IMHFS 2024 Conference 

 November 28-29 in London



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IMHFS 2024 Conference Call for papers

Our mission is to address the knowledge and skill gaps within human factors, supporting the maritime industry to become a safer and more efficient


The International Maritime Human Factors Symposium (IMHFS) is an annual event that brings together academia, industry, and regulatory bodies to enhance maritime safety and operational efficiency. It emphasises the crucial role of Human Factors in risk management and safety.

The symposium addresses the complex relationship between human and organisational factors in maritime operations. It serves as a platform for sharing research, exchanging ideas, and establishing best practices to minimise maritime accidents.

IMHFS 2024 Conference









Safety Learning and Accident Investigation

Promotes capturing and classifying HF data from safety occurrences, near misses, and operational reports to enable positive learning from successes, not only failures. It encourages the implementation of HF techniques and methods in safety management practices to enrich risk analysis and support the design of new systems.

Maritime Safety Culture

Explores the collective safety attitudes and behaviours in maritime settings, aiming to foster a proactive culture. It aims to provide maritime professionals with the needed insights to enhance safety practices and cultivate a resilient safety culture.

Human Factors in Design

The focus is on the integration of HF into the engineering and design processes of maritime systems. The goal is to optimise user interfaces and operational workflows to improve human performance and enhance overall system reliability.

Risk and Human Reliability

Scopes the systematic assessment of risk, incorporating Human Reliability Assessment (HRA) techniques to understand and mitigate human contribution to failure.

Autonomy, Automation, and Human Factors

Discusses the complex interaction between human and automated systems. It emphasises the importance of user-centric designs in both autonomous and automated environments, exploring how human expertise can enhance and optimise these settings.

Decarbonisation and Human Factors

Investigates the intersection of human factors and the maritime industry’s shift towards decarbonisation, particularly through the adoption of alternative fuels. It explores how system design considers the health and safety of maritime professionals, the impact of human behaviour on the effectiveness of alternative fuel systems, and the readiness of today’s seafarers to handle future fuels.

Maritime Education and Training

Debates the challenges in the current maritime education and training framework, exploring innovative approaches to prepare future maritime professionals and seafarers for evolving industry demands and new technologies.

Well-being and Mental Health

Dives deep into the mental and physical health issues encountered by maritime professionals during operations. The focus is on enhancing the mental well-being of seafarers and other individuals involved in marine activities while also providing effective strategies for managing stress.

IMHFS 2024 is jointly organised by:

IMHFS 2024 is jointly organised by: