eResponse Crowd Safety, part of the eResponse Group, is set to host the International Crowd Safety and Security Conference on 17 March. The free-to-attend all-day event at the National Motorcycle Museum near Birmingham will see renowned experts discuss everything from counter-terrorism at events to the science behind managing crowds.
The conference is being hosted by eResponse Crowd Safety’s Andy Hollinson as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to improve crowd safety around the world as the business trains a growing number of staff who presently manage security and safety for major events including stadium concerts, football matches and the recent Rugby World Cup.
Crowd safety expert Hollinson informed Risk UK: “It’s great to be hosting our first-ever conference, bringing together the best and brightest minds in the business. Many companies, and particularly smaller ones, simply don’t have the budget to attend something like this if there’s a fee attached. In light of the constant vigilance needed due to terrorism, we believe the subjects at conference are for everyone who takes responsibility for the safety of others. They need to be able to discuss and learn from such topics.”
Other subjects to be aired on the day include training for crowd safety, accessing funding and crowd psychology.
Impressive array of academic experts
The conference is scheduled to bring together an impressive range of academic experts and industry practitioners including Dr Mick Upton (founder of the International Centre for Crowd Management and Security Studies at Buckinghamshire New University), Dr John Drury (reader in Social Psychology at the University of Sussex) and Clifford Stott, Professor of Social Psychology at Keele University.
Also speaking at the event will be the widely-respected Heather McGill, who served as head of guest experience at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Hollinson and his colleague Robbie Naish will also be making presentations on the day.
In terms of delegates, the conference is aimed at event managers, security and crowd safety companies, football safety officers, arena safety managers and stadium managers.
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