Ergoship 2019 – shaping the maritime ecosystem for people

Campus Haugesund, Auditorium G
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When:24. September   09:00
Last until: 25. September 12:00
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The third conference on Maritime Human Factors is going to be held September 24-25 2019 in Haugesund, Norway.

The scope is: Human-centred shipping – is there a future without it?

Examples include

  • Design for safety
  • Safety management
  • Simulation and simulators
  • Impact and management of digitalisation – for example ‘smart ships’



Shipping at present is a business with more and larger ships, fewer crew members and more technology. The impact on people of these developments needs to be studied and understood. The tasks and workplaces must be developed in step with technological, regulatory and organisational changes, and should be carried out in close cooperation with end users.

Human Factors, also known as ergonomics, is a scientific discipline, dealing with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and is a profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human wellbeing and overall system performance.

Issues of concern for shipping are on several levels, and many of them are found both on an operations level as well as an organisational level: safety and organisational culture, resilience to crises and psychosocial climate. Several relate to education and training; there is a clear need for more non-technical subjects in education such as leadership, group dynamics, intercultural issues, Human Factors. Yet others are more complex and have many stakeholders; fatigue at sea, emergency management, ship administration, design of usable systems, automation and digitalisation, and the distribution of tasks and responsibilities between ship and shore.

Ambition of the conference

The conference focus is on research presentations and discussions, but ample time will be devoted to knowledge dissemination, and for the exchange of ideas and contacts in the maritime community. The conference falls under the theme selected by IMO for the World Maritime Day: «Empowering Women in the Maritime Community».

Keynote speakers / Confirmed speakers

Keynote speakers

Kimberly Karlshoej, Senior Consultant at Karlshoej Maritime London, United Kingdom

As a Senior Executive for leading international charitable foundations, and as a consultant to charities Kimberly Karlshøj has been at the forefront of the development of strategy, operational procedures and governance arrangements. With wide experience and extensive expertise in the management of programmes and grantmaking, she has also been involved in wide-ranging international activity, high-level institutional engagement and numerous representational roles.

Monica Lundh, PhD, Head of Division of Maritime Human Factors and Navigation, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Monica Lundh is a former Marine Engineer and has served eleven years in the Swedish merchant navy on various ship types worldwide. She is also a certified teacher and has been involved in the training of Marine Engineer students at Chalmers University of technology in Sweden. Her PhD is within Shipping Technology and is today responsible for the research area Engine Room Ergonomics and Safety. This area focus on the work environment on board taking the changes in work performance into consideration when developing and designing the work place using Human Centered Design principles and end user involvement.

Margareta Lützhöft, Professor of Maritime Human Factors, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway

Margareta Lützhöft is a master mariner, trained at Kalmar Maritime Academy in Sweden. After 13 years at sea, she studied for a Bachelor's degree in Cognitive science and a Master's in Computer Science. In December 2004 she received a PhD in Human-Machine Interaction. Between 2006 and 2013 she worked as Associate Professor at Chalmers University of Technology, leading the research in the Maritime Human Factors research group at the Department of Shipping and Marine Technology, within the Lighthouse competence center. Her research interests include human-centred design, the effects of new technology and resilience engineering.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Agnieszka Hynnekleiv, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL)
  • Frøy Birthe Bjørneseth, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and Kongsberg Maritime CM
  • Amit Sharma, University of South-Eastern Norway (USN)
  • Evy Kristine Sæter, Kongsberg Digital AS
  • Leif Ole Dreyer, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL)
  • Dr. Nicole Costa, SSPA Sweden AB
  • Rami Zghyer, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
  • Simen Hjellvik, University of South-Eastern Norway (USN)
  • Trude Jacobsen, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL)
  • Viet Dung Vu, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL)
  • Yushan Pan, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
  • Bjarne Vandeskog, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL)
  • Helle Oltedal, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL)
  • Sathiya Kumar Renganayagalu, University of South-Eastern Norway (USN) and Institute for Energy Technology (IFE)

Publication of conference papers in WMU book series

Ergoship 2019 is collaborating with World Maritime University (WMU). All presenters at Ergoship are offered the exciting opportunity to publish their conference papers in the book series WMU Studies in Maritime Affairs.

According to Springer: «WMU Studies in Maritime Affairs was launched in 2013 to inspire scholars from all walks of maritime life to contribute to the creation and advancement of knowledge in the numerous maritime disciplines through publications of the highest order of excellence. With this book series, the World Maritime University aims to lead an expansion of scholarly pursuits, particularly in the areas of maritime law and policy, maritime safety and environmental administration, maritime education and training, marine environmental and ocean management, port management, and shipping management.»

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The standard price is 2200 NOK. Early birds, PhD candidates and presenters receive discounts. Early birds are participants that register before 2 June 2019. The discounted prices are as follows:

  • PhD candidate: 500 NOK
  • Participant, early bird: 2000 NOK
  • Participant, presenting: 1800 NOK

Every participant receives coffee, lunch and conference proceedings. In addition, all participants are invited to a dinner on September 24 and costs are covered for all participants except PhD students, who may join at own cost.