SAF€RA is a partnership between 19 research funding organizations from 10 European countries who collaborate on research programming and launch joint calls in the field of industrial safety. It prolongs the work developed in the SAF€RA ERA-NET, which was funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration.
The 3rd SAFERA call contains human factors related research questions e.g.
What is the relative effectiveness of the methods for developing
professional competencies and skills, in particular concerning their safety impact? What
relevant metrics can be proposed?
What key factors can improve the effectiveness of these methods for developing
professional knowledge and competencies?
Which new mechanisms and procedures for learning in industrial safety, including serious
games, simulator-based techniques, e-learning platforms, debriefings, storytelling and
“enriched learning from experience” can be proposed? What are the strengths and
weaknesses of different approaches in developing knowledge, skills and competencies?
Do managers appreciate the importance of debate within a work group or community of
practice for the development of knowledge and skills, and hence for safety? How can this
bottom-up “invisible work” be made more visible and better integrated with the top-down
dimensions of safety management?
Can new types of training, based on discussion concerning situated work activities, the
risks of specific tasks and the possible conflicts between safety procedures and work
situations, be proposed and tested?
Is there potential to learn more from success (and not only from failures) and to share this
learning within work groups and communities of practice?
The following types of research are expected:
- case studies which analyze existing practices and highlight their key features and obstacles to
their application elsewhere;
- development and evaluation of new approaches to develop professional skills and
- exploratory studies (appreciative inquiries).
For details please visit http://call.safera.eu/2016/).