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  Home    December 6, 2016
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The Defence Human Capability Science & Technology Centre (DHCSTC) is a centre of excellence for defence human capability research and is therefore operating an open supplier network. We are supported by a broad chain of suppliers including large defence organisations, Small and Medium Enterprises and Academia.

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On Thursday 26 May 2016, MOD Abbey Wood once again played host to the Dstl / Defence Human Capability Science and Technology Centre’s Human Factors Integration Symposium. The event was  attended by a range of suppliers from industry, academia and MOD staff.

The morning’s keynote address was delivered by Dr Simon Cholerton who had recently been appointed as the director of MoD’s Defence Science and Technology organisation.  Dr Cholerton stressed the importance of innovation in the research programme to deliver future military capability whilst noting the central role of humans within military systems.  

Subsequent presentations covered a diverse range of topics including: new developments in HFI Standardisation; determining the cost effectiveness of Human Factors Integration; and understanding how to assure the Personnel Line of Development in new capabilities.

In the afternoon session the keynote address was delivered by Mr Allan Bain the Defence Maritime Team Leader and Chief of Staff, who stressed the vital contribution personnel make to the safe operation of maritime systems.

Following the afternoon keynote address there were presentations covering: the development of requirements for the human aspects of submarine combat systems; the measurement of pilot workload in the Typhoon cockpit; and the human factors issues in airworthiness for F-35 Lightning II.

The HFI symposium also included the presentation of the ‘H’ Award by Air Vice Marshal Quigley, Director Technical at the UK’s Defence Equipment and Support organisation.

The Annual “H” award, now in its fifth year, celebrates individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the field of HFI. The judging panel comprised representatives from Cranfield University, DE&S, UKCeB and the MOD/Industry HFI Working Group and this year they sought nominations for individuals that had demonstrated skill in using HFI to deal with adversity.

Jez Lenman is an experienced Senior Human Factors consultant, with an academic background in Applied Psychology, who works at design, engineering and project management consultancy Atkins. 

Jez received the accolade for his work on the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) AJAX Armoured Fighting Vehicles Programme. These new tracked vehicles will be fitted with state-of-the-art capabilities and systems that have never before been integrated into an armoured environment. As such, addressing HFI is essential to achieve a human-centric design that preserves the safety of the operators while maintaining the vehicles usability and ‘fightability’.

 
Military and Veteran Health Research Minimize
The Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research has announced a conference focused on research related to the health needs of military personnel, veterans and their families.

The call for papers can be found at - https://cimvhr.ca/forum/forum-abstracts

*UPDATE* This call for papers is now closed.

 
SETP - Neuroscience Minimize

A call was undertaken via the DHCSTC for proposals related to Disruptive Science & Technology within Neuroscience. The closing date for receipt of proposals was Monday 8th February 2016.

Click here for more information.

 
JSP 822 Minimize

Updated 13/01/2016

The new Joint Service Publication 822 (JSP 822) Direction and Guidance for Individual and Collective Training has been posted at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/joint-service-publication-jsp

 
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The Project Risk and Cost Reduction Through Human Factors Integration Booklet is now available for download.

Click here to access the booklet

 
Achieving the Strategic Edge Through People 2040 Minimize

Innovative ideas are being sought for a multi-million pound programme looking at the capabilities our people will need in defence.

BAE Systems’ Defence Human Capability Science & Technology Centre has launched a multi-million pound science and technology (S&T) research programme - ‘Achieving the Strategic Edge Through People 2040’ - on behalf of the MOD and Defence Sciences and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).

‘Achieving the Strategic Edge Through People 2040’ or SETP2040 is a four-year programme, valued at around £12 million, and represents a deliberate shift away from focused defence research into a more innovative, radical and game-changing space. The MOD are seeking new concepts, innovative approaches and world-leading science that can support change to ensure we deliver a fit-for-purpose defence workforce for 2040.

The programme will include world-leading and innovative research and develop ways to fundamentally change the way in which we identify, recruit, develop, train, operate and retain people.

Organisations seeking further information about SETP2040 should email dhcstc@baesystems.com.

The closing date for receipt of proposals is 17 July 2015.

 
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Human Factors Integration Annual Symposium 2015

On the 21st of May 2015, MOD Abbey Wood played host to the annual Defence Human Capability Science and Technology Centre’s Human Factors Integration Symposium.

A packed lecture theatre listened to Brigadier Fiona Gardner, CBE, Head of Strategy for Chief Defence People, deliver a keynote briefing which highlighted the importance of designing equipment and systems around people.

