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ISO Announces Contest and Award for Young Standardizers

Deadline for essay submission is May 3, 2004

New York, Mar 01, 2004

The Helmut Reihlen Award is a bi-annual contest held within the framework of the ISO Program for Developing Countries, and aims to encourage young professionals to embark on a successful career in standardization, and to raise awareness of the importance of standards in promoting safe and sustainable economic development.

Presented by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the Deutsches Institut für Normung (DIN), the theme for the 2004 award is “International Standards to Access World Markets.” According to Alan Bryden, ISO Secretary General, “Today, International Standards are no longer a purely technical concern for engineers, but increasingly recognized as having important economic and social repercussions. This is particularly true with regard to trade and the globalization of markets, supported by the WTO Agreements. For businesses, in both developed and developing countries, the widespread adoption of International Standards means that suppliers can base their products and services on specifications that have wide acceptance in their sectors. This, in turn, means that businesses using International Standards are increasingly free to compete on many more markets around the world.”

The contest is open to permanent employees of ISO member bodies and correspondent members, eligible for assistance under the ISO Program for Developing Countries, including developing countries and economies in transition that have requested to benefit from the Program. Candidates must be 35 years old or under; the application deadline is May 3, 2004.

To participate in the contest, applicants must write an essay (in English) on the theme that does not exceed 3000 words or 10 typescript pages, including illustrations, tables and charts. For specific instructions, view the ISO announcement.

The award includes a plaque, the publication of the winning essay in ISO Focus, a cash prize and a trip to Geneva, Switzerland, to receive the Award at the 27th General Assembly, in September 2004.

Named after Professor Dr. Helmut Reihlen, the award was created in recognition of his significant contribution to the ISO Program for Developing Countries. Dr. Reihlen served as director of DIN from 1977 to 1999.

Download the Contest Entry Form here.

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