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Throughout the year, the CIEHF hosts a range of events that allow both members and and non-members to network, learn and increase their CPD. Our regional groups organise free events across the country that are open to anyone with an interest in ergonomics and human factors. Members of the CIEHF get a discount on entry to all of our paid events.

ISO 27500 Launch Event @ BSI Chiswick
Sep 1 @ 14:00 – 18:30

This half day conference marks the launch of the new British and International Standard on the Human-Centred Organisation, BS ISO 27500.

The conference is organised by the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors and the British Standards Institution. The standard is aimed at executive board members and explains the values and beliefs that make an organisation human-centred, the significant business and operational benefits that can be achieved, and the policies they need to put in place to achieve this.

The standard identifies seven principles which characterise a human-centred organisation:

  • Capitalise on individual differences as an organisational strength
  • Make usability and accessibility strategic business objectives
  • Adopt a total system approach
  • Ensure health, safety, and well-being are business priorities
  • Value employees and create a meaningful work environment
  • Be open and trustworthy
  • Act in socially responsible ways

In this half day event, at BSI headquarters in Chiswick, you will explore some of the key practical actions, which organisations can take to become truly human-centred and achieve real business benefits.

See the programme and booking form.

Scottish Regional Group event @ The Keil Centre
Sep 1 @ 17:45 – 19:30

After a 17:45 arrival with refreshments, this event will feature three presentations:

18:00 ‘Measuring success. How do you know you’re heading in the right direction?’ by Allie Moors. This talk will look at a tool Allie developed for the rail industry to proactively assess their resilience to SPADs.
18:30 ‘Knowledge Transfer in Occupational Safety and Health – can we bottle experience from practitioners?’ by Joanne Crawford, Head of Ergonomics & Human Factors at the Institute of Occupational Medicine.
19:00 ‘Update on the CIEHF plan for HFI in Healthcare Route Map’ by Elaine Skilling, Principal Consultant Ergonomist, The Keil Centre.

This will be followed by a discussion and the event will finish about 19:45.

The event is free but please book your place online.

Cognitive Ergonomics @ National College for Teaching and Learning
Sep 6 – Sep 8 all-day

ECCE 2016, the European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics, is the 34th annual conference of the European Association of Cognitive Ergonomics. This leading conference in cognitive ergonomics, human technology interaction and cognitive engineering provides the opportunity for both researchers and practitioners to exchange new ideas and practical experiences from a variety of domains.

The main theme of ECCE 2016 is simulation, visualisation and digital technologies.  We invite papers from researchers and practitioners which address the broad spectrum of ergonomics challenges and opportunities in this area.

ECCE 2016 seeks to encourage dialogue and discussion among participants about the main theme as well as general topics of this conference series. Submissions in the form of long papers, short papers, and posters are invited. The authors of selected papers will be invited to contribute to a special issue of a relevant Journal.  The conference will also include a Doctoral Consortium. Proposals for panel sessions are invited.

RAMSIS User Conference
Sep 21 – Sep 22 all-day

Driver assistance systems and their impact on ergonomics in the vehicle is the main topic of this year’s RAMSIS USER CONFERENCE
to which you are cordially invited from September 20 to 21.

Together with you and our speakers, we would like to discuss the opportunities such technical innovations provide and the challenges that the new systems create.

During the event, we will once again be presenting the annual RAMSIS Excellence Award for the best scientific work.

A detailed program with all the topics and speakers will be available on our homepage at www.human-solutions.com
from the end of August 2016.

Peninsula South West Regional Group event @ The Paignton Club
Sep 21 @ 18:30 – 21:00

This event will feature a presentation on ‘The Ergonomics of Complex Systems Behaviour’ by Bernard Masters.

Anything new may be perceived as being a ‘wrong’, contrary to perceived wisdom.  Without exploring outside or inside of the box, there will be nothing new and there will be no progress. The presentation looks at emergent behaviour of non-disease processes and the effects of living and how ergonomics helps to ‘fine-tune’ the human system of systems (SOS), by improving both performance (overall output) and function (cost to the system) – hystersis. Predictive models of self-similarity allow us to extrapolate from drug research based on animal and clinical trials. The following factors offer us some clarification in research processes:
a) Placebo/nocebo effect – beneficial or detrimental brain changes occur with expectancy
b) Pygmalion Effect – research projects blinded unconscious bias
c) Rosenthal effect – beliefs of beneficial/detrimental outcomes are engineered subconsciously
d) Hawthorn Effect – subjects being watched perform at a different level then regress to the mean
e) Braess’ paradox – increasing well intentioned solution pathways reduces efficiency
f) Thom’s catastrophe theory – critical point behavioural change
g) Marconi’s Black Box – a focus on outcome measures not distracted by the process

Book online now.

