IPMA Research Conferences


IPMA Research Conferences aim to bring all researchers, experts, scholars and practitioners together to discuss and exchange research achievement and ideas on the topic of research and practice. The Research Management Board also hopes that these research conferences will enable IPMA Member Association to cooperate globally in future research.

IPMA 2013 Research Conference, Berlin. Photo by Les Squires
Break-out Team at IPMA 2013 Research Conference, Berlin. Photo by Les Squires


Сonference site: http://ipma-research-conference.world

 The 5th IPMA Research Conference will take place on the November 2nd-3rd 2017 in Incheon, South Korea. The theme of the 2017 IPMA Research Conference is “Projects, Management and Success – do we need a wider understanding?” Project management has continuously developed in the last decades like no other management discipline. But although the requirements towards project managers further developed, the definition of success in projects and in project management has remained stable during this time.
The 5th IPMA Research Conference is an opportunity to examine if our understanding of successful projects and their management needs to be worked over. 
The scope of the 5th IPMA Research Conference 2017 is therefore to explore if the current definition of project and project management success sufficiently reflects the needs of future generations.
This call for short papers is meant to encourage a broad range of submissions.
The authors are encouraged to reach beyond the usual boundaries of the project domain, and to embrace innovative approaches to defining and developing our understanding of projects and their management.
– Sustainability and success
– Ethics and success
– Culture and success
– Value/contribution to society and success
– Others
Submission guidelines:
Authors are invited to submit proposals for short presentations of their work in progress, new ideas or recent results. We encourage submissions from all areas related to project management.  
  • Short papers should be of no more than 500 words.  
  •  Please submit a pdf of your short paper by April 30, 2017 to: [email protected]
  •  Notification of the outcome of the review process will be on May 12, 2017.
  •  Authors of accepted short papers will be expected to provide a full paper by June 30, 2017 and to present their ideas in a presentation at the Research Conference.


The 4th IPMA Research Confhttp://ipmaresearch2016.com/erence will take place on the September 15th – 16th 2016 in Reykjavik, Iceland. The theme of this Conference will be “Project management and sustainability.” 

 It will be Co-hosted by Verkefnastjórnunarfélag Íslands  (Project Management Association of Iceland) and Reykjavik University. The design of the IPMA Research Conference again allows for a maximum of interaction and exchange between researchers, experts, scholars and practitioners.

The venue for the 4th IPMA Research Conference is Nautholl cafe, conference facilities and restaurant in the heart of Reykjavik.

We are hopeful that a group of enthusiastic international practitioners and scholars will summon in Reykjavik for the conference for intensive discussions about these important questions, and hopefully produce some interesting outcomes that will be useful for project management as a discipline in the coming years.

The number of participants in the Research Conference will be limited to 60 participants.

See also: Program

Photos of Research Management Board Sustainability Conference

Video “Sustainable Project Management” by Professor Gilbert Silvius

Video “Exploring program management competences for various program types” by Maxim Miterev

Video “Project Benefit Management” by Professor Ofer Zwikael

Video ” Sustainable Project Outcomes” by  Michael Young, Vice President of Research at Green Project Management


The IPMA 4th Annual Research conference included a field trip dedicated to technological, social, and touristic interests. Absolutely fascinating!  Photos of Field Trip http://bit.ly/2d922Jy

Enjoy video of the IPMA field trip to explore local developments in project management and themes of sustainability — accompanied by local Icelandic music. (Be patient while loading.) http://bit.ly/2fwsqTj 


2015, Stellenbosch, South-Africa. “Project Management in Emerging Economies – Practice meets Research”. 

ResCongr_webCall for papers is extended until 30 June 2015.

The 3rd IPMA Research Conference will take place on the 25th and 26th of November 2015 at SPIER Estate, Stellenbosch, South Africa. It will be Co-hosted by University of Johannesburg, University of Pretoria and University of Stellenbosch Business School. The main theme is “Project Management in Emerging Economies”. The theme addresses the increasing demand of management approaches for projects, programs and portfolios in emerging economies, including but not limited to Africa, Asia and Latin America. The design of the IPMA Research Conference again allows for a maximum of interaction and exchange between researchers, experts, scholars and practitioners. The proceedings will be published next year.

See also: | Invitation to the conference and a program

2014, Tianjing, China. “How to make the Research Meet the Need of Practice”

Monday and Tuesday, 1st-2nd, Dec., 2014, The Business School of Nankai University, Tianjing, China

We invite all researchers, experts, scholars and practitioners who are interested in “How to make the Research Meet the Need of Practice in PM” to attend the conference. We encourage all our MAs to organize a delegate or send some ones to attend this research conference. We also invite people who will attend the Asia Pacific Congress on Project Management 2014 being held by PMRC China, apfpm and IPMA on 29th and 30th in Bejing — official English website. It is only half hour by the high speed train from Beijing to Tianjin. And we will help our participants to transport to the hotel for our second research conference in Tianjin.

See also: | Invitation and Call for Papers 

2013, Berlin Germany. “Theory Meets Practice in Projects”

The German Project Management Association (GPM) hosted the 1st IPMA Research Conference 26 through 28 November in Berlin. About 80 people from 22 countries attended this conference dedicated to the topic of “Theory meets practice in projects”.

The distinctive feature of this conference was the intensive dialogue between theory and practice which can neither be found at scientific conferences nor at professional conferences. Practitioners were encouraged to share their experiences in practice together with requirements to researchers, who shared their knowledge of theoretical foundations for managing projects in various contexts.

By Reinhard Wagner
International Correspondent for PM World Journal
Munich, Germany

See also:Full Berlin Report |  Berlin Photos |