Alan Welford Award

The Alan Welford Award is awarded for the best paper on a HFE topic published in a peer-reviewed journal within the previous 2 calendar years prior to the Award.
  • Awarded to an individual, or joint authorship, one of whom is a member of the Society.
  • The Award is based on the intrinsic merit of the paper itself and its readability for the target audience.
  • The Award is based on the intrinsic merit of the paper itself and its readability for the target audience.
  • The Award is in the form of a Certificate for each author.
  • From 2017 will be awarded biannually at the HFESA Conference in the even-numbered years.

Past recipients

2001 Jennifer Long and Roger Hall 2002 Roger Hall 2003 Leon Straker, Andrew Briggs and Alison Greig 2004 Leon Straker 2005 Catherine Cook, Robin Burgess-Limerick and Sophia Papalia 2006 not awarded 2007 Derek R Smith, Ning Wei, Yi-Jie Zhang, Rui-Sheng Wang 2008 Leon Straker and Abbott 2009 Leon Straker, J Coleman, R. skoss, B. Maslen, Robin Burgess-Limerick & Claire Pollock 2010 Errol Hoffmann 2011 Robin Burgess-Limerick, Veronica Krupenia, Christine Zupanc, Guy Wallis and Lisa Steiner 2012 Melissa Baysari, Johanna Westbrook, Katrina Richardson, Richard O’Day 2013 Not awarded 2014 Anjum Naweed 2014 Rebecca Mitchell, Ann Williamson, Brett Molesworth, Amy Chung 2015 John Towers, Robin Burgess-Limerick and Stephan Reik 2016 Johanna Westbrook, Li Leng, Elin Lehnbom, Melissa Baysari, Jeffrey Braithwaite, Rosemary Burke, Chris Conn & Richard Day 2018 Ari Antonovsky, Clare Pollock and Leon Straker 2020 Melissa T Baysari and Jodi Oakman

About Alan Welford (1914-1995)

Professor Alan Travis Welford, ScD (Camb), MA (Prin.), FASSA, 1968-1979, (Emeritus Professor 1979). Alan was educated at University College School, London and at St John’s College, Cambridge. He started work as a research student at Cambridge and ended as adjunct Professor at the University of Hawaii. Following about 30 years in Cambridge, he was Professor of Psychology for a decade at the University of Adelaide. Alan’s contribution to ergonomics was in the area of performance, skill and ageing and its impact on industry. He was interested in measuring performance at manipulatory tasks by recording time and errors in total and in parts or aspects of tasks. At the Nuffield Unit in Cambridge where Alan worked, researchers were also interested in what the subject said and the way they approached the task as well as the performance measures. At the time, this anecdotal evidence was considered contrary to proper and rigorous science. For further information: Singleton. W. (1997) A T Welford – a commemorative review. Ergonomics, Vol 40, No2; 125-140.

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