Iranian students rank second in Intl. Olympiad in Astrophysics

Iranian students have achieved the second place at the 2014 International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) in Romania.

Iranian first team participated in Astronomy section swept three gold and two silver medals while the second team garnered one gold and four silver medals of the Astrophysics section at this year’s IOAA held in Suceava, Romania.

Ali Reza Alavi, Yazdan Babazadeh Maqsoudlou, Ali Zeynali, Amir Reza Asadzadeh Mohammad Nabizadeh and Mohammad Reza Hassanpour were among the winners of the competition.

International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics is an annual astronomy competition for high school students.

The IOAA as one of the international science Olympiads is organized annually in a different host country.

The first IOAA was held in the city of Chiang Mai, Thailand, in 2007. The 2014 IOAA took place from August 1 to 10.

According to Scopus ranking, Iran’s scientific community has been recently placed in the 15th country in the world, which represents a breakthrough for the country’s scientific establishment.

The Iranian government has committed to a comprehensive plan for science including boosting Research and development (R&D) investment to 4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030, compared with just 0.59 percent of GDP in 2006.

By Press TV


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