Inauguration speaker

State Secretary Bettina Kashefi

Bettina Kashefi is State Secretary to the Minister for Employment in the Swedish Government. Her areas of responsibility are the working life and the labour market.

She held durig the previous term of office the same position at the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs.

Keynote speakers (in order of appearance)

Robert Dubois, Plant Manager, Truck and Bus production, Scania AB, Södertälje, Sweden (Replacing Leif Östling)

Robert Dubois is MEng from KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Since 1991 he held numerous positions within the company's production organization. In 2005 he was appointed head of the Industrial organization in France and since 2009 Robert Dubois heads the Truck and bus production in Södertälje, Sweden.

Keynote titel: Scania - success based on healthy and dedicated employees

Scania’s success is based on healthy, highly capable and dedicated employees that undergo professional development and have a sense of well-being – both in their work and in their private life. Robert Dubois will present Scania’s philosophy and approach in integrating health issues in a long-term, systematic way for the benefit of the company as a whole.  


Professor Susanne Bødker, Aarhus University, Denmark
Susanne Bødker is professor of Human-Computer Interaction at the Department of Computer Science, Aarhus University. She has recently been involved with two projects addressing the role of IT at the boundaries between citizens and municipal offices.

Keynote titel: Citizen participation with and through public web services

The talk will discuss the engagement and participation of citizens with public web services, in the realm of Web 2.0 thinking. The talk will focus on concepts, methods and design proposals from three cases from a research project on municipal eGovernment.


Professor Pascale Carayon, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
Pascale Carayon is Procter & Gamble Bascom Professor in Total Quality in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the Director of the Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement (CQPI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She leads the Systems Engineering Initiative for Patient Safety (SEIPS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research examines systems engineering, human factors and ergonomics, sociotechnical engineering and occupational health and safety.

Keynote titel: Human factors in the delivery and sustainability of health services

Read about professor Carayon's presentation here.


Professor Louise Nygård, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
Louise Nygård, PhD, Professor of Occupational Therapy, is the leader of a research group at the Division of Occupational Therapy at Karolinska Institutet with focus on the conditions for people with mild cognitive impairment or dementia to participate in the technological society of today.

Keynote titel:Technology, ageing and wellbeing

Read about professor Nygårds's presentation here.


Mr Ronnie Gardiner, RGRM International, Stockholm, Sweden
Ronnie Gardiner is a musician and the creator and founder of the Ronnie Gardiner Rythm Music (RGRM) method.

Keynote titel: How you, with the help of rhythm, improve moving patterns, stimulate cognition, emotion and motor skills.

The presentation will present and demonstrate the Ronnie Gardiner Rythm Music (RGRM) method. This method is designed to enhance body awareness by lateral movement, stimulate balance, memory, coordination, concentration and improved motor and social skills.


Professor Svend Erik Mathiassen, University of Gävle, Sweden
Svend Erik Mathiassen is professor and research director at the Centre for Musculoskeletal Research (CBF), University of Gävle, Sweden. CBF is the largest scientific environment in the field of musculoskeletal disorders in Sweden. Svend Erik Mathiassen was also the secretary of the scientific advisory committee for the work environment policy, commissioned by the Swedish government 2008-2011. Mathiassen’s own research addresses variation in physical exposures at work. How should variation be measured? What variation is needed for a healthy working life and how do we achieve it?

Keynote titel: Ergonomics ahead – research, practice, policy

Read about professor Mathiassen's presentation here.


Arranged by Ergonomics & Human Factors Society Sweden (EHSS) and Royal Institute of Technology (KTH).