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Founding of the Asian-Pacific Astronomy Olympiad
Last decades alongside with realisation of six International (all-the-world) Science Olympiads (http://olympiads.win.tue.nl/) on some continents were founded and began to be conducted regional international olympiads, in particular:
Last years a few organisers of the National Astronomy Olympiads in Asian countries and team leaders coming to the International Astronomy Olympiad (IAO), stated wishes to strengthen a role of Asia. The team leaders complained that in their countries very many high school students wish to participate in international astronomy events, that in order to encourage students who do not qualify for the full international programme (International Astronomy Olympiad) some regional programme may invite teams equivalent of second best teams from these countries. Also it would promote astronomy education in their countries and emphasise importance of science education.
There is also interest of East regions of Russia to be more involved into international programmes and to cooperage with other Asian countries.
It means that there are good conditions to found and start realise a new annual astronomy-educating event. So the Board of the Euro-Asian Astronomical Society decided to found the Asian-Pacific Astronomy Olympiad (APAO) and would like to announce that the first such olympiad to be Siberia (Asian part of Russian Federation) in the first decade of December 2005 (a month later than the X IAO in Beijing).
The Chairman of the International Astronomy Olympiad Dr. M.G.Gavrilov has founded the APAO on April 25, 2005.
The Asian-Pacific Astronomy Olympiad has been founded as a "daughter" ("affiliated") olympiad in system of the International Astronomy Olympiad. For the initial period of APAO realisation the Chairman of IAO (Dr. M.G.Gavrilov) will coordinate the organisation of APAO as well in a position of Founding Chairman of the Olympiad.
Founding of the Asian-Pacific Astronomy Olympiad has been approved and ratified by the Board of the Euro-Asian Astronomical Society on June 1, 2005. EAAS Board also approved the first steps of organisation of the First APAO in Siberia in December 2005.
The basic conceptual principles of realisation of the APAO should coincide principles of the IAO (see Statutes of IAO: http://www.issp.ac.ru/iao/statutes/iaoar_e.html). The important features of APAO are: