International Olympiad on Astronomy and
This is the International Olympiadon Astronomy and Astrophysics. In this competition, you will show the world how well you know Astronomy, Physics, and Mathematics, including algebra and analysis
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What is IOAA?
This is the International Olympiadon Astronomy and Astrophysics. In this competition, you will show the world how well you know Astronomy, Physics, and Mathematics, including algebra and analysis.
So, if you dream of taking the next flight into space, like to look at the stars and asteroids in a telescope, and watch every single NASA live broadcast, IOAA is for you.
Why should I participate?
To show your knowledge of Astronomy and Astrophysics on the international arena. Here you will compete for the title of the smartest one with the contestants from different countries, join the world scientific community, and find like-minded people. This is a great start for your career as a Mars researcher, a European Space Agency scientist, or a NASA engineer!
In addition to the competition, you will attend cultural and social events and explore the host country.
How does the competition take place and who can participate?
High school students and first-year university students, who are not more than 20 years old at the time of the event, are invited to participate. Competitors are formed into teams of up to 5 people. They must be well versed in astrotopics and speak English to pass all the stages of the competition!
During the 10 days of IOAA, participants solve theoretical problems, practical data analysis tasks, and observation tasks individually and in teams.
Participants can contact the international jury with questions about the rules or other technical details. But they have to be creative in solving problems themselves :)
How can I get to the IOAA?
Winners of the stage IV of the All-Ukrainian Astronomy Olympiad can take part in the IOAA international competition. After the completion of this stage, the competition organizers will form a team that will pass selection and training. There, participants will listen to lectures on Astronomy, Astrophysics, Physics, and Mathematics. They consolidate their knowledge by analyzing problems and writing tests. In addition, participants will perform exploratory observations of the night sky or visit the planetarium. The training usually lasts from 10 to 21 days. Afterwards, the organizers of the event form a team that will represent Ukraine at the international stage of the IOAA.
Together with the team, you have to successfully cope with all the tasks of the olympiad!
4 rounds with various challenges are waiting for you.
Theory. Here the teams solve 2 long, 4 medium, and 5 short tasks in 5 hours. 50% of the final score depends on its results.
Practice. At this stage, participants solve data analysis tasks within 4 hours. 25% of the final score depends on the results.
Observation. Students answer questions related to sky observation (real or planetarium one). 25% of the final score depends on the results.
Teamwork. This is an additional competition in which national teams receive theoretical and practical tasks to solve problems in the astrosphere. They are developed by local organizers and checked by the team leaders of the participating countries.
What prizes can I get?
At the olympiad, you will compete for:
gold, silver, and bronze medals together with diplomas of the first, second, and third degrees;
special prize and certificate of the absolute winner or the best one in a certain round;
special prize for the international team;
other special prizes from the organizers.
Who covers organizational costs?
If the olympiad is held offline, participants will visit the host country this year. The costs of visas, flights, and other organizational aspects will be covered by the organizers of the olympiad.
The National Center "Junior Academy of Sciences of Ukraine" as the organizer of IOAA 2022 will help solve all organizational issues.
Who can answer my questions?
If you have any questions, leave a message for the International Relations Department: firstname.lastname@example.org
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