CatalystWest 2019
Thursday, 7 November 2019

The Western Sydney City Deal promises to create a city of over 250,000 people on the edge of Sydney, one of the world’s leading economic and cultural hubs.

The moment is upon us. We have a generational opportunity to shape our city from the ground up. We can create an urban environment that is more than built form, more than infrastructure, much more than simply a place of business. Together, Western Sydney can bring to life a city that doesn’t simply reflect our region but encapsulates its wildest possibilities.

That begins at CatalystWest 2019.

Now in its second year, Western Sydney University’s CatalystWest forum will see 350 collaborators from the community, government and industry come together at Parramatta Square to envisage the region’s newest city at the Western Sydney Aerotropolis.

Join us at this highly interactive, purposeful and transformative forum where Australia’s fastest growing region makes its own future.

What We’ll Do, Together

Now in its second year, Western Sydney University’s CatalystWest forum will see 350 collaborators from the community, government and industry come together at Parramatta Square to envisage the region’s newest city at the Western Sydney Aerotropolis.

Together from pre to post event, and at the forum itself, we will transform the way cities are conceived. With provocative, agile and interactive speakers, we’ll confront what’s possible when we shape a city collaboratively. Local and international experts will share their visions of cities. We will collectively create a model of a city that is truly ‘liveable’; a city that is inclusive of women, ethnic communities, diverse viewpoints and different understandings of what the intersection of built-form and imagination makes possible.

Lively panel sessions will be augmented by breakout digital hacks and ideation. Participants will be able to populate VR and real-time AV renderings of cityscapes prior to and at the event. 

And the work doesn’t end after 7 November. Western’s researchers will shape CatalystWest’s outcomes into policy statements that we will collectively take to policy makers. This is not a talk fest. CatalystWest is building a city over here. Come and join us!



Last year, with a line-up of provocative speakers, innovative hacks and interactive displays, CatalystWest sold-out weeks ahead of the event. This year will be even bigger. Don’t miss out! Act fast to secure your spot.

Tickets $235 for corporates, government, industry and individuals. As per last year’s event, look out for a number of free and concessional tickets for students and community non-profits.

Registrations open 23 July.

CatalystWest 2018: What We Achieved

#CatWest top-trended on Twitter on the day of the event, and we attracted significant mainstream media coverage, including a spread in the Daily Telegraph.

Importantly, our Hack participants significantly influenced the strategic direction of their region. Their ideas, innovations and collaborations sparked the drafting of two major strategies on Hack themes of health and transport.

Transformative Research

As promised, the contributions of our CatalystWest collaborators led directly to, or informed leading studies by Western researchers, including:

  • Western Health decadal strategy.
  • Eating Disorders and Obesity White Paper.
  • Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolic Health White Paper.
  • Steiner G, Dubois S, Ee C, Mcbride K, George E, Macmillan F, Karamacoska D, Singh K, Harley A, Mcdonald K, Derrett A, Chow J, Kohler F, Hohenberg M, 2018, ‘Co-creating a model of care for a new multidisciplinary memory clinic in South Western Sydney’, Australasian Journal on Ageing, vol. 37, no Suppl. S2, pp. 77-77. 
  • Page, A, Atkinson, J, Campos, W, Heffernan, M, Ferdousi, S, Power, A, Mcdonnell, G, Maranan, N & Hickie, I 2018, ‘A decision support tool to inform local suicide prevention activity in Greater Western Sydney (Australia)’, Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 52, no. 10, pp. 983-993. 
  • Dudley, DA, Van Bergen, P, McMaugh, AL & Mackenzie, E 2019, ‘The role of social media in developing young people's health literacy’, in VA Goodyear & KM Armour (eds.), Young People, Social Media and Health, pp. 147-161. 
  • Pangas, J, Ogunsiji, O, Elmir, R, Raman, S, Liamputtong, P, Burns, E, Dahlen, H & Schmied, V 2019, ‘Refugee women's experiences negotiating motherhood and maternity care in a new country: a meta-ethnographic review’, International Journal of Nursing Studies, vol. 90, pp. 31-45. 
  • O'Reilly, R & Peters K, 2018, ‘Opportunistic domestic violence screening for pregnant and post-partum women by community based health care providers’, BMC Women’s Health, vol. 18, no. 128, 1-8. 
  • Resilience.
  • Ageing White Paper.
  • Circles of Sustainability, Liverpool: Settling Strangers; Supporting Disability Needs.
  • At what Cost? Indigenous Australians’ experiences of Applying for Disability Income Support (Disability Support Pension)
  • Truong, S, Gray, T, Tracey, DK & Ward, KS 2018, ‘The Impact of Royal Botanic Gardens’ Community Greening Program on Perceived Health, Wellbeing, and Social Benefits in Social Housing Communities in NSW’, Penrith, NSW, Western Sydney University.
  • Bliuc, AM, Faulkner, N, Jakubowicz, A & McGarty, C 2018, ‘Online networks of racial hate: A systematic review of 10 years of research on cyber-racism’, Computers in Human Behavior, 87, pp.75-86.
  • Younan, S, Blignault, I, Renzaho, A & Doherty, M 2018, ‘Community-based mental health and wellbeing support for refugees’, Sax Institute for the NSW Ministry of Health. 
  • Firth, J, Torous, J, Stubbs, B, Firth, JA, Steiner, GZ, Smith, L, Alvarez‐Jimenez, M, Gleeson, J, Vancampfort, D, Armitage, CJ & Sarris, J 2019, ‘The “online brain”: how the Internet may be changing our cognition’, World Psychiatry, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 119-29.
  • Ang, I, Rowe, D, Stevenson, D, Magee, L, Wong, A, Swist, T & Pollio, A 2018, ‘Planning Cultural Creation and Production in Sydney: A Venue and Infrastructure Needs Analysis’, Western Sydney University. 
  • Morgan G, Nelligan P, 2018, The Creativity Hoax: Precarious Work and the Gig Economy, Anthem Press, UK.
  • Charlesworth S, Smith M, 2018, Gender pay equity in The Wages Crisis in Australia: What it is and What to do About it, Stewart, Andrew, Stanford, Jim, Hardy, Tess, University of Adelaide, South Australia, pp. 85-101. 
  • Higgs, J, Cork, S & Horsfall, 2019 (eds.), ‘Challenging future practice possibilities’, Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Brill-Sense.
  • Wood, N, Charlwood, G, Zecchin, C, Hansen, V, Douglas, M & Pit, S 2019, ‘Qualitative exploration of the impact of employment and volunteering upon the health and wellbeing of African refugees settled in regional Australia: a refugee perspective’, BMC Public Health, vol. 19, no. 143, pp. 1-15. 
  • Berger, N, Hanham, J, Stevens, CJ & Holmes, K 2019, ‘Immediate feedback improves career decision self-efficacy and aspirational alignment’, Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 10, no. 255, pp. 1-5. 
  • Gray, T, Bates, K, Graham, C & Han, F 2019, ‘Exploring Ways to Elevate Women's Leadership Voices to Achieve Career Longevity and Gender Parity’, Penrith, NSW, Western Sydney University. 
  • Holmes, K, Gore, J, Smith, M & Lloyd, A 2018, ‘An integrated analysis of school students’ aspirations for STEM careers: which student and school factors are most predictive?’, International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 655-675.


CatalystWest is a non-profit event. It’s success as a proven vehicle for positive and evidence-based change relies on the support of sponsors and scale of imagination our collaborators bring.

A range of opportunities exist for sponsors to be a part of the transformation.

Hey! We’re building a city over here.

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