The conference agenda for the second annual Event Safety & Security Summit (E3S) – for which Risk Xtra is an Official Media Partner – has been announced and more than doubles the number of discussion topics and presentations from the inaugural edition held last year. The invitation-only event takes place on Tuesday 30 October at the Congress Centre on Great Russell Street in central London with over 400 delegates – among them leading international venue, festival, touring, sport and security professionals – expected to attend.
Established by the International Live Music Conference (ILMC), the Event Safety & Security Summit is a leading platform dedicated to safety and security in the live events industry. Specifically, it aims to develop Best Practice and harmonise standards across the industry, while at the same time encouraging delegates to share information and introduce initiatives that will benefit all.
Alongside a full schedule of panel debates and workshops, the one-day format also involves security experts and service providers presenting the latest concepts and tools related to security at live events.
The inaugural edition of E3S sold out several weeks in advance and welcomed delegates from companies including AEG Worldwide, the BBC, the England & Wales Cricket Board, Feld Entertainment, Festival Republic, FKP Scorpio, Gatwick Airport, G4S, Live Nation, Manchester Arena, the NEC Group, the Roskilde Festival, Showsec International, The O2, The Walt Disney Company, Wembley Stadium and WWE.
‘Severe’ threat level
Last year’s Welcome Address was conducted by Ben Wallace MP, the Minister of State for Security, who called for improved co-operation between authorities and promoters, the latter of whom have terrorists “pointing in [their] direction”.
As a senior police officer closely involved in combating the ongoing ‘Severe’ threat level across the country, Lucy D’Orsi (Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service) will be conducting the E3S Welcome Address this time around and is well placed to respond to the comments made by central Government 12 months ago.
In addition, Lord Kerslake (author of the independent enquiry into the horrific terrorist attack that took place at Manchester Arena last year) will be presenting on the key findings and recommendations of his report on the incident.
Panel sessions include one that focuses on ‘Protecting the Future of Live Events’, which examines what initiatives are helping to develop an international safety culture, and also one concentrating on ‘Learning Transferable Lessons’. The latter considers operations put in place for the 2018 World Cup through to State visits by US Presidents in order that delegates can learn lessons from each scenario presented.
Crowd Connected’s founder and CEO James Cobb is scheduled to deliver a presentation on ‘Mobile Messaging in Emergency Communication’, featuring exclusive results of crowd movement data (including evacuations) gathered from festival apps, while Daniel Brunsch of the University of Cologne introduces a new approach to crisis communications under the heading of ‘The Guardian Angels’.
Gary Simpson, security director at SMG Europe, leads a 45-minute workshop on developing dynamic lockdown procedures for a variety of different events, while the Joint Security and Resilience Centre’s Shaun Hipgrave reports on a year of trials of new methods and technology when addressing they key subject of ‘Alternative Approaches to High Footfall Screening’.
Flexible solutions for in-work training is the subject matter for a further panel discussion, while other presentation topics include an examination of the threat to crowded spaces, prioritising risk in relation to events, integrated safety and security planning, the crowd as participatory threat sensors, working with group psychology in emergencies, trends in behavioural detection and the ‘revolution’ in event incident logging.
“This year’s agenda builds substantially on last year’s sold out event,” explained E3S organiser and ILMC head Greg Parmley in conversation with Risk Xtra. “With 20 topics announced and more to come over the next few weeks, E3S sits in the centre of where safety, security and live events intersect.”
Other scheduled speakers include Jon Drape (managing director at Ground Control Production), Mark Laidlaw (director of operations for the Scottish Event Campus), Richard Bond of the celebrated multi-disciplinary Arup consultancy, John Drury (reader in social psychology at the University of Sussex), Danielle Kennedy-Clark (operations director at The O2) and Chris Kemp of Mind Over Matter.
Developed in close collaboration
E3S is produced in close collaboration with the MOM Consultancy, the European Arenas Association, the UK’s own National Arenas Association and the Association of Event Venues (in addition to other leading theatre and venue organisations) and features input from leading live event security companies, theatre and festival organisations.
*The full agenda and further event information can be viewed online at www.e3s.world
**The International Live Music Conference has been the foremost meeting place for live music professionals worldwide for 30 years. The invitation-only event takes place in March each year, welcoming over 1,000 decision-makers from upwards of 60 countries. In addition to its main conference, the ILMC also produces other industry events including the International Festival Forum, the ILMC Production Meeting and the Green Events & Innovations Conference