2nd Crystallography Olympiad
Wrocław, Poland, June 2016
On 22 June, 2016, the Finals of the 2nd Crystallography Olympiad were held in Wrocław, Poland. There were 38 finalists from Universities and 4 high-school pupils. The final 2-hour tournament consisted of 60 test questions and 5 open problems. The Olympiad Committee, chaired by Edward Michalski, selected questions and problems covering all aspects of crystallography of materials, chemistry and biology. Two first-place prize winners tied with a score of 70.25/80: Aleksandra Gotner (Marie Curie-Skłodowska U.) and Adam Truchlewski (Łódź U. of Technology). A MacBook computer went to Aleksandra, and Adam will go for a one-week trip to Japan sponsored by Testchem-Rigaku. The Committee named nine additional Laureates (www.komkryst.pan.pl/index.php/en/olimpiada-2016), whose results were outstanding. They received computers and computer accessories, sponsored by PANalytical, Rigaku Oxford Diffraction, Bruker and Devmatech-Stoe.
We hope that the annual Crystallography Olympiad in Poland will inspire an International Crystallography Olympiad.Mariusz Jaskolski