Thursday 27th April, Session 4
PANEL SESSION: Human Factors Competency
– Reflective Practice. Abigail Fowler, Ergonomist/Psychologist
– CPD. CIEHF
DISCUSSION: Encouraging cross-pollination between Human Factors & Ergonomics academics and industry practitioners
Jamie Mackrill, Imperial College London
Human Factors Ergonomics (HFE) is a discipline that is able to generate research questions and context of inquiry that are academically meritorious. Furthermore, these principles and practices are applied to real world contexts by industry practitioners. Despite this there can be a disconnect between the academic and industry community in how they work and operate. Such disconnect limits cross-pollination of learning and experiences from each group that can help benefit the discipline as a whole. Although evidence of collaboration is seen, see Shorrock and Williams (2016) as an example, there seems to be little progress in producing a common platform that can allow each to interact and share knowledge easily. Such a platform may be in the form of an online resource to share information or a more physical outlet for collaboration. The discussion will aim to devise pragmatic strategies that can be implemented to close this disconnect and progress the discipline of HFE through reciprocal relationships between academics and practitioners.