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The Royal Institute of Naval Architects

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Human Factors

19-20 February 2020, London, UK


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The work of naval architects and marine engineers directly influences the operability and safety of vessels and seafarers. Decisions made at the design stage can influence human behaviour and health and an improved understanding of ergonomics by engineers can ‘design out’ hazards and prevent incidents, both to the individual and the vessel.

Research shows that more than 80% of accidents at sea are caused by human related factors.  Crew complements are being driven down through increasing use of automation but there remain many tasks that can be completed only by humans.  This dilemma can create an increased risk of human error.

Under manning of ships, insufficient training, inadequate knowledge of the entirety of technology present onboard, lack of emergency drills etc can all widen the scope for human error.  Even seemingly minor errors by a single person can lead to a series of errors and so it is critical that their nature is fully transparent and understood throughout the management chain to ensure appropriate action can be taken at the right level.


This conference aims to bring together international specialists and professionals including designers, ship operators, seafarers, equipment manufacturers and regulators to highlight how an improved understanding of human factors can reduce costs and improve safety. RINA invites papers on all related topics, including:

  • Design for occupational health and safety
  • Integration of human factors into the design process
  • Feedback from the users into the design loop
  • Examples of practical applications of human factors engineering
  • Habitability
  • Design of navigation & control systems
  • Design for performance
  • Ashore and onboard operational organisation and teamwork
  • Safety, performance and management
  • Survivability, escape and evacuation systems

Preliminary List of Papers


Submit  Abstract or Register Interest

Click here to register your interest in the International Conference on Human Factors 2020 and receive updates as they become available.

Click here to download the Call for Papers

If you wish to submit an abstract, please send a paper title, brief summary (no more than 250 words) of what the proposed paper would be about and your contact details via the link above, by email directly to  or fax to +44(0) 20 7259 5912. The deadline fo submission for abstracts is 21st October 2019.

Course fees

Before 19/01/20                                        

RINA members         £690+VAT= £828    

Non members           £790+VAT=£948

After 19/01/20

RINA members        £790+VAT=£948

Non members         £890+VAT=£1068

Concessions           £345+VAT=£414

Authors                    £150+VAT=£180

Click here to register for payment by invoice via bank transfer or cheque

Click here to pay online

8-9 Northumberland StreetConference Venue

The Human Factors conference will be held at the Institution's Headquarters.

8-9 Northumberland Street, London, WC2N 5DA, UK

Delegates may take advantage of the Institution's membership to stay at Club Quarters, less than one minute's walk from Headquarters 

Click for details of Headquarters and Club Quarters .

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Attendance at the RINA conferences and courses qualifies as Continuing Professional Development. Delegates to the conference will receive a CPD Certificate


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