US & UK Perspectives on the Health of the Discipline


The International Dimension: perspectives from the US and the UK on the health of the discipline on the global stage

How do bodies like the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) and the Federation of European Ergonomics Societies (FEES) continue to play a part in an increasingly changing world? Do these organisations support collaboration between societies? Can the visibility of individual societies best be raised – as the CIEHF Royal Charter obligates – by collective or individual action? And how real is the threat to the lifeblood income of many ergonomics societies posed by current developments in the world of open access academic publishing, in which more and more parties, including universities, are pushing for free access to research for the reader?

Hear views from two ergonomists at the helm of two of the big four societies in the world for human factors professionals. Susan Hallbeck, incoming President of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society (USA) and Bob Bridger, President of the CIEHF, will be in conversation following an IEA meeting in Copenhagen.

Dr Susan Hallbeck, PE, CPE is the Robert D and Patricia E Kern Scientific Director and Professor of Health Care Systems Engineering in the Kern Center for the Science of Healthcare Delivery and faculty in Health Science Research/Health Care Policy and Research, as well as a faculty member of Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She earned her PhD from Virginia Tech, her MS from Texas Tech and her BS from Iowa State University, all in Industrial Engineering. She is a licensed professional engineer (Nebraska) and a certified professional ergonomist (US). Dr Hallbeck was elected President-elect of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society in 2018, HFES Fellow in Fall 2014 and was previously elected to the HFES Executive Council for three different 3-year terms. She is on the editorial board of Applied Ergonomics and an associate editor of both Human Factors and IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering. She serves as a council member for the National Institute for Occupational Safety (NIOSH) National Occupational Research Agenda for the Healthcare and Social Assistance  industry sector.

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