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Gold and Silver: A great success for the two German student teams at the European Science Olympiad in Ljubljana

May 7th, 2018

Among the 50 participating teams, the two German student teams won a gold and a silver medal at the European Science Olympiad (EUSO) which ended last weekend. Germany has once again achieved a leading position in a European comparison of countries.

Once a year teams of students from the countries of the European Union compete to solve interdisciplinary, experimental scientific tasks at the European Science Olympiad. 25 countries responded to Slovenia's invitation to the 16th EUSO in Ljubljana in early May this year.

Each delegation consisted of two teams of students, each with an expert in biology, chemistry and physics as well as the accompanying mentors. The 50 teams of students enthusiastically demonstrated their skills in the experimental tasks. This year, the two interdisciplinary exams dealt with scientific questions relating to viticulture. The demanding exams were varied and well prepared from a technical point of view. Each team’s success required a coordinated joint approach with good time management. The questions were based on biological knowledge of insects as pests, chemical analyses of wine quality by determining acid and sugar content and physical investigations of viscosity and surface tension.

The silver medal went to Team A:
Bruno Ederer (Biology, Carl-Zeiss-Gymnasium, Jena, Thüringen),
Alexander Imminger (Chemistry, Dossenberger Gymnasium, Günzburg, Bavaria)
Franz Loose (Physics, Martin-Andersen-Nexö-Gymnasium, Dresden, Saxony)

The gold medal went to Team B:
Sophia Häußler (Biology, Schönbuch-Gymnasium, Holzgerlingen, Baden-Württemberg),
Damian Groß (Chemistry, Werner-von-Siemens-Gymnasium Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt)
Tobias Messer (Physics, Martin-Andersen-Nexö-Gymnasium, Dresden, Saxony)

The focus beyond the exams was on young people getting to know others from the different countries. This is an important building block for friendship and mutual understanding across national borders.

After a busy week, the last day of the event was reserved for the festive award ceremony with the Slovenian Minister of Education and other guests of honor.

The young people were accompanied by Dr. Burkhard Schroeter and Dr. Stefan Petersen from the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) in Kiel, which is responsible for the national preselection and training of the Olympic athletes, as well as Dave Hartig (TU Braunschweig) and Anne Omlor (University of Freiburg).

The Slovenian organizers deserve great recognition for an excellently organized and inspiring competition, which both the young people and the mentors will certainly remember for a long time to come. Special thanks also go to the Austrian team and its supervisors with whom the German teams were able to conduct a joint training camp in Klagenfurt, Austria.

Next year the 17th EUSO will take place in Almada, Portugal.

Contact :
Dr. Burkhard Schroeter
IPN an der Universität Kiel
Olshausenstraße 62
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