Professor Andy Miah is Chair in Science Communication & Future Media at the University of Salford, Manchester, UK. He has written extensively on the Olympics and digital media and has reported from 9 Olympic Games, most recently was the International Olympic Committee Social Media mentor for the Young Reporters Programme. He has given invited lectures in over 30 countries, including the Australian Sports Commission, the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the World Anti-Doping Agency, and the International Olympic Academy. In 2009, he was a Supervising Professor at the International Olympic Academy. Andy Miah has been researching the cultural, political and media structures of the Olympic Movement since 2000, most recently examining the role of the Olympic Truce in international peace processes and, for the last 10 years, the role of the non-accredited media at the Olympic Games. Professor Miah has written for a wide range of national broadsheets and magazines, including The Washington Post, The Observer (London), The Huffington Post, The Times (London), Project Syndicate, Science and Public Affairs. He is also regularly interviewed by newspapers, radio and television and has appeared on BBC Newsnight, SkyOne, CBC The National, ABC The 7:30, among others, and is a pioneering advocate of and contributor to citizen journalism at the Olympic Games.
Dr Beatriz Garcia is Head of Research for Cultural Policy at the Institute of Cultural Capital, a joint research programme involving the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University. She is an active researcher in cultural policy and event-led regeneration and is committed to establishing models for the longitudinal assessment of the impact of urban cultural policy interventions. Recent projects assess the legacy of cultural programming within major events such as the European Capital of Culture, the Olympic Games and the Commonwealth Games, attracting funding from research councils, government agencies and international NGOs. Recent publications cover a wide range of journals including the International Journal of Cultural Policy, Local Economy, Urban Studies, Media, Culture and Society, as well as specialist magazines and edited monographs. She is currently writing a monograph about her research on the cultural policy of the Olympic Movement and the development of the Cultural Olympiad. Beatriz was a member of the Culture and Education Advisory Committee of the London 2012 Olympic Bid. In this position, she held monthly meetings with the committee chair, Jude Kelly, and had personal conversations with the UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Tessa Jowell (now Minister for the Olympics). Beatriz is a member of the Selection Committee for the International Olympic Committee Postgraduate research grant programme and advisor on a range of international research programmes on cultural policy, cities and major events.