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Student Competition Best of 8ECM

Form teams and find best solutions in the fields of Financial Mathematics and Actuarial Science!


Students at all levels of studies are invited to apply for the competition within the 8th European Congress of Mathematics and win a cash prize of € 1,250!

The competition is held under the auspices of the Slovenian Insurance Association.



The competition is announced as part of the 8th European Congress of Mathematics, taking place online from 20 to 26 June 2021. The 8ECM is one of the largest events in mathematics in 2021 and one of the most important scientific events in Slovenia, hosting over 1000 mathematicians from around the world. The main sponsor of the 8ECM is the Slovenian Insurance Association, which will award cash prizes in the total amount of € 5,000 as part of this competition.

There are 4 challenges available.

The best team within each challenge topic is the winner of cash prizes in the amount of € 1,250!



Teams can have up to three members, and will be tasked with solving one of 4 challenges of their choosing.

Following the evaluation process in the 1st round, the best teams will progress to the 2nd round where they will eventually present their solutions at the final Career Day, to be held online during the 8ECM official program on Thursday, 24 June 2021.


The competition is open to anyone with student status, regardless of their level of study (i.e. undergraduate, master's and doctoral students) or which Faculty or University they are enrolled at. The official language of the competition is English, so we kindly invite all foreign students to apply!


Students can participate in a team of one, two or a maximum of three members. If a student competes individually, they are considered as a “one-member-team”, equal to all other teams. Teams can be mixed in regard to their field or academic level of study. Each student can be a member of only one team. 


Teams will work to solve one out of four available challenges. Some tasks are more practical in nature; there is an emphasis on numerical results. Others are more theoretical with more emphasis on descriptive writing.

The challenges are:


The teams can choose and prepare for their challenge before submitting their application (deadline 1 June 2021). Once the team applies for the challenge, all members will receive access to a forum where they can contact their mentors (authors of the challenge) for guidance and possible additional information and upload their solutions. 


There is no registration fee.



• 15 April 2021 – Registration open

• 1 June 2021 – Deadline for applications

• 10 June 2021 – Deadline for submission of challenge solutions

• 24 June 2021 – Career Day, dedicated to presentations and announcing the winners!


Each team can register only once and for only one challenge.

Deadline for submission is 10 June 2021.



Members of the selection committee evaluating solutions to the challenges are:

 The Selection Committee will review all solutions that arrive by the set deadline for submissions and shortlist selected solutions for the 2nd round, to be presented at the 8ECM Career Day. After presentations in the 2nd round, one final winning team will be selected for each challenge.


The four final winning teams will each receive a cash prize of € 1,250.


Join in the fun and apply today!


 The competition for the best solutions in the field of financial mathematics and actuarial science, which takes place as part of the 8th European Congress of Mathematics - 8ECM, is published on the website of the Slovenian Insurance Association (https://www.zav-zdruzenje.si/zdruzenje/clanice/) and on the website of the 8th European Congress of Mathematics - 8ECM (https://www.8ecm.eu/). The competition is unique and is announced as part of the 8th European Congress of Mathematics.