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Introduction to Crowd Science

The course Introduction to Crowd Science is developed by Professor G. Keith Still. The course is now provided by the teachers of the Event Safety Institute under a unique license from Professor Still. The course is offered together with the paperback ”Introduction to Crowd Science” as well as access to his online portal with the level 5 course as an eLearning. Course dates and registration options

Specialist training course for safety professionals and governments

If you are responsible for the safety in public areas, you must be able to apply principles and insights to the field of Crowd Science. This statement by Professor Keith Still is hard to deny. Crowd Safety is central to event planning and the considerations to be made when choosing, designing and assessing the safety of an event location.

Anyone involved in a private role or a public responsibility must be able to understand which risks play a role and how to deal with the specific safety risks surrounding crowds. The Event Safety Institute offers this internationally accredited level 5 course for professionals exclusively for Australia and New Zealand. The course is provided in Australia and New Zealand on behalf of ESI by Crowd Safety specialist Roderick van Gelder.

Purpose of the course

Developing more awareness about the behaviour of crowds and individuals in the crowd, and their reactions to certain developments. The course also provides insight into how public behaviour can be modelled and how certain techniques that contribute to public safety can be applied.

Learning goals

After completing the course, the participant can:

  • Recognise dangerous situations for planning and assessing events (Crowd risk analysis);
  • Understand mass behaviour in the complex and built environment, under normal circumstances and in emergencies; Model an event in phases (inflow, circulation, outflow) and recognise factors of influence (design, information and management);
  • Perform risk analyses for planning, designing and managing areas where crowds gather and move;
  • apply guidelines for managing audience movements for various types of locations;
  • articulate which factors determine the risks and safety of crowds.


It is also possible to organise the course in-company. This is eminently possible three days in a row, for groups of up to 20 participants. During the course, we apply the available knowledge about Crowd Safety and Risk Analysis to your case studies and events. This includes: how and when your visitor numbers reach a critical limit, and how the effects of design, information and management influence the behaviour of your visitors. These are vital parts of understanding public safety at your own event. We help your team individually or collectively to understand crowds, make the necessary security plans, and to interpret and deal with protests. By taking the course at your own location, your team can learn together and apply the knowledge in their own practice.


Certificate and accreditation IIRSM and Highfield

The course is accredited by the IIRSM and Highfield Qualifications on Level 5 (Higher Vocational Education level). By completing the course with two written final assignments, you are entitled to the Certificate of Achievement. If you do not do this, you will receive the Certificate of Attendance.


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