ANNETTE: Course on Human-Technology-Organisation/Human Factors for Nuclear Safety including Virtual Reality Resources as part of Safety Culture (6 ECTS)


This course is offered as part of the ANNETTE project, Advanced Networking for Nuclear Education, Training and Transfer of Expertise. It is funded by the EURATOM Research and Training programme, 4 years under grant agreement N° 661910, and coordinated by the European Nuclear Education Network Association (ENEN).

The purpose of the course is to provide participants with a capability to account for the importance of human factors in modern technical system design and operations as well as raising awareness of risks associated with the negligence of critical human-technology-organisation (MTO) interfaces.

The main part of the course focuses on basic and fundamental MTO knowledge, including issues, theories, principles and practices related to MTO, interaction and Human Factor (HF) aspects in nuclear engineering systems and environments. It describes prevention of accidents, safe operations, design and use of barriers, user centred design and systems development. In addition, participants will learn about the use of virtual reality tools in HF design work focused on human potentials and limitations.

The course will be given in Halden, Norway. Course language is English.


The typical participants are working professionals within the nuclear field at nuclear power plants as well as within engineering companies and authorities.



  • Application of tools, methods and techniques to improve safety and productivity in work systems
  • Ability to analyse the complexities of interaction between technology, humans and organisational processes
  • Ability to integrate complex human and organisational aspects in the design and operation of engineering systems


  • The Man-Technology-Organization (MTO) perspective, including how this is different from alternative perspectives and approaches
  • The different technological perspectives on unwanted events, including central constructs like barriers, human error, and how organisational factors affect human performance
  • The fundamentals of different methods for analysing events
  • The user centred design, verification & validation, and human performance
  • The most important human factors tools and how to use these in industry


The course consists of the following parts:

  • Design of HMI in nuclear power plants, demonstration
  • Man-Technology-Organisation perspective
  • The user centred design process, supporting human factors needs
  • Safety and human performance (organisational factors in design)
  • Operating models and capabilities (organisational factors in design)
  • Interaction design: designing high performance, safety-oriented displays
  • Control room design and ergonomics
  • Verification and validation process and tools


In order to benefit from this course, the participants should have at least 3 years of experience from working within the nuclear field. University studies are recommended.


Uppsala University in Sweden offers this course in collaboration with the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) in Norway.

The teaching will take place at the IFE premises in Halden, Norway, where participants will have access to HAMMLAB, which is a state-of-the-art, international centre for research into process control, human system interaction, and human performance in complex systems.


All teaching will be conducted on site in Halden, Norway. A combination of theoretical and practical methods and techniques will be included in the course as well as utilizing Virtual reality (VR) in control room design. Course literature will consist of study books and other reference materials, such as ISO and NUREG standards.


In order to complete the course and receive 6 ECTS credits, participants are obliged to actively attend all scheduled sessions and to fulfil each assignment given during the course.


The total study time for the course is five weeks, full time. The course begins with two weeks of individual studies with reading assignments. Then there is a week of campus-based lectures and training in Halden, Norway, followed by two weeks of individual studies, including a written assignment. The participants will also prepare and conduct a 30-minute presentation of the written assignment. This will be conducted via web based media (Skype or similar).

November 5, 2018: Course begins

Nov 5-16: Individual studies

Nov 19-23: Campus-based lectures and training in Halden, Norway

Nov 26-Dec 5: individual studies, written assignment

Dec 5: Deadline for written assignment

Dec 12-21: Individual presentations (via Skype or similar)

Dec 21, 2018: Course ends


The course is offered as part of the ANNETTE-project and there is no course fee for the participant. However, participants will need to pay for travel and accommodation as well as meals for the five campus days in Halden, Norway. The participant will need to have his or her employer’s approval to attend the course.


In order to apply for this course, please use the application form on the ENEN website here:

Please enter Human-Technology-Organisation/Human Factors for Nuclear Safety as the course name and Uppsala University as the course provider.

Last day for application is October 12, 2018.


For questions and further information, please contact:

Lena Sundberg
Project Manager
Division for Contract Education, Uppsala University
Telephone: +46 (0)18-471 75 87
Cellular: +46 (0)70-425 09 67


Michael Österlund,
Senior lecturer at
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Applied Nuclear Physics, Uppsala University
Telephone: +46 (0)18-471 58 40
Cellular: +46 (0)70-167 90 04

Last modified: 2022-01-18