Week at a glance

The week will be built around the theme, The Future Has Begun and explore how by working together we can use standards to achieve a better and more sustainable world.

Please note that this year DEVCO and TMB will take place outside the ISO Week.
COUNCIL will take place on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 September

Wednesday
22 September

11:00 - 11:30
Discovery Zone: Work

Artificial intelligence and the future of work

12:00 - 12:30
General Assembly
12:30 - 13:15
Keynote Address
13:15 - 14:00
Keynote Q&A
14:30 - 15:15
Discovery Zone: Work

A negotiation with AI

16:00 - 18:00
Workshop

Facing the future

Thursday
23 September

7:00 - 9:00
Workshop (repeat)

Facing the future

11:00 - 11:45
Discovery Zone: Planet

Can emerging technologies accelerate sustainability?

12:00 - 14:00
General Assembly
14:30 - 15:00
Discovery Zone: Planet

Ask me anything

16:00 - 17:30
Breakout

3 breakouts in parallel

Friday
24 September

7:00 - 8:30
Breakout (Repeat)

3 breakouts in parallel

11:00 - 11:30
Discovery Zone: Society

Modern slavery - A human conversation

12:00 - 14:00
General Assembly
14:30 - 15:00
Discovery Zone: Society

How nutrient enriched crops can improve food systems

  Discovery Zone

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work

The way we work is going to change drastically over the next ten years. Whatever the basis of the job - manual, knowledge or creative - technology will likely augment human ability. Join Jayant Narayan (Lead - Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, World Economic Forum) and Reinhard Scholl (Senior Executive, ITU) as they explore what work will look like for super humans. This session will be moderated by Tim McGarr (Sector Lead, Digital, BSI).

(11:00 – 11:30 UTC+1) | Add to calendar

  General Assembly

An opportunity to exchange with your fellow members as we chart the way forward for our organization

We will collectively imagine the future of the standardization landscape, explore future opportunities and challenges, and share best practices for innovation, agility and adapting to change, in a programme adapted to all time zones.

(12:00 – 12:30 UTC+1) | Add to calendar

  Keynote Address
FOLLOWED BY Q&A

Cat Tully

Leadership for the long term: Creating an organisation resilient to the challenges of the 21st Century

In her keynote, Cat Tully will examine how ISO’s external environment is changing, the drivers and trends that are shaping these changes, and the possible implications for standardizers and standards users. Cat will then explore how organizations can respond to these kinds of changes and present ideas for how ISO could change in order to seize the opportunities the future may offer.

The keynote address will be followed by a Q&A session.

(12:30 – 14:00 UTC+1) | Add to calendar

  Discovery Zone

A Negotiation with AI

An echoborg is a hybrid agent composed of the body of a real person and the “mind” (or, rather, the words) of a conversational agent; the words the echoborg speaks are determined by the agent, transmitted to the person via a covert audio-relay apparatus, and articulated by the person through speech shadowing.

This session will comprise of a conversation with AI, where the AI Echoborg will try to recruit the interviewees, watch out for some familiar faces in this engaging and watchable session.

(14:30 – 15:15 UTC+1) | Add to calendar

  Workshop

Facing the future

One of the highlights of the week, this innovative workshop invites us to immerse ourselves into potential futures and explore how we can seize opportunities to remain relevant and be the organization the world needs.

The workshop will take place twice to facilitate maximum participation from different time zones. 

(16:00 – 18:00 UTC+1) | Add to calendar

  Workshop

Facing the future

One of the highlights of the week, this innovative workshop invites us to immerse ourselves into potential futures and explore how we can seize opportunities to remain relevant and be the organization the world needs.

The workshop will take place twice to facilitate maximum participation from different time zones. 

(7:00 – 9:00 UTC+1) | Add to calendar

  Discovery Zone

Can Emerging Technologies Accelerate Sustainability?

