TEHRAN, Aug. 20 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iranian students will compete with 24 countries in the Second International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics started yesterday in Indonesia.
The competition will run until August 28, in Bandung city, capital of West Java Province.
Students from 25 countries, including Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Greece, India, Iran, Korea, Lithuania, Myanmar, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Srilanka, Thailand, and Ukraine as well as Vietnam are participating in the ten-day event.
Erfan Esmaeili, Seyed Amir Sadat-Musavi, Seyed Sadra Sadredinni, Faraz Enayati-Ahangar, and Zahra arjmandi-Lari are members of the Iranian team are attending the competition.
The IOAA is a yearly competition on astronomy and astrophysics for high school students. Each member "country" takes turn to host this event.
The First IOAA was held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on November 30 to December 9, 2007, and the third one will be in Iran.
Promoting interests of high school students on astronomy and astrophysics is the main purpose of holding the competition. Through participating in the competitions, students will have opportunities to meet fellow students and make friends. This will lead to good understandings among countries and closer cooperation in future researches.
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