0620 GMT January 19, 2020
Iran emerged as the winner of the 12th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA 2018) in the Chinese capital of Beijing.
Iran’s A team received five gold medals at the prestigious annual event, IRNA quoted Fatemeh Mohajerani, the head of the National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents and Young Researchers, as saying on Sunday.
She added two teams comprising nine students represented Iran in the contest, listing their names as Hoda Pourgholami, Amir-Ali Ekhteraei, Amir-Pouya Moeini, Navid Akbari, Alireza Mohammadian, Ali Younessi, Kian Bakhtari, Mohammad-Sadra Heidari and Mohammad Shojaeian.
According to her, Iran’s B team consisting of four students earned one gold and three silvers.
Mohajerani described the Iranian students’ achievement as one of the best results by the organization in the scientific competition over the past years.
Collecting a gold, three silvers and one bronze, Iran finished in third place in the previous edition of the IOAA in Thailand.
IOAA is an annual event for highly performed high school students from all around the world. Established in Thailand in 2006, it was initiated by five countries including Thailand, Indonesia, Iran, China and Poland to proliferate astronomy among high school students and foster friendship among young astronomers at international level to build cooperation in the field of astronomy in the future among young scholars.
Among the countries to have hosted the event are Thailand (2007 and 2017), Indonesia (2008 and 2015), Iran (2009), China (2010), Poland (2011), Brazil (2012), Greece (2013), Romania (2014) and India (2016).