photo of Professor Steve Rothberg, Professor Rob Haslam and Professor Cees De Bont at celebratory event with glasses of champagne

Pictured (L-R): Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Steve Rothberg, Professor Roger Haslam and Professor Cees De Bont

Design academic wins prestigious award

An academic from Loughborough Design School has been awarded the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) Distinguished Service award, and is believed to be the first recipient from the UK in over 30 years.

Roger Haslam, Professor of Ergonomics at the University, was nominated for the award by the UK Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF), of whom Roger was previously President.

The honour recognises an individual’s outstanding contributions to the development and promotion of the IEA, through their research, activism and leadership methods.

Professor Haslam collected his award last month at the IEA Congress in Florence, Italy, which took place 26-30 August and was also attended by a number of researchers from the University.

Of the award, Professor Haslam said: “I have a great deal of respect for the work of the IEA and am honoured to receive this award.

“This is all the more so as it is 30 years since this award was last presented to someone from the UK. To be honest, I am surprised to find myself in such august company.”

Professor Haslam’s achievement was celebrated yesterday (25 September) by his fellow research colleagues and members of staff from Loughborough Design School, including Professor Cees De Bont, who is the Dean of the School.

His research includes working alongside colleague Professor Alistair Gibb investigating health and safety in the construction industry, which has recently focused on a long-term study into the initiatives on the Tideway project in London,  which is due for completion in 2023. Professor Haslam has been looking at how the leadership, policy and practices on Tideway have protected workers and what lessons can be learnt from the project.

The IEA represents over 30,000 members around the world and is a federation of around 50 national societies.

Its mission is to advance ergonomics science and practice, by contributing to society to improve the quality of life at an international level. The IEA’s goals include developing more effective communication and collaboration with related societies; and enhancing the contribution of the discipline on a global scale.