May 5, 2007


The Russian team makes best report and wins silver at the AYPT (May3—5, 2007) after a year-long preparation at the POISK Centre (Russia).

POISK Centre expresses gratitude to the professors and to the postgraduate and undergraduate students at Saint Petersburg State University: Dr. Robert Kolalis, Dr. Evgeniy Denisov, Dr. Boris Borisov, Dr. Dmitry Lisachenko, Dr. Alexey Pirozerskiy, Dr. Vladislav Bozhevolnov, Dmitry Martchenko, Andrey Uskov, Pavel Ulyanov, but also to Dr. Sergey Pivovarov (Akademicheskaya Gimnaziya) for their activities to promote YPT. Without their continuous support this victory would not be possible.

The Austrian Young Physicists’ Tournament (AYPT), held in Leoben, is supported by UNESCO and the European Physical Society, and is officially recognized by executive committee of the International Young Physicists’ Tournament. IYPT itself is among the most prestigious competitions in physics for secondary school students.

Andrzej Nadolny (the former secretary-genaral of IYPT) has noticed that the AYPT is an «especial example of international cooperation in the Central Europe». [1]

The Russian report in the finals was ranked first, and the team, according to overall score, shared silver with Slovakia and ended at the 3rd position in the ranking table. Both teams have missed the victory by a very narrow margin. The winner of the competition is the Austrian team of Steiermark (Styria).

Jury chairman Dr. Andrzej Nadolny, the actual secretary-general of IYPT Dr. Martin Plesch and Dr. Brigitte Pagana-Hammer, member of the IYPT executive committee, noted that the motivation, background knowledge and preparation level of the Russian team were definitely among the best at the competition.

This achievement is a result of POISK Centre’s long work in 2006—2007. A victory in such a high-level competition confirms that the Centre has an enormous potential and its methods to select and supervise teams are very successful.

The Tournament had firstly appeared in Russia and the central role in founding of this new type of competition was played by Evgeny Yunosov. As in many participant countries (over 20) the POISK Centre implements the idea to host preparatory conferences, seminars and fights in English, because the ability of holding a fluent English conversation is crucial to succeed at International Tournaments.

Ilya Martchenko, team leader and the POISK Centre secretary-general said that «the Tournament is a remarkable competition because the there is no predetermined known answer to suggested problems. These problems are, in fact, topics for an independent research. The work may last a year and, finally, a solution has to be reported in English and defended before jury, opponents and reviewers. The ability to express themselves without hesitation, clearly, precisely and rapidly is among key skills for our students. The POISK Centre organizes the conferences and seminars with European teams. The stable achievements at international competitions and this remarkable victory prove the effectiveness of our methods to encourage students to explore physics and learn languages.»

Dr. Elena Lebedeva, the POISK Centre president, said that «if secondary school students and university students are involved in a scientific cooperation, their motivation to research rapidly increases. A chance to participate in such tournaments as AYPT and IYPT is very important. The victory in such a competition is of strategic value for Russian universities involved in Bologna process. The preparation of students for international scientific cooperation helps to raise the role of Russian universities abroad.»

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[1] Andrzej Nadolny. Międzynarodowe Seminarium nt. Turniejów Młodych Fizyków.