Smaller & Smarter Cities: International Symposium

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The Smaller & Smarter Cities: International Symposium 2019 is Australia’s premier forum for addressing the opportunities and challenges facing major, non-capital cities here and abroad.

With increasing pressure on capital cities, governments across the world are looking for new ways to stimulate and leverage the economic and social contribution of regions and their cities.

The Smaller & Smarter Cities: International Symposium 2019 provides a forum for debate, discussion and analysis. The focus is on building socio-economic diversification and resilience.

The program comprises more than 30 international, national and local speakers across approximately 20 sessions sharing best practice on the challenges, trends and emerging opportunities in the sustainable and inclusive development of smaller cities.

Speakers and panellists are real-world practitioners in business, planning, management, consultancy and government.

Keynote speakers:

  • Nigel Jacob, co-founder of the Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics
  • Dr Ellie Cosgrave, Director, Urban Innovation and Policy Lab, University College London
  • Dr Stefan Hajkowicz, Senior Principal  Scientist, CSIRO's Data61
  • Jim Betts, Secretary, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
  • Professor Andrew Beer, leading researcher in regional development, University of South Australia
    Symposium dinner keynote speaker
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Wednesday, 9 October | 6.15pm for 7.00pm 
Victoria Theatre, 8 Perkins St, Newcastle 
$160pp includes drinks, canapes and three course meal
$1,600 Corporate tables of 10
$10 from every dinner booking goes to the Victoria Theatre revitalisation project

Thursday 10 and Friday 11 October 
NeW Space, University of Newcastle, 409 Hunter Street, Newcastle, Australia
2 day registration $600 
Single day tickets also available
Registration includes social function hosted by the Newcastle Art Gallery Foundation - Thursday 10 October, 5.15 - 6.30pm

The Smaller & Smarter Cities: International Symposium is designed for senior leaders from industry, government, the community sector and academia across a range of disciplines including:

  • engineering
  • architecture
  • urban planning
  • economics
  • regional development
  • information technology
  • health and social services
  • arts and culture

For further information about the symposium contact Mellissa Coad, Project Coordinator, Hunter Research Foundation Centre:

For sponsorship opportunities contact Kim Britton, Partnerships and Public Relations Coordinator, Hunter Research Foundation Centre:


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