Call for abstracts: Beijing 2008


International Sport Business Symposium – Beijing

Tuesday 12 August 2008

Capital University of Economics and Business 

The Olympic Games are the most prestigious sport event in the world, and present an extraordinary sport, social, cultural and environmental opportunity for the host city, region and country. The host city must make a colossal effort to first fulfill all requirements to stage the Games; and second, to maximize the economic, social, environmental, political, and structural benefits an Olympic Games can offer.               

Hosting an Olympic Games may serve as an immediate accelerator for urban redevelopment, boosting businesses and infrastructure, creating relationships, changing image, etc., which might normally take several decades. This opportunity is linked to risks and challenges during the preparation, operation, and legacy phases for the Olympic Games. It is a tradition that Olympic researchers meet for a symposium at the beginning of each Olympic Games. We invite you to present your sport business research for one day, 12 August 2008, during the Beijing Olympic Games. The Capital University of Economics and Business in Beijing will be the host of this meeting, titled, the International Sport Business Symposium. 

This “call for abstracts” is directed to researchers of all disciplines. The International Sport Business Symposium calls for research directly related to the business of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and prior and future Olympic Games. Papers about Olympic Games media, legacy, tourism, consumers, organizations, finance, economics, environment, Paralympics and others are welcome. 

An abstract (max. 600 words) and one page curriculum vitae should be submitted via e-mail by 21 March 2008 to 

Dr. Douglas Michele Turco ( or

Dr. Holger Preuss (

Consultation on counter-terrorism bill

There is a consultation that you can contribute to over on the Compass website.  It is canvassing opinion on the latest counter-terrorism proposals in the UK, including the changes to the length of detention without trial.  There are articles for and against the proposals by the Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, and the director of Liberty, Shami Chakrabati, on the site.  

You have until Friday 15 February to take part in the consultation and the results will be sent to the Home Secretary, MPs and will be published on the compass website.