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Project Management in Research

Professional Development and Learning Series

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Professional Development Opportunities

Date: June 30, 2021

Time: 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Wednesday June 30, 2021 @2:30pm EDT

Project Management in Research

As science gets bigger, career researchers increasingly look for efficient and straightforward project management methods. Good project managers use shareable and consistent schemes for planning, representing, implementing, and monitoring the progress of work at any scale — from a single student’s thesis project, to an entire 200-member consortium’s effort to detect a WIMP. Great research managers help their teams maximize outcomes while minimizing confusion, exhaustion and irreversible mistakes — and they can balance competing constraints of time, money and quality to do the best possible science. There are many tools for structuring the management and flow of projects — and just like learning to code, proficiency with one tool will give you the means to use many other tools. The McDonald Institute currently uses Trello to plan, implement and monitor projects. Learn from Interim Managing Director Ed Thomas on how your own work can be organized using any number of similar tools to help you and your teams meet your own project deliverables.

Presenter: Edward Thomas is the Interim Managing Director at the McDonald Institute. He supports partnerships, communications and business development between the McDonald Institute and the broader astroparticle physics community, academia, government, business, NGOs and the Canadian public. He is a masters graduate in chemical engineering. He has more than 20 years of experience in technology development, research administration, innovation support and business journalism. He is a part-time scholar of cultural history, dog lover and avid cyclist.


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