Save the date and call for presentations for the Irish Ergonomics Society (IES) Annual Conference in Technical University Dublin on Thursday the 6th of June.


Dr. Philip Crowley, National Director for the Quality Improvement Team, and Mr. Patrick Lynch, National Director for Quality Assurance and Verification – encourage and support HSE staff to attend


Ergonomics/Human Factors is the scientific discipline concerned with understanding the interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimise human well-being and overall system performance.  In the health service context, this refers to the well-being of our service users and our staff, and the overall performance of our health service.


For the second year in a row, the Irish Ergonomics Society is collaborating with the HSE and the Safety in Health Systems (SHS) Group to deliver its annual conference in The Technical University Dublin on Thursday the 6th of June.


The theme for the conference this year is:


“Human Factors in Ergonomics: Lessons to be learned across domains; healthcare, manufacturing and transport”


The morning session will focus on the application of Ergonomics and Human Factors in the Irish Health Service.


Due to the importance of this conference for quality and safety in the HSE, we are delighted that HSE staff can attend both the morning and afternoon sessions of this conference for the reduced rate of €40.00.


The call for presentations is now open. Presentations are invited under two streams:


Morning session: Human Factor/Ergonomics in the Healthcare System

For the morning session, presentations are invited on basic and applied research addressing Human Factor/Ergonomics issues in healthcare or presenting novel and emerging approaches to understanding the complexity of the healthcare system.


Afternoon session: Human Factors/Ergonomics in other Domains (Manufacturing, Transport, etc.)

For the afternoon session, presentations are invited on basic and applied Human Factor/Ergonomics research addressing diverse challenges. Industry case studies from practitioners are also encouraged.


Presenters are required to write either a short abstract or a paper.  Papers will be subject to peer review. Selected abstracts and papers will be reproduced in a book of proceedings titled “Irish Ergonomics Review 2019”. Proceedings will have an ISSN number and will be available internationally through the British Library.  Only abstracts are required before the conference.  Full papers are required to be submitted and reviewed for publication at a later date.


Expression of interest to present

As a first step, it is necessary to indicate your interest in presenting at the conference by sending an email with details of your presentation to:


Morning session Human Factors in Healthcare Systems –

Afternoon session Human Factors in other domains –



Dates for your diary

Expression of interest to present:            17th May

Closing date for registration:                       24th May

Conference:                                                       Thursday 6th June



Negotiated HSE/Affiliated staff rate:       €40

Non HSE staff:                                                   €80



In order to avail of the negotiated reduced HSE rate of €40, follow these steps to register:


  1. E-mail indicating that you are registering for the conference under the negotiated reduced HSE rate of €40.00
  2. Pay via the HSE ordering system ensuring that payments are made for individual registrants only (i.e. not groups of registrants) and that the name of the person registering is specified on the bank transfer for payment of registration fees.  Payment must be raised/made prior to the conference to secure your booking.


We encourage you to submit papers to, and to attend this important conference.


Yours sincerely,


Mr Patrick Lynch, National Director for Quality Assurance and Verification and Dr. Philip Crowley, National Director for Quality Improvement.