Financial and Administrative Progress
IEA has improved its financial resources, grown in the number of member societies, and moved to the next level of leadership in developing ergonomics worldwide. Between 2000 and 2003, membership increased from 36 to 40 societies. We have also supported the founding of the Federation of European Ergonomics Societies (FEES), which is to be confirmed by the Council at the
2003 Meeting as the first IEA Network. FEES can serve as a model for regional cooperation among various ergonomics societies under the common umbrella of IEA.
Total assets have grown 31.5% since 1999, due largely to growth in the IEA Sustaining Membership Program. Another significant factor were capitation fees and repayment of the seed money from the XIVth Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Society and the 44th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (IEA 2000/HFES 2000), cosponsored and
organized by HFES with the unselfish service of hundreds of HFES members and generous HFES financial support. IEA 2000/HFES 2000 was the largest gathering of human factors/ ergonomics professionals in the history of ergonomics worldwide, with a total participation of about 3,400 attendees. HFES technical groups and members contributed $20,000 in travel support for more than 20 attendees from industrially developing countries.
In 2002, we signed a formal agreement with Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers (CNAM), Paris, to establish a permanent IEA archive. It now houses records documenting the development of IEA since its inception in 1959. We have also secured a permanent IEA office in order to effectively manage the demands of day-to-day administration. These demands have grown considerably in the last six years.
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Haydee M. Cuevas is a doctoral candidate in the Applied Experimental and Human Factors Psychology Program at the University of Central Florida. She was appointed by the HFES Executive Council to serve as assistant chair for the NEM Committee. Ronald G. Shapiro is program manager, IBM Enterprise-Wide Technical Learning Curriculum, and chair of the National Ergonomics Month Committee. Karen R. Young, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, is serving as editor for NEM.