Medical Device Design Workshop @ Design Council
Sep 23 all-day

The CIEHF’s Ergonomics In Design workshops this year will focus on ergonomics and human factors in medical device design. This is an opportunity to learn about tools and techniques that will help to ensure designs are truly user-centred.

The day will start with an introduction to medical device design including a short definition and classification of medical devices, an overview of medical device usability, and a brief look at the relevant standards and their use.

Participants will then join one of two groups for the workshops which will each run twice, once in the morning and once in the afternoon, so all delegates will be able to attend both.

Medical Device Design Review. This workshop will be facilitated by Paula Wood of PA Consulting Group. Participants will learn the technique of heuristic review before assessing a medical device. They will then consider the issues found, how users make errors and then discuss mitigations that could be put in place to ensure the safe and effective use of the device.

Medical Device Prototyping. This workshop will be facilitated by Robin Ellis of Red Design Ergonomics, Jamie MacKrill of Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London & Greg Thay of Thay Medical. They will introduce tools such as personas and use case scenarios and take an in-depth look at a device. Low fidelity prototyping and idea generation techniques will be introduced to give participants experience and practice in prototyping and creating design concepts.

The programme

09:30 Registration
10:00 Welcome & introduction
10:30 Workshops
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Workshops
15:30 Round up
16:00 Close


The delegate rate includes two workshops, lunch and refreshments. CIEHF members get 25% off standard prices with a special discount code. Students get 40% off. When booking please take note of the terms and conditions below.

CIEHF member rate: £97.50 +VAT
Standard delegate rate: £130 +VAT (£156 incVAT)
Student rate: £78.00 +VAT

Booking Terms & Conditions

Payment must be made in full by card or Paypal at the time of booking to guarantee admission.

Delegates may nominate an alternative person from their organisation to attend up to 24 hours prior to the start of the event, at no extra charge. Should substitution not be possible, cancellation charges apply as follows:

8 weeks or more prior to start of event: 10% of the delegate fee
4 to 8 weeks prior to start of event: 50% of the delegate fee
4 weeks or less prior to start of event: 100% of the delegate fee

All substitutions and cancellations must be received in writing.

Southern England Regional Group event @ Institute of Naval Medicine
Oct 6 @ 14:00 – 16:15

*** Please note change of date from 29 September to 6 October 2016. ***

The Institute of Naval Medicine (INM) will host a visit by the Southern Regional Group on 6 October 2016 at 14:00.

INM is the Royal Navy’s centre of excellence in occupational health. In addition to a number of medical service functions, the Institute houses extensive laboratory and research facilities. The INM is located in Crescent Road, Alverstoke, Gosport, Hampshire PO12 2DL.

The programme for the visit will include presentations and a tour.
14:00 Arrival and introduction followed by Short Project Reviews:
1. Safety culture in the RN.
2. Validating a safety culture maturity model.
3. Maritime high speed craft vibration and shock mitigation.
4. Modifying the HSE Stress Indicator tool for use in the military.
5. How to deal with low response rates to questionnaire surveys by understanding non-response bias.
6. Do sustained isometric muscle contractions deplete self-regulatory resources? A study using a lower limb exoskeleton.
15:20 Refreshments then tour of the facilities.
16:15 Finish

The visit is free but you will need to sign up online.

Human Factors in Manufacturing @ Cranfield University
Oct 10 @ 09:00 – 16:00

Cranfield University will host a day of talks, tours and workshops about human factors and the future of manufacturing. The event will take place in the Centre for Advanced Systems, School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing.

Tours will include Aero-structure Assembly and Automation, Systems Installation, Precision Engineering and the Additive Manufacturing / Welding Institute.

The event will be opened by Ian Wright MP and will also mark the launch of the CIEHF’s Manufacturing Sector Group.

More information will be available soon.

North West & North Wales Regional Group event @ Office of Rail & Road
Oct 21 @ 12:30 – 15:00

“Ergonomics in the Rail Industry”

More details to be confirmed.

Human Factors in Aviation Safety @ Radisson Blu Hotel East Midlands Airport
Nov 7 – Nov 8 all-day

Representatives from airlines, air traffic control organisations, industry regulators and investigators, consultants and the major university research groups will be taking part in this two day event, examining a range of human factors issues in aviation safety in both the military and commercial sectors.

A high quality set of submissions has been received and are now being reviewed. The programme is now available.