The management of scientific projects is one of the core competences of researchers at BOKU. As one of the most intensively third-party funded universities in Austria, BOKU highly depends on research projects. Thus, professionalization in scientific project management is extremely important.

Training Course: Management of Research Projects

Target Group:

Scientific staff members with low to medium experience when it comes to research projects (an ongoing research project ideally)

Objectives of the Training Course:

  • Communication and application of project management methods as a foundation for professional management and successful project submission / funding application both on a national and international level
  • Development of competences for the active development of project management processes (project start, controlling, coordination, termination) in research projects
  • Demonstrating specific details in research projects management and EU projects
  • Implementation of project management methods using concrete examples from the participants
  • Contribution to the networking of researchers at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences
  • Contribution to a sustainable establishment of professional project management at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences


Specific Preparation

  • Short preparation tests based on "Happy Project!" (Manz Verlag, 2005) by Roland Gareis are provided as well as examples taken from research project manuals
  • Self-assessment of project management competences (work load approx. 20 minutes)

Classroom Seminar

  • Short inputs provided from trainers, presentations of practical examples and case studies
  • Working situations in projects thanks to group work which allows the simulation of practical project work
  • "Training on the Project": working on real research projects of the participants which leads to immediate practical transfer of content learned


  • In the classroom seminars we work on concrete / planned research projects of the participants. These small groups strengthen the present findings of the team between the two modules as well as their work on a project manual. In module 2, feedback on the project manuals is provided by the trainer and fellow participants.

Possibility for the Certification Based on projektmanagement austria (PMA)

PMA is responsible for project management certifications in Austria ( Contents and scale of this education and training program in two modules forms a foundation for the certification. Based on the participants' existing competences in the field of project management a certification on various levels can be arranged. Please note: the costs for a certification are not included in the course costs.


The training course consists of two modules with a total of five days: Project Management Basics consists of three days, Project Management Advanced is two days:

Objectives and Methodology of Module One: „Project Management Basics“

Objectives of Module One:

Familiarization with project management methods


  • Identification of the benefits and limitations of project management for research projects
  • Practice-oriented approach using concrete / planned projects of the participants ("Training on the Project")
  • Reflection, discussion, feedback as important working methods

Contents of Module One:

Requirements for project management in research


  • Project concepts, project types, project management approaches
  • Similarities and differences to process management
  • Understanding projects as social systems
  • Development of shared viewpoints as a central objective of project management
  • Project management methods as central element in projects
  • Project organization, roles in projects - role of the sponsor, project team work
  • Consideration of social competences in the development of project organizations
  • Achievement plan in projects using project structure plans
  • Schedule planning (Gantt chart, milestone plan, etc.)
  • Resources for planning and cost planning
  • Project documentation, overview IT tools in project management (for example, MS Projects)
  • IT support in project management
  • Presentation of case studies

Fireside Chats for Module One:

Fireside Chats take place on the second evening of module one together with selected, experienced project leaders at BOKU.

Objectives and Content of Module Two: "Project Management Advanced"

Objectives of Module Two:

Getting to know the importance of project management processes "Project Start", "Project Controlling" and "Project End" in connection with research projects


  • Getting to know and apply methods for the planning and implementation of project management processes "Project Start", "Project Controlling" and "Project Termination"
  • Getting to know and apply methods for project marketing
  • Applying contents in concrete research projects

Contents of Module Two:

Process oriented project management techniques


  • Project start, project controlling and finishing a project
  • Methods and tools for process development
  • Objectives and contents for project start, project controlling and project termination - workshops
  • Methods of project controlling
  • Controlling of achievements, dates, costs and resources
  • Controlling of relevant environments (social controlling)
  • Controlling of project organization
  • Project progress report, project score card
  • Social competences as foundation for successful project management
  • Contributions of project management for successful project

Fireside Chats for Module Two:

Fireside chats take place in the afternoon of day one of module two together with members of the Research Service.

Group Size:

Min. 8 - max. 12 persons

Place and Time:

Duration:  five days

The next date is expected to take place in the winter semester 2014/15

Registration and Costs:

Registration takes place exclusively via the registration form.

The contribution for the costs of this seminar is € 450.