Crowd Safety Seminar – Launch of ESI Australia

24 Nov 2022 / 04pm - 07pm

We are proud to announce the incorporation of the Event Safety Institute Australia and the delivery of the genuine Keith Still ‘Introduction to Crowd Science’ course around Australia.

We will celebrate these milestones during the official launch of Event Safety Institute Australia on November 24th at the Roslyn Packer Theatre, Walsh Bay from 4:30PM.

After an introduction by Syan Schaap, director of the Event Safety Institute in the Netherlands, there will be a panel discussion, moderated by Roderick van Gelder, about what Crowd Science means and how it applies to so many aspects of our professional lives.  And Keith Still will join us via videolink for a Q&A session before we wrap up the formal session and enjoy a beverage and networking options.


  • Target audience: anyone involved in crowd management of public events and public manifestations, the design of the event locations and determining measures that influence public movements at events, stadiums and other entertainment areas. (employees and advisers of event agencies, producers, security organisations, police, security regions, municipalities, architectural firms, amusement parks, concert halls and stadiums)
  • Content: panel discussion and Q&A session.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Planning: the seminar will take place on November 24th, 2022.
  • Location: Roslyn Packer Theatre: 22 Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay NSW 2000, Australia
  • Price: free of charge.

Syan Schaap

Syan Schaap has a Masters in Public Administration. He has specialized in safety at events and crowded places as a consultant for the past 20 years. He founded the Event Safety Institute in 2014 because he felt the need for an independent center of expertise in event safety and crowd management. Within ESI, Syan leads complex projects, is a sparring partner for governments and teaches in various courses. Syan is like no other able to combine the scientific approach with the diversity of day to day practice.

G.K. (Keith) Still is associate Professor of Crowd Science and has provided various education and training courses since 1999 about Crowd Safety and Risk Analysis to professionals in the event world and within the government (municipality, emergency services, regional and national governments). He was also an expert witness after several crowd disasters and was involved as an adviser in tackling various complex issues regarding crowds and safety. Personal website Keith Still

Roderick van Gelder

Roderick van Gelder is a passionate professional and his strongest asset is his absolute determination to the entertainment industry. He is of Dutch origin, where he started in 1976 as a stagehand in theatres. He works and lives in Australia since 1990. From 2005 Roderick focussed on providing risk management and workplace health and safety advice for the entertainment industry. He wrote the Australian Entertainment Safety Resource Guide which was launched in December 2017. Roderick is an accredited TAE 40110 trainer.


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