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Interest Groups for Extreme Events & Mega Event Planning & Autonomous Futures

Extreme Events are globally significant phenomena, such as the Olympic Games, hurricanes, or pandemics, that transform cities. These events get a lot of temporary attention, but are not well in comparison and long-term.

Autonomous Futures are alternative mobility and lifestyle scenarios that are based on the type, speed, and management of autonomous technologies in our society.

Our purpose is to collaborate with and connect researchers and practitioners around the globe, who are interested in Mega-Event Planning and Autonomous Futures.

Upcoming Events

We will organize roundtables, panels and special sessions at the following conferences (please email Eva Kassens-Noor ekn@msu.edu or Mark Wilson wilsonm@msu.edu if you are interested in participating in any of them):


Seminar, 2020, Milan, Italy (12 May 2020) - The (Un)Sustainability of the Summer Olympic Games


We offer an online spring/summer courses at MSU. In the course, we explores the many dimensions of major sporting and cultural events, such as the Olympics, World Cup, Super Bowl and World`s Fairs. The focus is on how these events were created and planned, and their impact on people, places and popular culture. Please see:

At the graduate level, we'll offer an online module (starting spring 2020):
UP868 Planning Resilience against extreme events: disruptive technologies, disasters, pandemics, and mega-events

Past MOOCs (Mark Wilson, Eva Kassens-Noor, Lisa Robinson)

Mega Events: Inside the World's Fair
World’s Fairs, or Expos, are events that change how we see the world and how our cities look.  Expos have given us the Eiffel Tower and the Space Needle, and launched television and the ice cream cone.  World’s fairs combine culture, entertainment, and global politics into one event that commands the host city for months.  We explored the world’s fairs through history as well as a visit to the Expo in Milan, where the world’s fair focused on food and energy.

Mega Events: Inside the FIFA World Cup examines the World Cup, a global competition for national soccer teams held every four years.  With soccer the most watched and played sport in the world, the World Cup is a global phenomenon with one billion viewers expected for the final game in Rio de Janeiro this July.  This course will explore not only the sport of soccer and its organization, but the logistics and development of the event. Join us as we examine the many dimensions of the World Cup—history, culture, politics, business, urban planning—and learn how the FIFA World Cup is more than a game.  

from 27 January - 1 March 2014
Join us for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics! Mega-events like the Olympics are complex phenomena that combine decisions about a short-term festival with long-term social impacts. On the surface, the public spectacle is compelling but going inside the games reveals so much more about the event, athletes, and host city. We will explore the many dimensions of mega-events—history, culture, politics, business, law, sports management, health, and economics—and provide the tools and language to interpret and understand the 2014 Winter Olympics. Join us, and fans around the world, for a month of Olympic spectacle. 


Special Issue in the Journal of Urban Technology
"Cities and Autonomous Technologies"
Guest Editors: Eva Kassens-Noor, Mark Wilson, Tan Yigitcanlar
Editor: Richard E. Hanley

Series editor: Eva Kassens-Noor (ekn@msu.edu)
Palgrave Contact: Joshua Pitt (Joshua.Pitt@palgrave.com)
See pdf below for details on the Call for Proposals

CFP is attached below

Special Issue in the Journal of Urban Technology
"MegaEvents: the Technology of Spectacle"
Guest Editor: Mark Wilson
Editor: Richard E. Hanley

Eva Kassens-Noor,
May 6, 2019, 6:11 AM
Eva Kassens-Noor,
May 6, 2019, 6:09 AM