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Latest updated date: 2015/12/13

An important function of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) is to award formal recognition to members of Federated Societies who have made outstanding contributions to the field of ergonomics on an international level. All awards are presented during the IEA Triennial Congress. The immediate Past President of IEA shall serve as Chair of the Awards Committee.

There are awards which are offered yearly and triennially. This page specifies the IEA triennial awards (See also Yearly Awards). Applications are due in the year of the congress. Details and applications for triennial awards may be downloaded here.

The IEA/Elsevier John Wilson Award

This award is presented in honor of John Wilson (1951-2013), Professor of Human Factors at the University of Nottingham, where he was Director of the Institute of Occupational Ergonomics until his departure and Head of the Human Factors Group (until 2006). The IEA/Elsevier John Wilson Award recognizes major contributions in the field of applied ergonomics. As Editor of the journal, Professor Wilson demonstrated tremendous leadership and transformed the journal into one of the best human factors and ergonomics journals.

The 2015 IEA Elsevier John Wilson Award Ceremony-1/4

On behalf of the award winner, Gavriel Salvendy, Patrick Waterson accepted the award. On the center is Gaia Lupo (Elsevier).

The 2015 IEA Elsevier John Wilson Award Ceremony-2/4

Peter Hancock accepted the award. On the center is Gaia Lupo (Elsevier).

The 2015 IEA Elsevier John Wilson Award Ceremony-3/4

On behalf of the award winner, Mitsuo Nagamachi, Yushi Fujita accepted the award. On the center is Gaia Lupo (Elsevier).

The 2015 IEA Elsevier John Wilson Award Ceremony-4/4

Mitsuo Nagamach (right) with Peter Hancock (center) and Gaia Lupo/Elsevier (left)


Recipients for the first four awards listed below are selected by the Awards Committee based upon nominations from federated societies. The IEA President's Award is selected by the IEA President who may receive nominations from the Council and Executive Committee. The winner of the K.U. Smith Student Award is selected by the Student Awards Committee.

The IEA Distinguished Service Award

The IEA Distinguished Service Award is presented triennially to individuals for outstanding contributions to the promotion, development and advancement of the IEA.

The 2015 IEA Distinguish Award

Jan Dul accepted the award.

The IEA Outstanding Educators Award

The IEA Triennial Outstanding Educators Award is presented triennially to persons in recognition of outstanding contributions in the area of ergonomics education for having:
  • Developed ergonomics education programs
  • Produced new methodology and/or materials for teaching ergonomics
  • Graduated persons who have become outstanding ergonomists.

The IEA Award for Promotion of Ergonomics in Industrially Developing Countries

The IEA Award for Promotion of Ergonomics in Industrially Developing Countries (originally The IEA Ergonomics of Technology Transfer Award) is given triennially to a person(s) who has made significant and outstanding contributions to the Development of Infrastructure of Ergonomics in an industrially developing country. This may be manifested through development of teaching/training programs, implementation of ergonomics design in industry, development of R&D programs, organization of ergonomics professionals, and extensive collaboration with international bodies such as United Nations.

The 2015 IEA Promotion of Ergonomics in IDC

Kazutaka Kogi accepted the award.

The IEA Ergonomics Development Award

The IEA Ergonomics Development Award is presented triennially to persons who have had an international impact on ergonomics in terms of making a contribution or development which:
  • Significantly advances the state of the art of existing ergonomics sub-specialty
  • Opens up a new area of ergonomics research and/or application.

The 2015 IEA Ergonomics Development Award

Peter Hancock accepted the award.

The IEA President's Award

The IEA President's Award is presented triennially to persons who have made outstanding contributions to ergonomics or the furthering of ergonomics, and whose contribution does not clearly fall into one of the other award categories. Persons qualifying for this award do not necessarily have to be ergonomists. Nominations may come from the IEA Council or the IEA Executive Committee. Final approval of this award rests with the IEA President.

The 2015 IEA President's Award

Halimahtun Mohd Khalid accepted the award.

The K.U. Smith Student Award

The IEA K.U. Smith Student Award was launched in 1997 through an agreement with the St. Paul Foundation, which provides overall management of the Fund. The award provides a tangible means by which the IEA can encourage the development of the discipline, foster scholarship and recognize worthy achievements. The purpose of the award is to honor a deserving student responsible for an application of or contribution to ergonomics.

The award consists of a cash amount of US $3,000. Any student enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution (college, university, technical or vocational school) is eligible to apply for the award. All areas of ergonomics are eligible for consideration. Examples of applicable projects include an applied ergonomics project, a human performance study or analysis, a design project or product, a research project undertaken in the laboratory or field, or a theoretical/conceptual contribution to ergonomics. This study endeavor should be documented in a paper submitted to the IEA Congress.

Learn more now about the K.U. Smith Student Paper Award

The 2015 IEA KU Smith Student Award 1/2

Ademola James Adeyemi accepted the award.

The 2015 IEA KU Smith Student Award 2/2

Ben Sawyer accepted the award.


The IEA Human Factors and Ergonomics Prize

This award is presented to a group, institution or organization that has made significant contributions to research and development, and/or application of knowledge generally in the field of human factors and ergonomics.

The 2015 IEA Human Factors and Ergonomics Prize

Ian Noy representing The Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety accepted the award as the first winner of this prize.