10th Network & Learn for security officers

Security officers have become an important component of the security of our media organizations. They have to minimize the risks for journalists and reporters working in the field by providing them with adequate preparation and training. They also have to ensure that everything is set and ready in the back office - at the headquarters, in the Newsroom and with IT. Some policies and plans have to be put in place.

This is the 10th time that the security officers meet together. The group is now strong and reliable, they help each other.

Come and join: you will be able to discuss your personal concerns and challenges with your fellows and experts in safety and security and find support and ideas.

This Network & Learn for security officers aims to address crucial safety issues at corporate level.

Who it's for

  • Security officers
  • Safety advisors
  • Heads of foreign news
  • Senior correspondents, International news
  • Humanitarian directors
  • Heads of special events

from EBU member organizations.

What you'll learn

  • Understand and prepare for the kind of threats and incidents that can arise in the field.
  • Learn how to manage media teams to ensure they help and don't hinder you as you try to protect them.
  • Prepare for a crisis and expect the unexpected. The key to security is planning.
  • Gain a clearer picture of the tools at your disposal that can make life easier, and safer.

Content outline

Day 1: from 12:30 to 18:30

  • Programme, general open review and topics to be discussed
  • Eurovision logistic plans FIFA World Cup 2018
  • Cybersecurity operational capability for staff and developers
  • The Korean Peninsular

Day 1, from 18:30

Wine tasting with Zakouski at Lavinia

Day 2: from 09:00 to 15:30

  • Medical and Security Evacuations
  • Journalist Safety Issues
  • Use of social media for news gathering
  • Any additional topics participants would like to discuss

Guest speakers

Lance-round-picture.png Lance Newhart, Head of Special Events, EBU
Lance is responsible for the overall management of News / Sports News / Business / Entertainment and cultural special events from Breaking News to Planned events; War zones to Disaster areas; Heads of State Summits to National elections; Sports events for non-rights holders to Business, cultural and entertainment events. Read more
Mostafa-Bibak-round-picture.png Mostafa Bibak, Capacity analyst and events organizer, EBU
Adi-Kouadio-round-picture.png Adi Kouadio, Senior Project Manager, Technology & Innovation, EBU
One of Adi's responsibility is to coordinate EBU strategic program around Media CyberSecurity. Read more

Grant Wootton, Security consultant, Objective Travel Safety (by Skype)

Aidan-Foster-Carter-round-picture.png Aidan Foster-Carter is honorary senior research fellow in Sociology and Modern Korea at Leeds University, and a freelance writer, consultant and broadcaster on both Koreas
His interest in Korea began in 1968. Since 1997 he has been a full-time analyst and consultant on North and South Korean affairs: writing, lecturing and broadcasting for academic, business and policy audiences in the UK and worldwide.
Ricus-Groenewald-round-picture.png Ricus Groenewald, International SOS, Director of Operations International SOS, the world's leading medical & travel security assistance company

Ricus Groenewald is responsible for the operational service delivery of assistance across the Europe regional Assistance Centres, Paris, London and Frankfurt. This includes working in collaboration with the medical and security specialists positioned alongside the operational and logistical teams delivering a comprehensive service to clients and members.

Additionally Ricus is part of the Corporate Assistance Department (CAD), an on-call team comprising International SOS’ most senior operational and medical experts, responsible for complex escalations, managing risk and ensuring assistance is expedited to achieve good outcomes for our clients, their employees, and International SOS.
Majd-round-picture.png Majd Khalifeh, Journalist and Documentary filmmaker, VRT

Majd works as an investigative journalist for different news programs with diversity of subjects. Most of the stories he work on are related to the Middle East and North Africa region.

He is specialized researcher in UGC outsourcing and verification methods. How to create news stories and verify UGC during breaking news.



22 - 23 nov. 2017


EBU, Geneva

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21 nov. 2017

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Fee: EUR 375 per person

The price includes tuition and course material, 2 lunches and a networking dinner. It does not include travel and hotel costs.

Payment and cancellation policy


All participants are responsible for their own accommodation during the course.

The EBU has negotiated competitive rates with some of the hotels near the venue or the city centre. To book a room, please contact the hotel of your choice directly.

Hotels offering special rates for the EBU/Eurovision (pdf)

Langues de travail


Partenaires et Sponsors


Objective Travel Safety is our partner on all EBU Academy safety training courses

Contact detail

Nathalie Labourdette
Responsable EBU Academy
+41 22 717 21 46

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