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London & South East Regional Group meeting @ AECOM
Jul 8 @ 17:30 – 20:00

The London and South East regional group of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF) will be hosting its summer event in July. We would be delighted if you would join us:

  • On 8 July 2015
  • From 17:30, for 18:00
  • At the AECOM offices at: MidCity Place, 71 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6QS
    (Please note: this is a different venue to the last L&SE regional group event)
  • Networking and drinks provided

Dr Steve Summerskill, Senior Lecturer in Product & Industrial Design from the Loughborough Design School, will be giving a presentation of particular relevance to London, its drivers and cyclists. The presentation will illustrate two research projects which have been funded by the Department for Transport (DfT) and Transport for London (TfL) which focus upon the issue of blind spots in Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) driver’s vision.

The first project involved the use of the SAMMIE Digital Human Modelling system in the identification of blind spots that are associated with accidents with vulnerable road users. The research team identified a key blind spot, and worked with the DfT to revise European standards to remove this blind spot. This change in regulation has changed the mirror design of all new vehicles produced after June 2015.

This work directly led to a project with Transport for London as part of the CLOCS programme which aims to quantify and compare the size of blind spots associated with the top selling HGVs in the UK. The aim is to identify design features which improve direct vision through the windows of HGVs and to foster improved design in the future.

Following the presentation we will have an open forum for discussions, as well as a chance to network and enjoy some refreshments. To reserve a place, please register online.

You can also get news and updates by joining the London Ergonomics Group on LinkedIn.

We look forward to seeing you there.

e-Business & Telecommunications
Jul 19 – Jul 21 all-day

ICETE 2015 is a joint conference aimed at bringing together researchers, engineers and practitioners interested on information and communication technologies, including data communication networking, e-business, optical communication systems, security and cryptography, signal processing and multimedia applications, and wireless networks and information systems. These are the main knowledge areas that define the six component conferences, namely: DCNET, ICE-B, OPTICS, SECRYPT, SIGMAP, and WINSYS, which together form the ICETE joint conference.
6th International Conference on Data Communication Networking – DCNET 2015
Url: http://www.dcnet.icete.org
12th International Conference on e-Business – ICE-B 2015
Url: http://www.ice-b.icete.org/
6th International Conference on Optical Communication Systems – OPTICS 2015
Url: http://www.optics.icete.org/
12th International Conference on Security and Cryptography – SECRYPT 2015
Url: http://www.secrypt.icete.org/
12th International Conference on Signal Processing and Multimedia Applications – SIGMAP 2015
Url: http://www.sigmap.icete.org/
12th International Conference on Wireless Information Networks and Systems – WINSYS 2015
Url: http://www.winsys.icete.org/
<p>e-mail: icete.secretariat@insticc.org
Web: http://www.icete.org/

IEA Congress
Aug 9 – Aug 14 all-day

19th triennial IEA congress.

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFESA) and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of New Zealand (HFESNZ) are jointly hosting this congress around the central theme “Reaching Out”. It will feature plenaries, panel discussions, concurrent workshops, and free communication sessions on burning local and international issues that will shape the future of ergonomics in this region and the rest of the world. The program will include a wide-range of topics from the traditional to various special interest streams to capture the attention of anyone with an interest or speciality in ergonomics and/or human factors.

IEA 2015 is an excellent opportunity for you to hear about the latest research, exciting new developments and practice in our field from a line-up of globally recognised speakers and experts. Additionally, you will also have a chance to meet new acquaintances and strengthen existing relationships with colleagues from our industry.

Rail Human Factors @ etc.venues Victoria
Sep 14 – Sep 17 all-day

The aim of this conference is to bring together scientists, consultants, regulators, operators, infrastructure managers, manufacturers and suppliers from across the world to share rail human factors knowledge.

Road Safety @ Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre
Oct 14 – Oct 16 all-day

ARSC2015, the Australasian Road Safety Conference, is a joint initiative of the Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS), Austroads, and the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q). It is the result of a successful merger of Australasia’s two leading road safety conferences: the Australasian College of Road Safety Conference, and the Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference (RSRPE).

With a theme of “Taking Action Together”, the Conference will be a multi-disciplinary event featuring representatives from all facets of road and transport safety including research, teaching, practice and policy. Presenting the latest research, programs and developments in the field, ARSC2015 will feature a strong program of national and international keynote speakers, discussion groups , oral and poster presentations, workshops and symposia.

The conference is expected to attract over 400 delegates including professionals, researchers, practitioners, community leaders, policy-makers and students working in the very wide range of portfolios and industries who impact on improving road safety outcomes. This includes: infrastructure construction and maintenance; behavioural science; education and training; emergency services; engineering and new technology; health and rehabilitation; police, justice and law enforcement; local, state and federal governments; communications; traffic management; and vehicle safety industries. The conference will cover the safety issues identified in the five pillars of action set out by the United Nations Decade of Action on Road Safety. They are Road Safety Management, Infrastructure, Safe Vehicles, User Behaviour, and Post Crash Care.

The call for abstracts has now opened and will close on 30 April 2015. See http://australasianroadsafetyconference.com.au/abstracts/ for details.

Understanding Small Enterprises
Oct 21 – Oct 23 all-day

Understanding Small Enterprises (USE2015) Conference: A Healthy Working Life in a Healthy Business. Small businesses form the backbone of most economies and are attracting increased interest from academics, practitioners, consultants, social partners, government officials, and policy makers. In recent years it has become more and more clear that SMEs are a different breed from large companies, which are the normal subject of business and entrepreneurial research: an SME is not a small big firm.

