The paper summarises the activities of the IFAC Committee on Social Effects of Automation during the period 1974–1977. A workshop was held about ‘Productivity and Man’ at Bad Boll (F.R.G.) in January 1974. A number of Newsletters were published. Factory visits were made to a Steel Rolling Mill, an Automobile Plant, an Electro-Mechanical and an Electronic Assembly plant. Contributions were made to the IFAC Congress at Boston (August 1975), and will be offered to the Congress at Helsinki (June 1978). Preparations are being made for a Workshop on Case Studies in Automation, related to Humanization of Work, to be held at Enschede Netherlands in November 1977.