Being a winner of an olympiad is a very prestigous achievement. But what does it feel like to be crowned as the ultimate champion among all champions from various international physics olympiads? That is the aim of the participants of the 2nd World Physics Olympiad (WoPhO) that is hosted from December 28th 2012 – January 3rd 2013 at the Hotel Aryaduta Lippo Village, Tangerang, Indonesia.
In this final round of the World Physics Olympiad, winners from various Physics Olympiads and contenders who had passed through rigorous selection rounds will compete with each other. They will compete in theoretical and experimental rounds for the title of the ultimate winner of Physics Olympiads.
Seventy-two students will compete in this olympiad. Thirty-eight of them are either winners of gold or silver medals from IPhO or APhO. The rest of the participants are those who have passed through many qualifying rounds (held from February 1st – July 31st 2012 online, followed by a discussion round on August 1st 2012), freshmen from top universities who were especially invited by the WoPhO’s international board, and guest participants from various countries.
Sixteen countries participate in this olympiad: Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Estonia, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Germany, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, and Vietnam.
This prestigious olympiad was commenced at Hotel Aryaduta Lippo Village, Tangerang, Indonesia by the president of the WoPhO, Herry Kwee PhD together with Prof. Yohanes Surya PhD, who is the initiator of WoPhO and the founder of Surya Institute, accompanied by the President of the IPhO, the dean of Universitas Negeri Papua, and the representative from the province of banten.
According to Prof. Yohanes Surya PhD, WoPho is very different from other competitions, especially on the level of difficulty of the problems. “The level of difficulty is very high. It is on par with that from post graduate studies.” says Prof. Surya during the press conference for the WoPhO. Besides, this olympiad is also hosted at the end of the year. This enables young physicists to gather together, celebrate new year’s eve, and build good networks with fellow scientists.
In his speech Herry Kwee said, “Through WoPhO, high school students’ enthusiasm and participation in physics olympiads have increased greatly. By participating in the olympiad, participants would also gain valuable experience and a good impression of Indonesia.
This event is made possible through the support from Manokwari district.