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Nordic Countries

Nordic Ergonomics and Human Factors Society (NES)

IDA Arbejdsmiljo, Denmark, http://ida.dk/content/selskab-arbejdsmiljoe-sam
VINNIS, Iceland, http://www.vinnis.is/
ERY, Finland, http://www.ergonomiayhdistys.fi/
NEHF, Norway, http://www.ergonom.no/
ESS, Sweden, http://www.ergonomisallskapet.se/
Website : http://www.nordicergonomics.org/

President and Council Member
Kasper Edwards
Seníor Researcher
Production and Service Management
DTU Management Engineering
Bygning 424
2800 Kgs. Lyngby
Tel: +45 45256010
Email: Kaed(at)dtu.dk

IEA Council Member
Elina Parviainen
Human Process Consulting Oy (Ltd)
Piikkikuja 6
FI-21110 Naantali
Tel: +358 40 5455871

IEA Council Member
Knut Inge Fostervold
Department of psychology, University of Oslo
Box 1094, Blindern
N-0317 Oslo
Tel: +47 22 84 50 57

Jane Ahlin
Västerby Sjöskogen 524
SE-459 94 Ljungskile
Tel: +46 738 38 35 45

Recent Activities

NES consists of the ergonomics associations in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Finland. There are significant differences among the 5 societies. The Danish society, a subdivision of the Danish Society of Engineers (IDA), is growing (850) and it’s very active within different fields in Denmark. This means co-operation with universities, unions, labor organizations, companies, etc. The Norwegian society is struggling, the activity is low, and the membership has dropped (20). Iceland is maintaining its members (35), is mostly occupational physiotherapist-driven, and is very active. Sweden is active in different ergonomics fields and has maintained its membership (300). The Finnish society is undergoing change and is maintaining its members (98). The society has been inactive, and changes in institutes and universities have affected the awareness of ergonomics strongly. The focus of the Finnish society is to create renewed awareness of ergonomics from health care-driven ergonomics to early-phase design ergonomics and collaboration with engineering and safety specialists in companies.
NES just held its annual and 49th conference in Lund, Sweden, with 150 participants from 18 nations representing research, practice, and students. The theme of the conference was joy at work, and, indeed, the conference was a joy and highlighted the need for including ergonomics in the early phase of design. Also, organizational structures, systems, and ways of working were highlighted as enablers for the use of ergonomics in companies.
An ongoing discussion in NES is to create value for member associations besides the annual conference. This means also shedding light on the role and focus of NES. The NES Board has elaborated on the objectives and domains of specialization. This means that we anticipate a broad definition of ergonomics to address all aspects of “man at work”; e.g., physical ergonomics, production ergonomics, cognitive ergonomics, organizational ergonomics, and environmental ergonomics. Although the 5 Nordic countries are alike, national differences and ergonomics societies differences makes direct collaboration difficult, but allow good learning opportunities for all. The NES board has decided to strengthen and support collaboration among the 5 Nordic associations by supporting development of networks. One focus will be on innovation that integrates ergonomics into daily use in many ways, fields, and levels. Another focus is to bridge the gap between science and practice. Therefore, NES has created the NES Innovation Prize to be awarded for the first time at the 50th NES Conference in 2018 in Reykjavik.

--Kasper Edwards, Chair of the Board, Nordic Ergonomics and Human Factors Society (NES)