ICMART History


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  • '83

    ICMART is founded in Vienna, Austria – founding conference ‘World Congress on Scientific Acupuncture 1983’

     First ICMART president is Prof. Dr. Johannes Bischko.


  • '84
  • '85

    ICMART is officially registered as a non-profit international organization with scientific aims


  • '86

    ICMART Congress in London, United Kingdom


    DAEGfA, the German Medical Acupuncture Association, becomes member of ICMART


  • '87
  • '88

    ICMART Congress in Prague, Czechoslovakia

    first official meeting between acupuncture associations of both separated parts of Germany, outside of Germany


    Pancyprean Medical Society of Acupuncture becomes member of ICMART


  • '89

    ICMART Congress in Vienna, Austria




  • 1990

    ICMART Congress in Rome, Italy

    first ICMART congress after the fall of the Iron Curtain and the demise of the Berlin Wall


  • '91

    ICMART Congress in Munich, Germany

    many guests from East European Medical Acupuncture associations


    ICMART Education Chapter established


    ICMART European Chapter established


    DGfAN, the German Association for Acupuncture and Neuraltherapy, becomes member of ICMART


  • '92

    ICMART Congress in Budapest, Hungary


  • '93

    ICMART Congress in Bath, United Kingdom


  • '94

    ICMART Congress in Istanbul, Turkey


  • '95

    ICMART Congress in Sofia, Bulgaria




  • '96

    ICMART Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark


  • '97

    ICMART Congress in Cyprus, Cyprus




    ICMART goes online


  • '98

    ICMART Congress in Miyazaki, Japan

    summit of the Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture YNSA



  • '99

    ICMART Congress in Jurmala, Latvia




    4th Acupuncture Symposium in Mainz, Germany:

    The painful abdomen. Acupuncture in Dialogue – Acupuncture and University. By the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz Germany and the Fujian University for TCM China, in cooperation with the German Medical Acupuncture Association (DAEGfA), under the patronage of ICMART, June 11-13


    VIth International Course of Acupuncture, Pharmacopoeia and TCM, in cooperation with ICMART.

    1999, June 18-20, ACMAS Sevilla, Spain


  • 2000

    ICMART Congress in Vienna, Austria




    5th Acupuncture Symposium in Mainz, Germany:

    Headache – the painful head. Acupuncture in Dialogue – Acupuncture and University. By the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz Germany and the Fujian University for TCM China, in cooperation with the German Medical Acupuncture Association (DAEGfA), under the patronage of ICMART, May 26-28


    Admission of new members:

    - Grupo Master Universitario de Acupunctura, Spain
    - Canadian Medical Acupuncture Society 
    - Fondazione Matteo Ricci, Italy 
    - Medical Acupuncture Society of Northern Greece


    Open access for ICMART member societies to the British Journal Acupuncture in Medicine


  • '01

    ICMART Congress in Berlin, Germany, June 15-17

    Largest international congress on Medical Acupuncture to date

    First meeting 'Acupuncture worldwide' of important representatives of Medical Acupuncture


    Declaration of the Acupuncture Charter Berlin 2001


    National Medical Acupuncture Symposium

    with international participation in Belek, Turkey, assisted by ICMART. October 12-14


    Admission of new ICMART members:

    - American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (AAMA)
    - Australian Medical Acupuncture College (AMAC)
    - Ecole Française d’Acupuncture (EFA) and Association Scientifique des Médecins Acupuncteurs de France (ASMAF)
    - Groupe Lyonnais d’Etudes Médicales (GLEM)
    - Worldwide Auricular Acupuncture Organisation, Auriculo Sans Frontières (WAAO, ASF)
    - Russian Association of Integrative Medicine


  • '02

    ICMART Congress in Edinburgh, United Kingdom




    6th Acupuncture Symposium in Mainz, Germany:

    Respiratory diseases. Acupuncture in Dialogue – Acupuncture and University. By the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz Germany and the Fujian University for TCM China, in cooperation with the German Medical Acupuncture Association (DAEGfA), under the patronage of ICMART, May 30- June 2


    IX National Medical Acupuncture Congress, in cooperation with ICMART.

     With International Participation. Title: Acupuncture facing the future  Riga, Latvia, December 13-15


    Admission of new member societies of ICMART:

    - Acupuncture Section of The Official Medical College, Barcelona, Spain
    - Physician’s Section of the Norwegian Society of Medical Acupuncture
    - Ukranian Association of Acupuncture and Reflexotherapy
    - Irish Medical Acupuncture Society (IMAS)
    - International Association and Network for Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture (IANYNSA), Germany
    - Associazione Terapie Naturali (A.Te.Na.), Italy


  • '03

    ICMART Congress in Sao Paulo, Brazil




    14th Congress of the German Association for Acupuncture and Neuraltherapy (DGfAN), in cooperation with ICMART:

    "Acupuncture and Neuraltherapy in the sporting scene and other different themes”, May 1–4, Jena, Germany


    First International Meeting on Medical Acupuncture in Barcelona.

