News & Events

May 2021

Free Webinar
Dissemination of project

20th May 2021

11:00 – 12:00 (CET)


“Human-centred design is the solution to develop effective, efficient  and productive work environments” 

The characteristics of the spaces and workstations affect the development of the work in a very relevant way, from the point of view of the safety and health of the workers and also in relation to the effectiveness, efficiency and productivity in the tasks. 

Human-centred work environments consider their characteristics and needs in the design and implementation to ensure the proper performance of tasks. 

Under this approach, following the methodology of human-centered design and applying it to the development of work environments, within the framework of the “Train4HCwork” project an online course has been developed that includes the disciplines and key aspects to consider for the development of human-centered industrial environments. 


  • Professionals related to the design and implementation of work environments. 
  • Responsible for planning, processes, job design, production department personnel or industry organization. 
  • Designers of machinery or work equipment. 
  • Personnel responsible for health and safety, human resources personnel. Students from nearby areas of knowledge. 


Present IBV as a reference center in ergonomics and human factors. Introduce the human-centered design approach and how to translate it into the design and implementation of industrial / work environments. Present the new Train4HCwork course.


Online 100%. The participants will connect through a videoconference system. The access codes will be provided once the registration is formalized. 


  1. Presentation of the IBV and the Occupational Health Unit and introduction to human-centered design. 
  2. Application of human-centered design to spaces and workstations 
  3. Importance and necessity of the adaptation to the people of the work environments. The point of view of the ergonomists. 
  4. Detailed explanation of the course developed within the framework of the Train4HCwork project. 


  • Mercedes Sanchis. Head of Innovation – Occupational Health and Safety at Instituto de Biomecánica. 
  • Raquel Marzo. Researcher at Instituto de Biomecánica. People’s Needs and Preferences Area. 
  • Alberto Ferreras. Researcher at Instituto de Biomecánica. People’s Needs and Preferences Area. 
  • Pedro Ferreira. Treasurer at FEES. 
  • José Francisco Serrano. Technician at Instituto de Biomecánica. Human Factors Area. 

The participant must have a computer with an  internet connection and a microphone. If possible, a webcam is recommended.  The connection will be made via videoconference system. Access codes will be  provided once registration has been formalized.

November 2020

TRAIN4HCWORK at the H-WORKLOAD conference | 03 December 2020

As partner in the project, FEES will be presenting project achievements at the online Conference H-WORKLOAD 2020.

The conference was initially planned to take place at the University of Granada, Spain but due to the pandemic limitations, was moved to an online format. Registration are available HERE

June 2020

TRAIN4HCWORK Multiplier event (online) | 24 June 2020, 13:00 (CET)

hosted by IAD /TU Darmstadt

Principles of User Centred design in a Product Development Process (in German)

Session1 (1 hour)
  • Description of the Product Development Process (PDP)
  • Definition of the term “context of use” according to DIN EN ISO 9241-210
  • Usage context analysis
    • User
    • Goals & Tasks
    • Physical Environment
  • Selected Methods for analysing the context of use
Session 2 (1 hour)

Analysis of the usage context on an example “bicycle”

For more information and registration please contact Jurij Wakula at iad.tu-Darmstadt

May 2020

Success of the TRAIN4HCWORK pilot course

Trainees from 21 countries took part in the Online training course on  design of human-centred workplaces

Human centred workplaces are a key essential part of the factories of the future due to important advantages. The COVID-19 pandemic obliged the corporate world to look for a new worker’s future but, in this field, research has never stopped.

The launch of the TRAIN4HCWORK aroused interest and the participation was outstanding.

The assistance was above any expectations”, states Project Coordinator José Serrano, “And we covered all the target groups“.

There were 88 students enrolled in the course, from 21 different Countries. “We have Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Portugal or Germany but also Russia, China, India, Costa Rica and the United States, among others. We didn’t know we could get so far”, follows Serrano.

77.5% of the trainees has completed successfully the course, with an almost perfect gender balance, 54% male and 46% female.

During the following months, the consortium will work on the analysis of feedback from the pilot course and the implementation of improvements. Finally, the course will be available in English, French, Spanish and German.

