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About SELF (French Speaking Ergonomics Society)

The Society was founded in 1963. Its mission is to promote the practice of, research in and teaching of ergonomics in France and at the international level (in French-speaking countries). It advocates the use of ergonomics in order to design usable and efficient products and interactive systems, to ensure occupational safety and health, and to optimize overall system reliability and performance.

What is Ergonomics ?

The following definition was adopted by the International Ergonomics Association in August 2000 :

Ergonomics (or human factors) is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data, and other methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance.


Currently, the society has 4 standing committees :

SELF is an affiliate member of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA), a federation of the world’s ergonomics societies.


In 2019, the society has 510 members in France and other French-speaking countries (278 full members, 153 affiliate members, 60 student affiliate members, 16 honorary members, 1 sustaining members, and 3 public relations). Its members include ergonomists, occupational health physicians, psychologists, engineers, designers, and scientists, all of whom have a common interest in designing systems and equipment to be safe and effective for the people who operate and maintain them.

Members are employed in industries, universities and colleges, government agencies, consulting firms, public utilities, and other settings.

SELF has different categories of membership :