The SMART Infrastructure Facility at the University of Wollongong will host its first International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure next week.
The Wollongong event is billed as a highlight on the international infrastructure calendar.
It is part of a co-ordinated global infrastructure research program focused on long-term infrastructure and land use planning.
The event will feature NSW Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations Mike Baird speaking at a luncheon on Monday after an infrastructure risks and funding panel featuring former NSW premier Nick Greiner.
Another highlight on the Wednesday night is a GPT symposium dinner with Ken Henry delivering the keynote address.
Dr Henry was a special adviser to the prime minister in 2011-2012 and was responsible for leading the development of the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper.
He was secretary to the Treasury from 2001 to 2011 and chaired the Review into Australia's Future Tax System in 2009.
SMART chief executive Garry Bowditch said the symposium followed a national summit on infrastructure at Parliament House two years ago.
"But now we have really stepped out with a week-long program that involves every aspect of infrastructure planning and development," he said.
"And we have very significant international institutions coming to join us in that conversation.
"This is a confirmation from the world community that UOW and SMART are getting their intellectual stride in terms of being able to show both the leadership and the research to support serious long-term planning not only for Australia but the rest of the world.
"That is why they are coming from Oxford, London, New York and Washington. This is pretty good for Wollongong ... which has again been able to have the university as a global ambassador within the region."
Mr Bowditch said to have so many global experts in their fields in one room was a great way for them to help each other.
"We are very much there to exchange ideas and knowledge and to challenge each other so we can assure that SMART is completely at the cutting edge of both thinking and conceptual development," he said.
"It is also a chance for us to share our knowledge with the world, and clearly they have come to do that.
"They recognise that UOW and SMART are quite out there on this and we intend to stay there."