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Six students for the German team at 13th International Junior Science Olympiad nominated

7. October 2016
Six students for the German team at 13th International Junior Science Olympiad nominated

(c) Wolfgang Kubak

Six young talents will be competing in the 13th International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) in Bali, Indonesia.

During a week-long seminar in Merseburg the best students from all over Germany participated in an exciting and very close selection process for their chance to become part of the national team at the 13th International Junior Science Olympia.

1 place won Salomé Schwark (Hesse) followed by Justus Roßmeier (Bavaria), Raymond Chen (Hesse),  Bruno Neitz (Saxonia), Lea Wagner (Bavaria), and Sophia Häußler (Baden-Württemberg). The young talent award went to the 12 year old David Sauer from Speyer (Rhineland-Palatinate) and for exceptional work in experimenting Petra Diedler (Bavaria), Nina Marx (Brandenburg), und Laura S. Altschulze (Brandenburg) were distinguished.

The IPN organized contest is supported by the Ministries of Education of the Federal States as well as the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and was hosted by IPN’s Dr Heide Peters.

Out of 4,100 students, especially interested in science nationwide, 36 clever minds between the age of 12 and 15 made it to the national finals at the University of Merseburg. During the competition they had to solve theoretical problems in biology, chemistry, and physics and also proof their knowhow in experimenting. For example, students had to trace colors in fish samples in order to be able tell the difference between wild and farmed salmon.

Dr Almut Voigt of the University of Merseburg and her team successfully ran the competition in their student chemistry lab and after an intense research week the winners were declared on Friday, October 7th 2016. In front of guests and dignitaries Federal Minister of Education and Science, Dr Johanna Wanka awarded the medals.

The six students now representing Germany in this year’s IJSO will be attend a training seminar at the IPN in Kiel to prepare them for their trip to Bali. In Indonesia they will compete against 300 youngsters from roughly 50 nations for gold, silver, or bronze.


General information about the IJSO

The first International Junior Science Olympiad was held in 2004 and German students have competed with their international peers for medals every year since. In 2008 a nationwide four round competition was established to select each year the German national team.

Already students have a new chance for next year’s Olympiad. Beginning November 1th 2016 the first round’s theme will be adhesives. Assignment sheets will be sent out at all public schools with secondary level 1 or can be downloaded at: