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UK-Kazakhstan Smart Cities Forum

Start date: 24.05.2016

End date: 24.05.2016

Location: Almaty

Country: Kazakstan

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The forum is a one-day event organised as part of the Newton – Al-Farabi Professional Development and Engagement Centre at KBTU to bring together researchers and the end-users of their research from the UK and Kazakhstan to develop a common understanding of the Smart Cities agenda, with a particular focus on finding solutions to tackle the environmental challenges (for example, around air quality and traffic management) facing Almaty as it continues to grow and evolve into a major world city. Register until 20 May 2016.

Speakers at the forum will include representatives from local government, academia, the creative industries, and civil society organisations. 

The format is interactive, with the expected outcomes including the formation of a new and strengthened set of relationships between leading actors in the UK and Kazakhstan focused on problem solving in this critical area for the benefit of Almaty.

The Forum will bring together key government officials, administrators, entrepreneurs and others to learn and to share their smart city ideas, vision and studies.

About the Newton – Al-Farabi Partnership Programme

The Newton – Al-Farabi Partnership Programme is a five-year, £20 million joint programme launched in 2014 by the UK Government and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan. By working together on bi-lateral and multi-lateral programmes the UK and Kazakhstan hope to develop existing contacts and build strong, sustainable, systemic relationships in research and innovation and make a lasting contribution to Kazakhstan’s social and economic development. 

What are the themes of the forum?

A team of experts will lead discussions, learning and reflection on the following issues:

  • Smart cities and key issues in well-being
  • Smart environment and policy development 
  • Environmental monitoring technologies


  • Local government
  • Academia
  • Creative industries 
  • Civil society organisations


To find out more about the event, you can download the programme and see the list of speakers. 


If you want to take part in the Forum, please, register online. Online registration open till 20 May 2016.


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