More than 11 000 students aged 14-18 have been taking part in the European Statistics Competition organised jointly by Eurostat and 11 National Statistical Institutes. The initiative aims to stimulate the awareness of sound statistics in an age of fake news, by promoting statistical literacy and curiosity among students, while encouraging teachers to use new educational materials based on official statistics.
180 students in the final
After intense competition, the national phase is currently drawing to a close. During this first phase, students had to solve statistical problems, search for data and produce statistical analyses.
Currently, only 180 students are still in the race and are ready to represent their countries in the final European round. For the final, the most successful teams were invited to create short videos showing why official statistics matter in our societies today.
To help choose the winning teams, Eurostat has the honour of working alongside a European selection committee. The committee comprises the following experts:
Alan Smith, Financial Times, expert in data visualisation
Alexios Mantzarlis, Director of the International Fact-Checking Network at the Poynter Institute
Ineke Stoop, Netherlands Institute for Social Research and chairwoman of the European Statistical Advisory Committee
Kerstin Hänsel, Head of the division on communication strategy, marketing and corporate design at Destatis, Germany
Olga Kusnierska, Head of Communications at the Schwarzkopf Stiftung
Rob O'Donnell, Board Member of the Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU)
Sonia Livingstone, Professor of Social Psychology at the Department of Media and Communications of the London School of Economics
Tim Allen, Acting Head of Unit of Communications at Eurostat
Winners to be present 26 June in Krakow
The two winnings teams will be announced at the end of May and will be invited to the Q2018 conference in Krakow on 26 June, where they will receive their award from Mariana Kotzeva, Director-General of Eurostat.
Are you curious about the questions the students had to deal with? Then check out our Facebook page to learn more and see whether you could have been one of the successful contestants.
For more information, visit www.eso2018.eu.