IBIT 23 
9. Fachtagung Veranstaltungssicherheit                                             

Knowledge. Network. Responsibility.

IBIT 23 - 9th IBIT Conference on Crowdmanagement & Event Safety Management 

November, 8th & 9th 2023// Cologne //RheinEnergie STADION

IBIT 23 is Germany’s leading conference for exchange, transfer of knowledge and discussion of relevant issues in crowd safety management, event safety & security and the organization of crowded spaces.
In addition to more than 35 presentations, discussion panels and workshops, you can expect an exhibition and networking area, an extensive social program with stadium tours, World Café and table-football tournament, an innovation forum and a big networking party!

IBIT 23 is more than a sum of lectures: it is a good time, a protected space, a knowledge platform for everyone involved in (large) crowd safety.
The symposium is aimed at all those responsible for the planning and management of large crowds: Planning offices, representatives of law enforcement and security authorities, security and law enforcement services, researchers....

Our English Program

Click here for more information about the whole program and the other speakers.

Day one (presented by IBIT)

Íse Murphy-Morris // What is Zone Ex and why is it important?

It appears that when parties are hesitant in taking a coordinating role in responsibility of Zone Ex, or avoid interoperability, the risk to crowd safety increases. Speed and precision are two key elements by which the effectiveness of crisis response is measured, and so without an agreed framework of collaborative working increases the risk to crowds through delayed and inaccurate response.
All agencies/stakeholders at some stage of an event will have a crowd passing through their space, and so are jointly responsible for ensuring crowd safety depending on their role and legal obligation. This can be from the perspective of public safety (local authority, police), preventing crime and disorder (police), occupier’s liability (local authority or land owner), or spectator safety (venue/event management). This multi-faceted approach can help to ensure that safety is considered holistically.

Pete Dalton // Planning, managing and commanding Complex Security Operations in Crowded Places, Spaces and the Public Realm

In this presentation Pete Dalton will draw upon Protective Security considerations relating to complex public & crowded space events, where multi-agency planning teams need to work together to manage the safety, security & service to all those attending the event.
Reviewing recent case studies and analysing the real and enduring terrorism threat to events, Pete will cover current and diversifying threats, attack methodologies, Risk Management, Event Safety Management & Incident Command.
Pete will identify how counter terrorism measures, crowd management and Event Management Plans, Contingency and Emergency plans should be planned, authorised and delivered through interdisciplinary, interoperable operations.

Figen Murray // From Manchester Arena Attacks To Protect Duty

Figen will be taking you on an emotional and impactful journey around the legislation she is currently working on with the British government. She will start her presentation describing the experience of the first few weeks following the murder of her son Martyn who was killed in the Manchester Arena terrorist attack alongside 21 others. Figen also explains how the Martyn's Law campaign started and the journey it has taken so far. She explores how the legislation will eventually come to fruition.

Day Two (presented by YES Group)

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Gerlach // The Loveparade Pt I: & II Insights into a catastrophe // Lessons Learned (?)

The tragic events surrounding the Love Parade in Duisburg in 2010 were terrible and drastic for planning, approval and acceptance processes as well as for the implementation of events. The 3,800-page court report written by Prof. Gerlach and his team highlights that deficits in the planning and approval of facilities and offers of traffic and crowd management, a lack of coordination of processes and insufficient dissemination of information were among the causes. The event space was not suitable for the event concept and for the expected and actual inflow and outflow of visitors, and its unsuitability was not recognized in advance of the event.

The findings of the Loveparade Trial show once again how important it is to plan carefully, in a coordinated manner and without gaps. At the same time, there is still a lack of specifications, rules of technology and reliable information that can additionally enrich planning, approval and implementation processes as well as existing and established training and further education courses for the planning and implementation of events.


Sander Teunissen // Audience communication – challenges in communicating with the next generation in the context of (mass)events

Quite some challenges in the audience communication during the last two years occurred due to the generation change in general. In this lecture Sander Teunissen will discuss the background of this change as well as the change of channels, content and the language of communication with the audience.

