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​The Defence Human Capability Science and 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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Giving People the Edge 

An article about the Strategic Edge Through People 2040 project has been published in the latest Distil magazine, and is available to read here.


Dstl's Future Workforce and Human Performance Programme 2018+​​


Dstl have provided information and illustrative requirements regarding the Future Workforce and Human Performance Programme 2018+​. These high level requirements remain subject to budgetary approval processes but will provide some insight into relevant themes.​


Human Factors Integration Symposium 2017

DSC_0074_adjusted.jpgOn the 22nd of June 180 people attended the Human Factors Integration (HFI) Symposium at DE&S Abbey Wood. The symposium, jointly organised by Dstl, DE&S and the DHCSTC, was a resounding success with an excellent mix of attendees from MOD, DE&S, Dstl and industry. Presentations were drawn from a wide range of suppliers and included: a fascinating keynote speech by Lt Col West OBE addressing the challenges that artificial intelligence may pose in the future; an update on recent HFI policy developments; DHCSTC research projects and HFI project support activities conducted within DE&S and Front Line Commands. Topics covered were as diverse as how physical performance could be improved through the use of brain endurance training, the application of tactical psychology to the selection of equipment and lessons on how to integrate HFI within complex engineering projects.

The symposium also saw the H. Rowbotham award for outstanding contribution to Human Factors being posthumously awarded to Dr Colin Corbridge for his instrumental role in establishing and developing HFI Policy over the last 20 years. The award was presented to Colin's partner, Martina Flavin, by Dr Jon Cook the Head of DES Engineering group and there were several glowing tributes made to the impact that Colin made to HFI and Acquisition.

Feedback received on the day and subsequently indicated the symposium was very well received and did an excellent job of covering the wide range of human factors and human sciences work being conducted within the defence sector. 

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

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 three 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 fo 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, Mr Chris Parnell at or

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

Strategic Edge Through People 2040 - Symposium 2016

SETP20Image.jpgDstl, 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 (Peopl)), 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 emotion 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

Dstl Information Links

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Please note that no further information is available via the DHCSTC

Human Factors Integration Symposium


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​

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The Canad​ian 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 -

*UPDATE* This call for papers is now closed.​

SETP - Neuroscience


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.​

​JSP 822

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

HFI Booklet.pngThe 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

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

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

HFI 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.

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

The Ministry of Defence's (MOD) Human Capability research programme was represented at the recent BPS Conference "The Psychological Wellbeing of the Military in Transition" by Vicki Kallmeier-Hatch, Paula Glover, Prof Nicola Fear, Dr Emma Parry and Dr Sally Wilson (DHCSTC). Liz Edgar - Dstl's Personnel Capability Advisor also attended.

Four Presentations were delivered highlighting the relevance of recent DHCSTC research (in the Personnel and Health and Well-Being arenas) to the UK's Armed Forces and how it is being exploited for the benefit of the UK's military personnel.
  • Paula Glover briefed the audience on research that QinetiQ Ltd and Edinburgh Napier University are conducting, exploring support provided to geographically dispersed Service families.
  • Prof Nicola Fear, from King's Centre for Military Health Research, presented research investigated support provided to the families of Wounded, Injured or Sick Service Personnel as part of a keynote session exploring more broadly what it is like to be part of a military family.
  • Dr Sally Wilson delivered a very topical presentation on psychological resilience, specifically a review of evidence relating to preparing, sustaining and enhancing psychological well-being (work undertaken by the Institute of Employment Studies in partnerhip with QinetiQ Ltd).
  • Finally, Dr Emma Parry shared the findings of some research undertaken by Cranfield University and the Institute of Employment Studies examining Medical Reserves from the perspective of the Reservist and the employer (in this case the NHS).

The conference proved to be a useful event for researchers and professionals to share findings and lessons relating to issues relevant to military personnel. It was also a useful networking opportunity.

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.