Vienna, November 25, 2019 - Around one million people in Austria work on projects. Whether in the IT or construction industry, in the public sector or in research. The demand for project managers is therefore correspondingly high. What distinguishes a successful project? Who will be this year's project manager of the year?  And what about the next generation in the industry?

"Projects are the best form of organization for managing complex tasks," says Brigitte Schaden, President of Projekt Management Austria. "With the pma awards, we bring the champions of our industry on stage once a year and give them recognition and applause!"


Project management: more diverse than ever

This year, the Children's Office of the University of Vienna wins the pma project excellence award 2019 for the Children's University activities 2019. The project team around Managing Director Karoline Iber focused on social inclusion. At the KinderuniWien in the summer, children between the ages of seven and twelve attend attend over 400 courses at seven universities. This year there were events in simple language, action days for children from refugee institutions and individual support for children who need assistance due to illness or disability. With the 'Children's University on Tour', the project team goes to Viennese parks and municipal buildings and offers science enthusiasm programs for children growing up in a disadvantaged environment. Each year, these activities reach around 6.000 children.

project manager of the year 2019 was Heide Schicht, senior project manager at Value One, a leading real estate developer in Austria. Heide Schicht convinced the jury with excellent project management for the realization of a new office location. A total of seven companies with 130 employees were involved in the joint design. Further challenges in the project were to combine the listed building substance with a modern new building as well as the intensive coordination between authorities and different stakeholders.

With Michael Sommer, a project owner of the year was also honored this year. This category honors excellent performance as a project owner. Michael Sommer is project manager at ELIN, a company of IGO Industries and market leader in building services and electrotechnical plant engineering. He provided excellent support in all project phases for the construction of a new energy center (medium-voltage system) for the St. Pölten University Hospital as an internal client.


Welcome the new generation in project management

The industry's young talent award, the pma junior award 2019, was won by a team of students from the FH Gesundheitsberufe OÖ. Students of the master course Management for Health Professionals developed project guidelines for the foundation of treatment centers. Not only was the jury convinced, but the guidelines have already proven themselves in practice: They were the basis for planning two treatment centers at Kepler University Hospital in Linz.



"Project management is not a science that takes place in a quiet closet, but always has a practical relevance. I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to all the award winners," says pma President Brigitte Schaden.

This year's pma awards ceremony by Projekt Management Austria was supported by Austrian Lotteries and Capture Consulting and IT-Services.


Good reasons for certification

pma/IPMA® certifications are recognized nationally and internationally as a seal of quality in the industry. Projekt Management Austria (pma) is Austria's largest project management association with 1.300 members and is the official certification body of the International Project Management Association (IPMA®) in Austria. pma/IPMA® certifications are recognized and applied in over 70 countries. The certification confirms project management competencies on different levels and has to be proven again every five years. 

In Austria, there are currently more than 20.000 certified project managers according to the pma/IPMA® standard - internationally, there are around 300.000, and the trend is still rising.

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Project Management Austria (pma) is the largest Austrian project management association with 1.300 members. Founded in the 1960s and operating as a registered association since 1973, pma today represents an established platform for communication, exchange and continuing education. The goal of pma is the quality assurance of project management and the recognition and further development of the profession "project manager". pma is the official IPMA® certification body for project managers. As an active member of the globally active International Project Management Association (IPMA®), pma is internationally networked.