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2022 International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition (IAAC)

2022 International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition (IAAC)

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The International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition is an international science competition that enables students from all countries to prove their skills as well as unleash their creativity in the fields of astronomy and astrophysics. IAAC gives you the unique opportunity to apply your skills to challenging problems. Participants can receive certificates, awards, cash prizes, and global recognition.

 Who can participate?

In order to participate in the International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition, you have to be a high-school or university student. Students from all grades and all countries are invited to participate! There are two age categories:

  • Junior: under 18 years on 30. April 2021 (submission deadline)
  • Youth: over 18 years on 30. April 2021 (submission deadline)

Depending on your age category you will have to score more points to qualify for the next round. To solve the problems you should be interested in astronomy, smart, and creative. You should also have a working internet connection to submit your solution online via the submission form: Qualification Round 2021

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 Prizes and Awards

All participants receive participation certificates. The three best students receive a cash award of 150 USD, 100 USD, and 50 USD (both for the youth and junior category). Furthermore, the most outstanding participants from each country receive a special national award to honor their excellence. There are also special school awards and awards for ambassadors.

Process and Rounds

Qualification Round

The qualification round is the first stage and consists of five astronomy problems that have been published online. The problems vary in topic as well as difficulty: Some of the problems test your astronomy knowledge, others require calculations. The qualification round will not only sharpen your mind but you can also learn more about astronomy and astrophysics!

Moreover, all participants of the qualification round will receive participation certificates.
You have to score at least 15 points (junior, under 18 years) or 20 points (youth, over 18 years) to qualify for the pre-final round. Digitally typed solutions receive a special honorary note on the certificates!

Pre-Final Round

Participants that have solved the qualification round successfully are qualified to participate in the pre-final round. The problems will be more challenging, but even more interesting! The pre-final round consists of 10 different problems that vary in difficulty, points, and topic: 4x basic problems (four points), 4x advanced problems (six points), 2x research problems (ten points). It is possible to reach up to 60 points in total. Participants have to reach at least 30 points (junior) or 40 points (youth) to qualify for the final round.

Final Round

Participants that have solved the pre-final round successfully are qualified to participate in the final round: The final round consists of a single online exam with 30 multiple-choice questions. The questions require knowledge about astronomy and astrophysics.

Every finalist has to appoint a teacher who will supervise the final exam. Alternatively, there is the option to record the exam and upload the video. The finalists with the most points in the final round will get the prizes and awards.

New IAAC 2022 problems coming in March!



Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Open toAll
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