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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.

Senior Royal Navy Visit to Submarine Command Team-work Experimental Testbed Minimize

The University of Southampton recently hosted a visit by a team of senior Royal Navy stakeholders to the Command Team-work Experimental Testbed (ComTET). This research facility was developed as part of a 3 year contract, awarded by Dstl and administered under the Defence Human Capability Science and Technology Centre.

The novel ComTET submarine control room simulator has been developed to support the conduct of scientific experiments and gain scientific evidence to show where performance benefits may be gained. The research is providing guidance on team structures, communication media, automation, job aids and task design. The work has already delivered novel views on how the people, systems and information should be arranged to meet future challenges for the submarine command team.

On his recent visit to the ComTET facility, Rear Admiral John Weale (Assistant Chief of Naval Staff Submarines) noted that "This is a great project and facility which is driving innovation in how we get the best out of our people and their skills, to deliver the most technologically advanced submarine capability. It further demonstrates the exciting future combination of the very best people, skills, science and technology."

Capt David Matthews from the MOD's Future Submarines Project Team described how this project is "a key part of our Submarine Combat System Programme - we've already trialled the new Common Combat System at sea and are developing the next generation of applications - this helps us to scientifically assess and develop our people and their skills to best operate the latest submarine technology".

For more information on the ComTET programme and the simulation facility, please contact Professor Neville Stanton at n.stanton@soton.ac.uk, Mr Chris Parnell at cjparnell@dstl.gov.uk or dhcstc@baesystems.com.



The ComTET submarine control room simulator showing sound room (left) and control room (right).

Strategic Edge Through People 2040 - Symposium 2016 Minimize

Dstl, supported by the Defence Human Capability Science and Technology Centre, hosted the inaugural Strategic Edge Through People 2040 Symposium at Tidworth Garrison, on the 16th and 17th of November 2016.  The two day event, hosted by Brigadier Fiona Gardner (Head of Strategy to Chief of Defence Staff (People)), was attended by a broad range of MOD and other government staff that work on Future Capability Development, People Policy and Strategy as well as Personnel and Training practitioners.


Strategic Edge Through People (SETP2040) is an innovation project that aims to enhance future human capability through the exploitation of world leading science and technology. Ideas and concepts are being continually tested and assessed to ensure that only the most promising disruptive capabilities are delivered.


Structured around a series of seminars and workshops delivered by industrial and academic supplier organisations, the purpose of this Symposium was to ensure maximum exploitation and identification of potential challenges and benefits, with a particular focus on:


  • Analysis concepts for potential use in recruitment, selection and workforce management processes.
  • Integrated wearable and workplace monitoring technology concepts to try and enhance human performance.
  • ‘Virtual Human’ concepts to enable accelerated learning and knowledge transfer.
  • Stand-off technology concepts sensitive and adaptive to the emotional state of a human working with other humans or future technology.
  • ‘Mind Fitness’ concepts aiming to achieve measurable organisational and cultural transformation.


Feedback from stakeholders during and post the symposium was consistently positive and confirmed the value of sharing early research findings in terms of identifying potential unintended benefits and exploitation paths.


Further information about the SETP2040 project is available via dhcstc@baesystems.com.
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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:


Project Risk and Cost Reduction Through Human Factors Integration Minimize

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.


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


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".

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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.

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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 Human Factors Integration Symposium on Thursday 22 June 2017 at MOD Abbey Wood, Filton. Online registration for this event is now closed. If you would like to attend, please E-Mail DHCSTC@baesystems.com

Past Events Minimize

DHCSTC held a Supplier Day on 23 February 2017 in Farnborough. Presentations are available in the 'Events' menu at the top of the page. Available when logged in only.

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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