ISO has launched the 2012 edition of its contest for young standardizers in developing countries. Sponsored by DIN, the German Institute for Standardization, the contest aims to challenge and give an opportunity to young standards professionals in developing countries and economies in transition.

To win, participants must write an essay in English answering the question “How do ISO International Standards help industry in your country to respond to local and global market demands?” Young standardizers are encouraged to present their personal views based on their country’s experience. The deadline for submissions is 29 June 2012.

The winner will be invited to Berlin, Germany, for one week, all expenses paid, where he or she will be trained and exposed to a wide range of standards-related management activities carried out by DIN, a highly successful national standards body. The winner will also have the opportunity to visit the ISO Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland.

“The contest intends to raise awareness about the importance of standards in promoting safe and sustainable economic development”, says ISO Secretary-General Rob Steele. “It is a great opportunity for any young professional in a developing country to learn from the best about standards.”

The contest is open to young standardizers below the age of 35 working in a national standards body, member of ISO in a developing country. Delegates and experts involved in ISO technical work may also participate in the contest authorized by the ISO member in the country.

The contest is one of the many capacity-building initiatives organized within the framework of the ISO Action Plan for developing countries (2011-2015).