Irish Ergonomics Society Annual Conference 2014, 16 May 2014
Keynote Speakers

IES Annual Conference Keynote Speaker

Ken ParsonsProfessor Ken Parsons, Professor of Environmental Ergonomics, Department of Human Sciences, Loughborough University, United Kingdom

“The Design and Assessment of Thermal Work Environments in Biomedical Engineering and Healthcare”

Ken Parsons is Professor of Environmental Ergonomics at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom. He is chair of ISO TC 159 SC5 ‘Ergonomics of the Physical environment’ as well as convenor of the mirror European Standards group, CEN TC 122 WG11 and British Standards committee BS PH9-1. He is Co-Editor in Chief of the journal Applied Ergonomics and is author of the book ‘Human Thermal Environments’ which is a comprehensive and widely recognised text on the principles and practice for the assessment of heat stress, cold stress and thermal comfort.


Al Ross

Dr Alastair Ross, Human Factors Lead, Centre for Applied Resilience in Healthcare, King’s College London, and Lecturer Glasgow Dental School, University of Glasgow

“Safety II: new directions in Human Factors and implications for Lean and Patient Safety”



Alastair is a Chartered Psychologist and a past Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health. He was previously in charge of Human Factors research at St Thomas’ Hospital’s Simulation and Interactive Learning Centre. He has been a consultant on Human Factors issues to the NHS in England and Scotland, BAE Systems, the Court of Session, Rolls Royce Plc., Scottish Power, the MoD, Railway Safety and BNFL. He has published widely and also taught Patient Safety and clinical Human Factors at the University of Aberdeen under Professor Rhona Flin.