The Asian Physics Olympiad (APhO) will bring 200 of the region’s best and brightest teenagers from 25 countries to Australia for nine days of academic competitions and cultural activities from 5-13 May 2019.
The competition involves two 5-hour long exams of university standard, one theory and one practical. Each country sends a team of eight competitors. Exams are undertaken individually, with bronze, silver and gold medals awarded to high-scoring students.
Interview with Ruth Carr
Ruth Carr is the Executive Director of Australian Science Innovations and the Executive Director of official organiser. Starting her career as a research scientist, Ruth quickly decided she was better suited to selling science (rather than actually doing it), and took on local and international sales and marketing roles for Novartis Animal Health.
In 2001 Ruth returned to university to complete a Master of Science in Science Communications and now has over 15 years experience managing large-scale science awareness events including National Science Week and the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.
David from Staram had an interview with Ruth in regard to the 20th Asian Physics Olympiad held in Adelaide. Ruth talked about the details about this test and also the significance of this event.
Ruth and David discussed selection process and supports for Australian students, and we all cared about the future path of students who have participated or won this competition.
Ruth Carr - Executive director of Australian Science Innovations
Interview with China Team
Australia’s young physics champions who competed at the first Asian Physics Olympiad to be hosted in Australia have won a bronze medal and two honourable mentions. Bronze medal winner Stephen Catsamas, a Year 12 student from Marcellin College in Melbourne, scored in the top 20 per cent of the competition.
Contestants from China, Russia and Israel attained the top 10 scores of the competition. The overall winner, Gregorii Bobkov from Russia, achieved the highest combined score in the two exams. His prize includes an offer of undergraduate study tuition at the University of Adelaide.
China top scored in the competition with six gold, one silver and one bronze medal, followed by Russia with two gold, four silver and one bronze medal. Special prizes sponsored by the University of Adelaide and Australian Institute of Physics were also awarded to the theoretical exam winner Ruoyu Yan and runner up Kangyao Chen, both from China; experimental exam winner Rassul Magauin from Kazakhstan and runner up Vladimir Malinovskii from Russia; best female performer Shu Ge from Singapore; and best Australian performer, Stephen Catsamas.
Based on their performance at the Asian Physics Olympiad, five of the eight-member Australian team will be chosen to represent Australia at the 2019 International Physics Olympiad in Israel in July. The week-long Asian Physics Olympiad program, held in Adelaide from 5 to 13 May, included a range of cultural and educational activities, including visits to Adelaide schools and universities, and a team challenge where students from different countries worked in mixed teams to find a solution to carbon neutral heating for Adelaide’s Bicentennial Conservatory, which is the southern hemisphere’s largest single-span glasshouse.
The 20th Asian Physics Olympiad was brought to Australia by Australian Science Innovations and funded by the Federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. It was supported by the University of Adelaide, Flinders University, University of South Australia, and 90 volunteers.
As the test finished, Staram had a chance to interview Chinese participants and their coaches.