International Ergonomics Association (IEA)

Association internationale d'ergonomie
Asociación Internacional de Ergonomia

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20-23 Aug 1961, Stockholm (Sweden), as Ergonomics Research Society, during 1st Congress, following recommendations of the British national society and European Productivity Agency (EPA) attached to the then 'Organization for European Economic Cooperation (OEEC)', currently Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), preliminary meetings having started in 1957, Leiden (Netherlands). Initially open to individuals, because so few organizations existed in the field; but, from 1976, national federated societies took control. Articles adopted 6 Apr 1959, Oxford (UK) and revised: 1964, Dortmund (Germany FR); 1967, Birmingham (UK); 1976, Maryland NY (USA). Registered in accordance with Swiss law.


Elaborate and advance ergonomics science and practice.

Future Events

2021 Vancouver BC, Canada – Triennial Congress

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United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (Ros C); International Labour Organization (ILO) (Special List); World Health Organization (WHO) (Official Relations).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 3 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with 3 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 49 countries
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Subjects *

  • Social Activity
    • Employment Conditions
  • Design
    • Design

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth



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