After the emergency, TRAIN4HCWORK is more topical than ever”, states Giuseppe Caprara, Innovation Manager at IBV.

According to Sarah Tilley from Wunderman Thompson, “The pandemic has shown business leaders and their employees that the old way of working is not fit for the future we now face. (…) As countries begin to relax restrictions and economies restart, workers will look to a brighter, more employee-focused future.

TRAIN4HCWORK sets the tone: the workplaces of the future will give much more importance to human knowledge, skills and cultural background, in particular through life-long learning and training. Human-centred workplaces not only remain essential in the pursuit of reduced occupational and work-related diseases and injuries, and absenteeism, but they will also become increasingly critical to ensure the flexibility, agility, and competitiveness that will be imposed on future manufacturing operations.

TRAIN4HCWORK is also preparing two multiplier events, that will be organised by the project partner Technische Universitat Darmstadt and by the coordinator IBV, at the end of the project, scheduled for March 2021.

March 2020

TRAIN4HCWORK launches the pilot course

The English version of the TRAIN4HCWORK online course will be piloted between March and May. We are looking for participants from the following professional groups:

  • Engineers responsible for workplaces, process and production design
  • Engineers responsible for machinery, working equipment and tools design
  • Health and safety managers
  • Consultants who provide services related to these issues to industry
  • Human resources professionals (recruitment and job assignment of workers)
  • Students


To apply, all you need to do is (before 15 March):

  • Create your profile at IBV CAMPUS VIRTUAL
  • Confirm your interest in joining the TRAIN4HCWORK pilot course by emailing Raquel Portilla ( with the following details:
          • First and last name
          • Email contact
          • Occupation
          • Country of residence
          • Also please place “TRAIN4HCWORK COURSE – IBV” on the subject of your message

For more information, please refer to the course learning guide and the pilot flyer

January 2020

TRAIN4HCWORK meeting in Grenoble

On 29 January 2020, the T4W team met in Grenoble for the review and planning of up coming project work. Nicolas Vuillerme and Romain Balaguer from the partner Universite Grenoble Alpes (UGA) were the hosts.

The contents of the course are nearly concluded and a pilot exercise will be launched in March. The pilot course will be in English and it will also include audio and video slots and it will be hosted at IBV educational platform (Campus IBV).

TRAIN4HCWORK is also preparing the first multiplier event, that will be organized by the project partner Technische Universitat Darmstadt, represented in the meeting by Jurij Wakula. Pedro Ferreira from Federation of European Ergonomics Societies (FEES) and Hugo Merelo from Structo engineering complete the attending team to the Grenoble meeting.

September 2019

TRAIN4HCWORK meeting in Darmstad

On 25 September 2019, the T4W team met in Darmstad for the review and planning of up coming project work. New developments will come soon, as we progress towards the development of course contents.


May 2019

First results of the Train4HCWork project

After the first six months of work, consortium has already developed the course structure, the online learning methodology and even a proposal of contents organized in different modules and sessions. These outcomes have been obtained with the participation of people from the target groups to ensure the course will respond to their formative needs.

In order to know the training requirements of professionals around Europe, IBV, IAD and UAG firstly organized five focus groups (with a total of 34 participants) and lastly, together with FEES and Structo, realized an open-source online survey in five different languages (English, Spanish, French, Dutch and Serbian). More than one hundred answers from different countries were achieved.

Finally, FEES carried out the analysis of information obtained on the online survey (including SWOT analysis, priorization of requirements, differences among potential end-users), to obtain the final training requirements for the online course to be developed in the project. With that information, IBV, IAD and UGA established the recognition framework and defined the Curriculum of the course.

January 2019

Online TRAIN4WORK questionnaire

The project TRAIN4WORK launched an online questionnaire on 13 February 2019 to identify training requirements, define learning objectives and course structure of a new learning material.

The questionnaire aims to gather data to support the development of the online training course which targets all those who are involved in the design (or re-development) of work systems but are not ergonomics and human factors specialists.

The questionnaire can be accessed in four different languages

The questionnaire will be open until April 30 2019.

The TRAIN4WORK is an initiative of the Federation of European Ergonomics Societies under the umbrella of Erasmus+, to create a freely accessible online ergonomics training material.