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Best practices for effective project management in Earth sciences: sharing experience between projects (public)
Convener: Friederike Hoffmann 
Tue, 25 Apr, 10:30–12:00  / Room 0.15
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Connected to Session EOS15 – Effective project management in Earth Sciences, What does that mean?

Scientific management of large international research projects and collaborations is a complex task, for which time as well as specific knowledge and skills are required. To reduce the work load of the principal scientists, many organisations employ a project manager to direct the day-to-day operations and report to the funding agency. In contrast to the legal and financial project management, which is mostly handled by permanent administrative staff of the coordinating institution, the scientific management of the project is often assigned to fixed-term staff and largely relies on the project manager’s skills and expertise. Best practices and experiences related to the project implementation and management are not systematically passed on and thus often lost when the project ends.
In this session we aim to:
- share experiences and best practices on project implementation and management tasks
- present and discuss means available to project managers to pass on their tools in between projects (e.g. networks, meetings, training courses, guidelines…) Target group:
People who are or have been working with practical day-to-day management of all kinds of research and development projects including large European collaborations, either as scientists, technicians, or project managers.
Public information: Best practices for effective project management in Earth sciences: sharing experience between projects

Connected to Session EOS15 – Effective project management in Earth Sciences: What does that mean?

Conveners:
Friederike U. Hoffmann – University of Bergen, Norway Friederike.Hoffmann@uib.no
Luisa Cristini – National Oceanography Centre, United Kingdom luisa.cristini@noc.ac.uk
Daniela Henkel – GEOMAR, Germany dhenkel@geomar.de
Sylvia Walter – Utrecht University, Netherlands s.walter@uu.nl
Sofia Alexiou – National Oceanography Centre, United Kingdom sofia.alexiou@noc.ac.uk

Description:

Scientific management of large international research projects and collaborations is a complex task, for which time as well as specific knowledge and skills are required. To reduce the work load of the principal scientists, many organisations employ a project manager to direct the day-to-day operations and report to the funding agency. In contrast to the legal and financial project management, which is mostly handled by permanent administrative staff of the coordinating institution, the scientific management of the project is often assigned to fixed-term staff and largely relies on the project manager’s skills and expertise. Best practices and experiences related to the project implementation and management are not systematically passed on and thus often lost when the project ends.

In this session we aim to:
- share experiences and best practices on project implementation and management tasks
- present and discuss means available to project managers to pass on their tools in between projects (e.g. networks, meetings, training courses, guidelines…)

Target group:
People who are or have been working with practical day-to-day management of all kinds of research and development projects including large European collaborations, either as scientists, technicians, or project managers.


Tentative schedule:

10:30 Welcome and short introduction by convenors
10:35 – 11:15 Case studies and examples from projects
11:15 Discussion
12:00 Closing