Demographics dictate that able employees will be at a premium in the future global economy and that keeping them fit and healthy will be a prerequisite for sustained business success. This holds even more true for small companies as they typically lag behind large companies as attractors of talented employees. This leads to the main conference theme: “a healthy working life in a healthy business”.

One of the characteristics of a small business is its interconnectedness with its environment: customers, suppliers, partners, employees, and the communities in which it resides. A small business is more dependent on others in the network in which it operates than a big firm which might be more inclined to dictate its environment. The networked nature of small businesses gives rise to the subtheme of USE2015: Globalisation of SMEs and Corporate Social Responsibility.

For more details, visit www.useconference.com.

Worker Health Protection
Oct 25 – Oct 29 all-day

We are delighted to welcome you to the 2nd BOHS Worker Health Protection Conference (WHPC) in the Middle East.

Last year we held our inaugural Middle East conference, WHPC 2014, was a great success with over 100 senior delegates from across the region representing industry and government in attendance.

This year we are building on that success with a packed two-day scientific programme, professional development courses and an exhibition that showcases the latest innovations in occupational health and hygiene.

With over 60 years’ experience in the science and practice of occupational hygiene, BOHS is ideally placed to provide a conference platform to achieve the aims of enhancing the awareness of worker health protection in the region and equipping professionals and leaders with the knowledge they need to make a real difference.

With an esteemed panel of high-profile international speakers, the 2015 edition of WHPC offers a stimulating line-up of panel discussions, presentations and Q&A. The sessions will address the key themes which are relevant to todays’ workforce in the region. It will provide a multi-disciplinary perspective, and in addition to occupational hygiene, will encompass key aspects of occupational medicine and nursing, wellbeing and environmental health.

We are confident that you will find the programme stimulating and rewarding. Join us at WHPC 2015 and hear industry thought leaders discuss new and innovative approaches to worker health protection and health risk management which you can implement within your organisation.

Human Factors in Aviation Safety @ Radisson Blu Hotel
Nov 9 – Nov 10 all-day

Human Factors in Aviation Safety is a brand new event being held by the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors.

It will be a forum for discussion and exchanging ideas and information about the latest research, development and applications in Human Factors in Aviation Safety.

There has been so much interest and so many papers submitted for this event that we have doubled the duration to two days and added a poster session and a networking dinner.

The organising committee have been challenged with reviewing more than 50 submissions and creating a high quality programme that will attract delegates from all the major airlines and organisations whose interest is in maximising aviation safety across the globe.

The full programme and booking details will be available soon.

Human Factors in the Nuclear Industry @ Radisson Blu Hotel
Nov 9 all-day

Human Factors in the Nuclear Industry is a brand new event being held by the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors.

It will be a forum for learning, discussion and exchanging ideas and information about the latest research, development and applications relating to Human Factors. It will cover all areas of the Nuclear Industry including but not limited to:

  • Decommissioning
  • Power generation
  • Defence
  • Design and build of the next generation of nuclear power stations

The event will consist of a series of presentations followed by a panel discussion and workshops.

This one-day conference is primarily aimed at human factors practitioners working in the nuclear industry, but is open to all individuals wishing to learn more about human factors in the nuclear industry.

If you are interested in speaking at the event, we welcome your proposed title and brief abstract of the content which should be submitted here.

Proposals can be about any aspect of nuclear human factors but we would particularly welcome abstracts on decommissioning, new build plants and power stations, human reliability assessment, human factors integration and competency.

Each speaking slot will be 20 minutes long with 5 minutes for questions afterwards.

The deadline for entries is 26th June. Each entry will be assessed by the event programme committee. Successful speakers will be notified by 3rd July.

Applied Ergonomics @ Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Mar 21 – Mar 24 all-day

Mark your calendar for March 21 – 24, 2016 and plan to join us at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Orlando, Florida and take advantage of the opportunity to improve your ergonomics skills, gain insight and connect with global professionals within the healthcare, human factors, government, manufacturing and safety and energy industries at this year’s conference.

Call for abstracts
For abstract guidelines and submission information, go to www.xcdsystem.com/appliedergo
Abstract Submission Deadline: May 31, 2015
Poster Submission Deadline: June 30, 2015

The conference provides

  • Companies around the world with an avenue for recognition of expertise and achievements in ergonomics as well as cost-effective business practices/solutions.
  • An opportunity for professionals from a variety of specialties to discuss ergonomics issues with similar causes, effects or solutions (e.g. using manual handling equipment to transporttransport cleaning equipment vs. auto parts vs. boxed customer products).
  • An opportunity to share ideas between non-similar organizations (e.g., moving items in distribution sites vs. transporting cleaning equipment in a hospital vs. transferring items in an assembly process).
  • A meeting venue for multi-site companies or professional groups to meet together while engaging in continuing education opportunities. (Have a mini-conference with your peers while onsite.)
  • A networking opportunity for professionals and line workers from similar organizations (e.g., automaker to automaker) that facilitates an informal exchange of ideas.
  • An avenue for general conversation/networking with subject matter experts (SMEs).
  • Healthy competition and sharing of ideas within your organization when applying for the Ergo Cup competition.
  • A focused avenue for CEUs required for licensure or professional organization participation.
  • Informal Roundtable discussions where people with similar interests will meet with a facilitator to discuss particular topics of interest, sharing what each participant does or would like to do at his/her facility.
  • An opportunity for new speakers to gain confidence and comfort with presentation skills, especially graduate students.
  • An opportunity to nominate a practitioner or student for the Creativeness in Ergonomics (CE) Practitioner and Student of the Year Awards. A monetary award is being given in each category.
  • An avenue for students/job seekers to meet potential employers.

For more information about the AEC 2016, go to: www.appliedergoconference.org