National Infrastructure Research Summit

National SMART Infrastructure Research Summit

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National SMART Infrastructure Research Summit Report Released

The SMART Infrastructure Facility has finalised for circulation the Report of the Proceedings for the National SMART Infrastructure Research Summit held on 25 March at Parliament House Canberra in cooperation with the Department of Infrastructure and Transport.

160 senior members of Federal and State government agencies, universities, and business gathered to work through the issues that act as barriers, or facilitators, to infrastructure research collaboration.

The Report captures the main points covered in the key presentations and the outcomes of the three workshops. The report also outlines the first three Priority Actions arising from the Summit:

  • National Infrastructure Research Register
  • Longer Term Research Collaboration Framework
  • National Infrastructure Seminar Series

The Report is available here

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At the Summit: Greg Martin (Chairman, National Transport Commission), Dom Figliomeni (CEO, Port Kembla Port Corporation), & Tania Brown (Chief Operating Officer, SMART Infrastructure Facility)

Parliament House, Canberra
25 March 2011

The Summit is a unique opportunity for research leaders, policymakers and industry to forge a national framework to support Australia’s infrastructure priorities over the next ten years.

The Summit provides a platform for developing a shared vision to drive greater research outcomes to support evidence-based policy development and investment in infrastructure for Australia. The event has been specifically developed to:

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Co-hosts: Mike Mrdak, Secretary, Department of Infrastructure and Transport, and Garry Bowditch, SMART Director and CEO, are co-hosting the Inaugural National SMART Infrastructure Research Summit

  • Identify major emerging infrastructure research themes
  • Form strong complementary partnerships between major national research institutions both in Australia and abroad
  • Build inter-disciplinary research capabilities to meet the nation’s needs.

The Summit is by invitation only - numbers strictly limited.


Summit Program

Keynote speakers

Summit will be opened by Sharon Bird MP, Chair of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications.

International speaker: Professor Brian Collins, Chief Scientific Advisor, UK Department for Transport and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Professor Collins' keynote address is entitled 'Infrastructure for the United Kingdom – a wicked problem'.

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Left: Sharon Bird MP
Right: Professor Brian Collins

Other speakers

The Hon Nick Greiner AC

Mr Mike Mrdak, Secretary, Department of Infrastructure and Transport

Mr Garry Bowditch, Director & CEO, SMART Infrastructure Facility

Professor Martin Betts, Executive Dean, Built Environment and Engineering Faculty, QUT

Mr Michael Deegan – Infrastructure Coordinator, Infrastructure Australia

Professor Andrew Parfitt, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Information Technology, Engineering and Environment, UniSA

Mr Tony Shepherd, Chairman, Transfield Services & Member, SMART Advisory Council

Dr Alex Zelinsky, Group Executive, CSIRO Information Sciences

Summit details

Date: Friday 25 March 2011
Venue: Parliament House, Canberra
Time: 8:30am – 5pm

For more information: SMART Infrastructure Facility, ph (02) 4221 5031 or

Last reviewed: 29 June, 2011