Students and teachers

Contests and prizes

Recurring competitions

Islp Poster competition. International competition for creating statistical posters organized within the International Statistical Literacy Project. The competition is addressed to school students worldwide. From the 2018-2019 edition it is open to university students (Bachelor’s degree), and from the 2020-2021 edition it is also open to lower secondary schools students. Aim is at increasing the awareness of official statistics as a tool to understand everyday reality among young people. The competition takes place every two years.  The winners of the national phase were announced on March 10, 2023. In July 2023 – at the 64th International Statistical Institute Conference – the winners of the international competition were announced. Two Italian teams reached the podium: the winning team of the national edition for lower secondary schools and the winning team for upper secondary schools.

The Permanent Census on school desk. An initiative promoted by Istat in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, with the aim of explaining to the younger generations what censuses are and their usefulness and to raise awareness of the importance of statistics to read and understand reality. Primary school and lower secondary school pupils are called to participate in a training course and a contest, divided into a statistical competition, “Censigare”, and a competition of ideas, focused on the theme “Census and territory”. Each class ends the activities with the realization of a creative project that describes their territory through the use of statistical data. The fourth edition started in October 2022 and ended on May 31, 2023. To find out about the winners, the Creative Projects that received special mention and the top twenty winners, visit the dedicated page.

Italian Statistics Olympics. Sis and Istat organise the competition open to upper secondary school students. The competition takes place annually. From 2018 the Olympics are the national phase of the European Statistics Competition. The ‘3VIS’ team from the ‘Riccati-Luzzatti’ Institute in Treviso ranked second for the 14-16 year old group in the 2023 edition.


Expired competitions

Lost in Istat: telling  stories through statistics. Contest for youtubers organized by Istat to foster and promote the creation of a trailer for a web series. The series, realized by youtubers, authors, storytellers, show the use of data, figures and statistics in everyday life through a storytelling (Year 2018).

PlayStat. The statistics that entertains! Competition of ideas created by the Italian National Institute of Statistics in collaboration with the Italian Statistical Society, with the aim of stimulating the process of statistical literacy and the promotion of statistical culture through the technique of ‘gamification’ (Year 2017).

The Local Development I would like: equitable and sustainable.  Contest  promoted by Articolo Novantanove (Association of Councillors already CNEL) in partnership with ANP, the National Association executives and high professionalism of the school (Year 2016).

Let’s do statistics!  Prize contest for the best work realized by a group of students, a class or a group of classes of the lower secondary school. It is promoted by Istat/Advanced School for Statistics and Socio-economic Analyses and Giovanni Agnelli Foundation, with the sponsorship of the Bank of Italy (School year 2013-2014).

Census at school. Prize contest addressed to students of all school levels of Campania region with the aim of encouraging the web filling of their family questionnaire for the 15th Census (Year 2012).

Join the 2011 Census. Contest promoted to increase the filling of questionnaires by citizens, most of all via web. With the participation of primary, lower and upper secondary schools of the Municipality of Naples (Year 2012)

Grandparents and nephews together through the Internet. Video realized by the roman school “Pirelli” with the help of the Istat office for promotion of statistical literacy, in order to promote statistical literacy among young people (Year 2011).