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European Science Olympiad 2019 - the German national team has been chosen

March 25th, 2019

After an exciting selection round at the University of Potsdam, the two German national teams for the European Science Olympiad (EUSO) 2019 in Almada, Portugal, have now been selected.

Team A consists of:
Fabian Kutz (Biology, Carl-Friedrich-Gausss-Gymnasium, Frankfurt (Oder), Brandenburg)
Maximilian Mittl (Chemistry, Carl-Orff-Gymnasium Unterschleißheim, Bavaria)
Tobias Messer (Physics, Martin-Andersen-Nexö-Gymnasium, Dresden, Saxony)

Team B:
Nantje Nageler (Biology, Carl-Zeiss-Gymnasium, Jena, Thuringia)
Damian Groß (Chemistry, Werner-von-Siemens-Gymnasium, Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt)
Franz Loose (Physics, Martin-Andersen-Nexö-Gymnasium, Dresden, Saxony).

A total of 15 invited students from the 3rd rounds of the selection competition in the Sciene Olympiads in Biology, Chemistry and Physics as well as from last year's National Team of the JuniorScience Olympiad took part in the elimination competitions with practical exams in biology, chemistry and physics. Since the European Science Olympiad (EUSO) is an interdisciplinary scientific team competition, a 3.5-hour interdisciplinary practical retreat was held on the second day of the competition in which the newly formed teams from the three disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics were able to prove themselves. Cooperation and mutual interdisciplinary help within the team are of particular importance. The two national teams were then selected after evaluation of all exam results.

This year' EUSO selection seminar took place by invitation of Prof. Helmut Prechtl at the University of Potsdam-Golm. The selection round was supervised by PD Dr. Burkhard Schroeter and Dr. Stefan Petersen (both IPN, Kiel) as well as by Dave Hartig (Braunschweig), Jan Kruse (Munich) and Annabel Maisl (Würzburg).

In addition to the intense examinations, the students often get to know each other for the first time. The afternoon's leisure activity included bionics in the biosphere in Potsdam, an impressively designed tropical house.

This year, both teams will travel to Klagenfurt for four days at the beginning of April at the invitation of the Austrian EUSO team with the supervisors Dr. Burkhard Schroeter, Annabel Maisl and Jan Kruse to train together with the Austrian students and to improve their experimental and specialist skills. Laboratories and experiment rooms of the educational cooperation "BIKO mach MINT" in the Lakeside Science & Technology Park in Klagenfurt offer optimal conditions.

At the beginning of May, they will then travel to the 17th European Union Science Olympiad in Almada, Portugal, where teams of students from 25 countries of the European Union will compete against each other.

PD Dr. Burkhard Schroeter
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