List of Nominees 2019


Nominated by ASI - Austrian Standards International - Standardization and Innovation

Dec 2016 - May 2019




The Styrian company BDI-BioEnergy International participated in the All-gas project which focused

BDI-BioEnergy International specializes in the development of resource-saving technologies. The idea of using algae in industry is increasingly affecting the industry. For the market, a constant production of high-quality algae raw materials is a must. Standardization can ensure the necessary quality control of the purity or concentration of algae oil.

BDI-BioEnergy has been nominated for its involvement in the development of standards for the standardized use of algae in industry via CEN/TC 454 “Algae and algae products”. To note that the company also participated in the H2020 BioDie2020 project.

Nominated by UNE - Asociación Española de Normalización

Feb 2015 – July 2019



The BRESAER Project designed, developed and demonstrated an innovative, cost-effective, adaptable and industrialized envelope system for building refurbishment.

This envelope system is based on a lightweight structural mesh where there are placed passive and active components. These technological components (e.g. insulated panels, solar thermal air components or automated and insulated blinds) are fixed to the BRESAER profiles with a common solution to achieve a real standardized system allowing very easy and fast installation and also removal in case of maintenance or replacement.

The Project thus successfully improved their results by integrating standardization and developed a CWA containing design and installation guidelines in support of the commercial exploitation of the new system. Partners further identified gaps in existing standards they used and promoted specific modifications to the relevant CEN/TCs.


Nominated by UNE - Asociación Española de Normalización

Sept 2016 – August 2019



BIONIC AIRCRAFT focused on enhancing resource efficiency of aviation by developing and implementing additive layer manufacturing technologies and “bionic design” (layman’s translation: design inspired by nature) in all stages of an aircraft life cycle.

The unique manufacturing process of additive layer manufacturing technologies promises great weight saving potential, due to the possibility to produce bionically optimized lightweight structures of high complexity in a resource efficient way with a material exploitation of >90%.

The project interacted and collaborated with existing TCs in CEN and ISO and developed two CWAs (opening up the discussions to European stakeholders which are not part of the consortium). One of these CWAs will be contributed to ISO/TC 266 ‘Biomimetics’ to be published as a new ISO standard.



Nominated by DIN - Deutsches Institut für Normung

Nov 2017-Oct 2020



The REACH2020 Project aims to develop a service system that encourages older persons to become healthy via activity (physical, cognitive, mobility, personalized food, etc.).

The project has pursued actively a standardisation strategy, which translated into an active engagement of several consortia partners on international, European and national standardisation levels. By doing so, the tight integration between research and innovation and standardisation in the field of ageing societies and Active and Healthy Ageing could be reached.


Nominated by NEN - Nederlands Normalisatie-instituut

May 2015-Oct 2018



The RESIN project is investigating climate change adaptation practices in European cities and assessing impact and vulnerability in order to develop standardised methodologies and decision support tools that cities can use to develop local adaptation strategies.

The cities and research institutions participating in the RESIN project developed practical approaches to deal with the effects of a changing climate, such as extreme heat or rainfall, that cities face. Infrastructures such as green roofs, temporary flood barriers and permeable pavements are strategies and tools that cities across Europe can use to help increase their resilience to climate change.

Outcomes from the RESIN project contributed to two ISO standards (ISO 14091 and ISO 14092). Additionally, over 100 adaptation measures were catalogued, incorporating relevant identified international standards. Using these results, initiatives are taken to develop European standards.



Nominated by DIN - Deutsches Institut für Normung

June 2015-June 2018



As Europe’s cities continue to grow, there is an urgent need for far-reaching and holistic approaches to enhance cities’ capacity to resist, absorb, accommodate and recover from the potentially critical effects of hazards. In the Smart Mature Resilience project, researchers and cities co-created tools for city decision-makers to use as part of assessing their cities' resilience maturity and implementing resilience enhancement measures. The tools are bound together by the overarching European Resilience Management Guideline.

The European cities involved in the project — as end users of the tools — explicitly expressed the wish that standardization activities should be initiated on several of these tools. This led to a series of three standards (published as CWA 17300, 17301 and 17302) on City Resilience Development), which were co-written by the project consortium and a group of involved stakeholders including project-external cities. Through successful outreach, the project engaged a large group of cities in Europe and beyond and created a network of city resilience.


Interview of the winner of the Standards + Innovation Project 2019 - represented by Prof. Dr. José Julio CABEZA GONZALEZ


Nominated by ASI - Austrian Standards International - Standardization and Innovation



Collaboration between humans and robots is quickly gaining importance in industrial automation; but implementing such applications poses a high safety demand in order to protect workers.

Blue Danube Robotics (Winner of TÜV AUSTRIA Wissenschaftspreis 2018) has developed a safe collision sensor for industrial robotics to enable humans and robots to share the same workspace. The soft, tactile AIRSKIN® sensor is ideal for ISO/TS 15066 (Human Robot Collaboration) compliant applications and was developed based on the harmonized standard ISO 13849 (Functional Safety).

