Mission & Goals
The mission of the IEA is to elaborate and advance Human Factors / Ergonomics (HFE) science and practice, and to expand its scope of application and contribution to society to improve quality of life, working closely with its constituent societies and related international organisations.
The main goals of the IEA are :
- To develop more effective communication and collaboration with federated societies.
- To advance the science and practice of HFE at an international level.
- To enhance the contribution of the HFE discipline to global society
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History of The IEA
The founding of the IEA was preceded by discussions made at several meetings and initiatives on the part of various individuals.
The Ergonomics Research Society (ERS) founded in England in 1949 held various events that had a major influence on the founding of the IEA. The European Productivity Agency (EPA) founded in 1953 initiated a project entitled “Fitting the Task to the Worker” drew attention of people who later played key roles in founding the IEA. A number of events synchronized the discussion and debate in the process.
A decision to explore the feasibility of an international association was made at an EPA seminar held in Leyden, Holland, 1957. In 1959, the steering (preparatory) committee of the future International Ergonomics Association (IEA), which was held in conjunction with the ERS symposium, decided on the founding of the IEA.
In 1961, the first meeting of IEA’s General Assembly was held in Stockholm, Sweden. This meeting formally completed the preparatory phase of the association and started the regular activities of the IEA.
In 1967, the IEA became the association of federated societies worldwide. It ended the period when the IEA was a society of individuals.
In 2011, the IEA became an international not-for-profit organization in Zürich (Switzerland) pursuant to article 60 et seq of the Swiss Civil Code under the official name “The International Ergonomics Association.” The IEA is a registered “Not For Profit Association” at the commercial register in the municipality of Thônex, Canton of Geneva, Switzerland.
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