and Occupational Health in the General Directorate of Public Health, Quality and Innovation of the Ministry of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare

Covadonga Caballo Díeguez

Ms. Milagros Fernandez de Lezeta Saez de Jauregui

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Master of Business Management

General Director ANECPLA

Ms. Maria Rosa Sala i Farré

Medical specialist in Preventive Medicine and Public Health.

Head of the Service of Epidemiological Surveillance and Response to Public Health Emergencies in Vallès Occidental and Vallès Oriental, of the Agència de Salut Pública de Catalunya.

M. Rosa Sala i Farré
Aran Massa Miñambres

Ms. Aran Massa Miñambres

Graduate in Biology

Andorra Ministry of Health, in the area of Food Safety with tasks related to environmental health.

Dr. Juan Ángel Ferrer Azcona

Graduate in Medicine and Surgery.

Member of the Board of Directors of the Spanish Association of Water Sector Companies, and its Legionella Prevention Committee, the Spanish Society of Environmental Health, the Spanish Association of Environmental Health Companies and the European Group of Studies in Legionella Infections.

Dr. Juan Ángel Ferrer Azcona
Sergi Martí

Dr. Sergi Martí

Chemical Engineer and Master in Engineering and Environmental Management.

President of AQUA ESPAÑA, General Director of the Company STENCO y AQUA AMBIENT.

Mr. Xavier Muñoz Berbel

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biochemistry and Doctor in Biotechnology.

researcher Ramón y Cajal at the Microelectronics Institute of Barcelona

Xavier Muñoz Berbel
Marta Brull Fontserè

Ms. Marta Brull Fontserè

Graduated in Pharmacy, specialty Biochemistry

Deputy Director of Quality and Environment Public Mine of Aguas de Terrassa, SA.

Mr. Gregorio de Dios de Dios

EGB,BUP y COU, Chemistry Degree

Technical Director of the Legionella Prevention and Control Division

Gregorio de Dios de Dios
Paulino Pastor

Mr. Paulino Pastor

Technical Engineer in Industrial Chemistry, Master in Risk Prevention, Master in Quality

Asbestos inspector accredited by EPA, Director of Ambisalud and President of FEDECAI

Mr. Rúben Santos

Industrial Engineer. Master in Biomedical Engineering. MBA

Director of Aqua free Spain

Rubén Santos
Francesc Xavier Abelló i Álvarez

Mr. Francesc Xavier Abelló i Álvarez

MNAC PRO (UAB con el MNAC); Official Master's Degree - Analysis and Management of Artistic Heritage

Head of the Infrastructure and General Services area at the National Museum of Art of Catalonia

Mr. Toni Gassó

Blower Test, Manager Director.

Toni Gassó
Jose Manuel Felisi Herrero

Mr. Jose Manuel Felisi Herrero

Chemical engineer

Collaborator of the Environmental Network Measure.

Mr. Luis A. Sánchez

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Alcora Salud Ambiental

Mr. Antonio Lafuente

Commercial Agent Diploma from the UOC, Higher Level Ozo Course

Member of VAE

Mr. Carles Surià

Engineer of roads, channels and ports, consultant in biohabitability, municipal engineer
Dr. Roberto Vimbert

Dr. Roberto Vimbert

Scientific consultant and founder of e-SHealth

Medical Advisor of pharmaceutical, food and cosmetic industries.

Mr. Albert Manero

Doctorate in Biology by the Department of Microbiology of the U.B. Head of the Microbiology Section of the Environmental Mine at Aigua de Terrassa Mine. Responsible for the food safety system of Mina Pública de Aigües de Terrassa.
Albert Manero

Registration to attend the congress.

The registration fee includes:

  • Assistance to the presentations.
  • Communications program.
  • Documentation folder.
  • Food.
  • Coffee during breaks.


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