Standardization is an important topic for Blue Danube Robotics. Besides developing their technology according to international standards, the company actively participates in the work of ISO/TC 299 “Robotics”.


Nominated by NSAI - National Standards Authority of Ireland


Dr. David FILIP was appointed Study Group (SG) Convenor for trustworthiness of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the inaugural plenary of ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 42. David transformed the SG into a Working Group (WG) with 3 active projects within just 6 months, i.e. between the Beijing and Sunnyvale plenaries of SC 42.

David also serves as NSAI Mirror Chair for SC 42, expert on JTC1/JETI (Emerging Technology and Innovation), and represents SC 42 on JTC 1/AG 7 Trustworthiness. He also serves as Convenor of JTC 1/AG 3 Open Source Software (OSS) with TOR based on a proposal he co-edited on behalf of Ireland within JETI.


Nominated by BSI - British Standards Institution



Siddartha KHASTGIR is the Head of Verification & Validation of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) at WMG, University of Warwick, leading various collaborative R&D projects. He has been recognized in the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe 2018 list. Most recently, in September 2019 Siddartha has been awarded one of the UK’s most prestigious fellowships – the UK Research & Innovation Future Leaders Fellowship.

Siddartha is Technical Author of the new BSI PAS 1883 Taxonomy for Operational Design Domain for an Automated Driving System. This PAS will be critical in helping manufacturers, operators, test providers, end-users, local authorities and regulators ensure safe deployment and operation of automated driving systems. Siddartha is a member of various BSI national committees (EPL/278, AUE15 and AUE 32) and represents the UK on two ISO Technical Committees (ISO TC204 WG14 and ISO TC22 SC33 WG9) focusing on safety of CAVs. He is also the technical author of the first SAE level 4 Automated Driving system standard on Low-Speed Automated Driving Systems (ISO 22737).

Nominated by UNE - Asociación Española de Normalización



Isabel was awarded in 2018 with UNE’s annual Award for the Integration of standardization and innovation, because of her strong contribution to the standardization activities performed in BRESAER project, one of the success stories of UNE. Her support and compromise allowed BRESAER to obtain standardization results beyond the initially planned ones, being one of the outcomes highlighted by the EC’s Project Officer in the project’s final review meeting. Isabel became also one of UNE’s enthusiastic ambassadors.

BRESAER developed a façade system to reduce our footprint for use when refurbishing, enabling the use of pre-fabricated solutions for reducing energy consumption.



Nominated by DIN - Deutsches Institut für Normung


This statement by Dr. Thomas LINNER, Senior Scientist at TU Munich and Scientific Director of the H2020-project REACH2020 illustrates his view on standardization in support of innovation:
The REACH-project in which he is involved seeks to prevent elderly citizens from loss of function and enable them to stay home longer.

Practicing what he preaches, he became Convenor of ISO/TC 314 WG02 (aim to produce a Framework for Dementia-inclusive communities) and of its German mirror committee, as well as vice-chair of the CEN Workshop to produce guidelines for balancing privacy protection against the need for oversight and care.

Nominated by DIN - Deutsches Institut für Normung



Gas cylinders of composite design are becoming more and more common since their weight is less than that of metal cylinders, and since they are suitable for hydrogen transport and storage, thus supporting the substitution of fossil fuel by hydrogen. The method developed by Dr Mair enables to better understand Cylinder Degradation in case of composite gas cylinders. His contribution will impact all standards and transport regulations for composite gas cylinders that are under development or revision (e.g. EN 12245, EN 17339, the ISO 11119 series, etc.)

Nominated by NSAI - National Standards Authority of Ireland



Running his own business, employing 25, Sean MC NULTY got involved in the developing best practice ‘guides’ to help business leaders to access a structured framework to find the right problems to solve and then pick winning ideas to bring to international markets. He actively supported the development of an NSAI SWIFT guide on innovation management, the CEN TS 16555 series and now the ISO 56000 Innovation Management series. He also chairs the NSAI mirror committee on Innovation Management and was Head of Delegation at many ISO TC297 plenary decision-making meetings, helping to ensure that practical business aspects relevant to SMEs were the focus in the final outputs. Using practical case stories / pilots and results, Sean assists in demonstrating the importance of CEN and ISO guidance standards in enabling competitive advantage and a new platform for growth and scalability for SMEs across all sectors.

Nominated by CEI - Comitato Elettrotecnico Italiano



European countries, whose Power Grids have been built mainly in the decades after World War 2, always require new technologies in order to increase their reliability and performances.

The use of non-metallic materials is a very important innovation on conductors of High Voltage overhead lines and the achievement of a recognized common standard to compare the different technologies around the world a tangible need of the market.

Alberto PICCININ, with a 10-years’ experience on this field contributed as a member of the Project Team for the redaction of IEC standards 62818 and 63089. His nomination was recommended and supported by the chairman of IEC/TC7 Overhead electrical conductors and IEC/TC 11 Overhead lines, Mr. Giovanni Pirovano.

