19 Nov 2015

AIPM’s astronomical National Conference

Conference, PMAA

Delegates at AIPM’s recent National Conference in Hobart would have been excused for being slightly star struck after hearing NASA’s Jan and Paul Chodas deliver an inspiring keynote presentation at Hobart’s Wrest Point Convention Centre.

Jan, who is the current Director for the Office of Safety and Mission Success at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and former Project Manager for the Juno mission to Jupiter, and Paul, who is the Manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, had the audience glued as they delivered their breathtaking presentation on “Exploring our Solar System and Defending our Planet” on day two of what many guests described as the best National Conference yet.

With a world-class line-up of speakers and streams of concurrent sessions based around delegates needs (the six concurrent sessions followed the topic areas of PM Excellence, Organisational, Academic, Benefits, Industry and Workshops), the 2015 version of the conference had something for all project managers from graduates to grandmasters. 

Other keynotes presentations that sent the tongues of the almost 500 delegates wagging included the visiting International Project Management Association President, Reinhard Wagner, and  Air Vice Marshall Chris Deeble for his presentation on “The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: the transformation of Australia’s air combat capability”.

Between sessions delegates were able to take in the vista provided by the fantastic location at the top of the Derwent, as well as have face-to-face conversations with leading project management companies and in the conversation-friendly exhibition area. Exhibitors included Microsoft, UXC, Queensland University of Technology, the University of Sydney, Bovill Risk and Insurance Consultants, University of Southern Queensland and Megavar.

The days of listening, learning and networking were supported by a well celebrated social program, which was highlighted by the gala dinner to announce the winners of the 2015 AIPM National Project Management Achievement Awards. Whilst attendees got the fine dining, drinks and entertainment they were expecting, what they weren’t expecting was for the amazing flash mob of service staff who broke in to song and dance as attendees took their seats. The night culminated in the awarding of the National Project of the year, you can see a list of all the award winners here

Delegates of the conference are able to access the presentations from the conference by logging in to the AIPM website here, with the presentations becoming available to the rest of our members six months after the conference date.

Some of the photos taken by the event photographer have now been posted on the AIPM Facebook page, so head there today and get tagging!

The conference closed with the announcement that the 2016 version of the conference will be hosted at the Hilton Sydney, and will in fact be the inaugural AIPM Regional Conference in conjunction with IPMA.