The central theme of the World Standards Cooperation (WSC) Academic Day 2019 concerns the economic, social and environmental benefits of international standards. It will take place in Belgrade on 11 October.
This event aims to bring together academics and standards bodies working to collect and analyze empirical data on the concrete benefits of international standards, to share their methods, results and challenges. The IEC , ISO and the ITU established the WSC in 2001 to strengthen and advance their voluntary consensus-based international standards systems.
Since 2010, WSC Academic Day has been organized by IEC, ISO and ITU to promote dialogue between universities and the international standards community, to raise awareness and to foster cooperation and joint initiatives.
WSC Academic Day 2019 will be held on 11 October, following the annual workshop of ICES (the International Cooperation for Education about Standardization) on 10 October, at the University of Belgrade in Serbia.
Benefits of international standards
The central theme of WSC Academic Day 2019 concerns the economic, social and environmental benefits of International Standards. It is of great importance for IEC, ISO, ITU and their respective members to be able to demonstrate the concrete benefits of International Standards in order to help stakeholders understand the value of both using standards and participating actively in the standards development process.
We know that using international standards creates value at the level of individual organizations by improving productivity and performance, and at the level of communities and countries by promoting sustainable development, fostering environmentally friendly practices and opening up markets to boost international trade. But quantifying and demonstrating these benefits is not a simple or easy task.
That’s why the 2019 edition of WSC Academic day aims to bring together academics and standards bodies working to collect and analyze empirical data on the concrete benefits of International Standards, to share their methods, results and challenges. This is an opportunity for academics to share their research with the broader standardization community, get feedback, share experiences and create new networks.
Call for contributors
We are looking for contributors to present their research and evidence-based insights into:
- The role that standards and standardization play in stimulating economic growth
- The role that International Standards play in regulatory harmonization and breaking down technical barriers to trade
- How policymakers use International Standards to achieve public policy goals
- How International Standards foster innovation
- How International Standards contribute to the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
- How International Standards compare with other types of standards (private standards, national or regional standards) in terms of their economic, social or environmental impacts
The above is not an exhaustive list. Any research that involves empirical data analysis (qualitative or quantitative) or case studies related to the economic, social or environmental impacts of International Standards will be considered.
If you are interested in applying to present your research at WSC Academic Day 2019, please fill in the form for prospective speakers and return it to the IEC Academy & Capacity Building (email@example.com) by 31 July 2019.