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2017 Project Management Conferences You Won’t Want To Miss

2017 Project Management Conferences You Won't Want to Miss

If you are looking to attend a project management conference this year, chances are there is something close by that will appeal to you. I’ve compiled this extensive list of conferences both local to me in the UK and around the world. Use this quick link menu below (on the main full article page) to jump to the relevant portion of the year.


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January to March 2017

12th International Project Management Conference: Tehran, Iran, 12-13 February 2017

The IIPMC is organized by Aryana Industrial and Research Group and PMI. It will have topics focused on strategic project management, PM techniques, project organisation and knowledge management, and modern developments in the field. They expect over 1600 researchers, project managers, and practitioners to attend the 2017 conference.

PMI Sweden Passion of Projects: Malmö, Sweden 13-14 March 2017

The PMI Sweden is an event with inspiring speakers, professional colleagues, and companies in different sectors gathered with the goal of sharing their knowledge and experience in project, portfolio, and programme management.

Plus, Malmö is a lovely city. I was there for the Oredev conference a few years ago.

Malmö Sweden

Lilla Torg in Malmö. This is how it looked when I was there in 2012.

SPMI Symposium: Singapore, 16-17 March, 2017/h3>

The theme this year is “Strategic Project Management: Greater Business Results in Uncertain Economy.” The Symposium will highlight strategic project management for better business results, economy outlook and industry performance, and ensuring career growth in challenging environments. Very topical!

RICS and APM Project Leadership Conference: London, UK, 28 March 2017

At the time of writing there aren’t many details about this year’s RICS project management conference. The theme will be Collaboration in Project Leadership, and they are partnering with the APM as in previous years.

If you work in property (RICS is the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, but I don’t think they are known by that name today) then this is a great conference to get some specialist insight into the challenges of that industry.

April to June 2017

Diversity in Project Management: s’-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, 10-11 April, 2017

The IPMA and CKC Seminars will be hosting the first International Conference on Diversity in Project Management – yey!

The focus is on gender as one of the biggest challenges in the field of project management (do you agree?). There will also be discussions on other types of diversity including diversity in thinking style and behavioural style.

Sounds very interesting.

Global Scrum Gathering: San Diego, CA, 10-12 April 2017

This conference definitely has a California theme: Looking Back, Looking Forward – Surf the Tides of Change. The focus will be on passion and what can occur when people collaborate. There is a new Scrum for Hardware track this year that will include presentations, hands-on workshops and coaching.

I’m not an Agile expert by an means but if Scrum is your wheelhouse, this could be a good event to get to.

APM Project Management Conference: London, UK, 27 April 2017

APM is always an exceptional event and I’ve spoken at it in the past (not last year, though. You can read my write up of the 2016 conference here). This year’s theme is Making the Mould – Transform, Diversify, Revolutionise. The conference will look at the constant state of accelerating change in the world and what that means for the future of project management.

It is being held at the Barbican Centre in London which is very easily accessible. You do not need to be a member of APM to attend.

International Scientific Conference on Project Management: Riga, Latvia, 27-28 April 2017

The conference takes place in Latvia, but the official language is English. Its focus is on discussing scientific research related to project management issues and to encourage networking between professionals in the industry.

I think events like this are showing how diverse the project management community is. We’ve come a long way since Henry Gantt.

PMI EMEA Global Congress: Rome, Italy, 1-3 May 2017

Three days of professional development with hundreds of project, programme, and portfolio managers from around the world. Daily themes will include global trends and shifts in the industry. This conference will take place at the Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts.

Last year’s PMI EMEA Congress was in Barcelona. You can get a feel for what the event is like by watching my video diary from my time there in 2016.

Agile and Beyond: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, 4-5 May 2017

I figured I should include a few more Agile events this year!

The Agile and Beyond conference is completely volunteer-driven and devoted to Agile and product development. Now in it’s fourth year it will take place at the Eagle Crest Conference and Event Center.

The schedule is not out yet for this year, but you can look at previous year’s schedules to get an idea of what will be presented.

eVa22: London, UK, 17-18 May 2017

Brexibility is the theme of this year’s conference that focuses on project controls.

Trust Steve Wake to come up with something thought-provoking and topical for his conference.

This year marks its 22nd year (yes, really!). It’s one of the longest running conferences that I know of. They always offer a wide variety of talks – it isn’t just about earned value.

It always has a unique feel to it and the team make it very entertaining. There is even a candlelit dinner. It takes place at the beautiful Armourers’ Hall near Moorgate station.

Elizabeth Harrin speaking at EVA 2015

Elizabeth Harrin speaking at EVA 2015

PMO Conference UK: London, UK, 7 June 2017

Completely focused on all things PMO, this one day event features expert speakers, an exhibition with PMO products and services, plus the change to connect with other professionals in the industry. It is being held at etc.venues at St. Paul’s, centrally located in London.

IRNOP 2017: Boston, MA, 11-14 June 2017

The theme this year is The Modern Project: Mindsets, Toolsets, and Theoretical Frameworks. This will be the first time the IRNOP conference will be held in the United States. It is being hosted by Boston University Metropolitan College, who themselves are well-known for the PM education programmes.

Women in Project Management Leadership: Denver, USA, Summer 2017

PMI Mile Hi Chapter will be hosting an event summer 2017.