Winner of the Premio CEI – Alessandro Volta 2016.

Nominated by AFNOR - Association Française de Normalisation



The company APILAB’s project used bees to develop new sustainable development indicators, enabling to obtain general information on the effects of pollutants and the impregnation of the environment.

Participation in the drafting and use of the French standard X43-909 "Active biomonitoring of the environment using honeybees" was for APILAB an important initiative that led to technical improvement. In particular, APILAB changed its methods of sampling and interpretation and thus built know-how and expertise.

The use of the X43-909 Standard has been important for APILAB business development as it reassured its customers. Standardization was also a means of recognizing the methodology at the international level. APILAB is currently working in Uruguay, Dominican Republic, Switzerland and Belgium.



Winner of AFNOR Trophée Or Normes 2018.


Nominated by NEN - Nederlands Normalisatie-instituut



Direct current (DC) transmission of electricity offers a very important possibility for a compatible system worldwide and an accelerator of the energy transition. That is what Harry Stokman and his company Direct Current BV are working on. He and his DC team have developed a DC system that is a groundbreaking innovation, the missing link that makes a DC grid possible.

Harry is deeply involved in relevant standardization work in TC64 and TC8, and convenor of TC64 WG DC, in the IEC System Committee LVDC (in full: Low Voltage Direct Current for Electricity Access) and convenor of SyC LVDC WG2. He already has been awarded the 1906 Award by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) as a recognition for his dedication to further LVDC. He is now organizing, in cooperation with the Technical University of Delft, a General IEC Conference and Meeting in January 2020 for all TC’s for DC alignment.

Most recently, on 11 October 2019, he was the winner of the 2019 NENnovation award for Dutch standardization and innovation.


Nominated by SIS - Swedish Institute for Standards


Ignacy JAKUBOWICZ and Nazdaneh YARAHMADI are married and live and work together. Their activity within standardization is a close and successful collaboration between deep understanding of polymers and the application within the field of recycling of plastics.

Prof. JAKUBOWICZ served as chair for SIS committee SIS/TK 156 Plastics for 15 years between 2002-2017. Today, he is the project leader for the new standard for vocabulary in the field of Plastics and Environmental Aspects, developed in CEN/TC 249 Plastics.

Prof. YARAHMADI is an active participant in several of SIS committees as well as CEN/TC 249/WG 11 Plastics recycling.


Nominated by NSAI - National Standards Authority of Ireland


Ray WALSHE’s research areas are Cloud Computing, Big Data and AI Standardization. He engages/promotes standardization through the whole European ecosystem, enterprise, education, innovation and research. Ray has been leading standards initiatives for over a decade on IEEE/IEEE SA Cloud and Big Data, ISO Cloud, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (see below), CEN-CENELEC Big Data Workshop, ETSI Edge Computing and Standards Education.

His ISO work includes JTC1 Mirror committee, Head of Delegation for Big Data, Standards Editor for FDIS 20547-3 and Outreach WG, JTC1 Advisory Group for Data Usage and Chair of International Workshop in Big Data Standards. European Commission work includes Steering Committee for Joint Initiative on Standardisation, Chair of the, Chair of BDVA PPP Standards Group, H2020 EU-US Think NEXUS Next Generation Internet and PICCASO EU-US Big Data Standards expert.

Ray is also Digital Leader on Standards, Innovation and Entrepreneurship with World Economic Forum (2018, 2019) and member of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies.


Maria GUSTAFSSON is Secretary of CEN/TC 411/WG 4 ‘Sustainability criteria, life cycle analysis and related issues’. Together with fellow project manager colleagues at SIS, made a considerable contribution to bridging the gap between innovation and standardization mainly within the field of bio-innovation. By securing stakeholder engagement from researchers in standards development, to actually managing a large innovation project to make sure harmonized standards are better used in industry, Maria has truly been a driving force behind a great interest and participation in Sweden within this field.

Mrs. Liesbeth JANSEN has been the CEN/TC 19 Chairperson since 2013. In the six years of her leadership three research programmes have been completed and talks for three new challenges have started in the meantime. The topics were related to biofuels, alternative oils, bio-lubricants and engine emissions. The results were promoted at workshops that were combined with CEN/TC 19 meetings. The results have been input to ISO and to other projects. Liesbeth has been innovative in discussions between EC and industry, both regarding her TC and a few others.

As the coordinator of both the highly successful FP7 project "SPIDIA - Standardisation and improvement of generic pre-analytical tools and procedures for in-vitro diagnostics" and its ongoing follow-up H2020 project "SPIDIA4P - Standardisation of generic Pre-analytical Procedures for In vitro Diagnostics for Personalised Medicine",  Dr. Uwe OELMULLER, Convenor of CEN/TC 140/WG 3 "Quality management in the medical laboratory" and of ISO/TC 212/WG 4 "Microbiology and molecular diagnostics" is the driving force behind translating research and industry needs in highly innovative fields into standard documents (CEN/TS, EN ISO, ISO) achieving significant impact in health care and diagnostics

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