11th Liveable Cities Conference 2018

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16 – 17 July 2018, Pullman Melbourne on the Park.

Now in its 11th year, this Conference will continue to explore the liveability of our metropolitan and regional urban centres, with an emphasis on who is leading the renewal, the importance of collaboration and co-design and what aspects are important to implement strategies that result in sustainable economic, social and environmental successes. The discussion at the 2018 Conference will focus on sustainable transport solutions, greening and redesign of cities, renewing regional areas, integrating community decisions, government policy, health and wellbeing and strategies for environment implementation.

We invite you to be part of the voice in making change.

Over two days, listen to and be inspired by presenters from varied disciplines including policy makers, sustainability practitioners, government agencies, waste management professionals, academics & researchers, planning professionals, social planners, town planners, place makers, councils and engineers.

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Conference Information

Confirmed Keynotes

Professor Paul Burton, Director, Cities Research Institute, Griffith University
Mr Michael Nolan, Chair, United Nations Global Compact – Cities Programme
Mr Greg Ryan, Sustainability Manager, LandCorp
Professor Billie Giles-Corti, ECP Director, Urban Futures, RMIT University
Associate Professor Rebecca Wickes,, Program leader for the Population, Migration and Social Inclusion Program, Monash University
Dr Ben Rossiter, Executive Officer, Victoria Walks and Vice President International Federation of Pedestrians

Invited Keynotes

Dr Stephanie Ziersch, Director, Community & Climate Change, Sustainability Victoria
Mr Toby Kent, Chief Resilience Officer, Resilient Melbourne

Program Committee

  • Dr Iain Butterworth, Manager Population Health and Planning, East Division, Department of Health & Human Services, State Government of Victoria
  • Dr Bhishna Bajracharya, Associate Professor, Urban Planning, Bond University
  • Suzette Jackson, Director, Innate Ecology
  • Associate Professor Caroline Miller, Massey University, New Zealand
  • Kerryn Wilmot, Architect, Research Principal, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney

Conference Topics

  • Greening the City
  • Redesigning the City
  • Renewing the Regions
  • Person centred liveability
  • Health and well-being
  • Implementing strategies

Important Dates

Abstracts close: Monday 16 April 2018
Notification to authors: Friday 4 May 2018
Author acceptances: Friday 11 May 2018
Draft program available: Monday 14 May 2018
Presentation amendments: Friday 15 May 2018
Presenter registration and payment: Friday 25 May 2018
Full papers for peer review: Friday 1 June 2018
Full paper for non-peer review: Friday 6 July 2018
Early bird registrations close: Friday 1 June 2018

Venue & Accommodation

Pullman Melbourne on the Park stands on the threshold of Melbourne’s business, dining, sports and cultural precincts. This 419-room landmark hotel, built on the site of the 1887 Cliveden Mansion alongside Fitzroy Gardens, adds a dash of history to its thoroughly contemporary style.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When do abstract submissions close?

Abstract submissions close on 16 April 2018, so submit now before this opportunity closes!

When do early bird registrations close?

We are offering early bird registrations until Friday 1 June 2018. Sign up with our early bird registration to receive $100.00 off the standard rate.

Can I make a group registration

Yes! Choose the group reservation link on the registration page to secure your registrations and applicable discounts.

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Conference Venue

Address: 192 Wellington Parade, Melbourne VIC 3002

2017 Featured Speakers

Peter Smith

Peter has over 25 years experience working in the public sector at all three

Marianne Taylor

Marianne Taylor is the “House Detective”, a freelance architectural historian who specialises in investigating

Brent McAlister

Brent has over 25 year’s award winning expertise as a local government senior manager,

Cat Matson

Cat Matson is Brisbane’s Chief Digital Officer (CDO) and is charged with the digital

Andrew Heslop

Andrew Heslop is an award winning keynote speaker and community leader with a global

Peter Ellyard

Peter Ellyard is Melbourne based futurist, strategist, speaker and author. He has had a

Amy Child

With over 14 year’s national and international experience, Amy Child is a transport planner

Professor Laurie Buys

Professor Laurie Buys is Theme Leader of Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) Institute for

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