Association For Project Management Announces Launch Of Festival Of Education And Research

A celebration of the achievements of new talent and excellence in academic research within the project profession

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The APM Festival of Education and Research will take place at the Whitworth Hall at the University of Manchester on Wednesday 21 October 2020.

21st January – Association for Project Management (APM), the chartered body for the project profession, has today announced the launch of the APM Festival of Education and Research – a new event which is set to showcase some of the best and brightest new talents among career starters, education and research. The APM Festival of Education and Research will take place at the Whitworth Hall at the University of Manchester on Wednesday 21 October 2020.

The event will feature a career fair, giving attendees the opportunity to meet employers face to face, followed by an awards ceremony. Delegates will also be able to take part in a series of interactive workshops led by academics and project management professionals. The event is aimed at a broad audience, from project management students and career starters to academics and researchers.

A register of interest has today opened for the event, giving those registered the first chance to book not only onto the event itself when bookings open later this year but also onto the interactive workshops, which have limited places available.

The APM Festival of Education and Research puts a spotlight on APM’s ongoing commitment to education and research, which has become an increasingly important part of its work – APM has seen the number of its student members double in recent years. The event will help support career development within the project profession, to recognize research excellence in project management and related fields, showcase the contribution of academics to the development of the profession, and help develop and enhance skills and capabilities through the interactive workshops.

Debbie Dore, chief executive of APM said: “We are excited to be launching this new event which shines a light on our commitment to celebrating the crucial role of education and research in the project profession. It will also help cement APM’s position as a global thought leader in the field of project management.”

The awards ceremony, which will follow the careers fair and workshops, will see awards presented in the following categories:

Project Management Student of the Year
Project Management Apprentice of the Year
Project Management Graduate of the Year
Geoffrey Trimble Award for Project Management Postgraduate of the Year
Herbert Walton Award for Project Management PhD or Doctoral of the Year
Research Paper of the Year
Developmental Programme of the Year
Academic of the Year

Each award category will be decided individually by a panel of judges, who will be revealed once finalists have been announced in July 2020.

Entries for The Festival of Education and Research will open on Monday 2 March 2020 – full details of the award entry process will be available on and across APM’s social media channels including LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. To register your interest in attending visit

Bookings for the event and pre-bookings for the interactive workshops will open when award finalists are announced in late June.

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