Ergoship 2019 – shaping the maritime ecosystem for people
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?
- 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 is arranged in collaboration with the ‘Sjøsikkerhetskonferanse 2019’, Norwegian Maritime Days and it falls under the theme selected by IMO for the World Maritime Day: “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community”
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.