The audience, which comprised MOD staff, Industry suppliers and representatives from Academia, were presented with research briefings on a wide range of topics including, manning for the future Maritime Underwater Future Capability, the human issues associated with Unmanned Air Systems and the human factors challenges associated with dismounted close combat.  An update was also provided on emerging Human Factors Integration policy and the important role that DE&S personnel play in informing both MOD's future research programme and its policy.

The event was also the occasion when the 4th “H” Award for Outstanding Contribution to Human Factors Integration was presented. The award, which is in memory of Humphrey Rowbotham who helped to establish the HFI group within DE&S, was awarded to Steve Harmer of BMT with the presentation being made by Brigadier Steve Vickery (Late Royal Corps of Signals).

During the breaks, attendees created a real buzz of energy when discussing Human Factors with several of the exhibitors who had set up stalls in the exhibition area.  The event was deemed to be a great success and plans are already in hand for next year’s symposium.

 
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06/02/2015 - Supplier Teaming Tool now live

The tool allows suppliers to register their interest in teaming to bid for a particular requirement Suppliers can now enter individual contact details and a brief statement for others to view.

Only those suppliers whose organisation has signed the PFA, and have also individually registered for a website login can view and use this facility.

Please read the policy statement at the top of the tool page carefully before posting.

Click here to access the tool

 
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DHCSTC @ The Psychological Wellbeing of the Military in Transition Conference - November 2014

The Ministry of Defence's Human Capability research programme was represented at the recent BPS Conference "The Psychological Wellbeing of the Military in Transition".

Click here for more information 

 
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New facility to develop submarine command teams of the future

The University of Southampton has launched a new research facility that will help to develop the submarine command teams of the future. The facility was built as part of a three-year contract, awarded by Dstl via the DHCSTC framework.

Click here for more information

 
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DHCSTC Website Update

We've been making some changes to the layout of the DHCSTC Website:
  • News updates on the front page
  • New 'resources' section
  • New 'research' page
  • Consolidated 'Organisation' page
  • Addition of Human Factors Integration Defence Technology Centre (HFIDTC) Legacy Technical Content
 
Forthcoming Events Minimize

DHCSTC will be holding a Supplier Day on 23 February 2017 in Farnborough. Registrations will open closer to the event.

DHCSTC will be holding a Human Systems Integration Symposium on 22 June 2017 at MOD Abbey Wood, Filton. Registrations will open closer to the event.

 
Past Events Minimize

DHCSTC held the annual Human Factors Integration Symposium on Thursday 26 May 2016. Presentations are available in the 'Events' menu at the top of the page. Available when logged in only.

DHCSTC held a Supplier Event on 26 November 2015 at Farnborough. Presentations are available in the 'Events' menu at the top of the page. Available when logged in only.

DHCSTC held an Information Activities and Outreach Programme Supplier Briefing on 5 June 2015.

DHCSTC held a Human Factors Integration Symposium on Thursday 21 May 2015. Presentations are in the 'Events' menu at the top of the page. Available when logged in only.

DHCSTC held a Supplier Event on 16 March 2015 at Farnborough. Presentations are available in the 'Events' menu at the top of the page. Available when logged in only.

DHCSTC held a Supplier Networking Event on 20 November 2014 at Farnborough.

DHCSTC held a Supplier Networking Event and Brief on New Requirements on 19 June 2014 at Farnborough.

DHCSTC held a Human Systems Integration Symposium on 30 April 2014 at MOD Abbey Wood, Filton. Presentations are available in the 'Events' menu at the top of the page. Available when logged in only.

DHCSTC held a Suppliers' Day on 13 February 2014 at Farnborough. The presentations are available in the 'News & Events' menu at the top of the page.

DHCSTC held a 'Strategic Context Initiatives & Research Exploitation Event on 14 November 2013 at Farnborough.

DHCSTC held an 'Information Activities & Outreach (IA&O) Research' Programme event on 17 June 2013 at Yeovil. The presentation is available in the Supplier File Share area.

DHCSTC held a 'Humans in Systems and Tri-Service Training & Education' Symposium on 2 May 2013 at Abbey Wood. The agenda is available for download.

DHCSTC held an Informal Supplier Networking Day on 17 April 2013 at Farnborough. The presentation is available for download.

DHCSTC exhibited at TSET on 06/07 February 2013.

Presentations from the DHCSTC Suppliers' Day held on 5 November 2012 are available to download.

 

 
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