Visual Ergonomics




Friday, 27 April 2012


Report to the NES board for the period september 2011 – february 2011

The Visual Ergonomics Network members have been intensely working with the definition of the scientific area visual ergonomics, also in introducing it as a definition within IEA. Some members participated in the IEA meeting at Recife and interacted with the IEA chairmanship.


The planning of visual ergonomic sessions at NES 2012 in Stockholm is ongoing and inspiring with abstract from countries also outside Scandinavia. The network members that also belongs to the scientific delegation concerning visual ergonomics supported by the swedish research fund FAS (Forskningsrådet för arbetsliv och socialvetenskap) is meeting in Odense in April.


The Swedish part the network, chaired by Ann-Kristin Nyström, now includes more than 50 members


Stockholm 2012-03-09

Per Nylén

NES Network for Visual Ergonomics



Need for a definition of visual ergonomics


Wednesday, 20 July 2011


NES network for Visual Ergonomics has via a sub-network tried to define “Visual Ergonomics” .

The aim is that the definition should be in congruence with the definition of Ergonomics that has been approved by IEA.


And also in congruence with the definitions of the other three sub-ergonomics; Physical, Organisational, and Cognitive Ergonomics, found at


We hope that we can present a proposal with broad consensus to the NES-board at the Oulo meeting in September this year.


We now ask all network members to read and comment the proposal below. Comments are warmly be welcomed, both positive and negative. These should be sent to Per Nylén ( ) before the 1:th September.


The proposed definition:


“Visual ergonomics is the multidisciplinary science concerned with the understanding of visual processes as they affect the interactions between humans and other elements of a system. It also includes the professions that apply related theoretical principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance. Relevant topics are the visual environment, such as illumination and visually demanding work and tasks, as well as visual system function and dysfunction, visual performance, visual strain and safety, visual corrections and aids.”



Visual Ergonomics Network


Wednesday, 23 March 2011


The network for Visual Ergonomics within the Nordic Ergonomics Society (NES) is an informal network for professionals within many disciplines, all with a common interest in Visual Ergonomics. The network is chaired by Per Nylén (Sweden), and Hanne-Mari Schiøtz Thorud (Norway).


The main purpose of the network is to facilitate cross-disciplinary communication among professionals in the Nordic countries with an interest in Visual Ergonomics. Secondly, the network, with its leaders as key persons, is responsible for assisting the NES organizers to promote and run sessions on Visual Ergonomics at their annual conference. Such sessions have now been organized annually at NES conferences since 2006.



At the NES meeting at Reykjavik/Iceland in 2008 the network members strongly suggested and supported an initiative to facilitate a stronger focus on Visual Ergonomics within the International Ergonomics association (IEA). As a consequence the network’s influence resulted in the formation of a new IEA technical committee (TC) on Visual Ergonomics, and three parallel sessions on the topic, at the IEA 2009 triennial 17th World Congress on Ergonomics in Beijing/China. NES and the visual ergonomics network is represented by Docent and Optometrist Magne Helland (Norway) and by Associate Professor, Hans O. Richter (Sweden).


Contact information – NES network for Visual Ergonomics



Per Nylén, Swedish Work Environment Authority, and Royal Institute of Technology




Hanne-Mari Schiøtz Thorud, Høgskolen i Buskerud, Kongsberg





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