Markus Wiersch: The New Health & Safety Award: Projects & Ideas

The New Event Safety Award
The world is full of good solutions, ideas and procedures - and even within the crowdmanagement community, some of them are quite unknown - though they could be useful for others, too.
The YOUROPE Health & Safety Award contributes to spreading those good ideas by bringing them into the awareness of a bigger crowd.
To start with the new Award, Markus Wiersch from "Das Fest" will present his idea, the SOS island - a special contact point for visitors who need help.
At large events there are always situations in which visitors need help in the middle of the crowd. The SOS-Island is a contact point, which is intended exactly for this need. A simple idea with a big impact for the security planning of an event...

But as with all new ideas it was not perfect in its first try - so Markus also will speak about the long journey from the idea to a functioning project.

Morten Therkildsen: Safety & Security: only words?

In this talk, Morten Therkildsen – Head of Security and safety at Roskilde Festival, will introduce his findings from his Master research. Though many countries only have one word covering “Sicherheit” the English words tends to be used, but is the industry using them correctly and does it matter at all?
The talk will challenge the traditional way of looking at event safety and security. And it will explain why it is important to have the correct mindset – which is founded in the right use of words and terminology.



Besides the lectures IBIT 23 offers a lot more:

  • World Café (day one) discover new perspectives on familiar and new questions in a "relaxed coffee house atmosphere". This year's topics of the World Café are: Digitalization – - Sustainability- Morals & Ethics.
  • Exhibition area: From software solutions to communication systems: the exhibition area offers a variety of new contacts and solutions. And best of all, the exhibition area is located directly in the network area …
  • IBIT Masters (day one) our table football tournament

  • Networking party (day one).  Following our motto "We deserve it!", the party offers good food and an excellent selection of drinks as well as a relaxed atmosphere for exchange, discussions and networking.
  • Get together on the day before the conference: an opportunity to network in a relaxed setting
  • Innovation forum (day one): a platform for the presentation of new ideas, inventions or product developments. Under the critical gaze of the audience and potential users, innovations are presented and discussed - often combined with intensive discussions in the aftermath of the forum
  • Stadium tours (day one): take a look behind the scenes. The focus of the guided tour is on the aspect of security as well as the infrastructural handling of events in the stadium.


Our efforts to reduce our impact on our world or to use the conference to even improve something includes a lot of aspects: From reducing ressources to compensating unavoidable emissions: there’s a lot we do and we constantly improve

some of our measures

• Offer of a special priced DB event ticket
• Exclusively vegetarian/vegan food.
• ECOPROFIT certified conference location
• Re-use of material whenever possible
• "Taler statt Goodies" (Coins instead of Goodies) initiative: no giveaways and goodie bags full of "things". Instead, the money is donated to various charitable project.
• #IBITREES (speaker’s gifts) Last year we planted about 100 meters new insect and bird protection hedges.
• Support of "Share the Meal" initiative of the World Health Organization: Last year, more than 1,000 meals were collected.

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Further information

Journey to the stadium

The IBIT 23 will take place at the RheinEnergieSTADION in Cologne. The event area is sufficiently signposted on site.

You can reach the stadium by public transport:

  • via KVB line 1 (stop: "RheinEnergieSTADION").  The KVB line 1 is connected to the network at the stops "Bahnhof Weiden-West" and "Köln Messe/Deutz" with the Deutsche Bahn network.

By car:

  • You can reach the RheinEnergieSTADION via the freeway ring road Kreuz Köln West (A1/A4). From the A1, take the "Köln Bocklemünd", "Köln Lövenich" or "Köln Weiden/Frechen" exits. From the A4, take the exit "Köln Klettenberg" or "Frechen Nord". Then follow the signs to the stadium.

For arriving by cab, please use the following address: Aachener Str. 999, 50933 Cologne, Germany