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XIV International Astronomy Olympiad

Hangzhou (China), November 8-16, 2009.

Summaries. Results


Short information

The 14th International Astronomy Olympiad has been held successfully in Hangzhou (China) on November 8-16, 2009. It was the second time the Olympiad held in China.


There were 17 teams participated and 1 team observed in the XIV IAO:

  • Armenia Armenia
  • Bulgaria Bulgaria
  • China China
  • Croatia Croatia
  • Czechia Czechia
  • Estonia Estonia
  • India India
  • Indonesia Indonesia
  • Italy Italy
  • Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
  • Korea Korea
  • Lithuania Lithuania
  • Moscow Land Moscow Land (ind.)
  • Romania Romania
  • Russia Russia
  • Serbia Serbia
  • Sweden Sweden
  • Ukraine Ukraine (observers)

  • Common photo of participants
    will be published later



    In the evening of November 14, at the conclusion of all the rounds the results being available, the Jury Board members have a meeting to look at the overall performance of all the students without knowing their names or nationalities (the so called "blind minutes"). As the usual procedure at this meeting, they decided on the cut off level for the I Diploma, II Diploma, III Diploma (corresponding to the Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals) and Diploma of Participation. Here is this decision. But, as per convention, the names were not announced till the Closing Ceremony.

    The Closing Ceremomy took place on November 15. Fourteen students won the first prizes in the Olympiad, including Prafulla Dhariwal, India (group Alpha) and Luo Liantong, China (group Beta) reached the best results.



    The whole list of Winners and Prizewinners of the Olympiad

    The Web-page of the XIV Olympiad before its organisation (information for possible participants)

    Schedule of the Olympiad 2009:

  • Saturday, November 7 - Arrival of some teams
  • Sunday, November 8 - Day of arrival
  • Monday, November 9 - Day of opening ceremony, transfer to Tianhuangping
  • Tuesday, November 10 - Day of the theoretical round
  • Wednesday, November 11 - Day of excursion and observational round
  • Thursday, November 12 - Day of excursions
  • Friday, November 13 - Day of the practical round, transfer back to Hangzhou
  • Saturday, November 14 - Rest day
  • Sunday, November 15 - Day of closing ceremony
  • Monday, November 16 - Day of teams departure
  • Tuesday, November 17 - Departure of some teams

    Committees of the XIV IAO

    The Olympic Advisory Committee 2009

  • M. G. Gavrilov (IAO Chairman) - Chairman,
  • J. Zhu (Beijing, XIV IAO-2009 and X IAO-2005 LOC Chairman),
  • C. Boehm (Trieste, XIII IAO-2008 LOC Chairman),
  • I. V. Salnikov (Simferopol', XII IAO-2007 and IX IAO-2004 LOC Chairman),
  • A. Kumar (Bombay, XI IAO-2006 LOC Chairman),
  • A. R. Vaesterberg (Stockholm, VIII IAO-2003 LOC Chairman).

    Local Organizing Committee 2009

  • Prof. Miao (Hangzhou) - Co-Chairperson
  • Dr. Jin Zhu (Beijing) - Co-Chairman, jinzhu@bjp.org.cn
  • Prof. Lin Lan (Hangzhou) - Vice-Chairperson, linlan826@163.com
  • Postal address: Hangzhou High School, 238 Feng Qi Rd, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province 310003, China
  • Phone: +86-571-85154684-(837)
  • Mobile phone: +86-13071884503
  • Web-site of LOC, helpful information

    Methodical Commissions and Jury Board 2009

  • Dr. Michael G. Gavrilov - Chairman
  • Dr. Jin Zhu - Vice-Chairman
  • Dr. Li Jian - Chairman, Practical Round
  • I. V. Salnikov - Chairman, Observational Round
  • 16 team leaders represent 16 teams - members, international part
  • 5 LOC members

      Dr. Michael G. Gavrilov, Founding Chairman and Coordinator of the International Astronomy Olympiad (IAO)
      ISSP of Russ. Acad. Sci., Academician Ossipyan street 2, 142432 Chernogolovka, Moscow region, Russia.

      URL: http://www.issp.ac.ru/iao/2009/
      e-mail: gavrilov@issp.ac.ru
      fax: + 7-(496-52)-49-701

    Updated 13.12.2009.