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The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, founded in 1957, is the world’s largest scientific association for human factors/ergonomics professionals.

HFES provides education, builds connections, and advocates on behalf of human factors/ergonomics field—from students to researchers, and industry practitioners—and fosters collaboration across the spectrum of professionals to drive forward advances in human factors and ergonomics because HFES believes that the seamless connection between humans and systems, and the connection between research and application, is vital to keeping all human beings safe. 

The Society’s 3,500 members work in educational institutions, companies, government and military research centers, and independent consultancies in 58 countries. About 15% of members are students.  Learn more about membership in HFES.

HFES is a Federated Society of the International Ergonomics Association.

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The mission of HFES is to advance the science and practice of designing for people in systems through knowledge exchange, collaboration, and advocacy.


A world that works for humans by design grounded in science.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in HFES and in the HF/E Profession

HFES strongly values its vision of "a future in which the reach, relevance, and quality of human factors/ergonomics (HF/E) are greatly expanded by enriching the science and enhancing its impact on solving societal problems," including systemic racism. In support of this vision, we value and celebrate the diversity of students, practitioners, educators, researchers, and other individuals who engage in the profession of HF/E and the stakeholders who benefit from their practice.

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