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From the President of the PMI Budapest, Hungarian Chapter comes this blog about hot PM topics, trends and best practices in Hungary! It will introduce different areas of life as a Hungarian PM, and also target PMs that need to work with Hungarian firms.

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8th “Art of Projects” English-speaking, International Project Management Online Conference

The new PMI Budapest Chapter website, competes in the Website of the Year 2020 Competition

We are very excited to announce the launch of our newly designed website.

We must get along on Earth. We will learn from the present situation, says Michaela Musilová, a Marsonaut in an interview

Join our Webinar: Tips For Managing Isolation And Related Challenges From Dr. Michaela Musilova

8th “Art of Projects” English-speaking, International Project Management Online Conference

8th “Art of Projects” English-speaking, International Project Management Online Conference -

The Project Economy: The Transformative Project Manager from idea to reality

Looking for insights and inspiration? Join PMI Budapest, Hungarian Chapter’s „8th Art of Projects Conference” on November 5, 2020. The PMI Budapest, Hungarian Chapter, working within the confines of the current pandemic situation, is holding their annual professional conference virtually. Building upon the theme of The Project Economy: The Transformative Project Manager from idea to reality our PMI Chapter has brought together multiple presenters, known for their expertise in the Project Management field. All sessions will be live-streaming and on-demand so that attendees can re-visit the sessions for thirty-days following the event.

November 5, 2020.


  • 8:30 – 9:15 - Dr. György Bőgel & László J. Kremmer, PMP® & Dr. Máté Kertész, PMP®
    • Welcome, program introduction and PM essay of the Year award ceremony
  • 9:15 - 9:45 - Otema Yirenkyi
    • Power Skills: Empowering people to make ideas a reality
  • 9:45 - 10:15 - Dr. Michaela Musilova
    • The Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation Project - “Let's go to the Moon and beyond”
  • 10:15 - 10:35 - Q&A Section - Otema Yirenkyi, Dr. Michaela Musilova
  • 10:35 - 10:50 - Coffee Break
  • 10:50 - 11:20 - Olivier Lazar, PMP®
    • How the Project Economy empowers incoming generations into Societal Impact
  • 11:20 - 11:50 - Dr. Agata Czopek, PMP®
    • Future Proof your PM Career
  • 11:50 - 12:10 - Q&A Section - Olivier Lazar, Dr. Agata Czopek
  • 12:10 - 13:25 - BREAK (lunch)
  • 13:25 - 13:55 - Beth Oullette, PMP®
    • PMI Disciplined Agile Toolkit
  • 13:55 - 14:25 - Greta Blash, PMP®
    • Project Economy in Uncertain Times
  • 14:25 - 14:45 - Q&A Section - Beth Oullette, Greta Blash
  • 14:45 - 15:00 - Coffee Break
  • 15:00 - 15:30 - Attila Sághi
    • Introduction of Liget Budapest Project
  • 15:30 - 15:45 - Q&A Section – Attila Sághi
  • 15:45 - 16:00 - László J. Kremmer, PMP® & Balázs Prattinger, PMP®
    • Conference closing, present draw


Keynote Speakers

Otema Yirenkyi photo

Otema Yirenkyi, UK
PMI Vice President of Global Engagement

Michaela Musilova photo

Dr. Michaela Musilova, USA
is an astrobiologist and the Director for HI-SEAS missions,
as part of the International
MoonBase Alliance.

Olivier Lazar photo

Olivier Lazar, CH/USA
MSc., MBA, PfMP, PgMP, PMP®,
PBA, RMP, SP, ACP Acting Vice President for Strategic Alliances
at Project Management Institute

Agata Czopek photo

Dr. Agata Czopek, CH
PhD, PMP® - Capability Development,
Lausanne, Canton of Vaud,

Beth Ouellette photo

Beth Ouellette, USA
Disciplined Agilist with Portfolio,
Program, Project, and
Data Management expertise
as an Executive,
Professional Speaker and Facilitator,
Mentor, Coach, and Educator

Greta Blash photo

Greta Blash, USA
CDAP, CDAI Founder
Facilitated Methods,
LinkedIn Author, Trainer,
Experienced Program and
Project Manager and
Business Analyst,
San Marcos, California,
United States

Attila Sághi photo

Attila Sághi, HUN
Deputy Chief Technical Officer,
Városliget Zrt.

