IPMA Education & Training Board’s Series for the PMWJ: The E&T Stream at the forthcoming IPMA World Congress


“Balancing PM: Further Training & Professional Development” 

By John-Paris Pantouvakis 

Athens, Greece

The IPMA World Congress is one of the world’s leading conferences on project management, bringing together business professionals, practitioners, managers and representatives of global companies, leading scientists, educators, professors and students, representatives of various sectors and occupations, NGOs and the media.  Over the three days of the congress the best potential and the world of project management are brought together through professional and academic papers, position papers, presentations of best practices or significant case studies, posters, training materials, book & software presentations, tutorials, round tables, special sessions and workshops.

Finding Balance and Moving Forward” is the main theme of the forthcoming 27th IPMA World Congress which will be organized in parallel with the 2nd ICEC & IPMA Global Congress from 30 September to 3 October 2013 in Dubrovnik, Croatia.  More information is available at the congress website www.ipma2013.hr.

Among the variety of possible congress topics, the stream devoted to Education & Training (E&T) entitled “Balancing Project Management: Further Training & Professional Development” is of particular relevance in finding balance between studying or practicing project management and further developing your career prospects. In recognition of the fact, one of the congress keynote speakers will be related to E&T. More specifically, Mr. Mike Brown, Head of the Centre for Project Management, Rolls-Royce plc will speak about Professional Development using the Rolls-Royce / University of Manchester Project Management Professional Development Programme.

The responsibility of coordinating the E&T stream at the Congress has been gladly undertaken by the IPMA E&T Board. We have had a positive response so far with more than 16 papers submitted to the stream from 11 countries. Speakers from Croatia, the CzechRepublic, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Lebanon, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa and Sweden are already contributing.  Additional papers from E&T professionals and students will be particularly welcome! Topics include (but are not limited to) curricula development, innovative training methods, coaching, role playing and management games, training materials and software.

Invitation to contribute

Both individuals and organizations may contribute to the stream through academic and/or professional papers (position papers, presentations of best practices or significant case studies, posters, training materials, book & software presentations). Training organizations and publishers may also consider presenting their courses, books and other relevant products. Your proposals may be send directly to the Stream Director, Dr. J.P. Pantouvakis by e-mail to [email protected]

Invitation to participate

Setting up a flow of interesting presentations is only part of our overall goal in organizing the E&T Stream. Workshops with active participant involvement are also envisaged. We have a lot to share and contribute and good ideas, comments and proposals are welcome. For example, we need a framework to access and promote excellence in E&T. As E&T spans a wide spectrum of subjects, curricula, training methods, learning materials and technology we need to be able to assess results to people and organizations and showcasing the best examples. How about an open discussion on an E&T Award? This will be the subject of a workshop organized in the frame of the “Balancing Project Management: Further Training & Professional Development” stream.


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Editor’s note: This is the 2nd in a series of articles provided by the IPMA Education and Training (E&T) Board on the subject of project management education, training, careers and related topics.  More information about the IPMA E&T can be found at http://ipma.ch/education. 

About the Author

flag-greecejohn-paris-pantouvakisJOHN-PARIS PANTOUVAKIS 

National Technical University of Athens, Greece

& Chairman IPMA Education & Training Board 

Athens, Greece 

John-Paris Pantouvakis, M.Eng., M.Sc., PhD, C.Eng; following a ten year career in industry moved to Academia and is now an Associate Professor and the Director of the Department of Construction Engineering & Management and the Centre for Construction Innovation at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). John-Paris is also an Adjunct Lecturer and a Postgraduate Module Coordinator at the Hellenic Open University. He is the President of PM-Greece, the Greek IPMA Member, a First Assessor for IPMA Certification in Greece and an IPMA Project Excellence Awards Assessor. He also serves as a Member of the Editorial Board of several Journals and as an International Editorial Advisor for the PMWorld Journal. He has organized several project management events in Greece including chairing the recent 26th IPMA World Congress (2012). More information is available at his personal website (http://users.ntua.gr/jpp/jpp_en.htm).