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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.

Ergonomics in Design Seminar @ The Design Council
Sep 22 @ 10:00 – 16:30

The CIEHF is launching a brand new event – the Ergonomics in Design Seminar. This will consist of two workshops: Designing for changing demographics and Measuring improvement in new designs. Each workshop will run twice, once in the morning and once in the afternoon so all delegates will be able to attend both.

Workshop 1: Designing for changing demographics
With an ageing population, how do we ensure inclusivity into later life? How do we design for physical issues of ageing and also cognitive impairments such as dementia?

This workshop aims to provide delegates with useful information on the full spectrum of user needs into older age and on the requirement to design inclusively.Read more

Workshop 2: Measuring improvement in new designs

The role of ergonomics and human factors in generating possible design solutions is increasingly understood but how do we measure just how successful design changes have been?

The workshop will focus on some of the most commonly used techniques (task analysis, error analysis and user requirements assessment) Read more

Workshop facilitators

The workshops will be facilitated by:

Dan Jenkins, DCA Design International

Lisa Baker, DCA Design International

Robin Ellis, RED Design Ergonomics Ltd.

Adrian Woodcock, UXperience Ltd.

Kat Gough, Kitchen Table Design Research

For more details on the seminar, visit www.ergonomicsdesignaward.org.uk/seminar.


North West Regional Group meeting @ AREVA RMC
Oct 1 @ 17:30 – 20:00

Standing up in court

Expert evidence is usually sought in court when there is a dispute that needs detailed scientific or technical knowledge. Ergonomists and human factors specialists are especially valuable as expert witnesses because of the holisitic nature of the investigations they carry out.

According to the UK Register of Expert Witnesses:

“An expert witness should have:

– A sound knowledge of the subject matter in dispute, and, usually, practical experience of it.
– The powers of analytical reasoning required to fulfil the assignment.
– The ability to communicate findings and opinions clearly, concisely and in terms adapted to the tribunal before which evidence is being given.
– The flexibility of mind to modify opinions in the light of fresh evidence or counter-arguments.
– The ability to ‘think on one’s feet’, so necessary in coping with cross-examination.
– A demeanour that is likely to inspire confidence, particularly in court appearances.”

If you’d like to know more about what it’s like to be an expert witness, how you gather your findings and how to stand up to pressure in the witness box, come to the next CIEHF North West Regional Group meeting in Warrington.

Claire Dickinson from the Office of Rail and Road and John Lovegrove of Canary Designs will be leading a discussion on how to make the expert witness role a positive experience. They will be reflecting on their experiences and drawing out the lessons learned.

The meeting will take place on Thursday 1st October 5:30pm for a 6pm start, at AREVA RMC, 303 Bridgewater Place, Warrington, Cheshire WA3 6XF. If you would like to attend, please contact the North West Regional Group Organiser, Emma Ridsdale, email emma.ridsdale@arevarmc.com.

Human factors application in major hazard industries @ Ardoe House
Oct 6 – Oct 7 all-day

Attending this biennial two-day event will deliver essential learning and sharing of good practice, to equip you with a broader understanding of the fundamental processes required to ensure high performance through human and organisational factors.

The programme brings together experts in the field of human factors, to deliver talks and case studies that explore the practical application of human factors in the management of major accident hazards (MAH) for the energy and allied process industries.

CIEHF members get a substantial discount off the standard non-member rates. Download the booking form and follow the instructions in the members portal to claim your discount.

London & South East Regional Group meeting @ AECOM, MidCity Place
Oct 8 @ 17:30 – 21:00

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Getting people to stand and move around at work – what works? – A 2015 review of the evidence.

Tim Hunter, Director, Fluto Ltd
The first part of the talk will provide a brief overview of some of the recent headline studies on inactivity at work. This will be followed by a discussion of some evidence based interventions designed to get people to stand and move around more at work. The presentation will finish with a summary of clinical take home messages and preview some exciting new innovations coming to the field.

There will be an opportunity to meet and network with colleagues from various industries in the south east at this free event. It is CPD eligible and is highly recommended for people who are keen to advance their careers by networking with peers and keeping up to date with the latest research. Book your free place here.


Scottish Regional Group event @ School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh
Oct 8 @ 18:30 – 20:00

The Intelligent Transportation System on the New Queensferry Crossing

The Queensferry Crossing, due to open in late 2016, forms the centrepiece of a major upgrade to the important Forth Crossing transport corridor. Once completed the structure will be the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world. However the scheme is much larger than the bridge alone with a 13.7mile (22km) footprint that includes the creation of a ‘managed motorway’ through the implementation of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) to assist in regulating the flow of traffic approaching and crossing the Forth.

IBI Group form part of the design team for the Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC) consortia and are responsible for the delivery of the full Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) strategy and detailed design for all aspects of the ITS equipment and systems for the new crossing. Services include the production of detailed designs and associated documentation to cover the ITS Equipment Layout, IP Network Design and Termination Detail, and Power Design and Termination Detail.

Paul Maitland and Aaron Brown from the IBI Group will discuss the outline scheme design, ITS Equipment and operational management that is being provided as part of the new crossing and how these are planned to be used to provide a better customer experience. They will also discuss the Active and Passive IP Infrastructure that is being provided as part of the overall network enhancements.

This event is organised by the BCS Interaction Group in conjunction with the CIEHF’s Scottish Regional Group.

Click here to contact the organisers and to book.

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.

Call for abstracts: International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology
Nov 9 all-day

ICTTP2016 will be held 2-5 August 2016 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Queensland, Australia. The call for abstracts is now open, and will close on the 9th of November.

Held every four years, ICTTP has achieved a long-standing and highly-regarded reputation as the leading international gathering in the field of traffic and transport psychology. This will be the first time this conference has been held in the Southern Hemisphere, and only the second time outside of Europe. It presents an exciting opportunity to showcase Australian leadership in transport safety.

ICTTP2016 is expected to attract 300-350 delegates from many countries, including academics, researchers and practitioners in the areas of public health, law, medicine, economics, law enforcement, public policy, education, human factors, and psychology.

With a theme of “UN Decade of Action For Road Safety: The Half-way Point”, the conference will provide an update on world-wide developments, key geographic regions of emerging issues and at risk populations and profile keynote speakers including:
• Prof Charles Spence, Professor of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University, UK;
• Prof David Strayer, Professor of Cognition and Neural Science, Department of Psychology, University of Utah, USA;
• Prof Kazumi Renge, President-elect, IAAP Division of Traffic and Transportation Psychology, Japan;
• A/Prof Samuel Charlton, Chair of the School of Psychology, University of Waikato, New Zealand;
• A/Prof Teresa Senserrick, TARS, University of NSW, Australia;
• Dr Graham Fraine, Deputy Director-General (Customer Services, Safety & Regulation), Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, Australia;
• Acting Assistant Commissioner Michael Keating, Road Policing Command, Queensland Police Service, Australia.

For a list of themes, and to submit your abstract, visit:http://icttp2016.com/abstracts/

ICTTP2016 is hosted by CARRS-Q and Griffith University’s Menzies Health Institute Queensland, with platinum partner support of the Queensland Government.