By organizing an annual conference, the European Academy of Standardization (EURAS) brings together experts in standardization from different disciplinary backgrounds. Representatives from industry, politics and science discuss current topics and present latest research work related to standards and standardization in order to improve co-operation in this field.
This year’s EURAS conference was hosted by Dansk Standard at their beautiful seaside headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. The chair of innovation economics was represented by Prof. Knut Blind, Jo‑Ann Müller, Agnes Ploschka, and Florian Ramel.
The theme of the conference ‘The Role of Standards in Transatlantic Trade and Regulation’ covered a topic heavily discussed in science, media, and politics. Highlight was the panel discussion on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and US in the light of standards. The encounter of Dr. Scott Steedman, Director of Standardization at British Standards, James A. Thomas, President of ASTM International, and Prof. Panos Delimatsis, Professor of European and International Trade Law at Tilburg University, demonstrated the differences between the European and the American approaches towards standardization. Yet even more importantly, a great willingness to collaborate in the field of standardization was made clear.
Other relevant topics were the role of standards in avoiding technical barriers to trade and in various fields like manufacturing, business, innovation, and environmental protection.
Having experienced a high quality of academic presentations and exchange, we are looking forward to next year’s EURAS conference to be held in Montpellier.
Once again the European standardization community met at the EURAS conference to discuss recent developments within the field of standardization. This years’ EURAS was held in Serbia under the theme ‘Cooperation among standardisation organisations and the scientific and academic community’. The conference was kindly hosted by the Faculty of Organizational Science of the University of Belgrade which provided plenty of opportunity for discussing standardization issues in Eastern Europe.
The chair of Innovation Economics from the TU-Berlin was well represented. Michel Tolksdorf, Anne-Marie Großmann, and Sören Simon Petersen chaired different sessions at the conference and presented their current work. Jo-Ann Müller additionally delivered an invited speech covering the first results of the German Standardization Panel. Besides that Luisa Lazina and Julius Rauber, from the same chair, presented their actual research as well.
Jo-Ann Müller presenting at the EURAS conference in Belgrade
The overall resume of this year’s conference was that the incentives, benefits and drawbacks of organizations to be actively or passively involved in standardization need closer attention, both in theory and in practice at the standards developing organizations. The themes varied from regulation and standardization in general up to the analysis of standardization network. Once again the conference highlighted the relevance of standardization research and showed that the European research community is alive and well.
Between June, 24th and June, 26th 2013, the 18th EURAS Conference in Brussels, Belgium took place. The main topic in 2013 was the impact of standards on the European competitiveness by reducing barriers to trade or regulations as well as education on standardization in order to “spread the word of standardization”. Researchers from a big variety of science fields, such as economics, business management, engineering as well as political sciences, participated at the conference and presented their work. Among them were four scientist of the Technical University Berlin, namely Professor Knut Blind, Dr. Simone Wurster, Anne-Marie Großmann and Julius Rauber. During the conference, it became clear that there is further research to be done even if big progress was made in understanding the meaning of standards and standardization to companies and other stakeholders. Especially quantitative analyses still lacks a broader database in order to analyze standard-related research topics in more detail. Furthermore, it seemed to be common sense among the participants that companies have to become even more aware of the chances and benefits of standardization. The final presentation picked up this issue since it was about a superordinate roadmap for education on standardization. All in all it was a very interesting and inspiring conference which illustrated once again the rising importance and meaning of standards and standardization for many aspects of society as well as economy.
For further details on the EURAS conference please follow this link: http://www.euras.org/euras-2013