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Three silver and two bronze medals for German team at the International Physics Olympiad

24. July 2017
Three silver and two bronze medals for German team at the International Physics Olympiad

The German student team at the 48th IPhO in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. LTR: Konstantin Schwark (Silver), Maurice Zeuner (Bronze), Pascal Reeck (Bronze), Christian Schmidt (Silver), und Markus Zetto (Silver)

From July 16th to 23rd, 2017, Yogyakarta, Indonesia hosted the 48th International Physics Olympiad where nearly 400 students from 84 nations competed in practical and theoretical problem solving. Germany was represented by:

- Pascal Reeck, Wilhelm-Ostwald-Gymnasium (Leipzig)
- Christian Schmidt, Martin-Andersen-Nexö-Gymnasium (Dresden)
- Konstantin Schwark, Carl-Zeiss-Gymnasium (Jena)
- Markus Zetto, Leibniz-Gymnasium (Rottweil)
- Maurice Zeuner, Carl-Zeiss-Gymnasium (Jena).

Christian Schmidt, Konstantin Schwark, and Markus Zetto won Silver, Pascal Reeck and Maurice Zeuner took home bronze medals, placing Germany in the upper third of the world ranking.

The team was accompanied by Dr. Stefan Petersen of the IPN and Martin Krebs, an IPhO alumni, now researching at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel.

For the 48th International Physics Olympiad, 395 students from 84 nations, some 200 tutors, 100 jurors, numerous guests of honor, and countless guides and volunteers assembled in Yogyakarta. Indonesia had agreed to host the event, when this year’s designated host had suddenly backed out.

Networking and experiencing the rich Indonesian culture definitely was a highlight for the participants, the actual competition however, was not without glitches. A number of the theoretical assignments had to be replaced be new ones on short notice, technical difficulties delayed the timely translation of assignments and compromised the schedule. Some students didn’t even get their paperwork in their native language and had to make due with an English version.

On account of these difficulties it was decided not to publish a ranking this year but just the medal count.

Still, many thanks goes to Indonesia’s Ministry of Education for organizing the event and hopefully next year’s 49th Physics Olympiad in Lisbon, Portugal will not have to struggle with such difficulties.

Contact:
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