CIEHF's 70th Anniversary


Twenty nineteen is a milestone year for the CIEHF, as it marks 70 years since the term ‘ergonomics’ was coined and the formation of our organisation.

Several activities are planned throughout 2019, here's the first of them.

Making an impact

We're aiming to produce a glossy publication (working title: 'Impact!') documenting examples of where ergonomics has had a significant impact on the world in each of the seven decades from the 1950s until the present day. These could be traditional case studies, scientific advances or paradigm shifts – whatever you think merits inclusion.

Again, the audience is the wider public, so we’re not looking for technical details, methods or complicated explanations. The example should focus on where ergonomics and human factors has made life safer, better or simply more enjoyable through good application and design that was a significant step forward at the time.

Ultimately, we’ll be looking for a submission of around 500 words and of course, you’ll be fully credited as the author. There’ll be an element of selection, again to ensure a spread of examples as much as quality, so in the first instance we’re merely asking for a brief one paragraph outline of your idea by 15 December 2018.

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That’s ergonomics!

If you had to do a two-minute elevator pitch for ergonomics and human factors, what would you say? What examples would you give to help someone understand how far-reaching ergonomics is and how its application can make the world a better place?

We’re looking for 70 short videos, which could be filmed on your smartphone, illustrating ergonomics and human factors in the world around us. These will be posted on our YouTube channel throughout the year, and then linked from our website, on social media and in other ways. There’s a wide remit here, so you can cover anything from a simple interface on a consumer product or website (pointing out how easy or effective it is to use and how this relates to ergonomics) to a complex system like air traffic control (saying in simple terms how the current system has benefited from human factors considerations).

Bearing in mind the aim is to raise public awareness, the message needs to be simple to understand, clear and preferably focused on one recognisable thing. If appropriate, you could illustrate your message with a bad design but counter it with a good design to show how ergonomics principles have a positive impact.

It doesn’t matter if you don’t know whether or not ergonomics research and methods were used in your chosen example, and it doesn’t have to show the result of a detailed ergonomics design process; the point is simply to demonstrate a principle or a good example of ergonomics and human factors in practice, especially in areas that people might not otherwise have associated with our discipline.

Although there will be some vetting of submissions, primarily to ensure diversity of examples, don’t feel you have to have any great video skills; this is meant to show the real world, so just get out your smartphone and record something. You don’t have to play a starring role either, you or a colleague could just add a commentary to explain the ergonomics point you’re making. It just needs to be informative, engaging and ideally entertaining – and a maximum of two minutes long. We’ll supply simple graphics for the start and end of your video, so it will be ready for use without the need for us to add these later.

Gather your ideas and we'll provide more details here very soon.