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Paper Competition Announced for U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day 2023


Winning Prize is $1,500; Submissions are due by September 1, 2023

In celebration of standards and their significant impact on our interconnected world, SES – The Society for Standards Professionals and the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day Planning Committee are announcing a paper competition for individuals in the U.S. standards community. The winner will be awarded at the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day, to be held on October 12, 2023, 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

ASTM International is the 2023 administrating organization of the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day.

More About the 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 future generations.

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 U.S. event is co-chaired by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). For more information, please visit

About SES
SES – The Society for Standards Professionals is a global organization dedicated to supporting the standards and conformity assessment professional community. SES creates a place and space for all professionals involved in standards and conformity assessment to come together to address mutual issues, opportunities, and interests in ways that work to the benefit of everyone involved with, or affected by, standards. SES is the member body for the United States and Canada in the International Federation of Standards Users (IFAN).


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