Summer Institute in Project Management

Project Management is increasingly becoming a needed skill in both research and non-academic settings. The PDFO Summer Institute in Project Management is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of topics in research project management, including an introduction to the principles, and key elements of scope, time, cost, quality, stakeholder and risk management for projects in research.

This summer institute is comprised of:

  • 14 hours of class time delivered over 7 two-hour workshops
    • Classes will present material for each module and will involve class participation and discussion around prepared project case studies provided by the instructor.
    • Classes will NOT be recorded.
  • Read and watch elements, and lists of supporting materials in the form of online readings and videos for each module.
    • The suggested readings and other materials will assist students in examining the concepts of project management, as well as project metrics, project close-out, and essentials of leadership.

Postdocs who complete all seven sessions in full will receive a certificate of completion from the PDFO.


Due to the interactive and cumulative nature of the Summer Institute in Project Management, participants are expected to attend all sessions in full. Program components include 7 two-hour sessions held in June and July. In order to maximize time during each session, some pre-work will be required.

  • All participants must be available to attend all sessions in full.
  • All applicants must hold a current UBC postdoctoral fellowship appointment at the time of application and for the duration of the program.
  • Postdocs who have repeatedly missed PDFO workshops without notice/cancellation may be considered ineligible to attend.
Session #1: Key Principles of Project Management - Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Definition of a project
  • Project life cycle
  • Project initiation
  • Ten knowledge areas
  • Project planning
Session #2 - Stakeholders and Risk - Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Stakeholders
    • Definition
    • Classification
    • Prioritization
    • Requirements
    • Expectations
  • Risk
    • Definition
    • Assessment
    • Planning
Session #3: Scope, Quality and Project Time Management - Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Scope
    • Definition
    • Scope statement
    • Scope creep/seep
  • Quality
    • Definition
    • Characteristics
    • Criteria
  • Project time management
    • Activity relationships
    • Scheduling of project time
    • Schedule crashing
    • Measuring schedule performance and scope management
Session #4 - Project Cost Management - Tuesday, June 29, 2021 - 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Expense categories
  • Budget development
  • Measuring budget performance
Session #5 - Project Team Management and Bringing it all Together - Tuesday, July 6, 2021 - 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Project team management
    • Describe/identify project resources required
    • Organization chart/communication plan
    • Decision making approaches
    • Conflict resolution
  • Executing, controlling and monitoring – bringing it all together.
    • Establishing metrics for managing the project.
    • Establishing control points/mechanisms in scope, time, cost, quality, risk, and team.
Session #6 - Project Close-Out and the Role of the Project Manager in Research - Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Project Close-out
    • Comparing plan to outputs
    • Confirming completion of stakeholder requirements and expectations
    • Audit considerations
    • Internal vs external projects
  • Role of Project Manager in Research
Session #7 - Management Principles and Responsible Conduct of Research - Tuesday, July 27, 2021 - 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Management principles
    • Communication
    • Building relationships
    • Delegation
    • Persuasion
  • Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Final Q&A with instructor

Robyn Roscoe

Robyn Roscoe is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with over 15 years of experience in the management of large health research projects, and nearly 25 years experience in project management in the scientific and technical fields. She is currently Director of Management and Administration for the BC Cancer Agency Genome Sciences Centre, responsible for project, finance and operations management. She previously worked in the oil & gas industry as a project manager, operations specialist and environmental manager. She holds a BSc from the University of Manitoba. 

Since 2004, Robyn has been delivering training workshops and presentations throughout Canada, reaching more than 2,000 trainees and professionals looking to develop and expand their management and leadership skills.

In 2016, Robyn received the Research Management Excellence Award from the Canadian Association of Research Administrators, and in 2017 she was awarded the CARA Innovation Award. These awards recognize exceptional creativity, innovative research management and outstanding contributions and dedication to the profession nationally and internationally.

In 2011, Robyn started Lyric Management, a consulting in research management and leadership training. Robyn is committed to expanding knowledge and interest in the field of research administration and contributing to excellence in research management in BC and Canada.


Registration in this session is required, and is now open. Those successfully registered will receive an email within one week of the session date.


If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in the event, please email in advance of the event.


The PDFO has created a community agreement for our events in order to foster an inclusive, welcoming, and respectful environment in which all event attendees feel safe and supported.

By participating in a PDFO event, we commit ourselves to:

  • Treating one another with kindness, courtesy and respect in all interactions;
  • Engaging in gracious, active listening and valuing others’ opinions;
  • Not dominating discussions so that others can share during the session;
  • Ensuring that any potentially confidential or sensitive information shared as part of the session is not shared outside of the session;
  • Actively participating in the session; and
  • In online sessions, when possible and if comfortable sharing audio and/or video to create a greater sense of community and participation.

Due to the ongoing situation surrounding COVID-19, this program will be delivered online via Zoom. The following suggestions may help to improve the online experience:

  • Use headphones to reduce noise and avoid feedback between your mic and speaker.
  • Ensure that you are in a quiet location so that the audio does not get polluted with unwanted noise.
  • Keep your microphone on mute unless you are speaking during the session.
  • In case of technical problems, time for plugin downloads, etc., please attempt to log into the Zoom meeting 10-15 minutes before the start. You will be placed in the waiting room until the official start time.