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Next Big International Ergonomics Conference Gearing Up for 2003

Start making plans now to attend the XVth Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, to be held in Seoul, Korea, August 24-29, 2003.

“The IEA 2003 Congress will have a great impact on the future of ergonomics, and we invite you to be a part of this historical event,” said IEA President Waldemar Karwowski.

“IEA Triennial Congresses are the most important international forums in our discipline for the exchange of ergonomics research and practices,” according to Prof. Min K.Chung, the conference Chair. “What makes this IEA 2003 Seoul Congress significant is the close cooperation from the neighboring IEA affiliated societies such as China, Japan, and Taiwan as well as from those in the western part of the world. The IEA 2003 Seoul Congress, therefore, will be by far the biggest ergonomics conference ever held in that it encompasses truly leaders of both the East and the West in the field of ergonomics.”

Demonstrating this spirit of cooperation, the Japanese Ergonomics Society recently announced that it will hold its Annual Meeting in conjunction with the IEA 2003 Seoul Congress.

“The theme of the IEA 2003 Congress is ‘Ergonomics in the Digital Age,’ recognizing the tremendous potential of ergonomics for improving the quality of life in this new paradigm of the digital age,” said Chung. “Ergonomic disciplines that have been traditionally established need to be developed further to adopt recent technologies and systems in the new age such as virtual system design, e-business environment, and multi-lingual and multi-cultural management system.”

The program will include plenary papers, oral technical session papers, symposia session papers or panels, poster papers, technical demonstrations, and workshops, in all areas of ergonomics, including – but not limited to – the following categories: Aging and Disabilities, Agriculture, Cognitive Ergonomics and Human-Computer Interaction, Aerospace Systems, Military Applications, Ecology and Sustainable Development, Ergonomics in Manufacturing, Hospital Ergonomics, Human Reliability, Biomechanical Modeling, Sports Science and Ergonomics, Legal Aspects in Ergonomics, Macroergonomics, Education and Certification, Office Ergonomics, and Ergonomics for Children.

“The IEA Congress 2003 will be one of the largest gatherings of professionals in ergonomics, human factors, safety engineering, and occupational health, and will bring together individuals from academia, government, and industry, including service, transportation, healthcare, manufacturing, consumer products, logistics and distribution, electronics, information technology, communications, leisure and travel, etc. — from all over the world,” noted Karwowski. “Therefore, this will be an excellent opportunity for all of us to make important contacts with other professionals in the field, and learn about the newest research developments and applications in products design, work systems design, and management of ergonomics, occupational safety and health, standardization issues, and professional certification in ergonomics.”

If you’d like to present at the conference, now is the time to prepare. Depending on the type of session you have in mind, proposal submissions are due on either August 31, 2002, or October 31, 2002. For more information about submission guidelines see

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