Welcome International Attendees

We would like to extend a warm welcome to the Applied Ergonomics Conference (AEC) 2019 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 2019 Applied Ergonomics Conference. 

AEC 2019 Official Language: English

Meet & Greet – International Attendees:
Please stop by the “International Table” on Tuesday, March 26 at noon in the Exhibit Hall (we will have a group photo shoot at 12:30 p.m.). This will be an opportunity to meet other international attendees and network with members of the International Outreach Committee. 

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 2019, you need to apply early. For more information about visas, please click here: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en.html 

New Orleans:  A timeless city with a unique way of life, New Orleans is a journey and a celebration. Steeped in European traditions and Caribbean influences, the Big Easy calls curious minds to sweet sounds and savory aromas fueled by 300 years of history. From the moment you arrive, New Orleans will beckon your ears, allure your eyes and enchant your heart. Indulge your senses and explore. We invite you to follow the scent of gumbo floating out the kitchen window, foster a path that leads to the sounds of drums and a Blues guitar, create the route that welcomes you to a historic mansion or a hidden courtyard. We believe that our lagniappe – a little something extra – will stay with you, calling you back to discover the mystery behind our magical city. New Orleans is and will always be a picturesque metropolitan, a culturally rich haven and an authentic experience.

Learn more about the Big Easy by clicking here

Time zone: New Orleans lies in the Eastern Time Zone.  Daylight Saving Time starts on March 10, 2019 and it ends on November 3, 2019. 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 

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.
  • 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 26 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)
  • Lucy Hart (Vice-Chair)
  • Giles Balbinotti
  • Nicolas De Cuadro
  • Ines Fernandes
  • Patricia Hope
  • Katharine Metters
  • Isabel Nunes
  • Mirtha Perazza
  • Rodrigo Marçal Pereira
  • Yordán Rodriguez Ruiz
  • Paul Schwab
  • Tim Severino

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. 

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