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Conference Research & Education in Project Management – REPM
February 22, 2018 - February 26, 2018
The REPM Conference (Research and Education in Project Management Conference), organized by the UPV/ EHU University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, took place for the first time on 22nd-23rd March, 2018. ( link ) Its goal: To bring together practitioners and academics from the field of Project Management (PM), to discuss recent developments in Research and Education and the implementation of PM in the different fields of work, as well as to bring into focus possible approaches to the way of teaching PM. For this, postgraduate students, lecturers and practitioners met for a dialogue at eye level, while one entire session was dedicated to the talks by members of the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts (FH Dortmund). After presentations on the application of PM in the field of work as well as on educational models at universities, a final panel discussion between practitioners and academics took place. Although the participants agreed that PM cannot be exclusively learned at a company or a university, the suggestions for didactical and practical approaches differed on various levels. Nevertheless, the broad agreement was that practice and theory need to be coordinated in a better way, in order to achieve a standard within the didactics of PM which complies the requirements of companies and universities, likewise. This goal is already being targeted at FH Dortmund, especially by the EuroMPM, as well as by the DAAD funded project EuroPIM (European Partnership for Project and Innovation Management). The idea is to permanently establish an International Master School for PM. The involved EuroPIM partners are UPV/EHU Bilbao (Spain), KTU Kaunas (Lithuania), KU Leuven (Belgium) and NTNU Trondheim (Norway).
The second day of the conference was mainly dedicated to a series of workshops targeting topics like Certification of Competences of the Project Manager, Software for PM, Writing Research Papers on PM, as well as Didactical Concepts for Teaching PM at Schools. The conference concluded with a presentation on the construction project of the Football Stadium San Mamés in Bilbao, which was completed in 2013. While being in the Basque Country, Clara Decelis Grewe (Project Coordinator DAAD EuroPIM), Christian Reimann (Informatics Department), Thorsten Ruben (Coordinator Embedded Systems for Mechatronics and Ruhr Master School), Rolf Schuster (Informatics Department) und Carsten Wolff (IDiAL Institute) visited the UPV/ EHU Campus in San Sebastian to discuss further cooperation formats for joint Block Weeks, Summer Schools and exchange programs for students from Bilbao, San Sebastian and Dortmund. Main point of interest was the new Master Digital Transformation, which started at FH Dortmund in the following Winter Term 2018/19.
The proceedings of the REPM 2018 are available here !
Master and PhD students, researchers and lecturers