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One Month Left to Enter 2011 World Standards Day Competition

Papers due Aug. 12, 2011

Published: Monday, July 18, 2011 - 14:38

(ANSI: New York) -- The U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day (WSD) Planning Committee would like to remind interested stakeholders to enter the 2011 WSD Paper Competition. Entries for the competition, sponsored by the Standards Engineering Society (SES), are due on Aug. 12, 2011.

The theme for this year’s paper competition is “Advancing Safety and Sustainability Standards Worldwide.” Issues of safety and sustainability are important causes for stakeholders around the world, from alternative energies and environmental protection to the safety of products, services, homes, and workplaces. As governments, organizations, and individuals strive to address these transnational challenges, globally relevant standards provide the technological and scientific foundations that drive health, safety, and environmental innovation.

This year, the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day—”Advancing Safety and Sustainability Standards Worldwide”—will recognize the crucial role of standards, codes, and conformity assessment in ensuring the health and safety of people and the environment, today and for future generations. Standardization speeds innovation, facilitates harmonized trade, and boosts consumer and government confidence in products, services, systems, and processes. But above all, standardization provides an adaptive framework for developing the most effective solutions to critical global challenges.

Paper competition winners will be announced and given their awards during a banquet at the celebration, which will be held on Oct. 13, 2011, at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, DC. Cash prizes will be awarded for up to three papers selected by a panel of judges. The first-place winner will receive a plaque and $2,500. Second- and third-place winners will receive $1,000 and $500, respectively, along with a certificate. In addition, the winning papers will be published in SES’s journal, Standards Engineering.

All paper contest submissions must be received with an official entry form by midnight, Aug. 12, 2011, by Leona Nisbet, SES executive director, 1950 Lafayette Road, Box 1, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801.

For details on the winners’ recognition, cash awards, judging, and rules, click here to visit the SES website.

About the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day
Since the initial celebration in 1970, World Standards Day (WSD) is now recognized in nations around the globe. U.S. activities are organized annually by a planning committee consisting of representatives from across the standards and conformity-assessment community. The event is co-chaired each year by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Institute of Standardsand Technology (NIST). The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) will act as the administrating organization for WSD 2011. For more information or to register, visit www.wsd-us.org.

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The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system, serving the diverse interests of more than 270,000 companies and organizations and 30 million professionals worldwide. ANSI is the official U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).