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25 February 2010 | PR 10/30

See for yourself why ergonomics is so important at London exhibition

Osteoarthritis simulation suit

Osteoarthritis simulation suit

Time is running out to see the Ergonomics: Real Design Exhibition – featuring items from Loughborough University – at the Design Museum in London.

The exhibition, which celebrates 60 years of ergonomics and its influence and importance on the design of everyday objects, runs until Tuesday 9 March.  It is a collaboration between the Design Museum, Loughborough University, Brunel University and the Institute for Ergonomics and Human Factors.

Sometimes described as the science of everyday things, ergonomics is the study of how people interact with the products, environment and systems around them, from using a TV remote control to driving a car.  Ergonomics gathers detailed scientific data about people, looking at both physical and psychological characteristics, and uses this data to design systems, equipment and implements that are safe, efficient and satisfying to use.

The Design Museum exhibition explores ergonomics design processes by looking at examples, including the Sky remote control, medication packaging, design of the Bloodhound land speed record vehicle cockpit, and the CERN control room for the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator.

Speaking about the exhibition Roger Haslam, Professor of Ergonomics at Loughborough University and one of the architects of the exhibition, said: “Ergonomics has been taught and researched at Loughborough for almost 50 years and we are delighted to have contributed ideas and exhibits for the celebration of ergonomics at the Design Museum.

“These include the Third Age and Osteoarthritis Simulation Suits, developed at Loughborough by the Ergonomics and Safety Research Institute to help designers understand and directly experience what it’s like to undertake everyday activities having limited mobility.  It’s a great exhibition well worth going to see.”

There have been more than 30,000 visitors to the Design Museum since the exhibition opened in November.  For more information and tickets visit: http://designmuseum.org/exhibitions

The exhibition was made possible with a grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).


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Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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