Great success of Serbian chemists at the International Olympics with the support of NIS

In 2019, proclaimed by UNESCO as the “International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements”, the International Chemistry Olympiad for high school students was held for the 51st time in Paris from 21 to 29 July. Members of the Serbian team, who participated in the competition with the NIS support, won three medals and one commendation in the competition of teams from 80 countries of the world.

Igor Topalović from Užice High School won a silver medal, while bronze medals went to Mihailo Milošević from the Belgrade Mathematical High School and Mihailo Mirković from the First Belgrade High School. Aleksandra Ljubenović from Leskovac High School won the commendation.

The mentors of the Serbian team at the International Chemistry Olympiad were professor Dušan Sladić, PhD, from the Faculty of Chemistry, University of Belgrade, and professor Niko Radulović, PhD, from the Faculty of Science, University of Niš.

The International Chemistry Olympiad is the largest chemistry knowledge competition for high school students. The competition is extremely demanding, involving theoretical and practical tasks for a total of 10 hours. The scientific fields covered by the Olympiad are often very advanced and far exceed the level of high school content.

The first International Chemistry Olympiad was held in Prague in 1968, and Serbia has been participating in International Chemistry Olympiads since 2012, and, since then, our students have been ranked better than students from many Western European countries.

As part of the Energy of Knowledge programme, NIS supports the Serbian Chemistry Olympiad, as well as the participation of the Serbian team in the International Chemistry Olympiads since 2014. During this time, until 2019, which marks the 100th anniversary of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), the Serbian team has won a total of 21 medals in chemistry.


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