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Students from more than 20 countries participate in Mendeleev Olympiad
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More than 20 countries are represented at the international chemistry competition, which bears the name of Dmitry Mendeleev, RIA Novosti reports.
The 54th tournament starts on Monday, July 13. Due to restrictive measures aimed at counteracting the spread of coronavirus, the Olympiad will be held online in the form of two theoretical stages. The monetary prize amounts to $5000.
The organizer of the tournament is the Faculty of Chemistry of Lomonos Moscow State University (MSU), Andrei Melnichenko Charitable Foundation and EuroChem Group.
Mendeleev’s International Chemistry Olympiad is a unique educational project that annually brings together gifted students from different countries.
The innovation of this season will be the award, named after academician Valery Lunin, who passed away in March 2020. The competition can rightfully be called his brainchild. According to Stepan Kalmykov, who runs the chemistry department of MSU, thanks to Lunin, the competition is recognized as one of the most significant intellectual competitions among schoolchildren.
Valery Lunin graduated from the chemistry department of the oldest Russian university in 1967 and remained there to work. He went from a junior researcher to a professor, head of the department of physical chemistry. In 1992, he was elected dean of the Faculty of Chemistry, and he held this post until 2018. After that, he became the first president of the faculty.