Moderated by Sebastiaan van Dort (Associate Director Energy, BSI), our speakers Nur Karadeniz (Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Learning) and Susanne Baker (Tech UK) will each give a short presentation which will be followed by a fascinating panel discussion.  We are in the midst of a global pandemic and climate emergency, while emerging technology is accelerating increasing pace. We will investigate how these technologies and the lessons we have learnt can help create a sustainable planet.

(11:00 – 11:45 UTC+1) | Add to calendar

  General Assembly

An opportunity to exchange with your fellow members as we chart the way forward for our organization

We will collectively imagine the future of the standardization landscape, explore future opportunities and challenges, and share best practices for innovation, agility and adapting to change, in a programme adapted to all time zones.

(12:00 – 14:00 UTC+1) | Add to calendar

  Discovery Zone

Ask Me Anything

Sebastiaan, Nur and Susanne will come together to answer ‘live’ any questions from the morning’s session..

(14:30 – 15:00 UTC+1) | Add to calendar

  Breakout

Innovation: Challenge the now to design the future

Agility and innovation are key to survival in our rapidly changing world. Missing today’s opportunities could make us irrelevant tomorrow. But how do we instill this mindset in our organizational culture? Being ready for change means being able to challenge assumptions that we take for granted so we can do things differently. After hearing first-hand examples of how some organizations got there, participants will work in groups to propose innovative solutions to improve products and processes using the cha cha cha methodology (Challenge Change Chart). 

Diversity and inclusion: Learn to hear and engage every voice

How do you engage new generations in standards development? What does true gender representation and inclusion mean? What makes an organization’s diversity programme successful? Join us as we explore opportunities and challenges for diversity and inclusion in organizations and technical work. Work together with fellow members to define strategies for stakeholder engagement to harness opportunities for positive change. You will leave the session with an elevator pitch with key messages and unique value propositions.  

Climate and governance: Create your national climate toolkit

Focusing on the implications of climate change for society, this breakout explores how International Standards can support global climate change action. You will hear from some of the experts in the field and learn about the benefits of standards and accreditation as alternatives to regulation. You will then work on your own national toolkit which you can use to brief governments and COP 26 national delegations on how ISO standards can help.  

(16:00 – 17:30 UTC+1) | Add to calendar

  Breakout

Innovation: Challenge the now to design the future

Agility and innovation are key to survival in our rapidly changing world. Missing today’s opportunities could make us irrelevant tomorrow. But how do we instill this mindset in our organizational culture? Being ready for change means being able to challenge assumptions that we take for granted so we can do things differently. After hearing first-hand examples of how some organizations got there, participants will work in groups to propose innovative solutions to improve products and processes using the cha cha cha methodology (Challenge Change Chart). 

Diversity and inclusion: Learn to hear and engage every voice

How do you engage new generations in standards development? What does true gender representation and inclusion mean? What makes an organization’s diversity programme successful? Join us as we explore opportunities and challenges for diversity and inclusion in organizations and technical work. Work together with fellow members to define strategies for stakeholder engagement to harness opportunities for positive change. You will leave the session with an elevator pitch with key messages and unique value propositions.  

Climate and governance: Create your national climate toolkit

Focusing on the implications of climate change for society, this breakout explores how International Standards can support global climate change action. You will hear from some of the experts in the field and learn about the benefits of standards and accreditation as alternatives to regulation. You will then work on your own national toolkit which you can use to brief governments and COP 26 national delegations on how ISO standards can help.  

(7:00 – 8:30 UTC+1) | Add to calendar

  Discovery Zone

Modern Slavery – a Human Conversation

The issue of modern slavery is complex and often hidden in the shadows. Through a series of pre-recorded raw, honest and gritty interviews we will uncover the reality from the perspective of someone who has been subjected to slavery, a recruiter and an (unwitting) employer. Following the films, we will have a live online Q&A session hosted by Fred Waelter (Principal Consultant, Supply Chain Sustainability, BSI). Don’t miss this opportunity to learn and participate in this important conversation.   

