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“Meet the Authors” achieves Special Session Status at IPMA World Congress 2012 – with Author and Publisher Endorsement

The “Meet the Authors” theme at the 26th IPMA World Congress 2012 in Greece on 29th to 31st October 2012 has been upgraded to a Special Session status. Various authors and key people have pledged their support; and Gower Publishing are generously sponsoring various related aspects.

“This is tremendous news” said theme coordinator Tom Taylor (pictured). “We only started this concept a few weeks ago and the interest and involvement has been fantastic. This has encouraged the Greek organisers to upgrade the “Meet the Authors” activities to be a Special Session. Conventionally such a status is only applied to established main stream topics within the project management fraternity. Clearly “Meet the Authors” has struck a chord.” Please see Special Session No.8 on the Congress website at www.ipma2012.gr.

Gower Publishing, who have established links with IPMA, have helped to push things along by providing support including a prize for a best paper and a range of their popular project management titles. A number of Gower authors are expected to be in attendance.

Informal and formal “Meet the Authors” activities are being planned including networking venues, panel discussions, round tables, workshops and presentations. They are being refined in parallel with the resolution of the final programme for the Congress overall.

Specific provisions for “Meet the Authors” are being arranged. These will include a twenty minute roster of recognised authors who are in attendance, and who can promote and sign copies of their latest volumes, answer questions on their activities, ask questions of attendees, or arrange to meet or communicate later. Names of available authors and their proposed focus will be posted at the Congress.

The events in this theme will be open to all Congress delegates and participants. This will inevitably include established authors, authors who are new to writing and publishing, editors in various media, publishers or their representatives, book sellers, website managers, knowledge managers; and then there are the customers for all this knowledge, information and wisdom – the readers, the students, the researchers in academia and in industry.

Everyone who may be interested in the IPMA World Congress generally and especially the “Meet the Authors” special session are directed to the Congress website www.ipma2012.gr

A number of personalities in the world of project management have express support including the following:

Geoff Reiss – author and co-author of Project Management Demystified, Programme Management Demystified, One Project Too Many and many other text books, articles and papers: “What a brilliant idea! To bring authors, critics, supporters and other readers all together under the Cretan sun.  Writing books is a little like being a late night DJ in a small town; you are never sure anyone is actually listening.  Oh yes, some people might buy your book but how does an author know what works and what doesn’t? What the cherished reader liked, didn’t like and hated?  So to spend a few days with other authors and readers sounds like a great idea. I can’t wait.”

Miles Shepherd – credentials as below: “I have been attending IPMA World Congresses for many years and I have always found them interesting and friendly. As a previous IPMA President and Chairman of Council of Delegates I enjoy meeting so many people from all corners of the world. I like the idea of Meet the Authors. It adds yet another dimension to the World Congress. We are all authors and readers to some extent. This has been reinforced for me through my involvement with Standards and most recently with ISO 21500 – where there have been many people from many countries and organisations contributing to a major piece of work for the common good. Many of the authors and contributors of ISO 21500 will be in Crete for the Congress I am sure. It will be good to hear their reflections on the processes and the outputs.”

Kalle Kahkonen – from Finland and long serving editor of Project Perspectives: “I will be there in Crete. I like the very good ideas in your message. I would be only too pleased to be involved.”

Martin Barnes – originator of the Iron Triangle of Time, Cost and Performance and a few other things; key note speaker at the Congress: “This is a great idea. To meet the people behind the names on the books and papers and to talk about our shared passion – project management – this will be memorable.”

Rodney Turner – original writer of many articles, papers, books, anthologies; and editor of International Project Management Journal: “It will be good to have a Meet the Authors session so we can see how diverse project management books are becoming on the bookstore shelves.  And with that diversity we can meet the people who are contributing to the developments of the subject.”

Stacy Goff – IPMA VP for Events and Marketing: “It’s original for concept and content. It sounds useful, informative, entertaining and fun. Let’s do it. There is something for everyone. It will be an experience.”

Darren Dalcher – National Centre for Project Management UK, editor-in-chief Journal of Software Maintenance and Evolution, editor Advances in Project Management, editor Fundamentals of Project Management:  “As Editor of Gower’s Advances in Project Management book series I am seeing a growing interest in publishing project management related titles from new and established authors; and a terrific response from readers and reviewers. This event sounds like an outstanding opportunity for readers, authors and publishers to meet and talk to one another. I hope to be able to attend in person and join the discussions.”

Other persons have remarked on the Body of Knowledge opportunities for discussion.

While others are interested on whether printed books will disappear in due course or even quite soon.

For more information visit www.ipma2012.gr
Or contact Tom Taylor at [email protected] or on 0044 7831 675484
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The 26th IPMA World Congress will be held on one of the most popular islands in Greece, at an exclusive 5 star Convention and Golf 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.

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