STF2023 Registration and call for abstracts are now open!

Dear Colleagues,

Registration and call for abstracts are now open!

The International Conference on Slips, Trips, and Falls (STF) will be held in Toronto, Canada, on June 1-2, 2023. The conference will take place in a hybrid format (on-site and online attendance).

This conference aims to bring together experts from North America and around the world to share research excellence, industrial advances and policy innovations in slip/trip/fall-related injury prevention. This conference is expecting to draw delegates from a wide variety of safety-related sectors, including risk and safety managers, architects and designers, planners and facilities managers, ergonomists and forensics experts, footwear or flooring manufacturers, policymakers, standards committee members, other safety and healthcare professionals, researchers, and engineering.

We welcome you to submit abstracts for presentation at this conference. Abstracts will be accepted as “Individual (oral) presentations” OR as “Extended discussions/panel presentations”. The abstract template and further information are available on the conference website (

Important dates

  • Jan 15th 2023–Abstracts deadline
  • Mar 1st 2023–Notification of decision
  • May 15th 2023–Last day for change of registration or cancellation with a refund
  • May 31st–Registration Close

Early Bird Registration is available to the first 75 registrants only

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If you have questions, please get in touch with Sophia at or Alison at


The STF 2023 Organizing Committee

STF Sendai 2022 held successfully held in hybrid format

The 14th International Conference on Slips, Trips, and Falls Sendai 2022 (STF Sendai 2022) was held on July 22-23, 2022 in Sendai, Japan. The conference was hosted ty IEA Slips, Trips, and Falls (STF) Technical Committee and endorsed by the International Ergonomics Association (IEA).

Four keynote lectures were given by specialists in neuroscience, assistive technology, sports science, and robotics. 45 oral presentations from diverse filed related to slips, trips, and falls, with 11 counteries.

The hybrid conference (on-site and virtual) was successful. We asked all the presenters to submit pre-recorded presentation videos and use them for the presentation at the conference, which was effective for running the conference on time. Both on-site participants and virtual participants enjoyed the live Q&A sessions and provided positive feedback.

We received strong support from the School of Engineering of Tohoku University, the Japanese Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the Japanese Society for Fall Prevention, the Japanese National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (JNIOSH), and the Japanese Society of Biomechanism.

For more information: Report of STF Sendai 2022

STF Sendai 2022: abstract submission extension and plenary speaker announcement

Dear friends and colleagues,

Please feel free to share this information with your colleagues.

In-person/online hybrid format
While it is hoped that everyone will be able to come to the conference to enjoy the stimulating discussions and camaraderie, we are holding a hydrid event to overcome any potential travel difficulties associated with the Covid-19 pandemic

Extension of abstract submission deadline
As we have received requests to extend the abstract submission deadline, we are extending the abstract submission deadline to January 28, 2022.

Whether you plan to join us online or onsite, we look forward to receiving your abstracts by the new submission deadline.

Plenary speakers
We’re excited to announce the plenary speakers who will be presenting at STF 2022 in Sendai.

Rezaul Begg
Professor, Institute for Health and Sports, Victoria University, Australia
Title (tentative): Tripping biomechanics and application of assistive technologies for falls prevention

Kenichi Harano
Senior General Manager, Institute of Sport Science, ASICS Corporation, Japan
Title (tentative): High-performance design of sports gear based on tribology

Yasuhisa Hirata
Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University, Japan
Title (tentative): Adaptable AI-enabled robots to support human activities

Stephen Lord
Scientia Professor, NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow, Neuroscience Research Australia
Title (tentative): Voluntary and reactive step training for the prevention of falls in older people

For all questions on this conference, please contact conference secretariat at

On behalf of the STF2022 organizing committee,
Takeshi Yamaguchi

International Conference on Slips, Trips, and Falls 2022 -Call for Abstracts now open!

The call for Abstracts is now open!
The International Conference on Slips, Trips, and Falls (STF) will be held in Sendai, Japan, from July 22 to July 23, 2022. This conference is hosted by IEA STF TC and is endorsed by IEA.

You can now submit your abstracts  (250-500 words) outlining your contribution to the topical area via the conference website, which is regularly updated.

Important dates
Abstract submission opens: September 15, 2021
Abstract submission due: December 31, 2021

Topics of this conference may include:

  • Falls prevention
  • Architectural design
  • Analysing accidents and determining the causes of falls
  • Human/Behavioural Factors
  • Biomechanics
  • Postural control
  • Nursing home
  • Ageing
  • Fall from height/stairs
  • Ergonomics, rehabilitation and assistance products
  • Measurement principles and technology
  • Footwear and flooring
  • National and international safety standards
  • Other – You are not limited to the topics identified above

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For all questions on this conference, please contact conference secretariat at

IEA STF Technical Committee Webinar on Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls in the Workplace

Shaw (IEA STF technical committee lead for workplace falls prevention) will deliver a webinar entitled ‘Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls in the Workplace’ on the 16th of September 2021. The webinar will cover:
• The importance of good evidence
• The slip resistance of flooring
• Contamination and cleaning
• The role of footwear
• Preventing trips
• Preventing stair falls
This webinar will be of interest to anyone involved in preventing falls but will have particular relevance to health and safety managers, facilities management teams, estates teams and building designers.

Rob Shaw
Rob Shaw is a falls prevention expert with more than 17 years’ experience providing scientific expertise to the UK regulator, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), as well as commercial consultancy and training in the UK and overseas. Rob was the Technical Team Lead for the Falls Prevention Team at HSE. As a key member of HSE’s falls prevention forensic investigation team, he undertook and oversaw a wide range of incident investigations relating to pedestrian slip assessment and stair fall assessment in many different industries. Rob has served as the key investigator and project leader on a diverse range of major HSE research projects into various aspects of fall prevention and has helped a wide range of commercial clients successfully reduce falls.
Rob has over 15 years’ experience in developing and delivering bespoke training, which has resulted in invitations to speak internationally on falls prevention. In 2018, Rob established Rob Shaw (TFG) Associates Ltd. Though slips, trips and falls are commonly seen as unavoidable in many industries, it is Rob’s experience that, with the correct scientific evidence, simple interventions can have a significant impact on risk, improve safety for the workforce and members of the public, and reduce business costs significantly.