What is it about?

Editorial introducing the first complete special issue based on IEA2021 programming. It starts with a summary of the exceptional circumstances of this first virtual version of the Triennial World Congress series of the International Ergonomics Assocation. Brief description of the topics covered by the 22 articles in this special issue follows.

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Why is it important?

While the articles in this special issue are worthy of consultation, this editorial synthesizes the content. It groups the articles by topic area: two from keynotes, three in anthropometry, four relating to communication, evolution and progress of four particular International Ergonomics Technical Committeees, effects of Covid-19 is addressed in three articles, five article address industrial or manufacturing environments, and Organizational Design and Management is the focus of four articles.


It was both a challenge and a pleasure to synthesize the diverse contents of this special issue into one summary text. As I did so, I realized how much commonality exists despite wide ranging geographical, temporal and work or communication-focus perspectives. It speaks well of the authors and the International Ergonomics Association's triennial world congress series itself.

Nancy Black
Universite de Moncton

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This page is a summary of: Human factors and ergonomics in an interconnected world: Promising directions for the future – introduction to the IEA2021 special issue, Work, October 2022, IOS Press,
DOI: 10.3233/wor-223646.
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