Sri Lankan Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad Competition (Gr. 10-13) - 2019
Sri Lankan Junior Astronomy Olympiad Competition (Gr. 6-9) - 2019
Selection of representatives to attend in the 14th International Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad competition held in Lithuania in July 2020 and 25th International Astronomy Olympiad competition held in (Country not yet decided)
The 13th Sri Lankan Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad competition and 9th Sri Lankan Junior Astronomy Olympiad competition was held on September 7, 2019 (Saturday) from 11.00am to 1.00 pm at the Universities of Colombo, Kelaniya, Ruhuna (Matara), Rajarata(Mihinthale), Jaffna and the Open University Centres in Kandy(Polgolla) and Batticaloa. A team of five students who do well in the national competition was selected to participate in the 14th International Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad competition held in Lithuania in July 20209 and 25th International Astronomy Olympiad competition held in (Country not yet decided).
This event is organized by the Institute of Physics – Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Department of Physics, University of Colombo.
Registration deadline is 15th August 2019
International OAA Competitions:
The purpose of IOAA is to popularize Astronomy and Astrophysics, and to attract bright high school students all over the world to Science and especially towards Astronomy and Astrophysics. The Institute of Physics Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Department of Physics, University of Colombo and Ministry of Education has made arrangements to hold national competitions, related to international events annually.
Those who sat for the 1st Sri Lankan Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (SLOAA) held in 2007 has won 10 national awards (2 Gold, 3 Silver and 5 Bronze medals) presented by the National Science Foundation at a ceremony held in the BMICH. Further more, five students excelled at the 1st national competition represented Sri Lanka at the 1st International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics held in Thailand in 2007. Three honorable mentions were won by the Sri Lankan students in that event with Sri Lankan team recognized as the 13th best team. Similarly students selected from subsequent SLOAAs represented Sri Lanka at the 2nd IOAA held in Bandung, Indonesia in 2008 and 3rd IOAA held in Tehran, Iran in 2009, and had won several international awards.
Participation at IOAA Competitions:
Those who wish to participate in future IOAA competitions must inform the Institute of Physics once advertised (generally in January of each year) and register themselves by sending the application form together with the prescribed examination fee. Application forms can be downloaded from the link given above. The examination will be held island-wide in 4 centers at the Universities of Colombo, Peradeniya, Ruhuna, and Jaffna.
Those who do well in the national competition will be given medals and certificates. Maximum of five students will be selected to participate at the IOAA. Those selected students will be trained extensively before the departure. To participate in the International Olympiad, the age of the contestants must not exceed twenty (20) years on August 1st. There is no age limit to participate in national competitions.