ISO Awards

ISO has a number of awards that help promote different aspects of international standardization.

In addition, from time to time ISO offers awards to selected sectors to recognise excellence and expertise in the world of standardization. Some past awards include:

ISO/DIN essay contest for young professionals in developing countries

Under 35 and passionate about standards?

Enter the ISO/DIN competition essay contest for young professionals in developing countries.

This award helps to encourage young professionals in developing countries to engage in international standardization and to raise awareness of the importance of standards in promoting safe and sustainable economic development.

Sponsored by ISO member, DIN, the German Institute for Standardization and held every two years, the award offers the opportunity to spend time at both DIN in Berlin, Germany and the ISO Central Secretariat offices in Geneva, Switzeralnd, to get invaluable exposure to the development and management of international standards.

This 2014 award is now closed. The winner will be announced at the 37th ISO General Assembly in September 2014. Details about the 2015 contest will be available early in the year.

See what else ISO does for developing countries

2014 ISO/DIN essay contest

Sustainable energy future - How can standards help meet the challenge?

Past winners

Lawrence D. Eicher Award

Do you know a committee that has great leadership, uses innovative approaches and promotes the involvement of developing countries?

Nominate it for the Lawrence D. Eicher Award.

The award recognizes excellence in technical work and is open to all ISO (and joint ISO/IEC) technical committees and subcommittees.

It was introduced in honour of Lawrence D. Eicher, ISO Secretary General  from 1986 to 2002, who sadly passed away while still in office.

Winners of the award enjoy increased recognition for their work, both within and outside the ISO community. For example:

For more information about the award, including how to apply, please download the award brochure.

Nominations for the 2014 LD Eicher Award are now closed. Read about this year's nominees in this brochure.

The winner will be announced at the ISO General Assembly in Rio de Janeiro in September 2014.

"Your nomination will help recognize and disseminate excellent practices in standardization. It will also draw attention to the well-deserved merit of colleagues. I cannot encourage the ISO community enough to get involved."
Rob Steele, ISO Secretary General

LDE Award 2014 nominees

The Lawrence D. Eicher Leadership Award 2014


Past winners

From left: Chair ISO/TC 68 Karla McKenna, ISO President Terry Hill, ISO/TC 68 Secretary Cindy Fuller.2013 LDE award winners ISO/TC 68. From left: ISO Vice-President (technical management) Elisabeth Stampfl-Blaha, ISO/TC 68 Secretary Cindy Fuller, Chair ISO/TC 68 Karla McKenna, ISO President Terry Hill.