Awards ceremony

After weeks of waiting, the results of the European Statistics Competition (ESC) are in. A big round of applause to the winning teams from Belgium and Estonia!

The ceremony took place on the 11th of June at Eurostat building, where Mariana Kotzeva presented the delighted youngsters with their prizes and the audience could watch the winning videos.

Both winner teams
Winning teams of the ESC 2019

The ESC promotes the awareness and use of official statistics by students and encourages teachers to use these statistics as part of their educational materials.

With the support of National Statistical Institutes, Ministries of Education and non-governmental organisations, over 12 000 students from 14 countries signed up to solve mathematical problems or carry out and interpret statistical analyses using official data. Split into two age groups (14-16 and 16-18), the best two teams per age group went forward to the European competition as national champions.

At European level, the national champions had to make a two-minute video on the topic 'Europe reflected in statistics'. By using appropriate statistics, contestants had to demonstrate how their country or region compares with its European counterparts, highlighting interesting characteristics in relation to the European average.

Finally, a jury of European experts assessed over 50 submissions to choose the top three videos per age group. Given the high quality of the videos, this was no easy task. However, after lengthy deliberation and discussion, the jury was swayed by two contributions in each age group that stood out for their ability to tell a compelling, fun and accurate story.

Winners of the 14-16 age group

Team Ansofi (Belgium) takes first prize in the junior age group (14-16). Their creative video departs from a simple idea: what will the lives of young people look like in 10, 20, 30 years. Using official statistics, the students take us through their estimated futures with regard to the labour market and health care sector. The jury loved the team's personal and extremely well-executed approach.

Belgium winner team
Team Ansofi (Belgium)

Team Viikki9 (Finland) finishes in second place, while the third place goes to team MAKAO (Poland). Both are examples of the wide range of videos submitted, in this case an animation and a student presentation respectively. The jury felt that both submissions showed a level of creativity, content and messaging that earned the teams a place in the top three. Places 4 and 5 from  team CATALINA03 (Spain) and team Trilussa's Chicks (Italy) display similar levels of quality.

Winners of the 16-18 age group

In the senior age group (16-18), the first prize goes to team Radiaator (Estonia). Their video effectively compares Estonia to its European neighbours in a fresh and extremely well executed animated production. Taking into account the clever visuals and overall message, the jury was compelled to rank it first.

Estonia winner team
Team Radiaator (Estonia)

The second and third place were an extremely close call. In the end, team igorove (Croatia) takes home second place, while  team Outlier (Greece) finishes strongly in third place. The jury was impressed by the way the teams transposed theoretical content into creative and engaging videos. The jury was also very positive about the remaining two contributions, team KUFLOWE (Poland) and  team JuNi (Germany).

This year's jury was composed of excellent journalism, communication and data visualisation experts: