From a small village to the whole world
The IPOKRaTES program was founded in 1980 and was initiated and developed by Georg Simbruner, M.D., Professor emeritus of Peditarics at the Medical University Innsbruck, Austria. In the past four decades, IPOKRaTES spread from a small village in Austria to factually all European countries, then to China, India, South East Asia as well as Arabien Countries, South America and Africa due to its high quality postgraduate education and excellent faculty.
FOUNDER: GEORG SIMBRUNER, M.D., Professor emeritus of Pediatrics
The history of IPOKRaTES seminars is truely a story of sawing seeds. Personal efforts and planning never result in greater achievements, rather in a limited personal success. In contrast sowing seeds being fundamentally different, is an personal act, which one believes has to be done for some inner reason or vocation. In retrospect it appears that starting IPOKRaTES had nothing to do with planning, but might have resembles sawing seeds into the wind. I trusted that I as an young university assistant without any assets would be able to win professors to lecture at the farmhouse in Dürnleis, to finance their travel and to convince colleagues to attend these seminars in that small village.
And it worked out. Each year the number of seminars and famous lecturers participating increased as the concept of viewing "teaching and learning as a spiritual form of life", having a few excellent, dedicated lectures for a limited really interested audience was very successful. IPOKRaTES seminars spread to various countries in Europe, to South America, then to China and India and countries all over the world.