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  • 27 January 2015

    WOC2015 Issue a Highland Hospitality Appeal

    With thousands of visitors set to descend on the Highlands and Moray this summer from all over the world, organisers of the World Orienteering Championships have issued an accommodation appeal.

    As well as normal hotel and self-catering accommodation it is hoped that families with spare accommodation in their homes might step forward and host some of the hundreds of volunteers who are freely giving up their time during the first week in August.

    Organisers for the world championships, which along with the parallel Scottish6Days event is expecting to draw well over 5000 people to the region, are putting in place a 'Homestay' programme.

    WOC2015 volunteer manager Linda Cairns said: "We are organising a small-scale "Homestay" programme for volunteers.

    "As has been the case for other major sporting events in the UK, including the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics, volunteers are vital to a successful event not just for competitors but for the thousands of spectators who will descend on the region.

    "We are asking people in the Highlands and Moray to consider hosting one of these volunteers in their own homes maybe for a couple of nights or for the week. 

    "It is expected that we will have around 500 volunteers who are arriving from throughout the UK and beyond - and while many will have managed to make accommodation plans some will struggle and we hope to fill that void."

    Anyone interested in assisting with accommodation is asked to visit http://www.woc2015.org/volunteers/volunteer-accommodation

    Category: International Events

  • 27 January 2015

    Police Charging at Events - Guidance

    Following Event Industry Feedback on The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) approved ‘Charging for Goods and Services Policy’ – a policy that enables Police Scotland to charge for the provision of police services at events - Police Scotland has now produced a Step-By-Step Guide to the Assessment Matrix Process.  

    It is EventScotland’s role to help identify the implications and impacts of this new charging policy and help communicate guidance and best practice to the events sector.  EventScotland, Police Scotland, Scottish Government and industry bodies SEFA and NOEA will continue to work together to monitor the impact of this new policy therefore it’s important to let us know if your event has been affected.  For more information and to download the guide visit our 'Policing for Events' page here.

    Category: Industry News

  • 27 January 2015

    Safety at Events - Edinburgh Napier University Lecture 27 May

     

    Professor Chris Kemp is the CEO and owner of Mind over Matter Consultancy. He is a renowned expert in a number of areas spanning a wide range of disciplines such as crowd and safety management, music and venue management, music genre classification and sports development. From past research he has created a number of theoretical models which are used in musicology, business continuity and crowd management. 
    Professor Kemp is known throughout the world for his work on the management of crowds and his ceaseless endeavour to make events safer, and will be visiting Edinburgh Napier University to present a lecture built around his research. 
    The lecture will focus on the differing threats to individuals and society from a range of aspects. It will expose our macro environmental weaknesses through an exposition of natural disasters including pandemics, famine, adverse weather conditions and climate change, as well as our micro environmental vulnerabilities through human error, mechanical failure terrorist attack, war, risk, transport malfunctions’ lack of safety at events and many others. The discussion will draw together similarities and differences in the way in which we expose, try to combat and expend our energies on futile and irrational solutions to the inevitable consequences of risk. 
    This talk will provide an exposition into such disasters and their consequences and ask that burning question, how safe are we? 
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    The lecture will be followed by a networking drinks reception.
    Wednesday 27 May 2015
    6 - 8pm (lecture 6 - 7pm)
    Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre
    Craiglockhart Campus
    RSVP
    The lecture is free but please register your attendance to lectures@napier.ac.uk.

    Professor Chris Kemp is the CEO and owner of Mind over Matter Consultancy. He is a renowned expert in a number of areas spanning a wide range of disciplines such as crowd and safety management, music and venue management, music genre classification and sports development. From past research he has created a number of theoretical models which are used in musicology, business continuity and crowd management. 
    Professor Kemp is known throughout the world for his work on the management of crowds and his ceaseless endeavour to make events safer, and will be visiting Edinburgh Napier University to present a lecture built around his research. 

    The lecture will focus on the differing threats to individuals and society from a range of aspects. It will expose our macro environmental weaknesses through an exposition of natural disasters including pandemics, famine, adverse weather conditions and climate change, as well as our micro environmental vulnerabilities through human error, mechanical failure terrorist attack, war, risk, transport malfunctions’ lack of safety at events and many others. The discussion will draw together similarities and differences in the way in which we expose, try to combat and expend our energies on futile and irrational solutions to the inevitable consequences of risk. 

    This talk will provide an exposition into such disasters and their consequences and ask that burning question, how safe are we? 

    The lecture will be followed by a networking drinks reception.
    Wednesday 27 May 20156 - 8pm (lecture 6 - 7pm)Lindsay Stewart Lecture TheatreCraiglockhart Campus
    RSVPThe lecture is free but please register your attendance to lectures@napier.ac.uk.

    Category: Industry Info

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