HEST, Hostile Environment Safety Training

As a journalist, you need to be well equipped physically and mentally to face potential dangers when reporting in unsafe and unpredictable situations.

You will acquire the tools and knowledge needed to assess danger in war zones, areas of civil unrest and also urban uprisings, humanitarian crises, terrorist attacks as well as natural disasters.

HEST addresses your questions on safety, trauma and stress while you prepare stories under simulated hostile environments, in both rural and urban settings.



Collection of participants from 14:30 to 15:00 at Munich airport

Reception & Intro to situation awareness and person safety module from 17:00 to 19:00 at the Castle Hexenagger


Course ending time: 16:30

Back to the Munich airport at 18:00

Who it's for

  • All media journalists and reporters
  • Cameramen and technical staff

What you'll learn

  • Identify your strengths and weaknesses when reporting in hostile environments
  • Better assess the risks of operating in extreme conditions
  • Acquire essential tools to handle stress and safety
  • Exchange experiences in a stimulating environment

Content outline

  • Situation awareness and personal security
  • Planning how to get a story
  • Logistics and safety planning
  • Basic life-support course
  • Avoiding kidnap, surviving abduction
  • Stress management Working with the military
  • Practical training in civil disturbance and operating safety in high risk urban areas
  • Practical training in a conflict environment
  • Medical and first aid (gunshot wound, heavy bleeding, brocken limbs)

Training team

Objective Safety Travel professionals, including:

  • former senior officers
  • trainers and operators from the British Special Forces
  • front-line media professionals
  • specialists in technical and IT security
  • medical experts


19 - 23 sept. 2016


Schloss Hexenagger, Munich

Date limite d'inscription

16 sept. 2016

Détails concernant l'inscription

Fee: EUR 3'950/person

The registration fee includes instruction fees, all course material, meals, accommodation and transfer from/to Munich airport to/from the venue.

It does not include travel costs to and from Munich.

Payment and cancellation policy


The participants will be accommodated in the castle Hexenagger

Langues de travail


Partenaires et Sponsors

Objective Safety Travel

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

Alternative dates

From 18 to 22 April 2016

From 13 to 17 June 2016

From 20  to  24 June 2016

From 12 to 16 Sept 2016



Nathalie Labourdette
Responsable EBU Academy
+41 22 717 21 46

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