ENBIS announces Greenfield Challenge Awardees

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  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 29 August 2013
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The European Network for Business and Industrial Statistics (ENBIS) have now announced this year’s honorees, who will receive the award at ENBIS-13, the organization’s 13th annual meeting which will be held in Ankara, Turkey next month.

In celebration of the International Year of Statistics, ENBIS, towards the end of last year decided to open the Greenfield Challenge to submitters from all over the world with Wiley as its sponsor. The challenge originated in 2009 when Tony Greenfield, Visiting Professor of the Industrial Statistics Research Unit of the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and to the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya won the Box Medal and challenged the members of ENBIS in his acceptance speech:

"My challenge to you is that you will tell some audience about work you have done, and completed successfully because you used a statistical method. But that audience must be of people who are not statisticians. And you will have spoken to those people through publications that are for the wider public, through magazines or newspapers, or from a public platform. You might even write a short story or a play. … That is my challenge: Tell the world, outside your circle, of work you have done, and done successfully because you used statistics."

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This year, Wiley will provide the awards and the travel costs of the winner will be jointly covered by the American Statistical Association and ENBIS in celebration of the International Year of Statistics (Statistics2013).

Statistics2013 announced in their newsletter (26th August 2013) that the Greenfield Challenge Committee selected four award honorees.

They are:

1st Prize: Michael Lutz, Espéran Padonou and Olivier Roustant

The work done by Michael Lutz, Espéran Padonou and Olivier Roustant has shown non-statisticians outside their circle that the work they have done could not have been done without statistics. It is therefore an excellent demonstration of the power of statistics.
Award:
 free registration for ENBIS-13
 a budget of up to EUR 1,500 to cover travel and accommodation expenses (provided by
ENBIS and American Statistical Association)
 Wiley book voucher of EUR 100 each

2nd Prize: Dammika Lakmal Walpitage & Team

The efforts of Dammika Lakmal Walpitage and her team are directed towards non-statisticians, specifically the general public. The play (one in a series of plays) demonstrates the importance of statistics in a playful yet very thoughtful way.
Award:
 free registration for ENBIS-13 for one team member
 Wiley book voucher of EUR 400

3. Prize: Ian Morton and Nicola Petty

Ian uses nice examples to demonstrate what statistics means to him personally. Nicola created a web resource for statistics educators with numerous unusual examples.Both contributions are original but oriented more towards teaching/explaining than using statistics. They are nevertheless so exciting that they have to be publicly recognized.
Award:
 free registration for ENBIS-13 for both prize winners
 Wiley book voucher of EUR 200 for each prize winner

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