Shaping shipping for people

Maritime Human Factors Conference

6-7 April 2016, Melbourne

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About Ergoship 2016: Shaping Shipping for People

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and the Australian Maritime College (Institute of the University of Tasmania) are jointly hosting Ergoship 2016, a maritime human factors conference with the theme ‘Shaping shipping for people’.

Ergoship 2016 will be held in Melbourne, Australia 6-7 April 2016, with a cocktail reception on the evening of 6 April.

Ergoship 2016 aims to provide a national and international forum for the dissemination and exchange of applied scientific knowledge in the field of human factors within a maritime context. Ergoship 2016 will bring together ship owners, operators, seafarers, researchers, maritime regulators, classification societies and other maritime stakeholders with a particular interest in maritime human factors to promote our collective understanding in this very important area.

The program will include a wide range of topics covering maritime human factors applied research, with leading national and international speakers, presentations and panel discussions which will capture the attention of anyone with an interest in applying maritime human factors principles in ship and equipment design, shipping operations or research.

We look forward to welcoming you to Ergoship 2016.

Conference Info

Venue and Accommodation

Ergoship 2016 will be held at Intercontinental Melbourne The Rialto.

The Rialto building and Winfield buildings of the InterContinental Melbourne have defined the bustling New York end of Collins Street Melbourne since 1890. With impressive Venetian Palazzo style architecture, their opulence and history mark the boom period of Melbourne’s gold rush when it was the richest city in the world.

The newest 5 star hotel in Melbourne, InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto is located on Collins Street and Flinders Lane in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. Central to all that the city has to offer, including the Yarra River, Docklands, the city’s boutique shopping and the Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex.

Maintaining the unique period features and architecture of the original Rialto and Winfield buildings, this glorious 5 star hotel offers luxury accommodation, comprehensive hotel facilities and authentic Melbourne dining. A soaring nine-storey glass atrium connects the two buildings and the original bluestone cobbled laneway, providing a spectacular setting for Market Lane Bar, Alluvial Restaurant and Bluestone Wine Lounge.

Accommodation for Ergoship 2016 Delegates

Conference delegates have the option of booking a Deluxe King Room at InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto with special rates for Ergoship 2016 delegates. To take advantage of the special rate, book your accommodation via the hotel's website.

Rooms are subject to availability so we suggest you book early.

Stylish, well appointed Deluxe King Rooms are leading the way in luxury hotel accommodation at InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto. Available with either King or Twin beds, all Deluxe Rooms are a stunning blend of contemporary design and traditional features. Pamper yourself with fluffy bathrobes and slippers and enjoy the stunning, complimentary Agraria spa products. Enjoy comfort and elegance with a state of the art Bose entertainment system, in-room mini bar and complimentary tea and coffee.

  • Room only, inclusive of complimentary WiFi - $275.00 per room
  • Room & 1 Full Buffet Breakfast, inclusive of complimentary WiFi - $295.00 per room




Abstract / Paper Submission Overview

The ERGOSHIP 2016 Maritime Human Factors Conference is welcoming abstract submissions that cover any aspect of Human Factors themed around Shaping Shipping for People, including (but not limited to):

  • Systematic analyses of maritime incidents;
  • Crew performance;
  • Risk and safety;
  • Maritime resource management;
  • Automation, Human-machine interaction, display and controls, Human centred design;
  • Safety culture;
  • Fatigue, fatigue risk management, stress, sleep, work/rest cycles, circadian rhythms;
  • Cognition, decision making, situation awareness, workload, mental models

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by the review committee.

Review Committee

  • Dr. Michelle Grech, Australia
  • Prof. Margareta Lutzhoft, Australia
  • Dr Matthew Thomas, Australia
  • Dr Ben Brooks, Australia
  • Nicole Gray, Australia
  • Brian Sherwood Jones, UK
  • Dr Sam Huf, Australia
  • Dr Jonathan Earthy, UK



To be selected to present at Ergoship 2016, you are required to submit an abstract. Abstracts must not exceed 250 words in length. All abstracts must be submitted using this template and sent electronically to

The deadline for abstract submission is Monday 7 September 2015 (extended to the 25th of September 2015).

Full papers

Abstracts selected for the conference will be required to submit a full paper (details for full paper submission will be posted at a later date).

All papers will be peer-reviewed by the review committee.


Posters on industry application of human factors are encouraged. A poster template will be posted at a later date.

Please submit a synopsis of around 250 words which includes the background, method and outcomes (or expected outcomes).

The deadline for poster submission is Monday 7 September 2015. (extended to the 25th of September 2015).


Key dates

Abstract submission opens       25 May 2015
Abstract submission deadline     7 September 2015
(extended to the 25th of September 2015)
Notification of Abstract acceptance/rejection      7 November 2015
Final paper submission deadline     7 February 2016
Earlybird registration deadline     18 December 2015


Listed below are our current speakers at Ergoship 2016.

Professor Sally Ferguson

Sally Ferguson is a Research Professor with the Appleton Institute, CQUniversity in Adelaide with a background in circadian biology. Our body clocks help keep us synchronized to the world around us but working against our clocks has implications for sleep and waking health and well-being. In the last ten years this key research interest has led to Sally asking questions about the relationship between sleep, wake and work patterns, particularly for those working shiftwork. Research partners in mining, rail, healthcare, marine pilotage and aviation sectors have helped answer some of these questions.

Sally has published more than 80 papers in scientific journals and held grants from the Australian Research Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council, as well as the Bushfire and Rail CRCs.

Sally does a lot of work in the area of fatigue risk management and sleeps very well herself.


Andrew Neal

Andrew Neal obtained his PhD from The University of New South Wales in 1996. He works at the intersection of organisational psychology and human factors. Andrew leads basic and applied research into human performance and safety that has received more than $10 million in funding from the Australian Research Council, Federal and State Governments, and industry. His research examines the factors that enhance the performance, safety and effectiveness of people at work, and the mechanisms by which people manage competing demands in complex, dynamic environments.


Dr Jonathan Earthy

Dr Jonathan Earthy is Principal Human Factors Specialist for Lloyd's Register Marine. He co-ordinates Lloyd's Register Marine's treatment of the Human Element and its development of technical capability and products in this area. He has worked for Lloyd's Register for 23 years. His technical speciality is the assurance of the quality of Human Factors work. He previously worked for British Petroleum.


Dr Erik Styhr Petersen

Petersen graduated as a Naval Architect (B. Sc.) in 1983, and worked as a consulting naval architect until 1996, being involved primarily in structural design and ship stability on both new-buildings and conversions. Leading an extensive series of EC-sponsored R&D projects (ATOMOS I-IV; DISC I-II, Thames), and gradually changing his focus to research, Petersen joined the Danish Maritime Institute in 1996, where he became Head of Development in 1999.

Concentrating on the functionality, design and usability of marine electronics, Petersen joined Lyngsø Marine in 2002, and in 2007 he became Deputy Director of Technology in the mother company, SAM Electronics. After a spell (2012-2013) as Director of Product Management, SAM Electronics, Petersen is now Director, Business Development in Wärtsilä SAM Electronics.

Pursuing his interest in maritime human factors, usability and human-centered design, Petersen enrolled in Chalmers Technical University (CTH), Sweden, in 2007, where he received his Licentiate of Engineering degree in 2010, and his Doctorate in 2012, the latter in the subject of ‘Engineering Usability’. Today, Petersen holds the positions of Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Tasmania and Visiting Professor at the World Maritime University in Malmø, Sweden, as well as being a member of the Lloyds Register Technical Committee (Ships) and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Navigation.




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