Human Behaviour Research: A 2019 Update

Pascal Viot from Paleo Festival Nyon, discusses how the risks to mass gatherings and crowded spaces change...

Human Behaviour Research: A 2019 Update

Human Behaviour Research: A 2019 Update

Host: Pascal Viot, Paléo Festival Nyon, Issue (CH)

The risks to mass gatherings and crowded spaces change as constantly as the world around them. The recent focus on terrorism has taken resource away from the management of crowds, accidents and violent behaviour and we need to ensure a holistic view of all aspects of this fascinating area to ensure safety for the masses. It is essential to consider the latest thinking and concepts to implement effective, efficient and secure strategies. Dr Pascal Viot outlines key new approaches in this area and how they relate to aspects such as the protection of perimeters and barriers; how they are utilised in the management of crowd flows, tools for counting and controlling people, arrival profiles of spectators. And with all of these elements considered, could crowded space management actually be the future of event security?

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Active in the event safety management since 1992, Pascal Viot has been involved in Health and safety of many sporting (football), cultural (concerts, festivals) or business (conferences, exhibitions) events on various scales, in Switzerland and Europe. Specialized in crowd management and emergency planning, he has been asked to develop and manage the emergency procedures and the crisis management plan of major concerts or events like the Rolling Stones in Lausanne and The Police in Geneva (2007), Dalai Lama conferences in Lausanne (2009) and Sonisphere Festival Yverdon (2012). As an expert, he has been recently mandated for consulting and training by major event organizers like Eurockéennes de Belfort (2013), Montreux Jazz Festival (2015-2016), Fête de la Musique de Genève (2015-2017), Rock-en-Seine Festival in Paris (2016-2017).

Being also a sociologist and a researcher in the field of risk and urban safety analysis, he was between 2000 and 2006 a lecturer in several French universities. Between 2006 and 2009, he has lead a collective research (financed by the FIFA) at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) on the Security of Major Events, including the case study of the Euro 2008 in Geneva. He achieved his PhD in 2013 with a research project dealing with urbanism and security during major events. Between 2013 and 2016, he has been running a research with Prof. Olivier Fillieule at the University of Lausanne on public order management and policing of major gatherings. He is now Associate researcher at the Urban Sociology Laboratory at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.

After 15 years of collaboration as volunteer at Paleo Festival Nyon, including a position as Security manager of the main stage for 5 years, Pascal Viot is now Head of Department Heath, Safety & Security. Since 2008, he has also become a member of the steering group of the YES Group (Yourope Event Safety Group, consortium of European major festivals). In 2016, he created iSSUE, the Swiss Institut for Urban and Event Safety (