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Greece to host truly International Congress

IPMA’s Greek Member Association (PM-Greece) will host the IPMA World Congress 2012 on the island of Crete. Running from 29th to 31 October 2012, the Congress will be preceded by the annual Young Crew Workshop for professionals in the early stages of their career.

IPMA President Roberto Mori (pictured left) and Congress Chair John-Paris Pantouvakis have met, reviewed all aspects and are very pleased to confirm that all aspects are on course for a successful Congress – with a difference.  IPMA President Roberti Mori has said:  “This is good news. We always review each Congress again at this time – with about eight weeks to go.”

This year is clearly special – the world is in some economic and political uncertainty, with Greece facing some special circumstances.  However the arrangements are going according to plan with delegate bookings rising daily.  This shows the strong delegate interest in the speakers, papers and posters.

The venue, the lovely Creta Maris Beach Resort, offers a delightful location in which to bring together the IPMA Family and the wider project management community coming together for a memorable and influential gathering.

Congress Chair John-Paris Pantouvakis (pictured right) added: “This is a difficult period for Greece. That is certain – and it will continue for some time.  We have been greatly encouraged by the positive support and encouragement for the Congress from many sources.

Naturally there remains more to finalise and announce – but that is normal and natural we have been in this position before with previous national and international conferences and events.  We can assure all our visitors and participants of the very warmest welcome, great value and a memorable experience.”

Crete is one of the most popular islands in Greece.  The congress will be held at the exclusive 5 star Creta Maris Beach Resort where the dialogue for the advancement of academic and professional project management will meet 5,000 years of history, idyllic beaches and a bouquet of fascinating parallel activities.  Mark your calendars and plan to attend the 2012 IPMA World Congress on Project Management. For information, visit www.ipma2012.gr.

Creta Maris Beach Resort in Crete, just 24 km from the Heraklion International Airport is close to the fishing village of Hersonissos, a long sweeping bay of sandy beach and crystal clear water. Creta Maris, a small village with quaint twisting paths, small piazzas filled with the scents and colours of a wide variety of trees and flowers, is a unique combination of Aegean Architecture, Cretan hospitality, green oriented environment, and high quality All Inclusive services.

The Congress theme is Integrating Project Management Standards.  Integrate your own standards for project and program success at this 2012 IPMA World Congress.  Play a part in the design of the Congress with your proposals; interact in vibrant sessions and workshops; rejoice in the wide publication of the results.  There is a way forward in times of economic challenges. Project Management and you should be part of it.

Crete is the largest island in Greece. Next to being the home of the first European civilisation – the Minoan civilization dating 5000 years ago, the island offers mountains and sandy beaches which belong among the finest in the world.  Crete has a mild Mediterranean climate and the conference participants will have the opportunity to taste one of the oldest and most tasty gastronomic traditions in the world and to enjoy the famous Cretan hospitality.

The 26th IPMA World Congress is being organized by the Network of Project Managers in Greece (PM-Greece), the Greek member association of IPMA, in cooperation with the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), under auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure.  The Chairman for the 26th IPMA World Congress is Dr. John – Paris Pantouvakis, Associate Professor, Director of the Department of Construction Engineering & Management, Faculty of Civil Engineering, NTUA, Athens, Greece. Professor Pantouvakis can be contacted at [email protected]

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, the International Project Management Association (IPMA) was the world’s first project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 50 national PM societies in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas. IPMA offers an International Competence Baseline standard, a four-level project manager certification, expert seminars and global knowledge.  IPMA’s annual world congress is one of the most important meetings of the world’s project management experts and leaders each year.  The president of IPMA for 2012 is Roberto Mori.  Additional information about IPMA is available at www.ipma.ch