Bőgel György photo


Prof. György Bőgel, PhD.
Professor of Management
Central European University


online platform

Posted on: September 25, 2020 01:30 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

The new PMI Budapest Chapter website, competes in the Website of the Year 2020 Competition











The new PMI Budapest, Hungarian Chapter website, competes in the "Website of the Year 2020" in the most prestigious online marketing communication competition, in Hungary, vote for us! The new website of PMI Budapest, Hungarian Chapter, after five months of hard work,   was launched at on August 1, 2020, in both Hungarian and English.

  • Our goal was to make our new website faster, easier to navigate, and user-friendly.  At the same time, the site fully follows the renewed graphic appearance of our parent organization, PMI -
  • Our new website will replace the previous page after seven years. Our organization is a non-profit professional association, so we did all the work exclusively with the involvement of volunteers.
  • The new PMI Budapest, Hungarian Chapter website, competes in the "Website of the Year 2020" in Hungary's most prestigious online marketing communication competition, vote for us! All you have to do is "Vote for us!" click on the caption and cast your vote on our site.
  • In the situation created by COVID-19,  the project participants met exclusively virtually online.  The first face-to-face meeting took place on the official website start announcement on August 12, 2020.  The technology platform was provided by our Canadian partner MG2MEDIA.
  • The special feature of the project is that an international team of volunteers also took part in the testing and the English-Hungarian translation. We worked not only with volunteers from Hungary, but also with American and Indian volunteers.
  • As the largest non-profit international organization in the field of project management, it is important for us that our thought leadership, services, and information and news related to professional trends are easily available to our current and future members in Hungarian and English. Previously, this information was not available in Hungarian.
  • Our main goal is to always provide timely and up-to-date information in the field of project management for the members of PMI Budapest, Hungarian Chapter, and our partners. Our goal with this new website is to provide our current members and visitors with easily accessible information about the services and events of PMI Budapest, Hungarian Section, and those interested can easily find the information they are looking for on our site.
  • The new website will make it easier for those interested to see who we are,  how we work, what events we organize,  who our staff is, what we write about on our  Blog, what  PMI standards and certifications are available, and what is available in our Web Store. At the same time, the career pages were also included on the website, as well as the Project Management training offered by our partners.
  • In addition to the new features, we also have an integrated social media connection to ur  Facebook,  Twitter,  YouTube,  Instagram and  Linkedin pages to make our news reach our members more easily and quickly.

We are constantly expanding and updating the content, so the professional news, announcements, and success stories of our members are also included in our Blog. You also have the option to sign up for our newsletter through the site. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the fantastic work done by our excellent volunteers who worked on the design of the website. We thank the work of MG2MEDIA of Canada, who proved to be an excellent partner as a web host, and we wholeheartedly recommend them to others.

Vote for us here: Click here!


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We are very excited to announce the launch of our newly designed website.


After five months of hard work and dedication, we are delighted to officially announce the launch of our new site on August 1, 2020. We wanted to make the new website faster, easier to navigate, and more user-friendly.

As the largest project management not-for-profit leader, it’s important for us to make information regarding our thought leadership, services and trends easily accessible for our current and prospective members. We endeavor to provide our PMI Chapter current and prospective members with the most accurate, up-to-date information and share our knowledge and expertise in the field of Project Management.

Our goal with this new website is to provide our PMI Chapter Members, visitors an easier way to learn about PMI Budapest, Hungarian Chapter services, events and to browse information based on their own choice. The new website gives better access to Who We AreHow We WorkEventsOur PeopleBlog, PMI Standards and Certifications and a Web shop, as well as improved Careers pages and PM Training Courses offered by our partners and many more.

Amongst the new features, the site contains integrated social media buttons for FacebookTwitterYouTubeInstagram, and Linkedin to foster improved communication with our PMI Chapter Members. We will be constantly updating our content with helpful information, cutting edge thought leadership, company announcements, and Member successes in the Blog, News and Knowledge Center. You can also sign up for our monthly newsletter.

We would also like to thank our amazing Volunteers at PMI Budapest, Hungarian Chapter who donated their time and energy to make this site what it is, and our web partner MG2MEDIA who has been a fantastic partner for us – we wholeheartedly recommend them!

