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Feedback from the last three symposiums is consistent.

Our audience wants to hear real world stories from the people who are doing what they do.

Shared experiences from real world activities are important to our development as project professionals. Whether around the bar, over lunch or in the corridor, everything from anecdotes to detailed analytical dissections help us learn the art of being a project professional.

So, we need you to think about what you could share – what you do, or what works (or not), what challenges you or your project have and how you deal with it, or some observations or reflections.

We are flexible in how we program the symposium – you don’t have to present for an hour, or for 30 minutes and you don’t have to be the CEO, the Project Director or the Chief Scheduler.

If you have ten minutes of sharing that’s fine. 15, 20 or 25 minutes is fine too.

You might present to a specialist stream, or you might be identified to present for all of the symposium audience.

Submit your presentation proposal (an outline of about 150 words including how long you want to speak) and let’s see where it goes from there.

There are lots of other reasons you might want to present:

So, we need you to: submit your practitioner presentation proposal by emailing it to .

Please take this opportunity and be a contributor to our exciting event in August.


We would encourage you to submit a paper for presentation and would like them to provide interesting coverage on any of the following topics.

• Portfolio Delivery

• Portfolio and Strategic Management

• Project Portfolio Governance

• Enterprise Portfolio Management

• Program Management

• Project Portfolio Management Theory and Practice

• Balance of Project Types

• Resource Planning

Your submissions are to reach us, at the latest, by 12 July 2019 (but earlier is preferable).

Please send them via email to or . Please put PGCS 2019: Academic Paper Submission in in the subject line.

And, all papers accepted for presentation will be blind peer reviewed and published as conference proceedings (with an ISBN). Additionally, selected contributors will be invited to submit a longer paper suitable for a special issue of the International Journal of Managing Projects in Business.

Please join us and take this opportunity to present at this exciting event.


The winner will receive a $1000 cash prize

The PGCS is focused on expanding knowledge of the management and governance of projects, programs, and portfolios in Australasia, and sharing this knowledge as widely as possible.

Our annual 'essay competition' is designed to encourage practitioners, academics, and students to creatively think about the challenges the project management profession faces, suggest innovative solutions, and offers a platform for disseminating your ideas to a wide audience.

About the Competition

♦ Essays of 2000 - 3000 words are required.

- Essays may have been written for other purposes (eg, coursework) but not published.

♦ Your essay must be of an interesting and/or thought-provoking nature that has project, program or portfolio governance and/or control (or a related issue) as its central focus.

♦ This is an open competition - anyone can participate, practitioners, students, academics - the requirement is for an interesting essay, not an academic paper.

♦ Key Dates

- Closing date for entries; Monday 1 July 2019 at 8:00 AM Australian Eastern Standard Time.

- Symposium presentation dates: 20 - 21 August 2019.

- Winners/selections for presentation at symposium notified to all participants no later than Monday 29 July 2019.

♦ All submissions must comply with the Terms and Conditions of Entry and include a signed Declaration.

♦ All submissions and correspondence to .


♦ The winner will receive:

- The Walt Lipke Project Governance and Control Excellence Award (Perpetual Trophy)

- A $1000 cash prize

- Complimentary attendance at PGCS 2019; and

- The opportunity to present your paper.

♦ The runner-up will receive:

- A $300 cash prize; and

- Complimentary attendance at PGCS 2019.

♦ All essays deemed of a sufficient standard will be considered for presentations and/or publication, complimentary invitations to PGCS may be offered.


- Download the 2019 essay competition information - Available soon

- Download the Declaration (PDF format) - Available soon

- Download the Declaration (Word format) - Available soon

- All submissions and correspondence to

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