Iranian high school students have come in first place in the 9th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA). Iran's students became this year’s world champions with three gold, four silver and three bronze medals, reported CINVU on Tuesday. This year’s competition was held from July 26 to August 4 in the Indonesian city of Semarang with the participation of 41 countries.
IOAA is an annual event for highly performed high school students from all around the world in the field of astronomy and astrophysics. Established in Thailand 2006, it was initiated by five countries including Thailand, Indonesia, Iran, China and Poland with the aim to proliferating astronomy among high school students, fostering friendship among young astronomers at international level so as to build cooperation in the field of astronomy in the future among the young scholars.
The countries, which have ever hosted IOAA, are Thailand in 2007, Indonesia in 2008, Iran in 2009, China in 2010, Poland in 2011, Brazil in 2012, Greece in 2013, and Romania in 2014.