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The Call for Abstracts for FM Summit Aotearoa 2024 is now open

By February 1, 2024No Comments

If you can inspire a knowledgeable audience, invigorated by the sounds, scents and spray of the mighty Waitematā, and present innovative solutions that drive progress, we’d love to hear from you.

Taking place right next to the water on 25 – 26 September at the Viaduct Events Centre in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, our two-day industry summit will provoke, present and stimulate conversations and ideas around the challenges and changes we face, and the solutions facilities managers can bring.

A soaring array of challenges are facing Aotearoa, our people, and the places on which we rely – the places where we build relationships and businesses, the places where we learn, and where our loved ones stay healthy.

Facilities managers are front and centre when it comes to rising to these challenges. We are a multi-billion dollar industry, supporting tens of thousands of jobs, and we have the solutions in our tool kit. Our time is now.

That’s what makes this year’s FM Summit Aotearoa 2024, the most important ever – and also the most vital and stimulating event on the entire built environment calendar.

If you can seize the attention of hundreds of passionate professionals, working in our important and growingly influential industry, present interesting solutions and spark conversations, then we’d love to hear from you.

Our buildings and facilities offer frontline solutions to the biggest changes and challenges, from climate change, to improving well-being and health, to resilience and emergency responses. Then there’s the unstoppable growth of AI, technology, electric vehicles, and the increasing need to retrofit and repurpose buildings rather than building new. These are just some of the examples your presentation could cover.

Abstracts are due by Monday 11 March, 5pm. Please submit your abstract and any questions to Jo at

What We Need From You:

  • A short summary of what the presentation will cover, including how it will inspire and/or help facilities managers improve what they do. (250 words max)
  • Three key learning outcomes for delegates.
  • A short career history and background of speaker(s), including job title and company. What qualifies them to speak on this topic and engage our audience? What makes them an expert in their field? (100 words max)
  • Presenter contact details (phone/email) and key contact details, if different.
  • A suggested title for the presentation.
  • Please identify which of the 13 core FM competencies the presentation covers. (It can cover more than one.)
  • A commitment for the nominated speaker(s) to present the paper at the summit in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland (pending paper acceptance).

If you have a link to a video of a previous presentation the speaker has delivered and is proud of, be sure to send it through. We’re keen to see their industry knowledge in action and how their personality shines through.
Additionally, if you have any creative ideas that fall outside the realm of what we’ve done in the past, we’d love to hear from you.

Important Dates
Monday 11 March: Abstracts close at 5pm.
Monday 8 April: Preliminary acceptance of papers. (Note: We reserve the right to accept or decline any proposals; no discussion will be entered into.)
Friday 3 May: Final bio, high-res photo and presentation brief due for marketing purposes.
Friday 20 September: PowerPoint presentations due.
25-26 September: FM Summit Aotearoa 2024.

Important note: We are not seeking presentations that promote products or services. The FMANZ speaker guidelines will apply to all approved FM Summit Aotearoa presentations and content.