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Annual Awards

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 yearly awards (See also Triennial Awards).

The IEA Fellowship

The IEA Fellowship is given to recognize extraordinary or sustained, superior accomplishments of an individual. To be considered for a fellowship two eligibility criteria must be satisfied. In addition, the candidate's distinction as ergonomics professional must be demonstrated.

Nominations are due April 30 every year.

IEA Fellow Nomination Form

The IEA/Liberty Mutual Medal

The IEA/Liberty Mutual Medal was instituted in 1998 and consists of a plaque (certificate), medal, and monetary award ($10,000US). This medal recognizes outstanding original research leading to the reduction or mitigation of work-related injuries and/or to the advancement of theory, understanding, and development of occupational safety research.

The IEA/Liberty Mutual Medal winners are selected by an international review committee established by the IEA. All recipients of the IEA/Liberty Mutual Medal are invited and expected to present their research at the next IEA Triennial Congress, using part of the monetary award for travel to the Congress.


At the IEA2018 Congress in Florence, Italy, the 2016, 2017, and 2018 medals were awarded to the recipients for those years. Pictured above (left to right) is Antonio Sacchi, General Manager - Italy Liberty Global Group; Pieter Coenen,2016 recipient; Stephen S. Bao, 2017 recipient; Patrick G. Dempsey, 2018 recipient; Klaus J. Zink, chair of the IEA/Liberty Mutual Award Committee; and Eric Min-yang Wang, IEA Awards Committee chair.

The 2018 IEA Liberty Mutual Award was presented to Patrick G. Dempsey (USA), Jonisha Pollard, William L. Porter, Alan Mayton, John R. Heberger, Sean Gallagher, Leanna Reardon, & Colin G. Drury for “Development of ergonomics audits for bagging, haul truck and maintenance and repair operations in mining.”

The 2017 IEA Liberty Mutual Award was presented to Stephen S. Bao (USA), Jay M. Kapellusch, Andrew S. Merryweather, Mathew S. Thiese, Arun Garg, Kurt T. Hegmann, and Barbara A. Silverstein for their paper, “Relationships between job organizational factors, biomechanical and psychosocial exposures.”


The following pictures show past Liberty Mutual Award ceremonies.

The 2016 IEA Liberty Mutual Award ceremony

In 2016, the IEA/Liberty Mutual Medal was presented to Pieter Coenen, Idsart Kingma, Cécile R.L. Boot, Paulien M. Bongers, & Jaap H. van Dieën in conjunction with the Human FactorsNL Congress, November 24-25, 2016 in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. Pictured are Ernst Koningsveld, IEA Historian, and Pieter Coenen accepting on behalf of the research group.

The 2015 IEA Liberty Mutual Award ceremony

Sarah Sharples accepted the Liberty Mutual medal on behalf of a group of UK researchers - Bob Muffett, John R. Wilson, Theresa Clarke, Anthony Coplestone, Emma Lowe , John Robinson, and Stuart Smith

The 2014 Liberty Mutual Award ceremony

The 2014 Liberty Mutual medal was presented to Dr. Priyadarshini R. Pennathur and Dr. Ayse P. Gurses.

The 2013 Liberty Mutual Award ceremony

The 2013 Liberty Mutual medal was presented to Sean Gallagher.

The 2012 Liberty Mutual Award ceremony




On October 25th, 2012, the Liberty Mutual medal was presented to Berry den Brinker at the biannual conference of the Dutch Ergonomics Society in Amersfoort.

Applications are due May 31 every year.

Call for the IEA / Liberty Mutual Medal.

The IEA/Kingfar Award for Student Research in Human Factors and Ergonomics Issues in Industrially Developing Countries


The IEA/Kingfar Award for Student Research in Human Factors and Ergonomics Issues in Industrially Developing Countries is given annually to honor persons who have made high-quality human factors and ergonomics (HFE) research achievements that address HFE issues typical of industrially developing countries (IDCs). The purpose of the award is to honor a deserving student and allow them to focus their research on HFE issues typical of IDCs and thereby potentially improve the well-being of people in industrially developing countries. Up to eight award winners may be selected each year. Each winner will be given a prize of 1,000 USD.

All areas of ergonomics are eligible for consideration. Examples of submitted proof of research achievements include high-quality journal or conference papers, high-impact HFE designs, or project reports. The following criteria will apply for nomination:
  1. The nominee is a registered PhD student/candidate. The nominee may also be a PhD who has been awarded the degree within the past year.
  2. The nominee is a member of an IEA federated/affiliated society, or a self-recommending individual whom the IEA federated/affiliated society agrees to nominate.
  3. The submitted research achievement should be made prior to graduation and should address HFE issues typical of IDCs.
  4. The nomination is made to IEA through an IEA federated/affiliated society.
Please combine the following evidentiary items into a single pdf file and send it to the Chair of Awards Standing Committee (at PastPres@iea.cc) and Vice President and Secretary General (VP_SG@iea.cc) by May 31, each year. Note, for 2019, the submittal should be due by October 31. The application must be submitted through an IEA federated/affiliated society.
  1. A nomination letter from the nominating society that justifies the quality of the nominee’s research. Relevance to IDC HFE issues should be included.
  2. Full copy of journal/conference paper(s), and/or design(s) with explanations, and/or project report(s). The student should be either the first author or a corresponding author.
  3. The nominee’s curriculum vitae or résumé.
  4. Scan copy of the student ID or graduation certificate.
  5. A recommendation letter from the student’s academic adviser on institutional letterhead, justifying the HFE contribution, certifying the contribution of the student, and describing the status of the student when submitting the nomination.

The IEA/Tsinghua Award for Collaborative Human Factors and Ergonomics Education for Industrially Developing Countries


The IEA/Tsinghua Award for Collaborative Human Factors and Ergonomics Education for Industrially Developing Countries is given annually to honor persons who have made significant and outstanding contributions to the success of postgraduate educational programs through international/inter-regional collaboration with the corresponding program. Up to four individuals nominated from up to 2 nominating educational programs may be selected. The winners altogether will share 8,000 USD

The educational program should have a human factors and ergonomics (HFE) course in its curriculum or substantial HFE content in its courses. The educational program should be either from a non-high income country university or from a program in a high-income country whose students have been mainly from non-high income countries with low to medium actual tuition burden (for example, those that offer financial support). The following criteria will apply for nomination:
  1. The nominee should be a member of an IEA federated/affiliated society.
  2. The nominee should be nominated by a related educational program through an IEA federated/affiliated
  3. The recipient should not be an employee of the corresponding educational programs, although a visiting scholar is eligible.
  4. The nominating educational program should have human factors and ergonomics courses in its curriculum or contain substantial human factors and ergonomics contents in some courses.
  5. The nominating program should be either from a university in a low-income or middle-income country, or from a university in a high-income country with students mainly from low-income and middle-income countries with a low to medium tuition burden (for example, with financial support available). This award does not consider nominees from high-tuition education programs.
  6. The nominee has not won the proposed award before.
  7. The nomination is made to IEA through an IEA federated/affiliated society.
Please combine the following evidentiary items into a single pdf file and send it to the Chair of Award Standing Committee (at PastPres@iea.cc) and Vice President and Secretary General (VP_SG@iea.cc) by May 31 each year. Note, for 2019, the submittal should be due by October 31. The application must be submitted through IEA federated/affiliated society.
  1. A nomination letter from the nominating society that details the achievements and qualifications of the nominating education program.
  2. A nomination letter from the education program that details the contributions of the nominee that qualify him or her to receive the award.
  3. The nominee’s curriculum vitae or résumé.