Welcome International Attendees

We would like to extend a warm welcome to the Applied Ergonomics Conference (AEC) 2017 attendees who are joining us from abroad! Here you can also find useful information for travel to the United States and tips to get the most out of the 2017 Applied Ergonomics Conference. 

AEC 2017 Official Language: English

Learn more about AEC 2017 by downloading a flyer in the following languages:

Useful information for travel to the United States

International flags 

Passport: Every visitor entering the USA from abroad needs a passport. Foreign passports must be valid for at least six months longer than your intended stay in the USA unless your country of origin is exempt from that requirement.

Visa: If you require a visa to enter the United States to attend the AEC 2017, you need to apply early. For more information about visas, please click here: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en.html 

Orlando: The conference is a great opportunity to visit Orlando. Famous for tourist attractions such as Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and Sea World, Orlando received 66 millions of visitors in 2015. The City of Orlando is nicknamed "The City Beautiful". For more information about Orlando, please visit this website: http://www.visitorlando.com 

Orlando Weather: One of Orlando's biggest draws is the year-round sunny, mild weather. The average temperature in the Orlando area in March is 65 °F (18 °C), with an average high of 78 °F (26 °C) and an average low of 56 °F (13 °C).

Time zone: Most of Florida, including Orlando lies in the Eastern Time Zone. Daylight Saving Time starts on March 12th, 2017 and it ends on November 5th, 2017. The time zone during this period is known as Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Currency: The official currency of the United States is the US dollar. 1 dollar is divided into 100 cents. There are four coins: 1 cent (penny), 5 cents (nickel), 10 cents (dime), 25 cents (quarter). Dollar bills can be distinguished by their different values: 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 dollars.

Telephones: All US phone numbers are composed of 10 digits (three-digit area code, followed by a seven-digit local number). To call US from abroad, you need to dial the international code 00 + US country code 1 (or +1) + phone number. To call abroad from US, dial 011, followed by the country code, the city code (if applicable), and the phone number.

Electricity: Electric power is standardized in all states across the United States. It is set at 110 volts and 60 cycles. If you bring any electrical appliance to the United States, you may need an adaptor to fit the electrical outlet.

Tipping: Tipping in the United States is customary. Adding 15-20% to the amount is regular practice in taxis, restaurants, and bars.

Additional travel information can be found here: http://www.iise.org/Ergo/Conference/details.aspx?id=6964 

Onsite activities information

  • Check-in at the Registration Desk: ribbons with country names will be available for international attendees during check-in. Select your country ribbon and add it to your badge. Please make sure you receive it prior to leaving the registration desk. 
  • World Map: Please stop by the world map by the registration desk and place a sticker on the country you are originally from. 
  • Message Board: A message board will be posted close to the World Map. All attendees are welcomed to post messages. It is a great way to communicate with other attendees from your country.
  • Meet-n Greets – International Attendees: Please stop by the “International Table” on Monday, March 27 at 5:30 p.m. during the Welcome Reception or on Tuesday, March 28 at noon at lunchtime in the Exhibit Hall. This will be an opportunity to meet other international attendees and network with members of the International Outreach Committee. For additional information, please download the Meet-n-Greet flyer
  • First Time Attendee Orientation: If this is the first time you are attending the Applied Ergonomics Conference it is a great idea to be present during this event, scheduled Tuesday, March 28 from 7:15 to 7:45 a.m. This event assists conference attendees in navigating the conference program and activities to make the best of their time at the meeting. International Outreach Committee members will be available to assist the international attendees and answer questions.

Please visit this page often for updates regarding additional on-site activities.

International Outreach Committee members

  • Marise Carroll, USA (Chair)
  • Keith White, USA (Chair)
  • Miguel Acevedo, Chile
  • Giles Balbinotti, Brazil
  • Nicolas De Cuadro, Uruguay
  • Lucy Hart, Canada
  • Patricia Hope, Canada
  • Katharine Metters, UK
  • Isabel Nunes, Portugal
  • Rodrigo Marçal Pereira, Brazil
  • Paul Schwab, USA
  • Tim Severino, Australia

The main goal of the International Outreach Committee is to provide assistance and enhance the experience of the international participants. Please let us know how we can help you.


AEC is reaching global proportions


José Ronaldo Veronesi Jr. (third from the left) is promoting the 2017 Applied Ergonomics Conference (AEC) at the ABRAFIT Conference (Brazilian Occupational Physical Therapy Association Conference) - June 10-12 in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Veronesi was a presenter at AEC 2016 and is currently president of ABRAFIT, an AEC international alliance partner. 


Questions? If you have any questions, please contact the Applied Ergonomics Conference Manager Bill Gibbs.