Advocacy Efforts

HFES partners with Lewis-Burke Associates LLC to aid in promoting the importance of HF/E science among federal agencies and legislators.  In partnership with Lewis-Burke HFES has engaged in advocacy efforts related to safety and health in a variety of industries and to funding support for human factors/ergonomics research. Examples include the following.

The field of human factors/ergonomics (HF/E) generates and applies knowledge of human characteristics for the design of safer, more effective, and more efficient systems.  The mission of HFES is to promote these goals, and foremost among its activities is its support of communication within and beyond the field via journals, newsletters and Web sites, technical groups, press releases, and other customary vehicles.

For most of its history, the field's impact on design was achieved primarily through either the direct participation of HF/E professionals in the design process or the management thereof. In recent years, however, HF/E professionals and HFES have become more active at the public policy level, recognizing that decisions in that arena have a wide-ranging impact on everything from the nation's investment in HF/E research to the practices adopted by entire industries.

Engagement With Congress

Introduction to the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) and the Field of Human Factors and Ergonomics (HF/E)

Lipinsky Statement In Recognition of the Contributions of Human Factors Research

Testimony in Support of FY 2017 Science and Research Funding - Senate Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science


Policy Responses

HFES Comments on the National Science Foundation Strategic Plan

HFES Comments on Human Factors Research Needs Relevant to National Security

Response by HFES to NOT-GM-16-104: Request for Information: Approaches for Supporting Team Science in the Biomedical Research Community