Instructions N 4
Supplementary Instructions N 4 in Russian
(not ready now)
The IAO-type events have to stimulte the science-educating style
of the Olympiads.
The main principles of the IAO-type
events are the following:
To follow the main science-educating principles of the
IAO-type events and Schools for Young Astrophysicists, particularly:
- The science-educating part of the Event should dominate under
the competing part.
- The main purpose of the rounds should be education and popularization
astronomy and science and not selection for the next stage of the olympic
system (includind not selection for the IAO, APAO, CIS-Olympiad, etc.).
- The Event cannot be a final stage of the National Astronomy Olympiads
(except those for small countries with population below 20 000 000) or
National Selection Camp.
- Problems of the rounds have to be creative in style and
stimulate an interest for science creative activity of students.
Problems for Theoretical and Practical rounds have to demand multi-step
solutions and not only answers (as a part of this point it is unacceptence
to use the so called "multiple-choice questions" at the IAO-type events -
see explanation in FAQ), even
more, undersatnding of nature of process and way for solution should
be more important than formal answers.
- Problems should be the same for all the participants in every
group (i.e. different variants are not possible).
- The event should follow acadimic principles of individual
contacts of scientists with participants, particularly it restricts the
number of participants by 100-150 students.
- Excursions to the scientific institutions and observatories
should be scientific (and not of the common for tourists style).
- Activities of the organizers for household conditions of the Event
should not dominate under activities for the science-educating conditions.
While the Event is mostly Olympiad it is quite desirable to follow
other principles of NSC-Olympiads as well and to fulfill during the programme
all the main points analogous to ones of the International Astronomy Olympiad:
- Official opening ceremony
- Unofficial opening ceremony, welcome party
- Theoretical round (or theoretical part in joint round)
- Practical round (or practical part in joint round)
- Observational round or observational activity
- Scientific (astronomy) Lecture(s)
- Scientific excursions to observatories and telescopes
- Historical or cultural excursions
- Closing ceremony
- Creative round or round with part of creative problems is desired
The recommended duration of the IAO-type event is
8-9 days (7-8 nights) like the standard
duration of the IAO or APAO. The minimum duration of the IAO-type
event is defined as 5 days (4 nights). The Local Organizing
Committee may set the duration of the Event as short (5, 6 or 7
days - 4, 5 or 6 nights), standard (8 days - 7 nights) or
extended (9 or 10 days - 8 or 9 nights). The competing part of
the IAO-type event should be carried out on the following days:
in 5-days programme: from the 2nd to 4th (recommended from the 2nd to 3rd);
The recommended programme for IAO-type events (like for the
IAO) is defined by the Supplementary Instructions N 6.
in 6-days programme: from the 2nd to 4th (2nd to 4th);
in 7-days programme: from the 2nd to 5th (2nd to 4th or from the 3rd to 5th);
in 8-days programme: from the 3rd to 6th (3rd to 5th);
in 9-days programme: from the 3rd to 7th (from the 3rd to 6th);
in 10-days programme: from the 3rd to 8th (from the 3rd to 7th).
The minimal numbers at the IAO-type events to be registered
(first time organizing event / other events):
teams - 6 / 8;
teams, arriving from other towns (i.e. living in the hotels, hostels or dormitories) - 4 / 7;
students - 20 / 20;
students, arriving from other towns (i.e. living in the hotels, hostels or dormitories) - 10 / 15;
foreign language teams for an international IAO-type event - 1 / 2.
IAO OCC Chairman, IAO OCC Vice-chairman or at least one foreign member
of IAO OCC has to be at the Event (as an organiser, team leader or observer).
Timetable of preparing the IAO-type events to be registered
(first time organizing event / other events):
- to declare the Event to be organised, including to declare desire
that this Event to be registered by IAO OCC an International IAO-type event
(with opening a Web-page in Native and one of the official IAO languages) -
90 / 120 days before the Event beginning;
- to declare the actual dates of the Event (*), the deadlines for
applications and frames of the programme-schedule (including publishing
all the information at the Web-page) - 75 / 90 days before the Event beginning
(*) in the very special cases these dates may be moved to later dates
- every deadline should be known at least 30 days before this deadline
- to publish at the Web-page list of foreign teams applied (at least
preliminary applied) to participate in the Event, to send this list adding
by the Names and addresses of responsible persons (team leaders as usual)
and proposed number of students in these teams to the IAO OCC - 45 / 60 days
before the Event beginning
- to publish results of the Event's Olympiad (participating teams,
number of participants, realized programme, winners, prizewinners) at the
Web-page (in Native and one of the official IAO languages) - 10 / 10 days
after the Event's closing ceremony date
- to send to IAO OCC the total set of problems used at the Olympiad
and its solutions (except solutions of creative problems if used) in Native
and one of the official IAO languages - 14 / 14 days after the Event's closing
Delay in any of this points leads to unregister the Event as International.
The full text of the current Supplementary Instructions N 4
IAO-type events and Schools for Young Astrophysicists to be
presented later. Since the full text is not presented, other
points due to the #2.1. of the
Acting Statutes/Regulations on the International Astronomy Olympiad
are defined by the Chairman of the Olympic Coordinating Council.
Those who are interested to get further information about the
IAO-type events are welcome to
contact the Olympic Coordinating Council in English or Russian.
Also the Olympic Coordinating
Council will be glad to
receive your proposals.
Dr. Michael G. Gavrilov,
Founding Chairman of the International Astronomy Olympiad,
ISSP of Russ. Acad. Sci., Institute street 2, 142432 Chernogolovka, Moscow region, Russia.
fax: + 7 - (496-52)-28-160