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U.S. Celebration of
World Standards Day 2023


Thursday, October 12, 2023

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

You won't want to miss the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day (WSD) 2023! The annual event has been restructured and re-energized this year, offering attendees an evening of extensive networking opportunities, interaction, and lively conversation. 

In place of a formal dinner, attendees will enjoy a lengthened networking reception, featuring exhibitors from across the U.S. standardization community, and a variety of food and drink options throughout. 

Amid the festivities, a program highlighting the theme “A Shared Vision for a Better World" will honor the 2023 recipient of the Ronald Brown Standards Leadership Award—astronaut Michael López-Alegríaand the winner of the WSD Paper Competition. 

World Standards Day is hosted by the U.S. Celebration of WSD planning committeeco-chaired by ANSI and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)and ASTM International serves as the 2023 administrating organization. It is a widely attended event that is co-sponsored and attended by federal government agencies to recognize and honor the many contributions of the U.S. standards and conformity assessment community.

The event schedule is as follows:

4:45pm–5:30pm   Opening networking reception and exhibits
5:30pm–6:30pm   WSD program
6:30pm–8:00pm   Continued networking reception and exhibits

Sponsorship & Registration  Deadline: September 13

Exciting WSD sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels, detailed below.

Please note that all sponsorship and graphics must be submitted no later than September 22 in order to be included in event signage and the WSD program. 

Government attendees: $65 (please select government rate in the single attendee option on the registration page).

For questions, please contact Stephanie Carroll (

Infographic of information on U.S. World Standards Day Sponsorship 2023. Infographic of information on U.S. World Standards Day Sponsorship 2023.

2023 Theme: Shared Vision for a Better World 

In today’s global, interconnected world, collaboration furthers our shared goals. The standardization system has the greatest impact when all stakeholders work together—from the public and private sector; to national and international representatives; to consumers, industry, governments, academia, and non-governmental organizations. United, we can achieve more through standardization, developing solutions to the complex global challenges of sustainability, safety, security and climate change…and leaving a better, more resilient, and more equitable world for the next generation.

2023 WSD Paper Competition: Submissions Due by September 1

In celebration of standards and their growing impact on the global economy, SES - The Society for Standards Professionals and the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day Planning Committee co-sponsor the annual WSD paper competition for individuals in the U.S. standards community. Paper competition winners are selected by the SES Publications Committee and announced at the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day on October 12 in Washington, DC.

Authors may write about the 2023 World Standards Day theme, “Shared Vision for a Better World,” or another topic of their choosing related to standards and their use. Additionally, authors may choose to address topics that are domestic (U.S.) or international in scope. The competition is open to any individual in the private sector, government, or academia, including employees of standards developing organizations. Entrants must reside in the U.S. If employed, they must be employed by a U.S.-based organization at a U.S. location. Co-authorship is permitted. 

A cash prize of $1,500 and plaque will be awarded by SES and the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day Planning Committee for the best paper submitted. The winning paper will be published in the SES journal, Standardization: Journal of Research and Innovation. All paper contest submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. PT on September 1, 2023.

For the complete rules and tips for writing papers, and to submit a World Standards Day Paper Competition entry, visit the SES website at

U.S. WSD Planning Committee

World Standards Day was initially launched in 1970, and is now recognized and celebrated by nations around the globe. U.S. activities are organized annually by a planning committee consisting of representatives from the standards and conformity assessment community, and co-chaired by ANSI and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Participation in the U.S. World Standards Day Planning Committee is open to all. If your organization is interested in joining the WSD Committee and being part of the annual U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day, please reach out to Stephanie Carroll (; 212-642-4890). The WSD Committee meets monthly.

View the WSD Committee roster

Ronald Brown Standards Leadership Award

The Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award, named after the late U.S. Secretary of Commerce, recognizes demonstrated leadership in promoting the important role of standardization in eliminating global barriers to trade. This special award is presented during the U.S. World Standards Day celebration.

Staff Contact

Stephanie Carroll

Senior Manager, Meetings and Events