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Copenhagen, here we come! EUSO 2017 German National Team Nominated

31. March 2017

An exciting final round at the University of Potsdam determined the two teams representing Germany in the European Science Olympiad (EUSO) in Copenhagen, Denmark this year.

Team A: Bruno Ederer (Biology, Carl-Zeiss-Gymnasium, Jena, Thuringia), Jakob Schramm (Chemistry, Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium, Erfurt, Thuringia) und David Ventzke (Physics, Wilhelm-Ostwald-Schule, Leipzig, Saxony).

Team B: Sophia Häußler (Biology, Schönbuch-Gymnasium, Holzgerlingen, Baden-Württemberg), Lea Wagner (Chemistry, Emil-von-Behring-Gymnasium, Spardorf, Bavaria) und Salome Schwark (Physics, Internatsschule Schloss Hansenberg, Geisenheim, Hesse).

As has become customary, Prof. Helmut Prechtl hosted the selection seminar for the EUSO at the University of Potsdam Golm, while PD Dr. Burkhard Schroeter and Dr. Stefan Petersen of the IPN, Kiel, Dr. Matthias Grießner (Hannover), Dave Hartig (Braunschweig) and Clara Bultmann (Heidelberg) oversaw the competition.

The 15 contestants were the 3rd round finalists from the International Olympiads for Biology (IBO), Chemistry (IChO), and Physics (IPhO), as well as the German national team of last year’s International Junior Sciences Olympiad.

The EUSO is an interdisciplinary team science competition. For this reason teams from all disciplines, Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics were formed to tackle the 4.5 hour long interdisciplinary practical test. The two best teams became the national teams.

But the competition does not only mean grueling exams for the students, but is also an opportunity to get to know each other and spend some fun time together. This year the contestants visited the Biosphere Potsdam, an impressive tropical greenhouse showcasing the immense diversity of the delicate tropical and sub-tropical biosphere.

Since Germany is the reigning EUSO-Champion, the newly formed teams are under the additional pressure to defend the title. Suitably, the two teams received an invitation from the Austrian EUSO-teams for a five day joint practice session at the Lakesidepark laboratories in April. There they will get to know the Austrian teams and strive to improve their expertise and experimenting skills. They will be accompanied by the IPN’s Dr. Burkhard Schoeter and two time gold medalist Anne Omlor (EUSO 2013, 2014).

In May they will travel to the 15th European Union Science Olympiad in Copenhagen, Denmark, where students from 24 countries compete for medals. We are looking forward to an exciting competition.

Special thanks goes to the IPN’s biology and chemistry laboratories’ staff for preparing the laboratory tests as well as the supervising tutors overseeing the competition.

Contact:

PD Dr Burkhard Schroeter
phone: 0431 / 880 3135
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