Ergonomics Conference HWWE 2007 was held during Dec. 9 – 12, 2007
at Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Bhopal.
conference was inaugurated by Dr. David Caple,
International Ergonomics Association. Dr. Nawab Ali, Deputy Director
General (Engg.), ICAR, New Delhi was the chairperson in the
session and Prof. Gajendra Singh, Vice Chancellor, Doon University,
Dehradoon was the Guest of Honour. Dr. P. K.Nag, Director, National
Institute of Occupational Health, Ahmedabad and President of Indian
Society of Ergonomics and Dr. S. K.Tandon, ADG (Engg.) ICAR and
Conference President were also present.
The speakers of
inaugural session narrated their experiences ranging from daily life
to specific professions where intervention of ergonomics and safety
can bring about a great change in human life. Priorities and policies
in national and international fronts were also elaborated.
included presentations of research findings in 16 technical sessions,
discussions on policy matters related to ergonomics and gender issues
in two panel discussions, five plenary lectures and one special
lecture by eminent professionals working in the field of ergonomics.
The conference was attended by more than 150 delegates from
Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, USA and all parts of India. A
large number of women delegates (about 50) also attended the
conference to address issues related to comfort and safety of women
workforce in all the walks of industry, especially agriculture.
conference a pre-conference workshop on Ergonomics Methods was
organized on Dec. 9, 2007. The workshop included five lectures, one
equipment demonstration and two software demonstrations to make the
budding ergonomics professionals aware of the established
methodologies as well as innovations in the field.
papers were presented by delegates including five papers presented by
masters students and eighteen papers presented by doctoral students.
Prizes were awarded for the best student papers, and the prizewinners
Supriya Mer Masters Competition
Shweta Bodhake Masters Competition
Swati Pal Doctoral Competition
Bhaskar Gaikwad Doctoral Competition
discussions were held on “Application of IEA/ILO Ergonomics
Checkpoints in Agriculture” chaired by D Caple, President,
and on “Women Empowerment through Ergonomics Application”
chaired by Dr. Sudesh Gandhi, Professor, CCSHAU, Hisar
An exhibition of
tools and instruments for ergonomics applications and ergonomically
designed equipment was also organized during the conference. Nine
organizations including industry and R&D laboratories displayed
and demonstrated their products for mutual benefit.
Director Research, MPUAT, Udaipur and Chairman, QRT of AICRP on
Ergonomics and Safety in Agriculture was the Chief Guest for the
Valedictory Function held on Dec. 12, 2007. He presented his
reflections about the conference and congratulated all the
delegates for their keen interest towards making the life comfortable
and safe for millions of industrial and agricultural workers. He
encouraged all the participants to continue their endeavour for
scientific and social advancement. The function was presided over by
Dr. S. D. Kulkarni, Project Director, Soybean Processing and
Utilization Centre, CIAE, Bhopal who urged for bridging the gap
between scientific findings and applications. He indicated that
concerted efforts by industry, R&D institutions, academicians,
policy makers and extension agencies would only bring the desired
improvement. Dr.G.G.Ray presented his views as secretary of the
Indian Society of Ergonomics. Dr. Nachiket Kotwaliwale, Member
Secretary of the Scientific Committee presented the proceedings of
the conference while Dr.L.P.Gite, Project Coordinator, AICRP on ESA
and Organizing Secretary of the conference presented the vote of
were also exposed to Indian and local culture through entertainment
programmes and local visits.
The next HWWE would be held at Viswakarma Institute
of Technology, Pune on 22nd to 24th
of December 2008, with a pre-conference workshop on the 21st
December 2008. Dr.L.P.Gite handed over the HWWE banner to the next
Organizing Secretary, Dr. Shriram Sane.
Exhibition organised during HWWE 2007