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Six young German science talents headed to the 14th International Junior Science Olympiad in Nijmegen, Netherlands

17. October 2017

During the weeklong final national qualification in Hanover, 42 finalists competed in a very tough contest to earn their ticket for the 14th International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO).

October 13, 2017, the best six students received their medals and placement on the German national team in front of 120 guests at the award ceremony in Hanover’s historic city hall. Professor Michèle Heurs held a lecture about the fascinating topic of gravitational waves and harpist and “Jugend musiziert” lauretate Johanna Görißen provided the musical program.

Tobias Messer (Dresden) won first place, followed closely by Franz Loose (Dresden) and Salome Schwark (Frankfurt). Max Hofschen (Penzberg), Thomas Kornalik (Forchheim), and Damian Groß (Magdeburg) also made it onto the national team. This year’s young talent award went to the twelve year old Samuel Vena-Veloso (Bad Homburg).

Next stop for the six winners will be a preparatory seminar at the IPN - Leibniz Institute for Science
and Mathematics Education in Kiel before heading out to the IJSO in Nijmwegen in early December. There they will join 300 other young students from about 50 nations, to compete for Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

Members of the German national team for the IJSO 2017

# Name School
1 Tobias Messer Martin-Andersen-Nexö-Gymnasium Dresden, Saxony
2 Franz Loose Martin-Andersen-Nexö-Gymnasium Dresden, Saxony
3 Salome Schwark Internatsschule Schloss Hansenberg Geisenheim, Hesse
4 Max Hofschen Gymnasium Penzberg, Bavaria
5 Thomas Kornalik Ehrenbürg-Gymnasium Forchheim, Bavaria
6 Damian Groß Werner-von-Siemens-Gymnasium Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt

Germany has participated successfully in the International Science Olympiads since 2004. The students are selected during a four round national competition.

Trials for 2018 will start Nov. 1, 2017, with public secondary II schools invited by mail. Information is also available on the Internet: www.ijso.info

contact:

PD Dr. Heide Peters
Head of German IJSO competition
IPN - Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education
Olshausenstr. 62
24118 Kiel
Phone +49 0431 / 8803133
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