From July 25th to August 2nd, 2021, the 53rd International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) was held online in Osaka, Japan. The venue of the Chinese team is located at Zhejiang University, jointly organized by the Chinese Chemical Society and Zhejiang Chemical Society. 312 contestants from 79 countries and regions around the world participated in the competition. After 5 hours of theoretical examination, a total of 33 gold medals, 65 silver medals, and 96 bronze medals were determined, and 24 contestants were rewarded for participation. The 4 high school students, Shu Yang, Zhangyi Huang, Xinyu Cai, and Bangsen Zhao from the Chinese team won the top four gold medals.
Shu Yang, The Attached Middle School to Jiangxi Normal University
Zhangyi Huang, The High School Attached to Hunan Normal University
Xinyu Cai, Chengdu No. 7 High School (Linyin)
Bangsen Zhao, Jinhua No.1 High School, Zhejiang
This competition was jointly organized by Japanese universities and research institutes including Kyoto University, Waseda University, and the University of Tokyo, and was supported by many chemical companies in Japan. Due to the impact of the global epidemic of COVID-19, the 53rd International Chemistry Olympiad still adopts remote online exams and only conducts theoretical exams. In addition, the organizing committee of this session uses VR technology to provide contestants with a variety of remote online visits, cultural experiences, technological exchanges, and other activities, which has become a highlight of the online competition.
Entrusted by the China Association for Science and Technology, the Chinese Chemical Society appointed Prof. YingXia Wang from Peking University, and Prof. Ping Lu from Zhejiang University as the Chinese team leaders. Prof. Huaping Xu from Tsinghua University, Prof. Qiaohong He from Zhejiang University, Prof. Zhengjie He from Nankai University, and Assoc. Prof. Kai Li from Zhengzhou University participated in the online competition as science observers. Yinxia Yuan and Qi Chen from Zhejiang University served as remote test invigilators. Prof. Lianyun Duan from the Competition Working Committee of the Chinese Chemical Society participated in the guidance training and competition.
Group photo of Chinese team
4 Chinese team contestants participated in the remote opening ceremony
4 Chinese team contestants won gold medals
Tag: Chinese Chemical Society, Science Communication, Science Competition