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Pascal Viot

Pascal Viot

Paléo Festival Nyon (CH)

Active in event safety management since 1992, Pascal has been involved in Health and safety at many sporting (football), cultural (concerts, festivals), and business (conferences, exhibitions) events on various scales, in Switzerland and Europe.

Specialising in crowd management and emergency planning, he has been asked to develop and manage emergency procedures and crisis management plans of major concerts and events such as 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 organisers 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).

He is also a sociologist and a researcher in the field of risk and urban safety analysis, and between 2000 and 2006 he was a lecturer in several French universities. Between 2006 and 2009, he 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 completed research with Prof. Olivier Fillieule at the University of Lausanne on public order management and the policing of major gatherings. He is now an associate researcher at the Urban Sociology Laboratory at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.

After 15 years of collaboration as volunteer at Paléo Festival Nyon, including in the position of security manager of the main stage for give years, Pascal is currently head of department heath, safety & security.

Since 2008, he has also become a member of the YES Group (Yourope Event Safety Group, consortium of European major festivals).

And in 2016, he created iSSUE, the Swiss Institut for Urban and Event Safety (www.issue.ch).