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Ideaction.2020 – Call for Abstracts Form

  • Darwin Convention Centre, 10 Stokes Hill Rd, Darwin City NT 0800
  •  May 31, 2020   — June 3, 2020
  • 09:00 am — 05:00 pm


Get ready to warm up before winter as FM heads north to Darwin.

From Sunday 31st May 2020, facilities management professionals representing every aspect of the FM industry will be exposed to the unique environs of Darwin for Ideaction.2020, the Facilities Management National Conference & Exhibition.

This again will provide an opportunity to share information and build knowledge.

Facilities management is an industry that continually changes to meet the expectations of end users and as a result is continually changing and evolving. It constantly seeks and finds opportunities to innovate and implement technologies while meeting changing regulations. Facilities management is heating up to focus on the built environment as we move to 2030, with a need to address contemporary challenges such as building resilience, energy efficiency and user impact.

The 2020 Conference will offer you and your colleagues a valuable forum that brings together learnings.

We invite you to participate at the Ideaction.2020 National Conference, presenting within a range of key areas that challenge and enthuse the industry exploring strategic impact, technology, innovation, and policy and education related topics that influence and impact now and for years to come.  The program will be exciting but opportunities to participate are limited, don’t miss out.

I look forward to Ideaction.2020 and once again hearing about the challenges and achievements of the facilities management recent experiences through the abstract presentation.

Nicholas Burt
Chief Executive
Facilities Management Association of Australia

On behalf of FMA, we are pleased to announce the call for abstracts for Ideaction.2020 in Darwin is now open. The Abstract Organising Committee invite you to submit abstracts of your original work to be considered for presentation at the Ideaction.2020 National Conference, on Sunday 31st May until Wednesday 3rd June 2020, at the Darwin Convention Centre.


The Facilities Management National Conference aims to provide a forum for facilities managers, property managers, space occupiers and other professionals who interact with the FM industry to become informed and to address current issues, including compliance, legislative change, public policy and industry developments.

The purpose of the conference is to promote the opportunities, challenges and solutions in facilities management, while providing a strong network within the FM Industry.

Over three days from Sunday 31st May 2020 in Darwin, we will once again bring together practitioners, suppliers, service providers, owners, occupiers, experts and researchers in our industry to learn, be inspired and network.


Our target audience ranges from CEOs to practitioners, from Facilities Services Providers to Academics representing public, private and educational property, infrastructure and natural resources sectors. All come together to learn and interact to advance the industry, the technology within it and explore concepts that could shape the future.


This year, the Ideaction.2020 program will cover four Abstract Themes which will run concurrently.

Abstracts submitted should align with one or more of the below streams and should focus on the opportunities, challenges and solutions that drives the industry forward.

The Abstract Reviewing Committee are interested in hearing case studies or white papers to be presented through thought provoking, stimulating ideas, future aspirations and development for our industry, that address one or more of the areas below.

Abstract participants will be required to select one Abstract Theme with the option to select an alternative Theme should the abstract submission cover two areas. Please review the information below for more details about each category before submitting.

Please email isabella@alignmentevents.com.au should you have an abstract ready for submission that does not fit within the abstract themes provided.


  • Smart Buildings, Technology/Software – Introductions, Evaluations, ROI, Productivity
  • Data – Building Performance Data, Flow Management, Managing the Overload
  • Digital Technology & Information (BIM) in New Builds and Existing Buildings
  • Big Data
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • System Integration
  • Emergency Preparedness/Resilience
  • Workplace Procurement
  • System Integration


  • Long-term Planning
  • The Client Experience
  • Learnings & Interest from Millennials
  • Creating an FM Profile
  • Education
  • Productivity
  • Future Leaders
  • Getting People Involved within FM
  • Human Resources


  • ISO
  • Level of Consistency
  • Sub-Contractor Engagement/Things to Look Out For
  • Security – Strategies, Innovations
  • Compliance
  • Risk Management
  • Asset Protection
  • Long-term Security Planning
  • Counter Terrorism – Emergency Preparedness
  • The Third Space
  • Personal Safety – WHS
  • Sub-letting & Short Term Leasing


  • Sustainability – Reporting, Managing, Energy
  • Shared Work Placement
  • Wellbeing in the Workplace
  • The Environment & Impacts of the Industry
  • Indoor Environment
  • Diversity in the Workplace
  • Indigenous Engagement
  • Gender Equality

please click on the titles of the Themes to view their recommended sub-themes

Oral Presentations will be allocated 15 minutes (10 minutes presenting + 5 minutes Q & A) time slots within the conference program.  Questions and answers will be held at the conclusion of each presentation and included in the time allocated. Abstract participants will have the opportunity to request a longer presentation time (30 minutes) when submitting their abstract if preferred. Please note the length of presentation times should be used as a guide only, finalised timings will be confirmed upon abstract acceptance.


