The ‘Australia-Brazil Smart City Research and Practice Forum’ took place in November 2019 and was run in conjunction with the ‘12th Knowledge Cities World Summit (KCWS-2019)’. The host city of the inaugural forum, Florianópolis, is a major innovation and sustainability research and practice hub in Brazil with invested interest in smart city transformation.
The purpose of the forum was to promote and advance collaboration between the two countries to enhance urban community well-being. The primary aim was to bring together distinguished experts from a range of disciplines from Australia and Brazil, to initiate a network for continued knowledge exchange, and research and practice collaboration between the two countries. The forum provided an opportunity for Australian and Brazilian scholars and key actors to meet in-person, work towards aligning both countries’ strategic goals in research and practice, and plan and initiate appropriate actions for establishing a formal network to bring Australia and Brazil closer and learn from each other’s experiences. This has helped in the establishment of strengthened bilateral relationships, and identifying opportunities for collaboration—including potential business activities and private sector engagement.