Brisbane, 18-22 September 2023

ISO Annual Meeting

See you next year! As the 2023 edition draws to a close, discover the week's highlights.

Join us in Brisbane — in person or online

The ISO Annual Meeting is the world’s premier event for the international standards community. 

This year’s edition, under the theme “Meeting global needs”, comes at a pivotal time for the world. The week-long event offers a chance to engage in constructive dialogue about the most pressing challenges facing our planet today, as well as looking ahead to collaborative solutions.

Don’t wait any longer, register for free to access the preliminary programme at a glance and latest information. Find out more on the event’s public page.

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Artificial intelligence

Imagine a world of limitless possibilities... Deep dive into an enriching experience of AI, its ethics and governance.

Hydrid session

“Ready or not, here comes AI”

Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere. We find examples in user-oriented virtual assistants like Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Google Assistant. Other examples include business-oriented chatbots, like OpenAI’s ChatGPT or Google Bard, and many more generative AI technologies, such as OpenAI’s DALL•E and MusicLM by Google. AI is touching all our lives, whether we like it or not, and it’s evolving faster than any of us could possibly imagine. If we are to harness AI, we need to address significant challenges and opportunities. Who will be held accountable when things go wrong? How can AI be used to promote fairness and equality? This session explores the big questions related to ethics and governance of AI. Please come with an open mind, and a willingness to learn and be challenged.

Time: Tuesday 19 September. 11:00-12:00 (AEST)

Interpretation provided in French, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese
Captions provided in English, French, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese


Be prepared! Gain the latest insights on today’s global threats and mitigate your risks for a safer tomorrow.

Hybrid session

“Cybersecurity: Taking a proactive approach”

Cyber-attacks are on the rise, costing the world trillions of dollars annually. The number of attacks is increasing rapidly while hackers are getting faster and better at identifying organizations’ vulnerabilities. Being prepared is key. To protect your organization and its data, you need a proactive strategy to mitigate these threats before they occur. How do we move from a reactive approach to a posture of readiness? At the nexus of standards and public policy, this session examines how effective cybersecurity governance can help create a cyber environment that is resilient and secure.

Time: Tuesday 19 September, 09:00-10:00 (AEST)

Interpretation provided in French, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese
Captions provided in English, French, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese

Climate action

Together, we can navigate the challenges of climate change and create a more sustainable future for small islands. Join us and be part of the solution.

Hybrid session

“Preserving paradise: Climate adaptation for vulnerable islands”

Global sea levels are predicted to rise by up to one metre by 2100, says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Meanwhile, cyclones, wildfires and floods are expected to intensify as the climate warms. For low-lying islands, this projection implies population displacement, infrastructure damage and a significant loss of habitable land. It also has far-reaching consequences on biodiversity, cultural integrity as well as key factors that support people’s livelihoods and prosperity. Building islands’ resilience calls for swift, concerted action from the international community to ensure that some of the world’s most vulnerable islands aren’t lost forever. A high-level panel looks at climate and disaster risk in small islands and how International Standards can be part of the solution.

Time: Thursday 21 September, 09:00-10:00 (AEST)

Interpretation provided in French, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese
Captions provided in English, French, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese


Can we manage to unleash the power? Be a catalyst for change and drive progress for a cleaner, greener energy future.

Hybrid session

“Hydrogen: Fuel of the future?”

It may be the smallest particle on Earth, but hydrogen holds immense potential as a clean fuel for the global energy transition. It’s a gas that can be burned in an engine or used in a fuel cell to power vehicles, produce electricity or provide heat. Yet bringing clean hydrogen to scale has many challenges and certain factors need to be considered. These include creating harmonized standards for safety, interoperability and sustainability across the hydrogen value chain. Developing economies will need particular support to accelerate green hydrogen projects in order to contribute to resilient and inclusive growth. Join us in exploring hydrogen’s potential and limitations, and how we can turn the technology into a fuel for the present.