    Hosted by the Section of Acupuncturists from the Official Medical College, Barcelona, in cooperation with ICMART. Barcelona, Spain, May 9-11


    7th Acupuncture Symposium in Mainz, Germany:

    Burnout Syndrome. Acupuncture in Dialogue – Acupuncture and University. By the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz Germany and the Fujian University for TCM China, in cooperation with the German Medical Acupuncture Association (DAEGfA), under the patronage of ICMART, May 9-11


  • '04

    ICMART Congress in Sydney, Australia




    8th Acupuncture Symposium in Mainz, Germany:

    The aching joint. Acupuncture in Dialogue – Acupuncture and University. By the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz Germany and the Fujian University for TCM China, in cooperation with the German Medical Acupuncture Association (DAEGfA), under the patronage of ICMART, June 25-27 A double congress with the 5th World Symposium of the World Federation of Traditional Chinese Orthopädics (WFTCO)


    10th International Symposium on Holistic Medicine (in cooperation with ICMART):

    Life with Acupuncture.18-20 June 2004 Riga, Latvia


    Admission of new member societies of ICMART:

    - Portuguese Medical Society of Acupuncture
    - Romanian Acupuncture Society
    - British Dental Acupuncture Society
    - Medical Acupuncture Society of New Zealand
    - Acupuncture Medical Societiy SOMA-SP, Sao Paulo, Brazil
    - Section of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine of the Medical Doctor’s Association of Serbia
    - Japanese Society of Veterinary Oriental medicine
    - Transylvanian Association of Integrated Quantum Medicine
    - French Federation of Medical Acupuncturists for Continuous Medical Training FAFORMEC


  • '05

    ICMART Congress in Prague, Czech Republic




    ICMART starts EU-representation of Medical Acupuncture in Brussels, Belgium

    CAMDOC Alliance of the four main complementary medical systems


    Second International Medical Congress on Acupuncture in Spain, with cooperation of ICMART

    Barcelona, Spain, June 3-5, 2005


    9th Acupuncture Symposium in Mainz, Germany:

    Healthy aging. Acupuncture in Dialogue – Acupuncture and University. By the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz Germany and the Fujian University for TCM China, in cooperation with the German Medical Acupuncture Association (DAEGfA), under the patronage of ICMART, June 25-26


  • '06

    ICMART Congress in Washington, USA

    new ICMART By-laws passed



    10th Acupuncture Symposium in Mainz, Germany:

    Heart and circulatory diseases. Acupuncture in Dialogue – Acupuncture and University. By the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz Germany and the Fujian University for TCM China, in cooperation with the German Medical Acupuncture Association (DAEGfA), under the patronage of ICMART, May 27-28


  • '07

    ICMART Congress in Barcelona, Spain




  • '08

    ICMART Congress in Budapest, Hungary

    Celebration of 25 years of ICMART


    EUROCAM established

    a platform of four CAM stakeholders to represent CAM in Brussels, Belgium


    11th Acupuncture Symposium in Mainz, Germany:

    Psychosomatic disorders. Acupuncture in Dialogue – Acupuncture and University. By the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz Germany and the Fujian University for TCM China, in cooperation with the German Medical Acupuncture Association (DAEGfA), under the patronage of ICMART, June 14


  • '09

    ICMART Congress in Thessaloniki, Greece


    Starting of a European Information Centre for CAM

    to make scientific CAM studies available for everybody


  • 2010

    ICMART Congress in Riga, Latvia




    Admission of new ICMART members:

    - Chile Society of Medical Acupuncture, Chile
    - Hellenic Society of Neuraltherapy and Stady of Homeostasis, Greece
    - Veterenarian Acupuncturists of the Mediterranenian (VAM), Spain


    Representation of ICMART in the Advisory Board of CAMbrella,

    the EU 7th framework programme on CAM


    CAMDOC Alliance with ICMART presented a workshop

    on the 4th European Congress Integrative Medicine / ECIM in Berlin, December 2010 (download programme)


    1st CAM Interest Group meeting, Brussels, Belgium with ICMART

    November 16th „Availability of CAM medicinal products in the EU“


  • '11

    ICMART Congress in The Hague, Netherlands

    First Extraordinary General Assembly of ICMART


    Establishing of the ICMART Scientific Chapter


    Admission of new members of ICMART:

    - Study Group Acupuncture and Natural Therapies (GSATN) – Sardinia, Italy
    - Scientific Association of Medical Acupuncture in Greece (SAMAG), Greece
    - Chile Society of Medical Acupuncture, Chile


    CAM Interest Group meetings in Brussels, Belgium with ICMART

    April 12th 'Healthy Aging with CAM'
    and October 11th 'CAM Research'


    CAMDOC Alliance with ICMART presenting a Round Table discussion

    6th October 2011 'Towards Integrative medicine in Europe' at the 4th ECIM-European Congress for Integrative Medicine, Berlin, Germany


  • '12

    ICMART Congress in Athens, Greece




    ICMART website relaunched


    MAC-CAM Interest Group meeting, Brussels, Belgium with ICMART

    27th March 'Cancer and the Contribution of CAM'


  • '13

    ICMART Congress in Vienna, Austria

    30 Years Anniversary of ICMART
    30th Nov-1st Dec 2013


  • '14

    ICMART Congress Istanbul, Turkey

    6th-8th June 2014


    † Prof. h.c. Dr. med. Walburg Maric-Oehler, MD, ICMART General Secretary

    ICMART announcement.pdf
    Obituary.pdf


  • '15

    ICMART Congress 2015, Bail, Indonesia

    8th-10th May 2015



  • '16

    ICMART Congress Sofia, Bulgaria

    10th-12th June 2016



  • '17
  • '18

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