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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 standardizers in developing countries

Under 35 and passionate about standards?

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

This award helps to encourage young professionals in developing countries working for national standards bodies 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, Switzerland, to get invaluable exposure to the development and management of international standards.

Entries are now being accepted. This year's theme focuses on the role of international standards in improving quality of life in urban areas.

For further details and how to apply, see the ISO/DIN essay contest brochure (pdf).

See what else ISO does for developing countries.

2016 ISO/DIN essay contest

International Standards and the urban environment

Past winners

The ISO Excellence Award

Do you want to recognize the achievements of individuals that have made a major contribution to standardization and related activities?

The ISO Excellence Award has been created to reward the achievements of ISO’s technical experts.  

The ISO Excellence Award recognizes the contribution of individuals for recent achievements related to ISO’s technical work that can be considered as a major contribution to furthering the interests of standardization and related activities. Any individual nominated in the capacity of expert, project leader or convenor in a committee working group is eligible for the award.

There is no limit on the number of awards per year, or per committee. However, all awards must be conferred for a significant contribution to a project that has been completed (published) within the last year. Details of eligibility, the selection criteria and process can be found on the nomination form. Nominating persons are invited to fill out the form and return it to their TC Secretariat, who will validate it and send it to the Technical Programme Manager (TPM) at ISO/CS. There is no specific deadline. Requests for awards will be processed throughout the year, as they are received. For any questions, please contact the TMB secretariat, tmb@iso.org

Nominations for the ISO Excellence Award

Do you know someone that deserves to be recognized?

Download the nomination form with details of eligibility and selection criteria.

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 for 2016 are now open and should be sent to rossi@iso.org by 31st March 2016. 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 2015 Lawrence D Eicher Award was ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 27 IT Security Techniques.  Read more about their winning formula.

Cover of The Lawrence D. Eicher Leadership Award brochure

The Lawrence D. Eicher Leadership Award

Learn more about the award and nominations process

2015 winner

2015 LDE award winners ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 27 IT Security Techniques. From left: ISO ISO President Zhang Xiaogang; ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 27 Chair Walter Fumy; and Secretary Krystyna Passia.