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Selection competition for the International Chemistry Olympiad despite contact restrictions: The best young chemists in Germany have been selected

May 20th, 2020

Fifteen students competing in the selection process for the 52nd International Chemistry Olympiad 2020 in Istanbul (Turkey) sat at their laptops in the bedroom, school or living room on Sunday, May 17, 2020, with a stack of blank paper in front of them. After all, many things are different in times of contact restrictions due to the Corona pandemic. Normally, the students, who had fought their way through several rounds of the selection competition to the final, decisive round, would have come to the IPN in Kiel for a week. This time, the four students who will represent Germany at the international competition in Turkey in July 2020 were selected in a "remote exam".

In the course of the five-hour retreat the students focused on photo redox catalysts, oxygen flow in the body and ice-skating. They calculated, drew and wrote. The winners were chosen in the following order:

Maximilian Mittl, Carl-Orff-Gymnasium Unterschleißheim (Bavaria)

Frederik Laurin Walter, Werner-von-Siemens Grammar School in Magdeburg (Saxony-Anhalt )

Linus Schwarz, State High School for Highly Gifted Students in Schwäbisch Gmünd (Baden-Württemberg)

Tom Erik Steinkopf, Georg-Cantor-Gymnasium in Halle (Saxony-Anhalt)

These four not only represent Germany at the international competition, which this year is also being held via a theoretical "remote exam", they will also be accepted into the German National Academic Foundation.

On places 5 to 8 are Lukas Hamm (Anne-Frank-Gymnasium in Rheinau), Mercina Albrecht (Max-Steenbeck-Gymnasium in Cottbus), Damian Groß (Werner-von-Siemens-Gymnasium in Magdeburg) and Alina Emily Scheuermann (Kurfürst-Ruprecht-Gymnasium in Neustadt). These students represent the follow-up team. They have the opportunity to participate in internships abroad, which are organized by the Förderverein Chemie-Olympiade.

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