This was briefly featured in one of the PMI magazines and I made a note to find out more. Unfortunately, at the time of writing there isn’t much more to say. Stay tuned for more details and if you are in the Mile Hi Chapter, feel free to let me know directly what you have planned!

July to September 2017

Women in Agile: Orlando, USA, 6 August 2017

This one day event is held before Agile 2017. The #WomenInAgile portion will likely be on Sunday, August 6, 2017. Again, not loads to report on this right now, but it’s something one of our Inspiring Women in Project Management interviewees, Natalie Warnert, is involved with and she makes it sound like an unmissable event if you can get to Florida.

Agile 2017: Orlando, USA, 7-11 August 2017

This year’s event is being held at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida. The Agile conference is dedicated to furthering Agile principles and offering a venue for people and ideas to meet and grow. There will be attendees from over 40 countries in attendance.

The Future PMO: London, UK, 12 September 2017

A one day conference, the Future PMO is going to be hosted at the Chelsea FC Stadium this is a day devoted to PMO professionals. Network and meet with your peers, attend the keynote and morning sessions, and in the afternoon attend workshop sessions.

PMINZ Project Management Conference 2017: Christchurch, New Zealand, 20-22 September 2017

Hosted by the PMI New Zealand Chapter the 2017 event does not have any details yet, so watch for this post to be updated.

October to December 2017

Dubai International Project Management Forum: Dubai

There are no details for 2017, but last year’s event was held in October and it’s likely to be around the same time. It is largest project management event in the region and is fast getting a reputation for being a substantive event.

Digital PM Summit: Las Vegas, USA, 15-17 October 2017

The Digital PM Summit is one of the best organised and most welcoming events I have ever attended. They made being a speaker and delegate so easy, and the atmosphere was very friendly. This is a good event to go to if you haven’t been to many conferences and are a bit nervous about the networking part of the larger events.

The conference is being held at the M Resort and has an optional Workshop Day on 18 October 2017. There are limited details announced at present, so watch this space for updates. I just know that with the team behind this event that it is going to be awesome.

I spoke at the DPM Summit in San Antonio in 2016 and you can watch my video diaries from Day 1 and Day 2.

2017 AIPM National Conference: Melbourne, Australia, October 2017

The Australian Institute of Project Management has their annual conference in Melbourne this year. Details to follow.

PMI Global Conference: Chicago, USA, 26-30 October 2017

The PMI Global Congress North America and PMI Leadership Institute Meeting have combined this year to create a larger and broader event for attendees. It is being held at McCormick Place, which is very close to downtown Chicago so you should be able to fit in some touristy things too if the constant barrage of PM talks starts to get too much.

I haven’t been to a PMI North America event since the boys were born but I would say this is a flagship conference, with an amazing atmosphere and a huge breadth of topics covered. Don’t be fooled into thinking that it is only for people from the USA – there will be dozens of nationalities represented.

International Project Management Day: Online, 2 November 2017

This is a virtual conference with live sessions including 25 video presentations and five keynotes. No need to leave your office or your home to attend this one!

PMO Symposium: Houston, USA, 5-8 November 2017

Save the date for this one, as there are no details just yet.

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PMI Australia: Sydney, Australia, 28-30 May 2017

Billed as the premier project management conference in Australia, PMI Australia starts with one day of master classes on the 28th, followed by two days of conference. This year’s theme is “Level-Up – Lifting the Game of Success.” It will focus on the latest topics and trends across business thinking, leadership, technical delivery and academic research.

Pan-African Project Management Conference: Yaounde, Cameroon, 24-26 May 2017

This is the first edition of this conference to be held over three days at the Yaounde Conference Center. The theme is “Accelerating Africa’s Economic Transformation Through Project Management.” Dr. Teri Okoro brought this conference to my attention. She is speaking about woman in project management. I interviewed Teri in 2014 and you can read her interview here. Thanks Teri!

PM Camp Barcelona: Barcelona, Spain, 6-7 October 2017

An interesting take on a conference, PM Camp Barcelona is based on the idea of a BarCamp or “unconference” over two days at Pier 01 Tech City. This flexible conferences starts the day with a keynote speaker and then each session evolves to meet the needs of the participants. I interviewed the organizers and you can read that interview here to learn more about the event.

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About Elizabeth Harrin

Elizabeth HarrinElizabeth Harrin FAPM is a professional project manager and award-winning blogger behind A Girl's Guide To Project Management. She's passionate about demystifying project management and making tools and techniques work in the real world. She's also the author of several books including the PMI bestseller, Collaboration Tools for Project Managers.
Elizabeth lives in the UK with her family. She uses her organisation and project management skills at home, and also to help other bloggers at Totally Organised Blogging.


    • Shannon says

      Thanks for sharing Nicos. I’ve added it to our 2018 project management conference post set to come out next week!

  1. Madison Petty says

    This is a really comprehensive list for project management seminars, and the added emphasis on Agile is very helpful. I think conferences focusing on Agile will only pop up as the years go on, and I’m excited for every one of them. PMI SeminarsWorld is one I found on a Capterra article that travels across the country as the year goes on, starting in June. Both of the articles were an excellent source of information, so thank you for putting all the information down so clearly!

    The Capterra article:

  2. Barry Hodge says

    Elizabeth, Thank you for sharing this list it has come at a great time for me. I have not attended any project conferences before and have vowed to attend some this year. I am particularly interested in the UK ones so will look to book on to some of these.

    Also your course on attending conferences looks great so I have signed up. Thanks again.


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