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Beijing, International Olympiad on Astronomy – Astrophysics One more great Greek success: 2 bronze medals and 3 honorable mentions

Beijing, International Olympiad on Astronomy – Astrophysics One more great Greek success: 2 bronze medals and 3 honorable mentions

On Monday, November 12th, 2018, the Greek Team arrived in El. Venizelos Airport, having participated in the 12th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics, in Beijing, China (Nov. 2nd to 12th).
This year, Greek Team got two bronze medals (Themis Poultourtzidis, student in Kilkis High School, and Aggelina Bania, former student in Nafpaktos High School and now student of the Medical School of the Univ. of Patras).
Greek Team, also, got three honorable mentions.
The two Team Leaders were Loukas Zachilas, Assistant Professor at the Univ. of Thessaly and Hara Papathanassiou, Lecturer at the Univ. of Leiden, the Netherlands.
The total number of participating countries was 38, while the total number of students was 200 (approx.) Those are the best of the best students of each country!
The competition consists of three parts: (a) Theoretical problems (total examination time: 5 hours), (b) Data Analy-sis problems (total: 5 hours) and (c) Observational problems (total: 30 minutes). The best student of this year was Russian origin and he solved the 89,5% of the problems (which is a great record).
The five members of the Greek Team are chosen (each year) from a National Olympiad, which takes part is 4 suc-cessive stages. This competition is organized by a Club of Amateur Astronomers of Volos and by the University of Thessaly.
Let us specifically note that the five students worked too hard during summertime of 2018, while there were trained and helped by a group of astronomers, astrophysicists and Physics teachers in the facilities of the Universi-ty of Thessaly at Volos.
The main sponsor of the Greek Team is “The Onassis Foundation”, which covers the expenses of the air-tickets to and from the hosting country.

In the photo we may distinguish (from left to right):
L. Zachilas, M. Vourliotis, A. Bania, Arg. Giannisis-Manes, E. Poultourtzidis, D. Gakis, Ch. Kakogiannis and H. Pa-pathanassiou