The inaugural Smart Future Cities Conference is being held from 1-3 October 2015 at Newcastle City Hall.
Hosted by the University of Newcastle’s Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment (TFI) and its partners the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), and the City of Newcastle (TCoN), the 3-day conference will have presentations on Future Transport, Clean Energy Solutions and Innovation and Emerging Technologies in the Built Environment, with fees kept low to encourage all to attend.
TFI develops regional transdisciplinary solutions for a sustainable future, by integrating the University’s teaching and research with community engagement. Director of TFI, Professor Tim Roberts, said the conference is shaping up to be one of the most important conferences ever held in Newcastle, showcasing products, ideas and opportunities for jobs of the future from global, national and local experts.
“The response to call for abstracts was overwhelming, attracting internationally renowned speakers,” he said. “It will help to show where the green jobs are for the workers in the future”.
The conference will have presentations on the Thursday and Friday, followed by an Electric Vehicle Show and Clean Energy Expo on the Saturday, with ancillary events such as a Hackathon, a Waste to Energy workshop and significant tours, with some events held before the conference.
Gordon Fraser, from OEH, believes that many people may be surprised at the quality and innovation that will be demonstrated at a regional conference.
Confirmed speakers represent significant academic and industry organisations including:
- ABB Australia
- City of Newcastle
- Clean Energy Finance Corporation
- Compass Housing
- Czech Technical University
- Hunter New England Health
- Hunter Water Corporation
- International Ground Source Heat Pump Association
- Lake Macquarie City Council
- Lend Lease
- Moreland Energy Foundation
- National Roads and Motorists Association
- Newcastle NOW
- NSW Department of Industry
- Queensland University of Technology
- Schneider Electric
- Transport NSW
- Tumut Shire Council
- University of Newcastle
- University of NSW
- University of Sydney
Adam Clarke from TCoN, said that it is an important conference that will help the City of Newcastle develop as a smart and innovative city that is both liveable and sustainable.
Registrations are invited online.
The University of Newcastle is ranked in the top 3% of universities in the world according to two global independent ranking systems, and in the top 200 universities in the world for medicine.