INTERNATIONAL GRAPHIC ARTS CONFERENCE IARIGAI & IC IN ATHENS:

ORGANISATIONAL SUCCESS AND IMPORTANT SCIENTIFIC FINDINGS

With the day excursion  to the Peloponnese on Thursday 23 September 2021, the joint annual scientific conferences of iarigai and IC were completed.   The conferences were organized by the Hellenic Association of Graphic Arts Technology Graduates – HELGRAMED, in collaboration with the Graphic Arts Technology and Visual Communication Media Research Laboratory of the University of West Attica – GRAPHMEDLAB.

 

Over 50 scientific papers were presented, along with quite important presentations by the top guest speakers. Both iarigai’s 47th annual conference, “Printing in the Digital Era”, focusing on developments in graphic arts science and technology, printing and packaging in the modern digital era, and IC’s 52nd conference, “Print Education – Challenges in an Uncharted World”, focusing on research and contemporary developments in graphic arts education – printing and packaging defined the current field of developments and innovations in industry and research. 

 

Innovative technologies and business environments, trends for the development of the industry, scientific outcomes as well as the necessity of modern education in our industries were highlighted. Keynote and presentations from our researchers and scientists, demonstrated the cutting edge of scientific, technological, business and educational scope of our industries in relation to digital transformation, circular economy and sustainability, modern production and advanced workflows, revealing the new environment in which the modern graphic arts – printing and packaging industry is called upon to operate in the post-covid-19 era.

 

As HELGRAMED, undertook a high risk due to covid-19 and the pandemic. Along the way, we found that all colleagues in Greece and abroad were willing to participate with physical presence. By strictly keeping all measures to avoid the spread of the coronavirus, we managed to carry out this project safely for everyone. Therefore, we are really proud to organize this important event and it is worth noting that the two conferences are among the first in the world to be held in person.

 

We would like to express our thanks to all the people, partners and institutions and sponsors from the scientific,  industrial and education world of the graphic communication,  print-media and packaging fields for their support and assistance to the conferences to make them successful. In particular our thanks go to:

 

– The entire organizing team of HELGRAMED members – graduates of Graphic Arts Technology, members of the Association and teachers of the Graphic Arts Technology course at PADA, the team of technicians and our photographers and the members of academic staff of the of the Graphic Arts Technology Study Programme at the University of West Attica,

 

– the colleagues at iarigai and in particular Gunter Huebner, Branka Lozo and Cathy Ridgway,

 

– the University of West Attica and in particular the Rector Professor Panagiotis Kaldi and the Vice Rector Professor Cleo Sgouropoulou,

 

– our keynote and invited speakers: Laetitia Reynaud, Intergraf, Francois Martin, Bobst Group, Matteo Micheli, X-Rite, Axel Fischer, International Association of the Deinking Industry, Thomas Katsaros, Byzantine and Christian Museum, Konstantinos Spyropoulos, BEL Computers SA, Enn Kerner, Sinapse Print Simulators and Stelios Manousakis, Bobst Group.

 

– our sponsors:

PAPASTRATOS – Company of Philip Morris International

HEIDELBERG HELLAS

TSIMIS PRINTING AND PACKAGING

VERIDOS-MATSOUKIS SA

X-RITE & Development SA

Pressious Arvanitidis SA

BOBST GROUP

BEL Computers SA

GRAPHCOM SA

FORLABELS SA – Packaging Applications

SKAG – TH SKAGIAS SA

LAINAS Products SA

OMNICOM SA

DIAGRAMMA SA – Christos Koutrouditsos

 

Special thanks go to the Greek graphic arts industry and the companies that supported the conferences

 

Most important was that we could finally communicate and interact in person with all colleagues – conference participants, that resulted in, an immediate positive outcome  for dynamic collaborations and the development of joint projects at all levels in the coming months.

 

The Director of the Conferences: Prof. Dr. Anastasios E. Politis

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