Rio-London: Olympic Cities Symposium held in Rio de Janeiro on 28 and 29 March
On the 28 and 29 March a major event took place in Rio de Janeiro organised by London-Rio: Olympic Cities partnership- University of East London (UEL), the Architectural and Urban Technology Research Nucleus of the University of São Paulo (NUTAU/USP) and Rio’s Gama Filho University (UGF) – under the title “Rio-London: Olympic Cities Symposium and Inter-Universities and Base Cities for the 2013, 2014 and 2016 Mega Events Base Cities Panel”. The event attracted 700 registrations from academics in Brazilian universities and from entities involved in the planning process in the base cities of the 2013 World Workers’ Games, 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. 32 Brazilian universities contributed between them 58 papers to the afternoon sessions. It was webcast and 550 people watched online. In addition, audiences watched the webcast symposium in designated venues situated in 10 of the 12 base cities for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
In the morning sessions of both days the symposium explored the social impacts and legacy of mega events with particular reference for London 2012 and their implications for city building and urban regeneration for both London and Rio. In the afternoon sessions, the inter-university and mega event base cities panel component of the event addressed the question ‘What should be the contribution of Rio de Janeiro universities to the challenges of knowledge production in relation to the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games?’ They focussed in particular on their role the professional training of personnel in response to the job creation potential of mega events.