(11:00 – 11:30 UTC+1) | Add to calendar

  General Assembly

An opportunity to exchange with your fellow members as we chart the way forward for our organization

We will collectively imagine the future of the standardization landscape, explore future opportunities and challenges, and share best practices for innovation, agility and adapting to change, in a programme adapted to all time zones.

(12:00 – 14:00 UTC+1) | Add to calendar

  Discovery Zone

How nutrient enriched crops can improve food systems

We all want to improve our health. Unfortunately, some people have limited access a variety to healthy, nutritious food and have fewer choices about what they eat. Not consuming the right or enough nutrients can make people vulnerable to serious illness and disease including blindness, stunted growth and even increased maternal mortality. Join our expert panel to learn, discuss and ask questions about how biofortification can sustainably support communities and make a real difference to the lives of millions of people.  

The expert panel will comprise of Jenny Walton, Senior Specialist HarvestPlus, Inge Verdonk, Independent Consultant Food and Nutrition Security representing 2FAS and Paul Nicholson, Head of Rise Research and Sustainability, OLAM International Ltd. This session will be moderated by Sara Walton, Sector Lead Food BSI.

(14:30 – 15:00 UTC+1) | Add to calendar

Monday 20th + Tuesday 21st 

Council

Council is the core governance body of ISO and reports to the General Assembly.

It is composed of 20 member bodies, ISO Officers and Chairs of Policy Development Committees (CASCO, COPOLCO, DEVCO). Council is chaired by the President, Eddy Njoroge, with the Secretary-General, Sergio Mujica, as Council Secretary. Council meets to discuss key matters relating to ISO strategy and policy, financial as well as operational and statutory matters.  

Participation in this meeting is reserved for members of Council. 

(12:00 – 15:00 UTC+1) | Add to calendar

(12:00 – 15:00 UTC+1) | Add to calendar

Show off your NSB!  Join our virtual exhibition.

Our virtual ISO week will offer you many possibilities to communicate and network. One of them is the virtual exhibition, a dedicated space to showcase initiatives from the ISO community and link them to the ISO strategic priorities.

The virtual exhibition will present a collection of short videos created by ISO members and offer contact information to connect with each other and learn more.

Who can exhibit a video

Any ISO Member.

How to participate

Contact us if you would like create a short 1 minute teaser video telling us about the initiative you want to highlight. We will send you the link to a simple tool and detailed instructions to help you create this video using your phone or computer. Your video should highlight an initiative that your NSB has put in place that supports any ISO priority.  

Your 1 minute video will require the following elements:

  • Explanation of the initiative
  • Why you are doing it 
  • An example of impact (e.g. how it supports specific ISO priorities).

Your contribution will help inspire the community, as we move forward towards ISO 2030.

Have a question?

Klaus Hatlanek
Klaus Hatlanek
Events Team Leader

+41 79 752 08 25
Contact Us 

Explore the Future of Planet, Society and Work and join exciting sessions with expert speakers (not all human!), challenge your thinking and contribute to interactive discussions across the most critical topics we will face tomorrow.

You are also invited to reflect on the Future of Planet, Society and Work by sharing your "I See Our Future" video. Be part of the conversation and help to shape the future together. Participants will share their thoughts for the future on these core principles in 30 second videos. If you would like to add your thoughts (which can be as creative and imaginative as you like) contact Emma Glass at emma.glass@bsigroup.com.

Please book a meeting space via the virtual platform when it is available.

Please check this space regularly. Instructions will be given closer to the time of the event.

All registered delegates will have access to the dedicated event platform which will provide an interactive and engaging virtual event experience.

Two sessions will be run introducing registered participants to the platform on 8 September at 08:00 – 08:30 and 16:00 – 16:30 UK time.

(8:00 – 8:30 UTC+1)

(16:00 – 16:30 UTC+1)

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