SRI LANKAN ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS
SRI LANKAN JUNIOR ASTRONOMY OLYMPIAD COMPETITION (Gr. 6-9) - 2013
Selection of representatives to attend the 7th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics - Greece, July/August, 2013
The 7th Sri Lankan Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad competition (Gr. 10-13) and 3rd Sri Lankan Junior Astronomy Olympiad competition (Gr. 6-9) was held on June 15, 2013 from 11.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. The knowledge of the applicants was tested with a one and half hour theory paper on Astronomy. Those who wish to participate in the 2014 competition must inform the Institute of Physics on or before May 15, 2014 and register themselves by sending the application form available above.
Those who do well in the national competition will be given medals and certificates. Five students were selected to participate at the 6th IOAA. The 6th IOAA was held in Brazil, in August, 2012. The selected students were trained extensively before their departure. To participate in the International Olympiad, the age of the contestants must not exceed nineteen (19) years to the 1st January of the current year. This event is organized by the Institute of Physics – Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Department of Physics, University of Colombo.
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
Instituteof Physics Sri Lankain collaboration with the Department of Physics, and Ministry of Education has made arrangements to hold national competitions, related to international events annually. Universityof Colombo
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
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 Instituteof Physics . 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.