Russia hosts International Physics Olympiad for the first time

The International Physics Olympiad started in Russia. Following a decision by the Russian government, this competition was organized by the country’s Ministry of Education, the Government of Moscow and Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) with support of Rossotrudnichestvo. More than 200 high school and university students from almost 40 countries are participating in the olympiad.

“We have been thorough in our approach to both the examinations themselves and the technical matters, creating a safe and comfortable environment for all participants. The fact that our school students perform successfully at IPhO and other world-class intellectual competitions evidences that gifted children in Russia consistently receive good training”, – Russian Education Minister Sergei Kravtsov said.

“Science, education, and participation in olympiads and competitions unite young people around the world, allowing them to understand each other better, make friends, and build relationships based on trust and respect, – the head of Rossotrudnichestvo Yevgeny Primakov remarked. – We will provide all possible support to the organizers and participants, so that The International Physics Olympiad was held at the highest level and strengthened the prestige of the Russian Federation not only as one of the leading scientific countries, but also as a country able to hold international competitions in different fields at the highest international standards”.

The International Physics Olympiad consists of two stages, with each national team working on the contest problems in its own country and doing a theoretical exam on Dec. 8, and a practical exam on Dec. 10.

Russia certainly deserves the right to host IPhO, as the Russian school of physics is among the most prominent worldwide. The alumni and faculty of MIPT alone include 10 Nobel laureates in physics, and the school and university students trained by MIPT professors have been earning gold at olympiads for over 20 years.

Due to the pandemic this year’s olympiad has to happen in a distributed mode and the participants won’t get the opportunity to meet their fellow students and the leading professors from MIPT. Despite this, MIPT delivered lab equipment to more than 40 countries.

The olympiad traditionally consists of two stages, with the theoretical and the experimental exams. Although the students will be taking part in the competition remotely, the problems themselves are as tough as those at the top international competitions. The contest will employ dedicated experts and video surveillance to monitor rule compliance.

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