Deadline: April 14, 2019 00:00 (CEST)| Apply here
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Eligibility: Students from all grades and all countries are invited to participate
International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition 2019
The International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition is an international science competition that enables students from all countries to prove their skills and to unleash their creativity in the fields of astronomy and astrophysics.
IAAC gives you the opportunity to apply your skills to challenging problems. Participants can receive certificates, awards, cash prizes, and global recognition.
The IAAC is the biggest online astronomy competition for students from all countries, that allows you to show your knowledge and astronomy skills!
Win awards and cash prizes worth over 700 USD or become official IAAC ambassador in your country!
Who can participate?
In order to participate in the International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition, you have to be a high-school or university student. Students from all grades and all countries are invited to participate!
There are two age categories:
- Junior: under 18 years on 14. April 2019 (submission deadline)
- Youth: over 18 years on 14. April 2019 (submission deadline)
Depending on your age category you will have to score more points to qualify for the next round. To solve the problems you should be interested in astronomy, smart, and creative.
Prizes and Awards
All participants receive participation certificates.
The best students receive the 1. prize, 2. prize, and 3. prize with a cash award of 200 USD, 150 USD, and 100 USD.
Furthermore, the most outstanding participants from each global region (Africa, America, Europe, Greater Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia) receive the 1., 2. and 3. regional award to honor their excellence.
There are also special school awards and awards for ambassadors.
Process and Rounds
- Qualification Round
The qualification round is the first stage and consists of five astronomy problems that have been published online. You can download the problem sheet below. The problems vary in topic and difficulty: Some of the problems test your astronomy knowledge, others require calculations. The qualification round will not only sharpen your mind but you may also learn more about astronomy and astrophysics!
- Pre-Final Round
Participants that have solved the qualification round successfully are qualified to participate in the pre-final round. The problems will be more challenging, but even more interesting! The pre-final round consists of 10 different problems that vary in difficulty, points, and topic.
- Final Round
Participants that have solved the pre-final round successfully are qualified to participate in the final round: The final round consists of a single 60-minutes exam with 40 multiple-choice questions. The questions require knowledge about astronomy and astrophysics as well as calculation skills and creativity.
Interested in applying for the International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition 2019? Register your participation by following the registration link and taking the suggested steps.