The Institute’s 2014 publicity campaign will focus on ergonomics and human factors in transport and is the most ambitious campaign to date in view of the breadth of application. There are just so many different ways that ergonomists and human factors professionals are contributing to better transport systems that it is challenging to know where to start.
We are trying to use transport as a theme to focus on this year to promote ergonomics and human factors to a wider audience. We need to raise the profile with regard to transport in road, rail, air and sea. So often the expertise of IEHF members is not labelled as ergonomics or human factors, particularly if it is part of a team contribution.
Plans are well underway for transport themed events this year which include an aviation symposium at Cranfield University, vehicle ergonomics events at Loughborough and Coventry Universities, and a Human Factors in Complex Systems conference at the University of Nottingham in June to highlight the contribution of Professor John Wilson and which will include rail expertise. Transport presentations will also feature strongly at the Ergonomics & Human Factors Conference in Southampton in April.
A transport blog has been established at www.hf-transport.org.uk to provide a means for instant and topical comment about transport issues in articles and in the news.