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Scientifically gifted students from around the world come to Daegu
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Scientifically gifted students from around the world come to Daegu

Daegu to host the International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO-2019) for the second time in 12 years


Scientifically gifted students from all around the world will gather in Daegu for an intense competition and exciting cultural exchange.


The 13th International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO) will be held in Daegu for seven days, from August 27 (Tues) to September 2 (Mon). This is the second time Daegu will be hosting the IESO since the 1st IESO in 2007.


Daegu is the first city in the world to be hosting the IESO for the second time. This is proof that Daegu has been internationally recognized as a leading city of Fourth Industrial Revolution by actively fostering new future industries and also has contributed to fostering scientifically gifted students and spreading the culture of science.


The IESO is an annual competition for students under the age of 18 who have not received college education. Four students from each country participates in the competition to test their abilities in the discipline of earth science via a written exam and a practical exams (field tests).


The written exam will be held at EXCO, while the practical exams will be held at Biseulsan Mountain and the Daegu National Science Museum. The competition will be held over the course of two days, and 60 percent of the participating students will receive medals.


Although the IESO is a competition for a selected number of scientifically gifted students from each country to vie with each other, its focus is less on competition and more on providing a platform for scientifically gifted students from all around the world to share their knowledge and culture in an effort to bring them together and foster them to become international leaders in science.


The opening ceremony will begin at 10 AM on August 27 (Tues) at EXCO, Daegu. During the Olympiad, students and delegations from each country will experience the traditional culture of Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do that contain the mysteries of earth science and also visit major attractions including the Daegu Early Modern Street, Yangnyeongsi, and Seomun Market.


“The 13th International Earth Science Olympiad will become a place for students from all around the world, who will become leaders in science in their own countries in the future, to socialize and foster joint research,” remarked Daegu Mayor Kwon Young-jin. “It will become an important opportunity to introduce Daegu to the future science leaders around the world.”