Press release: RINA and MARIN to host Human Factors 2024 Technical Conference

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The event will include a tour of MARIN's new Seven Oceans Simulator Centre. Source: MARIN

The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN) to host the Technical Conference: Human Factors 2024 in Wageningen, Netherlands in October 2024

London – 22 May 2024: On 8-10 October 2024, maritime industry professionals will gather for the Technical Conference on Human Factors, including a visit to MARIN’s new Seven Oceans Simulator centre in Wageningen, Netherlands.

Human Factors 2024  provides an opportunity for human factors experts, naval architects, bridge officers and others to discuss the latest developments and showcase lessons learned. New technologies, such as onboard automation, are giving rise to new opportunities for applied research in such topics as human-computer interaction or the consequences of behavioural interventions. Even poor or unexpected results provide  invaluable learning opportunities.

This year’s conference will feature keynote addresses from two prominent figures in the field: Job Brüggen, representing LVNL, and Dr. Rafet Emek Kurt, a distinguished Reader in Maritime Safety and Human Factors at the University of Strathclyde’s Department of Naval Architecture Ocean and Marine Engineering. Their insights will kickstart two days of engaging discussions and knowledge sharing.

Attendees can look forward to a diverse array of sessions, including focused tracks on Training, Design, Safety, and Collaboration. Technical presentations will be followed by interactive Q&A panel discussions, fostering in-depth exploration and exchange of ideas among participants.

Hans Huisman, Team leader Human Factors, Maritime Operations, MARIN, comments: “The Human Factors discipline has a long history in several industries. In the maritime there is still a world to win, but what does Human factors offer in terms of increasing safety, improving efficiency and keep it an attractive business to work in for people?

Human Factors can support in first time right designing maritime solutions by applying a Human Centred Design approach, in training the crew as a more effective team and it can contribute to defining safety mitigating measures. These are only a few examples where Human Factors can contribute in the design, development and operational phase of maritime operations.”

As Huisman notes in an article for the latest edition of RINA’s publication, The Naval Architect, Human Factors is a multi-faceted discipline with profound implications for ship design and operation. Effective human-centred design of components and systems demands the engagement of all stakeholders.

Neil Hancock, Operations Director, RINA, adds: “The science of Human Factors is key to keeping the maritime environment and our seafarers safe, reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, and increasing our sustainability and profitability.

Human Centred Design must be at the forefront of our industry. Join us for some informed presentations, lively debate, and the opportunity to contribute to the Human Factors community.”

The Technical Conference on Human Factors is open to all interested parties, including members of RINA, other professional institutions, and the wider maritime industry. Registration for the event is open, and further details can be found on the RINA website:




The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) is an international professional institution that promotes the scientific and practical development of naval architecture and marine engineering. RINA was founded in 1860 in London, and today has a global membership of more than 10,000 professionals in over 90 countries. The institution provides professional development and networking opportunities at a wide range of educational events, as well as technical publications for its members and the wider maritime community.

Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN)

MARIN is a globally recognised top institute for maritime research. Our mission is ‘Better Ships, Blue Oceans’: we stand for clean, smart and safe shipping and sustainable use of the sea. We do this as an independent knowledge partner for the maritime sector, government and society. We offer integrated solutions, from concept development and design to operation, making optimal use of our test facilities, computer simulations, simulators and full-scale measurements. In developing, applying and sharing our knowledge, we stimulate innovation and global collaboration. The knowledge and involvement of our people are our strength.

In the future we will continue to support our mission, focussing on an even stronger base of knowledge, reliable tools and modern facilities. With this strengthened base we will optimise the entire maritime operation, the ship as a system and the human role in this. Our knowledge and ideas will stimulate the development of a safer and cleaner shipping industry, as well as encourage the sustainable use of the ocean for the extraction of energy, food and raw material and the development of cultivated life and autonomous systems at sea.


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