By Claire West

Thames Valley University is hosting a two-day Project Management Conference on 26 and 27 at the University’s Paragon Campus in Brentford.

Challenging Project Management will bring together academics, industry experts and professional bodies to promote innovation, efficiency and sustainability in project delivery. The conference is sponsored by the Association of Project Management and BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.

Industry professionals, academics and students are invited to attend the event to learn more about the latest developments including the emerging trend towards constraints management, the new discipline of Organisational Project Management (OPM), collaboration techniques and using Neuro-linguistic Programming training techniques.

Speakers include Donnie MacNicol, Director of Team Animation, a consultancy that focuses on ‘the people side of project management’ and Andrew Hatcher who specialises in working in collaborative project environments.

On 26 November, Dave Rowley Education Programme Director of the Bloodhound SSC Project will join delegates for the social dinner to give a presentation about one of the most exciting collaborations currently underway in the UK. A cross between a rocket and a formula-1 vehicle, the Bloodhound SSC is in contention for the world land speed record with a target speed of 1,000 miles per hour. Mr Rowley will be discussing the specific challenges faced by the project team, giving a unique insight into one of Britain’s greatest engineering adventures.

Amerjit Walia, Programme Leader of MSc Project Management and Managing Director of Orbitus Consulting Ltd says: ‘Over the last two years, the University has become a hub for project management activity where ideas and potential solutions are exchanged. This conference is an exciting opportunity to develop those themes in more depth and bring together professionals and experienced academics to debate current issues.’

For further details, visit the conference website www.tvu.ac.uk/fscpmevent. Places are limited, to reserve your place call 0300 123 2244 or email Sandra.penewiss@tvu.ac.uk.