What is GYCW?

Once-in-a-lifetime educational experience in Finnish Lapland in winter 2024!

IPMA Young Crew in association with Project Professionals Finland invites the project management community to the Global Young Crew Workshop and Global Conference 2024. The event offers high quality academic education in partnership with the University of Oulu, Finland, together with high level executive project management and change management keynotes from different industries.

Participants will get an immersive and hands-on experience on implementing a change and adapting to ever altering business surroundings. Project managers, change managers and executives in varying fields will gain insights to bring value to their business, organizations, networks and society as a whole.

The city of Rovaniemi is the official hometown of Santa Claus and the capital of Finnish Lapland. A friendly town surrounded by Arctic nature, where Lappish culture and a wide range of activities can be enjoyed all year round. And of course, here, you can cross the Arctic Circle! Rovaniemi offers fairy-tale surroundings and a pinch of Christmas magic. January is the best time of the year to visit Rovaniemi, for an exotic winter wonderland experience!

Why participate?

• immerse oneself in high quality educational content provided by the University of Oulu, and Mr. Reinhard Wagner: change leadership in projects, programs and portfolios, essential talents of all PPPM professionals now and in the future
• enjoy the amazing and one-of-a-kind experience of authentic Finnish Lapland in the winter season, taste local delicacies, enjoy the clean air, snow, maybe even northern lights, and get to know local culture
• meet like-minded people and PM professionals from all over the world and widen your network
• learn from the experience of top-level international experts
• practice networking skills through many interactive activities within the framework of the workshop

More information

Did you miss out on the info webinar? Don’t worry, you can watch the recording on Youtube. In the recording you will find out more about the event program and content. You can find the recording right here.

Subscribe for the GYCW 2024 mailing list and you will get information on the event directly to your email.


“The Global Young Crew Workshop is a unique opportunity to meet project managers from a wide range of cultures. The networking opportunities and the invaluable knowledge that we get, are with no doubt, something that I don’t want to lose in 2016.” Filipe Figueiredo, IPMA Young Crew Portugal

“GYCW events are excellent. You are able to improve your current skill set, both soft skills as well as technical Projectmanagement skills. You will also have the opportunity to learn about and experiment with new developments in the Project management field. Apart from this, the GYCW is a great way to expand your (international) network and to discuss with and learn from peers from other countries. Last but not least: It’s fun! Be part of this unique gathering of Young Professionals, fast-track your career path and grow together with us!” Jeffry Turfboer, IPMA Young Crew Netherlands

“Well, I am thinking about what you could say to someone who never attended the GYCWS. There is so much great stuff about it that you could point out for me the workshops brought me a whole lot of new insights, the possibility to practice my skills in a playful and fun way. I left the workshop with motivation and whole group of new friends all over the world” Lucia Nievergelt, IPMA Young Crew Switzerland

“In Global Young Crew Workshop I have met a lot of great, like-spirited, young project professionals. I have been able to develop myself professionally in inspiring atmospheres and locations. Additionally, I have had lot of fun in the GYCWs. I know also about the eye of competence.” Juuso Kangas, IPMA Young Crew Finland

“For me probably to see all the other active YCrews. So sort of networking and exchanging good ideas/practices.” Hajnalka Zigmund, IPMA Young Crew Finland

“Good experience we had in Rotterdam with evening events in walking distance area, when people are free to leave and return in any time. However, it was also exciting to go somewhere in an organized manner during the final dinner. In the program of GYCW, I always expect to gain new knowledge, and for me, workshops with unusual topics and new techniques are most interesting. (…) I’m sure that GYCW in Porto will be great!” Vladimir, IPMA Young Crew Russia


Previous editions

  • 2022 – Online/VR format
  • 2021 – St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 2020 – Russia, Online
  • 2019 – Merida, Mexico
  • 2018 – Helsinki, Finland
  • 2017 – Astana, Kazakhstan
  • 2016 – Porto, Portugal
  • 2015 – Panama City, Panama
  • 2014 – Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 2013 – Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • 2012 – Hersonissos, Greece
  • 2011 – Brisbane, Australia
  • 2010 – Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2009 – Helsinki, Finland
  • 2008 – Rome, Italy
  • 2007 – Krakow, Poland
  • 2006 – Shanghai, China
  • 2005 – New Delhi, India