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Crowd Safety in Hubs & Events (1st semester 24/25)

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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 centers 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. 


At the end of this minor, you will have:

  • A clear understanding of important concepts within event logistics and application of logistics analysis, process management and capacity calculation. 
  • A 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.  
  • The ability to discuss the application of crowd simulations by analysing crowd simulations, applying measuring and monitoring tools, queuing theories and crowd simulations. 
  • The ability to discuss application of stakeholder analysis, procedures and permits and law and regulations.  
  • A clear understanding of important concepts of Crowd Management and application of crowd modelling 
  • The 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 
  • The 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 
  • The ability to recognise group behaviour and understanding causality 
  • A clear understanding of important concepts of Crowd Management and application of crowd modelling to the chosen event/venue 
  • The 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 
  • The ability to analyse an event or venue, including four core modelling elements. 
  • The ability to demonstrate an 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. 
  • The ability to use of clear graphics.
  • The ability to 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
  • Having 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

This minor provides you with a range of competencies. You will:  

  • Develop more affinity with the topic
  • Develop your calculating skills
  • Develop your adaptability to change (in this dynamic world)
  • Develop an open mind
  • Be ready for a practical challenge

The overall goal of this minor is to learn all about the prevention of accidents and incidents in crowded places. This encompasses the following topics: 

  • Crowd management
  • Crowd control
  • Risk analysis
  • (Human) behaviour
  • Stakeholder (management)
  • Monitoring
  • Modelling
  • Media and communication
  • Logistics and mobility
  • Regulations
  • Simulations

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 this 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 second 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. Also, 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.