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

The program comprises 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
  • Ellie Cosgrave, co-Director, Urban Innovation and Policy Lab, University College London
  • Stefan Hajkowicz, Senior Principal  Scientist, CSIRO's Data61
  • Jim Betts, Secretary, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
  • Andrew Barr, ACT Chief Minister

Register for Symposium dinner: Wednesday 9 October
Register for Symposium: Thursday 10 and Friday 11 October 2019

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
  • environmental science
  • economics
  • regional development
  • information technology
  • housing
  • health and social services
  • arts and culture

NeW Space, University of Newcastle,
409 Hunter Street, Newcastle, Australia

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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