The Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (formerly The Ergonomics Society) is the UK-based professional society for ergonomists, human factors specialist and those involved in user-centred design.
The society was officially created on 17 September 1949 at a meeting of a number of scientists at the Admiralty in London. Among the founder members were Frederic Bartlett, Donald Broadbent, W. E. Hick, Alan Welford, and J. S. Weiner.
In 1957 it started to publish the periodical journal "Ergonomics". In partnership with Taylor and Francis Ltd, the society now publishes the following journals: Ergonomics, Applied Ergonomics, Behaviour and Information Technology, Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science, Work and Stress, Injury Control and Safety Promotion, Journal of Sports Sciences, Ergonomics in Design.
In November 2009 there were a total of 1463 members in the society.