For any questions, suggestions, feedback, or comments, please e-mail us.

Best Regards,
László J.Kremmer MBA, CLC, PMP®
Chapter President

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We must get along on Earth. We will learn from the present situation, says Michaela Musilová, a Marsonaut in an interview

Categories: interview

The current situation is forcing us to adapt our way of life to it. That is why we asked the astrobiologist and “marsonaut” Michaela Musilová about what she thinks about our state of emergency. We also talked about men and female emancipation.

How are you experiencing the current situation yourself, and do you think you are better prepared for it than others because you have already experienced space isolation training?
Fortunately, psychologically, I have no problem. All of the missions I led as commander taught me to live in extreme conditions. The only thing that worries me is that there is not enough food in stores in Hawaii, where I currently live.

What is missing most often on shelves?
Toilet paper, cleaning products, and food items are limited, for example

In addition to missing supplies, you have to worry about changes in your working circumstances, right?
Yes, from the point of view of my work it will not be easy. The current situation has made it quite difficult to recruit crewmembers for NASA's simulated missions to the Moon, which were due to begin in April.

The young astrobiologist and marsonaut from Bratislava, Michaela Musilová (31), was inspired to pursue her current profession by the film Aliens of the Deep by James Cameron. Ever since she was a child, she has not stopped dreaming of going to space as an astronaut and, above all, of exploring Mars. She is currently the Director of HI-SEAS in Hawaii, where she organizes and runs simulated missions to the Moon and Mars in collaboration with NASA, ESA and many other organizations in the space sector. The goals of the missions are to prepare people and technologies for living and working elsewhere in the universe in the future. She first worked for NASA at just 21, at 23 she performed research on extreme lifeforms on Greenland's glaciers, and her research was also connected to the Curiosity rover’s space mission.

 As an astrobiologist, you have to see the current situation from various angles, do you think humanity can survive such a crisis?

I have been monitoring the situation since December and I was already worried about coronavirus then. I was on simulated missions to the Moon and I had very little information available about what was happening. When I saw how the situation was evolving, I joked that it might be better to stay us on the "Moon" and not return to Earth. I believe that humanity will manage this situation and that we will get through it, but it will certainly influence us very much. Nonetheless, we will learn a lot from this and we will be better prepared for this should it happen again in the future.


Photo: Michaela Musilová

How does the situation affect the space program?

Quarantines around the world and the change in workflows have disrupted the space program substantially. Many projects are suspended, grant applications are delayed and many space activities are canceled for security reasons. Together with NASA and several American companies, I recently organized a series of simulated missions to the Moon, which were scheduled to begin in April. We had to delay the start of the missions until the end of the summer. It will not be easy, but we will not be discouraged.

When will you go to space? Is this your greatest goal or what would you like to achieve in your life?

I am still dreaming of going to space, but I am still far from fulfilling this dream. Currently, as a Slovak citizen, I cannot apply to be an astronaut for NASA or the European Space Agency (ESA), because Slovakia is not a full member ESA yet. I am hopeful that Slovakia could become a full member within ten years and then this opportunity will be available to all Slovaks who desire it.

What exactly would you like to study in space?
I am most passionate about performing research on Mars. There is still hope that there could be extraterrestrial life living there now, or at least we could find traces of it having lived there in the past. The Moon has also become very interesting in terms of space exploration. We could build settlements for humans to live there long-term. If I will not be able to achieve these goals (after all, the first journey to Mars is at least 15 years away), I would like to at least be able to help someone from Slovakia make it there one day. It terms of global goals, I would like to support the development of the first base on the moon.

Would you go to space even if you couldn't go back?

Yes, but only when I’ll be older. Then, once I’ll feel like I’ve enjoyed everything I wanted to do on Earth, I’ll be willing to fly to Mars even with a small chance of survival. However, space agencies are working on minimizing these risks for astronauts.

That is probably what the simulated missions are for – to prepare humans for real missions. What happens during these missions?
During our missions, we perform diverse research, we grow plants and crops under simulated Mars/Moon conditions, and we study lava tunnels because life could potentially be found on Mars in similar tunnels. We also test robots and rovers to see if they could be useful for humans on real missions.

