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7-9 November, 2018

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Coogee Beach

Sydney, Australia

PACDEFF is the largest CRM, NTS and Aviation Human Factors Conference of its type in the world, with around 350 attendees expected in 2018. The forum is intended as a non-profit, non-partisan opportunity for Human Factors practitioners to meet and discuss contemporary issues in the Human Factors field, with an emphasis on airline training. This year’s event will be combined with the biennial symposium of the Australian Aviation Psychology Association (AAvPA) and will feature a number of high profile speakers from around the world.

The Call For Speakers is Now Open and will close on 1 May 2018


PACDEFF 2018 will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Coogee Beach, Sydney, Australia. It will be fully integrated and combined with the Australian Aviation Psychology Association biennial Symposium.

The conference will comprise of two days of presentations on CRM, NTS and Aviation Human Factors, including several keynote addresses,  while day 3 will comprise of 4-6 half day workshops on contemporary and relevant topics.

Please note that the call for speakers is now open. Please email us with an overview of your presentation, or submit a full abstract if you would like to present in an AAvPA-focused session. Accepted speakers will be notified by the end of May.

The overall conference theme is ”Maximising Human Performance for Future Systems’, however PACDEFF will continue to accept speakers on more general Human Factors topics.

Registrations for PACDEFF 2018 will open on the 1st of June.

Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce a world class line up of keynote speakers for 2018.

Professor Nancy Levesen (MIT, USA)

Nancy Leveson is a superstar in the world of system safety. She is Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics atMIT, a Professor of Engineering Systems at MIT, and an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Professor Leveson conducts research on the topics of system safety, software safety, software and system engineering, and human-computer interaction. In 1999, she received the ACM Allen Newell Award for outstanding computer science research and in 1995 the AIAA Information Systems Award for “developing the field of software safety and for promoting responsible software and system engineering practices where life and property are at stake.” In 2005 she received the ACM Sigsoft Outstanding Research Award. She has published more than 200 research papers and is author of  two books, “Safeware: System Safety and Computers,” published by Addison-Wesley (1995), and Engineering a Safer World, published by MIT Press (2012). She consults extensively for industries on ways to prevent accidents.






Dr Sarah Fletcher (Cranfield University, UK)

Sarah Fletcher is Head of Cranfield University’s Industrial Psychology and Human Factors research group, where she manages projects that improve the user-centred design, performance and safety of human-centred processes and work environments in modern manufacturing. Sarah has conducted a wide spectrum of human factors research projects relevant to automation and is currently working to enhance the design and implementation of collaborative industrial human-robot systems. Sarah joined Cranfield in 2000 to complete a PhD in the School of Industrial and Manufacturing Science investigating the impact of human variability in highly automated manufacturing systems (funded by Ford Motor Company and the EPSRC). After graduating in 2004 she joined the Department of Human Factors (now Integrated Systems) where she has conducted various research projects in a wide range of contexts, particularly concerning human performance and system design.





Professor Mark Griffin (University of WA)

Mark Griffin is the Director of the Centre for Safety and well as the Co-Director of ALL@UWA. He has extensive experience working in organisational psychology throughout Australia, Europe and the USA, investigating areas such as safety, well-being, organisational health, culture and leadership. Mark also has extensive knowledge in statistics and research methods. He currently holds a prestigious Australian Research Council Future Fellowship for his leading-edge research in safety leadership.

Mark is an associate editor for the Journal of Management, associate editor for the Organizational Psychology Review, program chair for the Academy of Management Research Methods Division, and an Honorary Professor at the University of Sheffield






Alison McDonald (EBT Foundation Director and ex Senior Manager, Human Factors, Etihad Airways)

Allison started her career in organisational psychology, and has specialized in human factors for 17 years, in safety critical industries such as mining, rail and aviation.  She has qualifications in psychology, safety management and human factors, and continues her academic affiliation as Adjunct Associate Professor in Organisational Psychology with the University of Queensland.   Allison has extensive experience in the integration of human factors in safety management systems and training, and in applying human factors methods for user-centered design in safety critical systems.  In the rail industry, Allison developed and implemented the first rail adaptation of LOSA (Line Operations Safety Audit), and introduced non-technical skills training for safety critical roles. Allison held a leadership role with Qantas Airways in Australia, focusing on human factors, operational risk management, safety culture and fatigue risk management.  Most recently, Allison has held the role of Senior Manager Human Factors at Etihad Airways in Abu Dhabi, where she played a pivotal role in the implementation of Evidence-based Training.













 Conference Networking Opportunities

To facilitate opportunities for networking and the exchange of ideas outside the conference proper, several informal social events are planned. Details will be provided a little closer to the time.


PACDEFF is one of the least expensive conferences of its type in the world. This is only possible because of the generous support of our sponsors. PACDEFF would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support for the 2017 conference and we would welcome any interested sponsors for the 2018 event.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)

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Australian Aviation Psychology Association (AAVPA)


Australian Federation of Airline Pilots (AFAP)


The Honourable Company of Air Pilots (HCAP)