Australia's Premier Project Management Conference / 20-22 May 2018 / Crown / Melbourne

Call for Speakers

Link to speaker submission portal below!


Project Management Institute (PMI) is the world’s leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. PMI advances careers, improves organizational success and further matures the profession of project management through its globally recognised standards, certifications, resources, tools, academic research, publications, professional development courses, and networking opportunities.

PMI Australian Chapters lead the way in making Project Management indispensable for Business Results. Through this, we aim to support the professional growth of our members, corporate organisations and communities.

PMI Australian Chapters host an annual national conference to showcase the latest ideas and thinking around key project management topics to the Australian market. We welcome insights from industry leaders, influencers and scholars to deep dive into the areas impacting our profession and changing business landscape.

PMI Australia Conference 2018

In 2018, PMI Australia Conference will run from 20th to 22nd May. Masterclasses are held on Sunday 20 May and the 2-day Conference takes place on 21st and 22nd May. We have carefully coined the theme “Diversity, Performance, Wellbeing”. Click to find out more about the theme.

PMI Australia Conference 2018 will run on four tracks: three PMI Talent Triangle tracks of Technical Project Management, Strategic Business Management and Leadership, as well as the Project Trends and Innovations track.


Call for Speaker Abstracts – closed on Monday, 5 February 2018, 5pm (AEST)

Project Trends and Innovations Call for Papers – closed on Monday, 19 February 2018, 5pm (AEST)


Speakers will be notified about the outcome of their submission within 4 weeks of the closing date.

Project Trends and Innovations (Formerly Known As the ‘Academic Track’) Paper Submissions

This will no longer be a separate track just for academics, instead it will be an integrated track to bring together research practitioners, from academia and industry.

In addressing the feedback received from both academics and practitioners, we aim to make PMIAC18 a more blended experience with research papers appearing as part of a wider Trends and Innovations track that complements the other Leadership, Technical, and Business Strategy tracks.

We anticipate the re-badging of the old “Academic Track” will provide for a larger practitioner audience, as academic papers will be supplemented by knowledge-sharing (aka birds of a feather) sessions led by experts in leading-edge PM approaches and techniques including Social Network Analysis, Project Organizations and Agile Portfolio Delivery.

We will look to involve academics as an integral part of these sessions and authors of accepted papers will be invited (indeed, encouraged) to participate in these semi-structured sessions which represent “match-making” opportunities that we hope will establish longer-term relationships between PM researchers and practitioners.

None of the above will diminish the academic rigor of the research papers which will continue to be subjected to a double-blind peer-review process through the Ex-Ordo submission management system, and accepted academic papers will be (optionally) published in a special issue of the Project Management Research and Practice journal.

Paper Submission and Review Process

  • Log on to
  • Follow the instructions to create an account and upload your paper
  • Academic papers only:
    • Submissions must not have author identification
    • Papers are selected by double-blind peer review
    • Accepted papers will be formally published in conference proceedings with an ISBN.

Conference Speaker Abstracts

The three PMI talent triangle tracks of Technical Project Management, Strategic and Business Management and Leadership will run concurrently throughout the conference. 

Our aim is to collaborate with outstanding forward thinking project management professionals and help to share effective content. It’s a unique opportunity to share your expertise with other members of the profession. 





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