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Crowd Safety in Hubs& Events (1st semester 22/23)

Everyone wants to feel safe at a festival, a football match or just in a busy shopping street. Due to the corona pandemic, crowd management is becoming even more important. Learn more in this minor, which is offered in cooperation with Manchester Metropolitan University. 

What is it all about? 

This Crowd Safety minor is all about the prevention of accidents and incidents in crowded places. Just think of city centres and parks, railway stations, festivals, but also events like Pride Amsterdam, Carnival or the Tilburg Fun Fair. The main purpose is to prevent unsafe situations through researching, analysing and improving the ‘place to be’. 

Working together with key players in the field  

This minor gives you the opportunity to get into contact with key players in the field of safety, such as the Event Safety Institute and GK Still International, which are unparalleled in their knowledge of crowd safety. Dedicated coaches and experts will guide you through this minor. All relevant safety aspects of highly crowded areas will be discussed, and it is up to you to apply all gathered knowledge in real-life cases. The minor provides a combination of theory and practical experience by means of lectures and challenging international case studies and field trips. 

What’s in it for me? 

Perhaps a lot of attention has already been paid in your studies to creating experiences. In this minor you will learn how to manage them!  And that’s a definite value add! Not only if you study Built Environment or Logistics, but also if you want to work in the event sector, the tourism industry, the hotel world or the facility services industry, this minor is a good choice! 

If you successfully complete this minor and after having obtained your bachelor’s degree, you will have direct access to the Crowd Science and Risk Analysis master’s program. 


Clear understanding of important concepts within event logistics and application of logistics analysis, process management and capacity calculation. 

Clear understanding of important concepts within mobility and urban design by applying and analysing integral alignment, design and planning processes and urban and spatial design.   

Ability to discuss the application of crowd simulations by analysing crowd simulations, applying measuring and monitoring tools, queuing theories and crowd simulations.  

Ability to discuss application of stakeholder analysis, procedures and permits and law and regulations.  

Clear understanding of important concepts of Crowd Management and application of crowd modelling 

Ability to discuss application of crowd safety management (with concepts such as planning, licensing and operations) and its relevance to the wider legal, organisational, regulatory and risk management framework 

Ability to discuss appropriate risk assessment methodologies for crowd safety, how this impact on legislation and guidance, and/or which areas of crowd safety need improvement 

Recognise group behavior and understanding causality 

Clear understanding of important concepts of Crowd Management and application of crowd modelling to the chosen event/venue 

Ability to discuss application of crowd safety management (with concepts such as planning, licensing and operations) and its relevance to the wider legal, regulatory and risk management framework 

Analysing an event or venue, including four core modelling elements. 

Demonstrating understanding of core principles and applications of the tools. Providing some detail of use of models, information they provide and how this assist in the risk analysis of crowd dynamic. 

Use of clear graphics. 

Communicate the information about the tools to users and/or team, with the goal to communicate with the audience 


Minimum of C1 level in English 

Spatial awareness 

Affinity with numbers 

Propaedeutic certificate obtained


  • Introduction to Crowd science, Prof Keith Still 
  • Event logistics, Van Rijn 


The assessment will consist of: 

Groupcase paper/essay 60% 

Individual paper/essay 40% 

Besides, either of these items must be sufficient: 

  • state-of-the-art case studies, (S/I) 
  • a peer evaluation (S/I) 
  • a logbook (in which the students show their study hours) (S/I) 

your presence at fieldtrips (S/I) 

Aanvullende informatie


  • Affinity with the topic is desirable 
  • The theory will require some knowledge of calculation 
  • Flexibility (availability on weekdays and in weekends) 
  • Adaptable to change (dynamic world) 
  • Open minded and ready for a practical challenge 



Crowd management 

Crowd control 

Risk analysis 

(Human) behavior 

Stakeholder (management) 



Media and communication 

Logistics and mobility 




Structure of the minor 

The minor consists of two parts. 

During the first part we will focus on the fundamentals and the theory. We will have more than 20 expert sessions with a related topic. In this period a lot of fieldtrips are involved. 

We will discuss the theory and a lot of practical situations with state-of-the-art experts from the industry. Group work and self-study is necessary and possible due to the use of digital portals with valuable and extensive information. 

The focus in the first part is on group cases. In those cases you will apply the theory onto a real case situation. The groups will exist of students with a various background. 

The last part will focus on preparing and writing a theoretical and practical essay. 


Teaching method(s): 

The minor is developed as a learning community. You will work with real-life cases, from inside and outside The Netherlands. 

The learning community will be achieved via the use and involvement of:  

  • Theoretical sessions 
  • Working sessions 
  • Real life cases 
  • Fieldtrips 


International context 

  • Manchester Metropolitan University is involved in this minor. Their master Crowd Science and Risk Analysis is unparalleled in the world. Passing this minor gives you automatically access to the master in Manchester. 
  • We will add international case studies in the minor. You can bring international case studies yourself as well. 



Additional costs for this minor will approximately be € 75,- for literature and expenses during field trips