The joint Making Cities Liveable and Safe Cities conferences will return to Melbourne next year.

Returning for its 11th year between 16 and 17 July, the Making Cities Liveable Conference will continue to explore the liveability of our metropolitan and regional urban centres. Discussions will highlight sustainable transport solutions, the greening and redesigning of cities, renewing regional areas, integrating community decisions, government policy, health and wellbeing and strategies for environment implementation. Among the invited keynotes are Robert Doyle (lord mayor of Melbourne), Paul Burton (Griffith University), and Greg Ryan (LandCorp). 

On 18 July, the fourth iteration of the Safe Cities Conference will take place. The discussion will look at crime prevention, public area safety, and person-oriented city design. It will also reveal the latest research, new initiatives and long-term strategies on how to keep our cities safe. Confirmed speakers include Rebecca Wickes (Monash University) and Erika Owens (Crime Stoppers Victoria).

A call for abstracts is now open for both conferences, allowing individuals and businesses to showcase their latest projects, case studies, programs and research findings. This will close on 6 April.

The two conferences will both be held at Pullman Melbourne on the Park.