Project Management, Leuven

Project Management, Leuven


Leuven, Park Inn Hotel

Start date:

14 October 2019


14 & 15 October 2019

General context




This program offers a pragmatic approach on project management, and will help you to:

  • Gain more control over your project(s)
  • Engage and activate stakeholders (including sponsors and international partners)
  • Create a more realistic plan, using insights from both traditional and agile planning techniques
  • Get more out of status meetings
  • Keep the momentum of your project at a good pace

This program takes a flipped classroom approach:

Online learning - 6 weeks

During six weeks before our encounter, you will receive content and assignments on an online collaborative learning platform. These assignments will challenge you thinking about project management, and help you understand the theory behind managing a research project and engaging stakeholders.

You should need no more than 1/2 hour a week for these online assignments.


Interactive workshops - 2 days

When we meet, the focus will be on application of the concepts on several real life research projects and on purposefully chosen cases. You will deepen your understanding of project leadership, including how to make a realistic plan for a research project (which typically contains a lot of unknowns), how to engage stakeholders, and how to keep track of progress and keep your sponsor satisfied.


Follow-up - 3 months

The following three months you will receive extra tips and inspiration via e-mail. On top of that, the online collaborative platform will remain active, so that you can continue to engage in conversation with your fellow trainees and with your trainer.

We are convinced that this program will provide you with an interesting learning journey, and that you will feel better equipped to lead your projects to the outcomes that you dream of.

Event intended for

VIB postdocs, staff scientists, group leaders, expert scientists and expert technologists.

Extra information
  • This training is free for VIB participants.
  • The course is not open for non-VIB participants.
  • Note that upon no show without valid justification a fee of € 100 will be charged and you will be blacklisted for the VIB training program for 1 year. Click here for more information


Katia Van Belle - Propellor

This program is delivered by Katia Van Belle, owner of Propellor. Propellor is a training company, consisting of five enthousastic consultants who are passionate about their work. They love their jobs and hope to emanate that to you. Each one of them is an expert in the domains of project and change management, has at least trained 1.000 participants and helped dozens of companies achieve more efficiency and professionalism.  
Katia Van Belle herself is a certified project management professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute, a DSDM Agile project manager and an NLP master practitioner. She has a degree in Commercial engineering (KU Leuven), and graduated from the CIGO program (Consultancy in Groups and Organizations). Katia has acquired ten years of experience in logistical management and project leadership before becoming a professional trainer in 2002. Valuing per­sonal development very highly, she invests every year in advanced training programs for herself. That is essential, she believes, for continuously stimulating and initiating the growth of others.
She radiates calmness, and is at the same time very dynamical. She takes participants on an in­spiring journey of learning, experimenting and growing. She is supportive, challenging and energetic. People value her extensive knowledge about projects and stakeholder engagement. 
In the previous years she has coached hundreds of project leaders, in all sorts of organizations. Amongst her clients are KU Leuven post-docs and researchers in R&D departments of commercial organizations.


Online learning - 6 weeks

  • Align on theory and concepts
  • Share experiences and insights
  • Learn about different methodologies and their benefits
  • Tools for project management


Interactive workshops - 2 days

Starting up a project

  • The project canvas
  • Agreeing on benefits, objective and scope
  • Engaging stakeholders from the start

Planning the project

  • The traditional approach: 2 ways to define your milestones
  • Assigning roles and estimating the resources needed
  • Visualising timeline and constraints
  • Taking into account risks
  • The Agile way: turning the devil's triangle upside down
  • The hybrid plan: way to go?
  • Getting the buy-in from partners and team members

Executing the project

  • From the high level plan to execution: rolling wave plan
  • Following up and reporting: the teamboard
  • Time-outs and retrospectives
  •  Dealing with issues
  • Keeping stakeholders on board at all times
  • Having that difficult conversation

Closing the project

  • Lessons learned
  • Celebrating success 
  • Handing over the result


Follow-up - 3 months

  • 10 principles for pragmatic project management

Practical info

Location & Venue
Park Inn by Radisson Leuven

Martelarenlaan 36
3010 Leuven

Public transport
Park Inn by Radisson Leuven
Public transport

The hotel is located 300m from Leuven Central Station. The hotel connects to Leuven Central Station by a pedestrian bridge.

Route description
Park Inn by Radisson Leuven

Park Inn hotel has no own parking. It is possible to park underground in P1-Parking Station Leuven, Martelarenlaan 4, 3010 Leuven.

Venue contact
Park Inn by Radisson Leuven
Location contact

+32 16 61 66 02