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PMI UK Chapter & Bournemouth University Project Management Day. Virtual Event.13th January 2021

PMI UK Chapter & Bournemouth University Project Management Day. Virtual Event.13th January 2021

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PMI UK Chapter & Bournemouth University Project Management Day. Virtual Event

13th January 2021 at 5 pm


This event is dedicated to the development of the Project Management profession. The day combines presentations by distinguished speakers, a competitive exhibition of student work and an opportunity for networking.

Bournemouth University offers the first MSc Organisational Project Management and their BA (Hons) Business Studies course incorporates an 'Operations and Project Management' track. The exhibition will showcase the MSc students’ projects with the theme of ‘Working in a COVID World’ and case studies of Responsible Project Management by the BA final year students.

Event Properties

Event Date 13-01-2021 5:00 pm
Event End Date 13-01-2021 7:15 pm
Individual Price Free
No. of Strategic PDUs 0.5
No. of Technical PDUs 1.0
No. of Leadership PDUs 0.5



Open Zoom for informal discussion


Welcome by Karen Thompson & Nigel Williams Introduction to International Year of Responsible Project Management Discussion: Competencies for Responsible PM


Instructions for Exhibition and Q&A


Q&A in Breakout Rooms; With MSc Project Teams in 9 Breakout Rooms With BABS students in other Breakout Rooms


Presentation by Yohan Abrahams: “Smartcities: What do we do for London?”

Cities have become our preferred living environment with the World Bank predicting that by 2050, seven of every ten of us will live in urban surroundings. Currently cities generate 80% of global GDP and account for 75% of the world’s energy usage. Cities also attract quite a lot of investment aimed at solving common challenges including air pollution, traffic congestion, affordable housing and reducing greenhouse emissions. This investment in change creates many opportunities for project management professionals. What are the skills and competencies we need to successfully deliver projects in cities? Many of the challenges cities face are so complex that they can only be solved through a collaborative approach. They can only be solved through innovative thinking because we have not faced them before. And we use data in a big way to resolve these challenges and seize our opportunities. We have come up with a term to identify cities that use technology and creative thinking to enhance the quality and performance of urban services: We call them Smart Cities. At this session, we look at some of the key projects in the Air Quality and Environment portfolio that Transport for London delivers on behalf of the Mayor of London and the project management structures and process that we have evolved to keep one of the great Smart Cities of the world moving and growing.


Announce Winners Closing remarks, informal discussion & networking




Dr Karen Thompson

Karen is a Senior Academic at Bournemouth University Business School in the UK. As co-creator of the innovative new concept of Responsible Project Management, she co-leads an international collaboration between researchers, educators and industry that is currently researching the use of virtual reality to develop new competencies for managing projects sustainably. Passionate about putting the climate and biodiversity at the heart of decision-making in all types of organisations, Karen’s research and educational practice at the intersection of Project Management and Sustainable Business was recognised at the 2019 PMI (UK) Awards. She is an Associate Editor for Project Management Research and Practice, and Project Management Expert for the Centre for Project Management at the University of Jaffna.

Yohan Abrahams

Yohan has been fascinated by the great cities of the world, and the women and men who work behind the scenes to keep them running. Yohan has spent the last decade working in cities on portfolios as diverse as law enforcement, professional services, London’s world-renowned financial services and currently at Transport for London, operators of the world’s oldest underground transport network. He has been able to experience first-hand on how these areas of London’s economy do the right projects and do project right.