Activities of the IEA Executive

The Executive Committee of the IEA is finalising strategic plans for our three-year term from 2021 to 2024. We are using a method developed by a previous president, Yushi Fujita, and Andrew Todd, chair of Strategic Development and Implementation. We call it the P2DT, but it is a participatory planning and development tool based on the scientifically validated work of several other eminent HFE specialists. With it we aim to engage our stakeholders as much as possible in our activities. These are our federated and affiliated societies and networks, partner organisations and those who profit from our work, such as employers and employees. We aim to collaborate with and through our regional, scientific, and political networks to promote HFE in science, technology, and practice. This involves promoting and contributing to education, professional certification, and standards. Additionally, we will strengthen relationships with external organisations with similar aims, reinforce the infrastructure of our organisation and maintain the future focus of HFE.

A key activity is to continue to provide regular webinars, published on YouTube, that both support scientific exchange and inform external stakeholders. In collaboration with our sustaining members, new awards have been added and courses developed (see Awards tab). Noteworthy here is the recent approval of a PhD Program for HFE by the Colombian Ministry of Education to be offered by a two universities: The Universidad del Valle, in Cali, and the National University, in Bogota. Congratulations to all of those that have contributed to this exciting development. It is an outstanding example of what can be achieved when scientists (local and international) and other stakeholders (here government, academics, and social security organisations) work together. The IEA would be happy to provide further information about this process to other interested members.

The next IEA Council meeting with representatives of all the federated societies will take place in Delft, The Netherlands on 31st October and 1st November 2022. It is planned that the meeting will be transmitted by zoom, or an alternative, for those who are not able to attend in person, however, the Executive very much looks forward to all the informal exchanges that take place in in-person meetings.

Please take the time to visit the Technical Committees page. Join up with them if you are interested in a theme. We have a new one for Resilience Engineering.  They all welcome new members.



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Human factors and ergonomics is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements.

It is the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance.