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 next competition will be held in 2016.

See what else ISO does for developing countries.

2014 ISO/DIN essay contest winner

Ester Williams, Bureau of Standards, Jamaica

Read her winning entry here

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.

Nominations are now open for 2015 and should be sent to tmb@iso.org by 15 April 2015. Download the nomination form here and see the L. D. Eicher Award brochure for more details.

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:

The winner of the 2014 Lawrence D Eicher Award was ISO subcommittee (SC 2), Testing and analysis, of ISO technical committee ISO/TC 45, Rubber. Read more about their winning formula.

For details about last year's nominees see the 2014 nominees brochure.

"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

The Lawrence D. Eicher Leadership Award 2015

2014 winner

LDE Award winners 20142014 LDE award winners ISO SC2, Testing and analysis, of  ISO/TC 45. From left: ISO/TC 45/SC2 secretary -Sammy Aoki, ISO President Terry Hill and ISO Vice-President (technical management) Elisabeth Stampfl-Blaha.