World Standards Day is celebrated annually around the world to increase awareness of the role that standards play in the global economy. The World Standards Day Paper Competition is co- sponsored by SES - The Society for Standards Professionals and the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day Planning Committee in an effort to celebrate the global importance of standards and to honor selected individuals in the U.S. standards community. The 2015 paper competition winners will be announced and given their awards at the U.S Celebration of World Standards Day, which will be held this year on October 1, 2015, at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C. [see related article]
The purpose of the World Standards Day Paper Competition is to focus on standards and their use. Authors may choose to address the 2015 World Standards Day theme, "Standards - The World's Common Language."; however, there is no obligation to do so. Authors may choose to address topics that are either domestic (U.S.) or international in scope. The paper competition is open to any individual in the private sector, government, or academia, including employees of standards developing organizations. Entrants must be employed by a U.S.-based organization and be working in the U.S. Co-authorship is permitted.
Three cash prizes are awarded by SES and the World Standards Day Planning Committee for the best papers submitted. The first place winner receives $2,500 and a plaque. Second and third place winners receive $1,000 and $500, respectively, along with a certificate. In addition, the winning papers will be published in the SES journal, Standards Engineering.
All paper contest submissions must be received with an official entry form by midnight July 24, 2015, by the SES Executive Director, email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the complete rules, tips for writing papers, and to download the World Standards Day Paper Competition entry form, visit the SES website at www.ses-standards.org.
SES - The Society for Standards Professionals was founded in 1947 as the Standards Engineering Society, a not-for-profit professional membership society dedicated to furthering the knowledge and use of standards and standardization. SES is unique in that it is the only organization in North America committed exclusively to this effort. SES provides a neutral networking forum where standards users and developers can come together to address mutual issues, opportunities, and interests in ways that work to the benefit of everyone involved with, or affected by, standards. The Society's worldwide membership includes standards developers, users, managers, and information specialists from industry, government, standards developing organizations, trade associations, and academia. SES is the member body for the United States and Canada in the International Federation of Standards Users (IFAN) and accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
About World Standards Day
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. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) will serve as the event's 2015 administrating organization. The event is co-chaired each year by the ANSI and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). For more information, please visit www.wsd-us.org.