With all of this work, it seems to me that you can't have much free time for yourself...
I have very little time for myself indeed. I devote a large part of it to my loved ones and friends. The rest I dedicate to my hobbies. My biggest passion outside of work is dancing and traveling. I have been dancing since I was four and since then I have tried all kinds of styles, from breakdancing, flamenco to Hawaiian hula dance.

How do you view female emancipation?
I think that women's emancipation is needed to finally reach a point where there will be equal rights between genders. Emancipated women are usually the ones who were not afraid to fight for our rights as women. Many women today can live and work in much better conditions thanks to the efforts of such women decades ago. Nevertheless, women still face unfair conditions in the workplace and elsewhere in society today, so we must continue to fight for our rights.

Have you ever encountered someone discriminating against you in the work environment because you are a woman?
Yes, many times. It had a big impact on my life journey because I had to try and work more than my male colleagues to get at least some recognition. On several occasions, an opportunity to participate in research expeditions, such as to Antarctica, was taken away from me, because "it would be too difficult for a woman". On the other hand, as they say, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger."


Photo: Michaela Musilová

If you were to start a new life on Mars after the end of the world, what would you start with?
We would first have to build bases where people would be safe and where we could create conditions for survival. This means extracting water from soil and ice. We would have to find a way to grow our own food, recycle almost everything and very importantly, we would have to teach everyone there to get along together in those difficult conditions. Exactly that is also vital in the current situation around the world.


Posted on: May 02, 2020 01:38 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Join our Webinar: Tips For Managing Isolation And Related Challenges From Dr. Michaela Musilova

Categories: Webinar

This is going to be a FREE, PMI-PDU eligible LIVE webinar, broadcasted directly from Hawaii/USA via Webex. Our Special Guest will be, Astrobiologist Dr. Michaela Musilova, who is the Director of the Hawaii - Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) station, which is designed to prepare astronauts, engineers, and scientists for life on the Moon or Mars. Register here!

Tips for managing isolation and related challenges from Dr. Michaela Musilova

HI-SEAS is located at 2,500 meters in elevation on the active volcano Mauna Loa in Hawaii. It has initially been the home to successful long duration (4 to 12 month) NASA Mars simulation missions.

As of 2018, the International MoonBase Alliance (IMA) has opened up the research at HI-SEAS to worldwide research organizations, space agencies, and companies. During the simulated missions to the Moon and Mars at HI-SEAS, a six-person crew is isolated from the rest of humanity for long periods of time. This includes communication with “Earth” delays being imposed on them for up to 20 minutes each way.

The crew can only exit the habitat when they have permission from Mission Control on Earth while wearing analog spacesuits and going through full extravehicular activity (EVA) protocols.

Our current COVID-19 pandemic has put many people worldwide into a similarly isolated state at home, with limited possibilities to go outside and communicate with others. Dr. Musilova will share tips on how to deal with isolation and related challenges during these times, based on her experiences leading analog space missions.

Dr. Michaela Musilova - Astrobiologist

Dr. Michaela Musilova is an astrobiologist with a focus on life in extreme environments. She has a PhD degree from the University of Bristol (UK). Michaela studied and conducted research at University College London (UK), California Institute of Technology (USA), Chiba University (Japan) and others. She is also a graduate from the International Space University (ISU)'s Space Studies Program. Michaela’s space research experience includes working at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; University of London Observatory; Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope; on NASA’s and UK Space Agency’s MoonLite project; being an analog astronaut and Commander of numerous simulated missions to the Moon and Mars at the HI-SEAS station in Hawai’i, and at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah. Michaela is currently the Director of HI-SEAS, as part of the University of Hawai’i and the International MoonBase Alliance. She is also a visiting professor at the Slovak University of Technology, vice-chair of the Slovak Organisation for Space Activities (SOSA), Adjunct Faculty at ISU and a senior research adviser for Mission Control Space Services Inc. She has received numerous prizes and grants, including the Emerging Space Leaders Grant from the International Astronautical Federation (2016); Women in Aerospace – Europe Young Professional Award (2016) and she was selected as one of the most promising 30 under 30 by Forbes Slovakia (2015). Michaela is also actively involved in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, as a patron of the programme in Slovakia and an Emerging Leader Representative for Europe, Mediterranean and Arab states. Furthermore, she enjoys participating in STEAM outreach activities from teaching at schools, giving public presentations, to working with the media and more, as well as encouraging people to pursue their dreams.

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