4th IPMA Research Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland


By Dr Jouko Vaskimo

International Correspondent & Senior Contributing Editor

Espoo, Finland

Professor Dr Helgi Thor Ingason and Assistant Professor Dr Haukur Ingi Jonasson of the Financial Engineering and Engineering Management Department of Reykjavik University opened the 4th IPMA Research Conference at Reykjavik, Iceland, on 15th September 2016. The theme of the conference was Sustainability in Project Management. Mr Tom Taylor, Vice-President of Association for Project Management (APM), joint founder of Buro Four, principal at dashdot, and Visiting Professor at Salford University, performed the duties of Master of Ceremonies.


Participants of the 4th IPMA Research Conference (photos courtesy Jouko Vaskimo)

The conference comprised a system of plenary sessions with keynote presentations by renowned experts in project management sustainability, workshops and world café sessions, and a generous offering of social events surrounding the official conference program. The conference, hosted by Reykjavik University, took place at the Nautholl Café next to the Reykjavik University main building on 15th … 16th September 2016, with over 50 participants from over 15 different countries.

The first IPMA Research Conference with the theme Theory meets practice in projects was organized by German Project Management Association (GPM) in November 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The second IPMA Research Conference with the theme How to make the research meet the need of practice in PM was organized by Business School of Nankai University in December 2014 in Tianjing, China. The third IPMA Research Conference with the theme Project management in emerging economies – practice meets research was co-organized by the University of Johannesburg, the Graduate School of Technology Management of University of Pretoria, and the University of Stellenbosch Business School in November 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa. For further information on the IPMA Research Conferences, please navigate to www.ipma.world/research/ipma-research-conferences/ .

A conference dinner was organized on 14th September – before the official program started – in the Nautholl Café. A group of Icelandic project management practitioners pursuing their Master of Project Management degrees at the Reykjavik University delivered a keynote presentation Sustainable development and the message from Paris, providing a general introduction of the term sustainability, to start off the dinner.


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About the Author

Dr Jouko Vaskimo

Espoo, Finland



Jouko Vaskimo
is an International Correspondent and Senior Contributing Editor for PM World in Finland. Jouko graduated M.Sc. (Tech.) from Helsinki University of Technology in 1992, and D.Sc. (Tech.) from Aalto University in 2016. He has held several project management related positions with increasing levels for responsibility. Jouko holds a number of professional certificates in the field of project management, such as the IPMA Level C (Project Manager), IPMA Level B (Senior Project Manager), PMP, PRINCE2 Foundation, and PRINCE2 Practitioner. Jouko is also a Certified Scrum Master and SAFe Agilist.

Jouko is a member of the Project Management Association Finland, a founding member of PMI Finland Chapter, and the immediate past chairman of the Finnish IPMA Certification Body operating IPMA certification in Finland. Since October 2007, he has been heading the Finnish delegation to ISO/TC 258.

Jouko resides in Espoo, Finland and can be best contacted at [email protected]. For more information please navigate to www.linkedin.com/in/jouko-vaskimo-6285b51.

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