Time: Tuesday 19 September, 16:00-17:00 (AEST)

Interpretation provided in French, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese
Captions provided in English, French, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese

Plastic pollution

How do we reduce plastic waste? Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of history. Let’s get together to accelerate global action against plastic pollution.

Online session

“From pollution to solution: Tackling the plastics crisis”

Plastic pollution is choking our planet. The facts are clear: over 300 million tonnes of plastic waste are produced each year, yet only 9 % of this waste is recycled. Tackling plastic pollution calls for unprecedented collaboration – through the whole plastic life cycle and across the supply chain. The multilateral cooperation is led by the United Nations and its negotiations on a treaty to end all plastic pollution. As the world rallies behind a common vision, ISO looks at how International Standards help accelerate action to solve this global crisis.

Time: Tuesday 19 September, 15:00-16:00 (CEST)

Interpretation provided in French, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese
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Are you ready to embark on a mind-bending journey? Join us for an enlightening session that unravels the mysteries and potential of this transformative digital frontier.

Online session

“Beyond the metaverse: The future of virtual worlds”

The metaverse. Is it just another buzzword or a business opportunity? Hailed as a successor to the Internet, it is expected to serve as an immersive space where you can work, socialize, play and shop. Yet, while the metaverse has received much public attention and investment, there is still no convergence on terminology, application and use. Is the “single metaverse” realistic? Or are we already witnessing fragmented and parallel applications based on diverse communities and purposes? Join a panel of industry experts as they discuss crucial aspects of governance, interoperability, privacy and safety, and the standards needed for this digital transformation.

Time: Monday 18 September, 15:00-16:00 (CEST)

Interpretation provided in French, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese
Captions provided in English, French, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese

Food waste

Tackling food loss and waste represents a triple win opportunity: for the climate, for food security, and for the sustainability of our agrifood systems.

Hybrid session

“Overcoming barriers to reducing food loss and waste”

Each year, a third of all food produced goes uneaten. Much food is lost at the farm level, but also in retail outlets, food services and consumer households. Preventing food loss and food waste at scale could offset environmental damage and economic volatility, while increasing the accessibility of food for food-insecure populations. To make this happen, every stage of the supply chain has a fundamental role to play. But what are the key challenges and solutions? This session examines how collaborative efforts across the food chain, supported by standards, can help phase out food waste as we know it, contributing to a more sustainable world.

Time: Tuesday 19 September, 06:00-07:00 (AEST)

Interpretation provided in French, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese
Captions provided in English, French, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese


Take a stand against corruption and empower change through standards. Together, we can foster international cooperation for a more transparent and accountable world.

Online session

“Building back trust: All together against corruption”

The stakes are high in the fight against corruption. Corruption erodes trust, weakens democracy and the rule of law, hampers economic progress and further exacerbates inequality and poverty. Good governance is essential for an organization’s long-term survival – but what form should it take? There is no simple solution, but defining an appropriate approach to governance is fundamental to ensuring favourable outcomes. This session takes a pragmatic look at anti-fraud and corruption measures in the public and private sectors, and how ISO standards can help governance get ahead of the curve.

Time: Monday 18 September, 17:00-18:00 (CEST)

Interpretation provided in French, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese
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Meet our inspiring speakers

… and discover more by registering to the event.

Epsy Campbell
Epsy Campbell Barr
President of the Permanent Forum of Afro-descendants
United Nations

Peter Brown
Peter Brown
Senior Adviser on Technology Policy
European Parliament

Radia Funna
Radia Funna
Founder and Chief Blazer
Build n Blaze

Nicolas Lockhart
Nicolas Lockhart
Partner Sidley Austin LLP and Fellow of the World Trade Institute
University of Bern

Raj Rajasekar
Raj Rajasekar
Codex Alimentarius Commission

Kobi Leins
Kobi Leins
Senior Research Fellow
King's College London

Laura Reyes
Laura Reyes
Executive director

Adewale Ogundele
Adewale Ogundele
Anti-Corruption Officer

Tanya Khavanska
Tanya Khavanska
Anti-Corruption Division

Lyria Bennett Moses
Lyria Bennett Moses
Professor & Director of the UNSW Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation
University of New South Whales

Derek Kawiti
Derek Kawiti
Professor of Architecture in Māori Designed Environments and Indigenous Technologies
Victoria University of Wellington

Be part of the global conversation

This one-of-a-kind event convenes experts and leaders from the ISO community as well as an impressive range of government, industry and civil society representatives to share their thoughts on the biggest trends and challenges.

