Message of the Patron, Director, IITM
The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) is pleased to host PIANC-COPEDEC VIII on the IITM campus, Chennai from 20 to 24 February 2012. The conference has already made an enormous global contribution towards empowering coastal and port engineering communities in developing countries to take charge of their own development. The merger of PIANC and COPEDEC has greatly enhanced world-wide professional interest and participation in the Conference now under the banner of PIANC-COPEDEC.

The leading role India is playing in contributing to and catalysing the global post-recession recovery, with massive investments in transport infrastructure including ports, makes it the right time for us to host PIANC-COPEDEC VIII at IIT Madras, India's Centre of Excellence in Coastal and Ocean Engineering.

It is my pleasant duty to invite you to Chennai not only to participate in this conference but also to enjoy the culture of South India and the IITM campus which is an oasis within a bustling city.
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