On July 29, the 49th International Physics Olympiad IPhO 2018 announced the results of this year’s competition that was held in Lisbon, Portugal, from July 21-29. The Russian team won one silver and four gold medals.
The gold went to Vyacheslav Kuznetsov, Grigory Bobkov, Stanislav Tsapaev from Moscow and to Zakhar Yakovlev from St. Petersburg. A Moscow high school student Aleksey Shishkin was awarded the silver. Grigoriy Bobkov became the absolute runner-up of the competition, being outscored only by a contestant from China. In addition, Grigoriy was also given a special prize for obtaining the best results among the European participants.
Artem Voronov, MIPT’s vice-rector for academic and pre-university education and the team leader, commented on the results: “Each team member has put great effort into winning his medal. The tasks given at the Olympiad are similar to scientific research problems, so the participants require a thorough and intensive training. The Russian team has been coached by MIPT’s undergrads and PhD students, who, being former contestants themselves, have first-hand experience of competing at a such level and so know exactly what to do to achieve excellent results. Joint efforts and hard work make sure that Russian participants consistently take top places and are ready to reach new heights”.
The team supervisors also included Mikhail Osin, the associate professor at MIPT’s Department of General Physics, and Vitaly Shevchenko, a staff member of the Curriculum Laboratory for Engaging Gifted Students at MIPT. Fedor Tsybrov, also a lab employee, served as a contest observer. An important part of the training was given at the boot camp at MIPT and Sirius educational center by the laboratory’s staff Alexander Kiselev, Aleksey Noyan, and Arseniy Pikalov.
The International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) is an annual international physics competition for high school students. IPhO, which was first held in 1967, aims to recognize a significant role of physics in the development of science and technology, promotes physics education, and enhances contacts and co-operation among scientists and educators all over the world.