More than 20 sessions are on the programme… discover the full programme and sign up for the sessions you are most interested in!.

In-person and online interactive sessions!

Grow your network

Make connections and interact with thousands of like-minded peers from around the world. Don’t miss this opportunity to network, share knowledge and be inspired.


Together we are stronger.


Change is here. Are you ready?


Time is running out. Act now.

Ulrika  Francke

The ISO Annual Meeting 2023 is the opportunity to come together to share knowledge and gain new perspectives on how standards can make lives easier, safer and better.

— Ulrika Francke
President, ISO
Adrian  O'Connell

This year’s ISO Annual Meeting will be a historic moment for our community, featuring a first-class programme, inspiring speakers and purpose-driven collaboration.

— Adrian O'Connell
CEO, Standards Australia

📣 Promotional toolkit

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Browse the beautiful graphics and visuals, ranging from banners, cards and more.

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Last year in numbers

The ISO Annual Meeting 2022 was an overwhelming success and resonated deeply with all our participants!


in-person participants

2 151

online participants


panel discussions and workshops


bilateral meetings

I was delighted to collaborate with ISO last year and was hugely impressed by the scope of the discussions at the Annual Meeting. The interactive sessions, in-depth workshops and (very!) lively dialogue focused on critical issues such as sustainable development and global trade.

It was a rewarding experience for all stakeholders involved in driving transformation and I’m very much looking forward to being part of the conversation this year. Bring it on, Brisbane!

– Shiulie Ghosh (journalist and moderator)

Shiulie Ghosh


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Practical information

For general enquiries and support relating to the ISO Annual Meeting 2023, please email:

The ISO Annual Meeting 2023 will be in person and online. Please register to access more information.

The ISO Annual Meeting 2023 will take place at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, a forward-thinking venue that scores highly as a world leader in event sustainability.

Register now to access information about the venue, visa application processes, and hotel options, as well as regular email updates. You will also have the opportunity to network with other participants.

The programme at glance and sessions are available on the event platform once you are registered.

Sign-up for on-site and virtual sessions is available directly on the event platform. Please register to the Annual Meeting to reserve your seat.

Some selected sessions will be live streamed.

Registration to the event is required to access the live stream and session information. 

The speakers will be announced as of mid-July.

The list of registered participants on-site and on-line is available on the event platform once you are registered.

The Annual Meeting will be held in English, and remote simultaneous interpretation into French, Russian, Spanish, Arabic and Mandarin Chinese will be provided for all virtual and hybrid sessions. For the General Assembly, the official languages are English, French and Russian. In addition, captions in English, French, Russian, Spanish, Arabic and Mandarin Chinese will be also provided. Please refer to the detailed programme to identify those sessions where interpretation is offered. 

Upon registration, you should have received a confirmation email, asking you to join the platform. When you click and join the platform for the first time, in your profile settings page, you can set-up your password in the Change Password section. If you cannot find your confirmation email, please login to the event and click “Lost your invitation email”.

Need help?

Please contact us if you require any assistance or have any questions regarding the ISO Annual Meeting 2023.

The ISO Annual Meeting 2023 will be a dynamic week of more than 20 interactive sessions, inspiring presentations, lively debate and time to network.

Register now to receive regular programme updates and event information by email.

We look forward to you joining us online or in beautiful Brisbane.

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See you next year! As the 2023 edition draws to a close, discover the week's highlights.