Others were organized by either an HFES Technical Group or an IEA Technical
Committee. Also unique to the Congress were the 24 box lunch seminars led by the plenary speakers. These seminars were organized primarily for the benefit of the many students attending the Congress but were open to all attendees. Lively and interesting discussions took place during these informal sessions. A highlight of the Congress was the Welcome Reception with a “South of the Border” theme. An outstanding buffet of Mexican dishes and live mariachi
music set a gala mood for this historic meeting. Other social events included the Congress Banquet and HFES Awards Ceremony, an evening at the world-famous San Diego Zoo, and the Student Reception.
Many of the HFES Technical Groups held a social after their business meetings to enable ergonomists from around the world in their technical interest area to meet and network. A meeting of this size could not have been successful without the voluntary participation of more than 300 ergonomists around the world and the hard work of our outstanding HFES Central Office staff and our
professional conference organizers at Prestige Accommodations International. On behalf of the Congress Organizing Committee, a very special thanks for making this truly historic ergonomics event a great success.