Energy monitoring and management systems play a vital role in helping achieve the strategic as well as operational goals for Smart Cities/Smart Buildings. Whilst sustainability friendly mans of generating energy can go a long way of making a country/city/region carbon neutral, which is an agenda of any smart city initiative, energy monitoring and management systems can contribute significantly by brining innovation in energy distribution and utilisation. Having noticed our Smart Cities initiative‘s increasing activities and widespread engagements in not only South Australia but other parts of the country, the German-Australian Chamber invited us to be a partner in the organisation of a seminar on “energy efficiency in buildings” on November 22, 2016. The draft of the program can be download here. According to the program, I’ll be giving an opening talk, Smart Cities Initiatives and Supporting Energy Management Systems, for which I’ll be relying on our research and development activities on Smart Cities related initiatives and projects over the last 18 months. The seminar’s goal is to initiative and groom productive and fruitful dialogue between German companies and Australian academic institutions in order to share understanding and knowledge about the technological innovation in the energy sector. The seminar series is an annual events that German-Australian Chamber organises in close collaboration of different Australian Universities. , the seminar series brings together energy know-how and expertise and reinforces awareness of German technology in Australia to further promote “Energy Efficiency made in Germany”. We are really very excited to be part of this seminar series and looking forward to hosting this seminar in general and the representatives of the German companies and academic institutes to learn about their challenges and solutions in the areas of Smart Energy Management and Energy efficient design in the urban environment.