It may seem like the 2021 IEA Triennial Congress is a long way off, but when considered in the scope of the meeting’s extensive history, it’s right around the corner! What began in 1961 as a small gathering of 260 ergonomists in Stockholm, today the Triennial Congress is the IEA’s most impactful activity. Every three years, scientists, practitioners, students and other professionals from around the globe meet to address key ergonomic issues and to capitalize on opportunities for knowledge-sharing, collaborations, partnerships and friendships. The ultimate goal is to elaborate and advance ergonomics science and practice, thereby contributing to improved quality of life.
The IEA Triennial Congress has come a long way since that first meeting nearly six decades ago. Venues have indeed circled the globe and touched 15 countries spanning five continents, and attendance has more than quadrupled. The most recent Congress, held in Florence Italy hosted nearly 1600 delegates from 70 countries. Attendees share a common passion for enhancing the contribution of the ergonomics discipline to global society in a rapidly-changing world.
A review of the Congress’ technical output reveals topics and themes that have steadily evolved to meet changing societal needs. The 2021 IEA Congress will take this trend to a new level. The theme, HFE in a Connected World: L’Ergonomie 4.0, promises excitement, as attendees consider the impact of emerging 5G and other technologies and the human factors and ergonomic challenges that are just over the horizon!
We invite you to post your thoughts on the upcoming conference theme and/or memories from past Congresses as we prepare for the IEA 2021 Congress in Vancouver British Colombia!
For more on the History of IEA and its Triennial Congress.
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