Broadening expert base beyond workshop

IEC Young Professionals workshop highlights importance of actively growing the next generation

By Janice Blondeau

As part of IEC's efforts to broaden its base of professional experts and increase awareness of its work, 55 representatives from 30 National Committees came together to share experiences, network and learn more about the world of international standardization and conformity assessment at the successful IEC Young Professionals workshop in New Delhi. An important outcome of the workshop was a series of recommendations from IEC Young Professional programme participants for National Committees to nurture and mentor these talented up-and-coming experts once the workshop has ended, so that they can become actively involved in IEC work.

At the Young Professionals workshop in Delhi, 55 participants representing 30 NCs... At the Young Professionals workshop in Delhi, 55 participants representing 30 NCs...

Programme full of promise

During the three-day event, the 4th annual IEC Young Professionals workshop, participants were introduced to many facets of IEC's work in international standards and conformity assessment by key IEC Officers, staff members and other high-level speakers. As part of the workshop programme, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Leaders developed and ran parts of the agenda.

Workshop participants also attended special, tailor-made sessions on the role and functioning of the IEC SMB (Standardization Management Board) and CAB (Conformity Assessment Board), had the opportunity to meet and exchange with IEC executives and to observe IEC technical meetings. Two lunch sessions with SMB members and CAB members provided an avenue for informal sharing of professional experiences and useful networking opportunities. Several sessions were dedicated to the break-outs which looked at subjects of strate