International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition 2020

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The Qualification Round 2020 of the International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition has opened! Use your skills and astronomy knowledge to win certificates, awards, and prizes. IAAC gives you the unique opportunity to show your knowledge and astronomy skills in one of the biggest astronomy competition for students from all around the world. Deadline to apply is  17. April 2020.

Student Opportunity
Benefits / Prizes
Successful participants receive certificates, awards, cash prizes, and honours:
  • All Participants: Official Participation Certificate
  • All Finalists: Gold, Silver, Bronze Honour
  • 1. Prize: 200 USD Cash Prize, Special 1. Prize Certificate
  • 2. Prize: 150 USD Cash Prize, Special 2. Prize Certificate
  • 3. Prize: 100 USD Cash Prize, Special 3. Prize Certificate
There also wseveral school awards to honour the efforts of the teachers and the schools:
  • IAAC School Award for Most Participants: This award receives the school with the most overall participants of the qualification round to honour the efforts of the teachers for encouraging students to participate in scientific competitions.
  • IAAC School Award for Most Finalists: This special award receives the school with the most students that have shown outstanding performance and have participated in the pre-final and/or final round.
  • IAAC School Award for Excellence: This award receives the school with many outstanding students that have achieved high results throughout the overall competition to honour the quality education in general.

Rounds / Process

1. Qualification Round: The qualification round 2020 consists of five astronomy problems and you can submit your solutions online until 17. April 2020. All participants receive certificates.
2. Pre-Final Round: Successful participants can register for the pre-final round: You have one week to solve the ten challenging problems of the pre-final round.
3. Final Round: Successful finalists can participate in the final round: You will take a supervised exam of 60 minutes. The winners receive certificates and cash prizes worth over 700 USD.

Main criteria

  • You have to be a high-school or university student to participate in IAAC 2020;
  • Students from all grades and all countries are invited to participate!
The International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition gives students the opportunity to challenge their astronomy and astrophysics knowledge in a friendly competition and – by participating – to learn more about this interesting subject and to extend their horizon. The International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition takes place annually on an international level.
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