26th IPMA World Congress Opens in Crete, Greece


by Jouko Vaskimo

Greece and Finland

Professor John-Paris Pantouvakis, the Chairman of the 26th IPMA World Congress, Mr Miles Shepherd, the Chairman of the Congress Program, and Mr Roberto Mori, the President of the International Project Management Association (IPMA) opened the 26th IPMA World Congress in the Mediterranean island of Crete on 29th October 2012. The theme of the 26th IPMA World Congress, the first one to be organized in Greece, was “Integrating Project Management Standards”. The congress, which comprised an extensive system of plenary sessions with keynote presentations by some of the most renowned experts in the profession, simultaneous parallel sessions with both practitioner and scientific foci, and a generous offering of social events surrounding the official congress program, took place at the Creta Maris Convention Centre, located in the Hersonissos district of Crete on 29th … 31st October 2012.

The congress was organized by the Network of Project Managers in Greece (PM-Greece), the Greek IPMA Member Association, in cooperation with the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), under auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure.

In the photograph: Opening ceremony of the 26th IPMA World Congress (photos courtesy Jouko Vaskimo)

An IPMA Global Young Crew Workshop (GYCW) preceded the World Congress on October 26th  … 28th, 2012. The Global Young Crew Workshop was organized as an opportunity for young project-oriented people around the world to get to know one another. The GYCW comprised interactive workshops and presentations from renowned keynote speakers. Participants had the opportunity to expand their horizons and bring new and creative views to the way they manage their projects. A special emphasis was on group discussions, interactive learning, networking and having fun. This event can be considered the premium IPMA event for young project managers and people building a career in project management.

Professor Pantouvakis, the Chairman of the 26th IPMA World Congress, was pleased to have the congress start with participants from over 40 countries. Professor Pantouvakis sincerely welcomed all congress participants, and warmly invited everyone to enjoy the official congress program, and the social program surrounding the official program. Mr Shepherd welcomed congress participants, explained the structure of conference program, and invited the congress participants to actively participate in the plenary sessions, the individual streams, the poster sessions as well as the symposia and panel sessions in the program. The conference program includes plenary sessions with seven state-of-the-art keynote presentations, ten simultaneous parallel tracks, posters sessions, symposia and panels with over 200 topics. The three-day congress is aimed for all project management practitioners from practice organizations as well as scholars from universities and the academia.


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About the Author

Jouko Vaskimo


Jouko Vaskimo works as Development Manager at Aalto PRO, the Professional Development unit of Aalto University in Espoo, Finland. He is also an International Correspondent and Editorial Advisor for PM World in Finland. Jouko graduated from Helsinki University of Technology in 1992. Since then he has held project management related assignments with increasing levels for responsibility at Sinebrychoff Ltd, the oldest brewery in Scandinavia; Kemira Engineering Ltd, the leading chemicals manufacturer Finland; DNA Finland Ltd, a large Finnish mobile phone operator; Nokia Business Infrastructure; and Ixonos PLC, one of the leading Finnish ICT consultancies. Jouko holds the IPMA Level C (Project Manager) and Level B (Senior Project Manager) certificates and is the chairman of the Finnish IPMA Certification Body operating IPMA certification in Finland. He is a member of the Project Management Association Finland Board of Directors and a founding member of PMI Finland Chapter. He received the PMP certificate in 2003. Since October 2007, Jouko has been heading the Finnish delegation to ISO/PC 236 and ISO/TC 258. Jouko resides in Espoo, Finland and can be best contacted at jouko.vaskimo“at”aalto.fi .