All abstract submissions will be subject to peer review. Authors should ensure the following criteria are met in their abstract submission:

o The topic is relevant and important to the chosen theme/stream
o Subject matter is original or innovative
o Paper must add to the knowledge-base of the discipline

The topic and its presentation must not directly or overtly promote proprietary technology or service offerings.

In order to ensure the integrity of the information presented at Ideaction.2020, we ask that both your presentation and paper remain purely information based with little or no reference to your organisation. Papers and presentations that are seen to be advertorials by the Abstract Reviewing Committee will be removed from the program.


Please make sure your abstract is in line with the following guidelines:

o Original content, with a clear link to the theme
o Abstracts are limited to 350 words
o Include a clear aim and statement with what a delegate will gain by attending
o Should be concluded by a single sentence which provides a strong summary of the content
o Accompanied with a speaker biography maximum of 50 words
o Accompanied with a presentation summary maximum of 50 words to be included in the program booklet if successful
o Accompanied with previous speaker engagements
o Must be submitted in the template format as provided below
o Will be printed exactly as submitted
o Abstracts sent by fax or email will not be accepted

Abstracts will be rated and prioritised on merit based criteria:

o Alignment and value added to conference theme
o Potential contribution to FM knowledge
o Relevance to the envisaged audience
o Quality and compliance with these guidelines

Abstracts must be submitted by using the template below, and uploaded via the online form located at the bottom of this page.



Call for Abstracts Open Thursday, 31st October 2019
Call for Abstracts Close Thursday, 19th December 2019
Notifications Sent Thursday, 30th January 2020
Registration Opens Tuesday, 11th February 2020
Early Bird Discount Closes Thursday, 23rd April 2020

Should your Abstract Submission be successful, the Ideaction Organising Committee will require a 600 word paper about the presentation for publication. Failure to provide will lead to potential relinquishment.



SECTION A: Personal Details

Please complete ONE form per abstract

SECTION B: Abstract Details

Should your abstract be successful, this paragraph will be used in the Conference Program Booklet/App for delegates to choose their preferred concurrent sessions.

Should you feel your abstract could relate to a second theme/stream, please select second preference here
Would you like your abstract to be considered for an Oral presentation, Poster or either:
Preference of the time slot allocated in the Ideaction Oceania Program:
Please upload your Abstract of your Presentation here (word version only)

Drop a file here or click to upload
Choose File

Maximum upload size: 8.39MB

Should your abstract be successful, your biography will be used by the Chair of your session to introduce you to the room. Maximum 50 words.
Equipment Requirements

Do you agree to provide the Conference Organising Committee a 600 word paper for publication upon abstract acceptance:
Do you agree to the Terms and Conditions stated below:


  1. Presenters are responsible for their own accommodation, transportation, disbursement and conference fee. Submission and acceptance of an abstract does NOT entitle authors to a complimentary registration. All speakers are required to register for the conference. A discounted registration fee will be available for speakers.
  2. Presentations must be presented by the named presenter, proxies and replacement are not permitted except for unforeseeable circumstances and illness
  3. First presenter on the form will be the main and only contact for FMA and the Ideaction Organising Committee
  4. Mandatory presentation guidelines will be provided to the selected presenter to adhere to
  5. Submission and selection of an abstract transfers the copyright of the content to FMA for marketing purposes in relation to FMA Ideaction.2020
  6. FMA and the Organising Committee reserves the right to accept, or refuse any abstract, and is not obligated to provide any feedback to the author(s)/presenter(s) on their abstract submission
  7. FMA and the Organising Committee reserve the right to allocate presentation time and format (oral or poster)
  8. Presenters commit to presenting the content as per the abstract on the allocated date and time, by PowerPoint Template provided by Conference Organising Committee if their abstract is selected
  9. Presentations must be provided in their final format ready for presenting one week prior to Ideaction.2020, ensuring approval is received from FMA to proceed
  10. If successful, FMA and the Organising Committee reserve the right to display and distribute the successful PowerPoint presentation post conference as a PDF document
  11. Successful presenters provide consent for photographs to be taken during their presentation at Ideaction.2020

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