In a highly successful event on 7 September 2023, the APM Scotland Branch convened an impactful conference on "Net Zero Nation and Sustainability" at the historic Playfair Library in Edinburgh. This gathering united professionals, academics, and students who share a common interest in project management, sustainability, and the journey towards a net-zero future.
The event featured a comprehensive agenda with interactive sessions focusing on key themes such as the circular economy and the rapid advancements in AI. These discussions fostered productive debates and dialogues concerning the challenges arising from evolving technologies, data analytics, and sustainability issues.
Key highlights of the conference included:
- Competence in Energy Transition: Liam Macintyre delivered an insightful presentation that drew parallels between renovating a historic home into a low-energy PassiveHouse and the challenges associated with transitioning to clean energy. His perspective shed light on the essential skills required to address the pressing issue of achieving Net Zero.
- A Mind Shift for Sustainability: Dr. Karen Thompson's session delved into the imperative shift in mindset necessary for project professionals to ensure their projects contribute to sustainable development. Her exploration of a novel competency framework and skills for managing projects sustainably was eye-opening.
- Robotics and AI in Project Management: Steve Maclaren's thought-provoking discussion explored the role of AI and robotics in the future of project management, offering valuable insights into how technology can revolutionize project delivery.
- Circular Economy and Project Management: Dr. Melissa Marques-McEwan's interactive session addressed the intersection of project management and the circular economy, an increasingly vital topic. Her talk explored the implications of reusing and recycling on project management, bridging a critical knowledge gap.
- Closing Keynote on Data Analytics: Martin Paver's closing keynote highlighted the importance of data-driven project delivery and its potential to transform the project management profession. His insights emphasized the role of data in shaping the future of project management.
Additionally, the Scotland Branch took the opportunity to congratulate Rachel Neilson on her well-deserved recognition as the 'Emerging Professional of the Year-2023'.
In summary, the "Net Zero Nation and Sustainability" conference provided a valuable platform for professionals to gain insights into sustainable project management, energy transition, and the transformative role of technology. The diverse array of topics and expert speakers made it an informative and impactful event, contributing significantly to the advancement of knowledge and skills needed to address the intricate challenges of managing projects in an ever-changing, sustainable world. A huge thanks to all the organizers and speakers for their role in making this conference a resounding success.