Euro-Asian Astronomical Society
The International Astronomy Olympiad
on International Olympiad
of the Euro-Asian Astronomical Society
The Statutes ratified by the Board
of the Euro-Asian Astronomical Society
on June 7, 1996.
1. General Part.
With the aim of providing steady development of astronomy and
spreading astronomical knowledge the Euro-Asian
Astronomical Society (EAAS) and the Euro-Asian
Association of Astronomy Teachers (EAATA) of the EAAS with
the assistance of the P.K.Sternberg
State Astronomical Institute (in Moscow),
Special Astrophysical Observatory
of Russian Academy of Sciences (in Niznij Arkhyz) and the
Branch of the M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University (in Chernogolovka)
found an International Olympiad of the Euro-Asian Astronomical Society
(International Astronomy Olympiad in short) for school children as
a form of popularizing natural science among children and
the young people, singling out the most gifted students.
The International Astronomy Olympiad (IAO) is held every year
in autumn starting 1996, in various countries. Teams of school
children (winners of national olympiads) from all interested
states take part in the Olympiad. The fundamental principles
for the organization, realization and holding of the Olympiad
are defined by the Founders and stated in the present Founding
2. Fundamental Principles
of Organization, Realization and Holding
of the International Astronomy Olympiads.
2.1. Aims and Purposes of the Olympiad.
The main purposes of the Olympiad are:
- popularization of natural science knowledge, scientific approach to
astronomy and the correlated sciences;
- enhancement of the interest in astronomy, physics and cosmonautics
for the young people;
- singling out gifted schoolchildren, rendering them assistance;
- invigorating activities of faculties, circles, sections, scientific
societies, clubs of the students and other forms of activities with
- improvement of teaching of astronomy and astronomical aspects in
physics in secondary schools;
- rendering possible assistance to the students in choosing their
2.2. Basic Principles, Statutes and Regulations of the Olympiad.
Basic principles of organization, realization and holding
of the Olympiad are defined by the Founders and stated in the
present Founding Statutes.
On the basis of the present Founding Statutes the
Coordinating Council of the International Astronomy Olympiad
elaborated and if necessary replenishes the "Acting
Statutes/Regulations on International Astronomy Olympiad
of School Children" which are approved at the meeting
of authorized representatives from the founding organizations
and participating states held every year during
the Olympic period. The Acting
Statutes/Regulations specify the principles of the organization
of the Olympiad and define the concrete forms of its realization
and holding. The Statutes/Regulations are valid since the moment
of their adoption till new regulations or their new edition are
Concrete forms of realization and holding the Olympiad
not stipulated in the Regulations are defined by the Olympic
2.3. Organizations Sponsoring and Holding the Olympiad.
The International Astronomy Olympiad is sponsored and held
by the Euro-Asian Astronomical Society, Euro-Asian Association
of Astronomy Teachers, astronomical organizations of the
participating states and other organizations.
2.4. Procedures and Partipants of the Olympiad.
The International Astronomy Olympiad is held every year in the
period from September till December in one of the astronomical
centres of the Olympiad member-states.
School children of several age groups take part in the Olympiad.
2.5. Forming of Teams in the States Participating in the Olympiad.
Teams from the participating states consisting of National Olympiad
winners and prizewinners of the previous International Olympiad take part
in the Olympiad. The Olympiad participants are not supposed to study at
any institutions of higher education.
Departments of EAAS of Olympiad member-states (in case of their
absence - other astronomical societies, leading observatories, astronomical
departments of universities, education ministries and other competent
bodies of these countries) are authorized to form the teams of the
2.6. Working Languages of the Olympiad.
The Working languages of the Olympiad are the official languages
of the Euro-Asian Astronomical Society - Russian and, if necessary,
2.7. Working Bodies of the Olympiad.
The meeting of authorized representatives from the organization
founders and the states participating in the Olympiad aprove its
leading body - the Coordinating Council of the IAO which consists of
representatives of founders, participating states and leading
international astronomy organizations.
Methodical Commission and other comissions assigned to work in
concrete directions are formed under the Coordinating Council.
The Coordinating Council forms an IAO jury for the period of
holding the current Olympiad. Members of the Methodical Comission,
Coordinating Council, scientists and teachers of the organizer-state
together with scientists, teachers and amateurs from other states
take part in the work of the jury board.
2.8. Problems for the Olympiad, their Preparing and Selection.
The Olympiad is held in several rounds. Each round offers the
students a few problems (or one complex problem). The complexity of
the problems depends on the various levels of competence of the
Methodical Commission of the Coordinating Council jointly
with the Commission of the Astronomical Centre, where the Olympiad
is held, prepares and selects problems for the Olympiad.
2.9. Financing of the Olympiad.
The Olympiad is financed mainly by fees of the participating
The IAO Coordinating Council may form the Fund of the Olympiad
to cover the expenses partially or fully. The fund raises money from
allocations of states and organizations, holding the Olympiad,
sponsors' contributions and other payments of corporate and physical
bodies. The fund spends the money according to the estimate approved
by the Coordinating Council.
National organizing committees of the participating states
may form local (national) funds, incl. funds at the expense of
the educational institutions. These funds provides organization
of the national Olympiads through local organizing committees
and pay for the teams sent to the International Olympiad.
2.10. Status of the Olympiad.
That the International Astronomy Olympiad has a status
of international intellectual competition. The status of
the Olympiad can not be changed or transformed.
2.11. Alterations of the Basic Principles of the Olympiad
Taking into consideration a significant and specific part
of Astronomy in the educational system and common human culture,
the fundamental principles of the Olympiad are defined initially
in the text of the present Founding Statutes.
Correction and specification of principles of organization,
realization and holding of the Olympiad are realised by the
alteration of the "Acting Statutes/Regulations on the
Olympiad". Making changes in the text of the Founding
Statutes is not allowed.
The original text of these Statutes is written in Russian.