The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities congratulates the members of Israel’s youth teams in mathematics, biology, chemistry, and physics for winning 18 medals, three of them gold, in the International Science Olympiads held earlier this month.
“The remarkable achievements of our outstanding young people in the Science Olympiads inspire immense pride and appreciation,” Academy President Professor David Harel
said, adding: “The Academy appreciates the determination and perseverance demonstrated by each and every team member in competing against contestants from all over the world, and sends them encouragement and best wishes for continuing confidently on their path and joining the front line of scientific research in Israel and abroad. The Academy also sends its congratulations and great appreciation to the staff who trained the teams for the competitions.”
Omri Zemer won a gold medal and Noga Friedman a silver medal in the International Mathematical Olympiad, held in Oslo. Friedman was also selected as the most outstanding student on the Asian continent. The mathematics team, which was trained at the Weizmann Institute of Science, won another three silver medals and a bronze.
Revital Wallach won a gold medal in the International Physics Olympiad, hosted remotely from Switzerland , becoming the first Israeli student to win a gold medal in the competition. Her team, which was trained at the Jusidman Science Center for Youth at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, won another two silver medals and a bronze.
Nir Cohen won a gold medal in the International Chemistry Olympiad, hosted remotely from Tianjin, China . His team, which was trained at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, won another silver medal and two bronzes.
This is the first year in which Israel participated in the International Biology Olympiad, which was held in Armenia. The team, trained at Tel Aviv University, won a silver medal and two bronzes.