Call for Speakers

The call for speakers is now open!

Share your PM knowledge and experiences on trending topics, best practices, academic research, lessons learned and case studies!  Session topics of interest are shown below.

Abstracts are due November 2, 2020.

The Symposium is scheduled for April 22-23, 2021 and will be offered as a VIRTUAL event.  Each session will be 45 minutes in length which includes: a 5 minute introduction, 30 minute speaker presentation, and 10 minutes for Q&A.  Speakers will present using WebEx meetings.

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Topics of interest for the April 22-23, 2021 VIRTUAL event include the following:

  • Advances in Stakeholder Management
  • Agile & DevOps
  • BIM & Construction Management
  • Data Analytics & Forecasting
  • Digital Transformation
  • Federal Programs
  • Future of Project Management Work
  • Innovation and Product Management
  • Integrated Program Management
  • Organizational Change Management
  • People in Projects
    • Flourishing in Uncertainty
    • Lessons from the Pandemic
    • Project Managers as Leaders
  • Portfolio Optimization & Resource Management
  • Procurement Strategies and Contracting
  • Risk & Resilience



What’s Next?

Below are the important deadlines for speakers for the 2021 Symposium.

September 1, 2020 Call for speakers opens
November 2, 2020 Last day to submit your abstract
December 11, 2020 Acceptance notifications released via e-mail
January 4, 2021 Speaker acceptance deadline
February 8, 2021 Registration deadline for all speakers
March 1, 2021 Completed papers and draft presentations due.  Draft presentations will be reviewed by UMD and suggested edits will be provided to speakers.

Presentation Template and Fonts

Speaker Guidance

Paper Format Guidelines

How to Set Up a Webcam and Microphone

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April 12, 2021 Final presentations due.

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