Welcome, International Attendees!

International flags

We would like to extend a warm welcome to the Applied Ergonomics Conference (AEC) 2020 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 AEC 2020.

AEC 2020 Official Language: English

Learn more about the 2020 Applied Ergonomics Conference by downloading a flyer in the following languages:

Useful information for travel to the United States

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 2020, you need to apply early. For more information about visas, please click here.

Louisville: Get a Different Taste

As anyone who comes to Louisville soon discovers, Louisville is one of the most uniquely authentic destinations on the planet. Welcome to Bourbon City!

Yes, Bourbon is a spirit that comes in a glass, but it’s also a spirit that defines our culture and compassion, our arts and parks, our creative energy. It’s this same spirit that continued and created Louisville itself - a city that combines heritage with innovation, authenticity with originality, quirkiness with friendliness in a way that’s completely unique to our region.

We’re an entirely different type of Southern. From boundary pushing twists on Southern cuisine that have made us one of the “10 Best New Food Cities” in America to our one and only Urban Bourbon Experience™, featuring the world’s only, city-wide trail filled with award-winning micro-distilleries, exhibits and craft cocktail destinations. Then discover one-of-a-kind attractions like the legendary Churchill Downs, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, and the Muhammad Ali Center. And that’s just your first day here.

Click here for more information on Louisville.

Louisville Weather: The average temperature in the Louisville area in March is 58 °F (14 °C), and an average low of 38 °F (3 °C). 

Time zone: Louisville lies in the Eastern Time Zone. Daylight Saving Time starts on March 8, 2020, and ends on Nov. 1, 2020. The time zone during this period is known as Central Daylight Time (CDT) 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 adapter 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 from 7:15 a.m. to 7:45 a.m., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. 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 they might have.

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

The global outreach of AEC

  Rodrigo Marçal Pereira and Arquimedes Augusto Penha

AEC International Outreach Committee member Rodrigo Marçal Pereira and AEC International Alliance Partner Arquimedes Augusto Penha at the recent tech conference sponsored by the Instituto Federal do Espirito Santo (Federal Institute of Espirito Santo) in Brazil

The main goal of the International Outreach Committee is to provide assistance and enhance the experience of the international participants.

Left: Pereira, professor at IFES (Federal Institute of Espirito Santo) and vice president of ABRAFIT - Brazilian Occupational Physical Therapy Association

Right: Penha, president of ABRAFIT - Brazilian Occupational Physical Therapy Association

International Outreach Committee members

  • Marise Carroll – Ergonomics Consultant, Chair
  • Lucy Hart – Global Furniture Group, Vice Chair
  • Giles Balbinotti, Unisociesc & Anima
  • Ines Fernandes, Ogimi Health
  • Katharine Metters, Posturite
  • Isabel Nunes, UNINOVA
  • Rodrigo Marçal Pereira, ABRAFIT
  • Paul Schwab, Texas Instruments

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.